2015 has been a difficult year for many people, myself included. There have been countless tragedies around the world and as the year draws to a close, there is a tendency to write it off as a bad year. So I wanted to take stock and look at these 9 beautiful things that happened in 2015. These random acts of kindness prove that actually, people are quite nice really.
1. Helping out a damsel in distress
I’m going to start with my friend Chris, a blogger at Life of Medals. You’ll see why in a minute. Earlier this year, Chris saw a lady that had broken down in a queue of traffic. This was causing chaos but nobody seemed to have the time to stop and help. So Chris not only pushed her out of the traffic, he took the time to get her car started for her as well.
2. Making a stranger’s day
Another good friend of mine, Mel is a photographer and blogger at Full Stop Next Chapter. At Easter, she left an envelope on a bench on the Malvern Hills. Inside was a voucher for a free photo shoot with her, along with free digital photographs so that the lucky finders didn’t have to pay a thing to capture and keep some beautiful memories.
3. Helping the homeless
We’re back to Chris again for this one. Chris helps out the homeless in his local area by handing out food, money, clothes and sleeping bags. Their reaction is a mixture of gratitude and amazement, particularly in the case of one gentleman who hadn’t had dry clothes for a week.
4. Anonymous gifts
Angela who blogs at Days in Bed moved house in 2015. Shortly afterwards they found an envelope dropped through their door containing £40. The next day, a box of chocolate tea cakes and chocolate bars arrived. Both were anonymous and arrived at a difficult time when they were greatly appreciated. As Angela never found out who sent the gifts, she decided to pay the kindness forward.
5. Thinking of absent friends
Not satisfied with helping out damsels in distress and handing out useful things to the homeless, Chris also sends food parcels to absent friends. This includes members of his running club who are absent and missing out on fun activities. I have also been the recipient of one of Chris’s kind acts. Earlier this year, he sent a home-made cake pop each for all of our family. It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.
6. Cheering people up
Earlier this year, my husband had a nasty accident. He was in hospital for a few weeks, during which time I was going back and forth to the hospital every day. Most days, the children came with me so their usual lives went on hold. My friend Laura heard about the accident and sent the girls a beautiful little toy farmyard to cheer them up. The girls loved it and still play with it regularly.
7. Presents for charity
The next kind act that Chris performed this year was to ask for donations to charity instead of birthday and Christmas presents for himself. Whilst it’s always lovely to receive a gift, charities will put the equivalent value to much better use so I do love this idea.
8. Going the extra mile
When Mim took part in a blogger secret Santa, she got more than she bargained for. Mim has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and the blogger buying for her had read her blog about her diagnosis. So as well as the secret santa gift, she sent through a special care package including a dressing gown, toiletries and chocolate.
9. Taking in a stray
In an act of kindness that took even Chris by surprise, he took in a stray cat that had been found by a colleague. Sidney needed medical attention and a loving home. And he has certainly landed on his paws.
I haven’t done anything anywhere near as wonderful as any of these people this year, but I have given to charity and taken in another rescue dog. But we definitely get back more than we give from our rescue puppy, she has made this a happier home all round.
I am taking part in the Wayfair blog it forward challenge after Izzie very kindly tagged me. I would like to tag Chris and Mel to take part as I’ve particularly enjoyed reading about their fabulous acts of kindness.