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8 Ideas For Random Acts Of Kindness Day


“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
—Maya Angelou

Kindness comes from a place deep within, a place that shines our inner light outward and brightens someone else’s path. I believe we are all in this world to assist each other; to be of service; to bring more joy, love, and meaning to our lives; and to move along our paths with intention and mindfulness.

Let’s mix it up a bit today with Random Acts of Kindness Day, and instead of “randomly” doing something that is compassionate or thoughtful, we make it a point to approach all of our acts of kindness with purpose and meaning! Here are some ideas:

  1. Use the “magic” words. When spoken with gratitude, the words “please” and “thank you” can go a long way in making someone really feel appreciated. Use these words often throughout your day and watch how others brighten up.
  2. At the store, let someone waiting in line behind you take your place at the checkout register or maybe help someone with lots of shopping bags to the car. There are plenty of opportunities, so set this intention, keep your eyes open, and be ready to give others a helping hand.
  3. Prepare and share lunch with one of your coworkers or friends, making a special effort to prepare something you will both enjoy. It doesn’t have to be a surprise. Giving a heads-up that you would like to share a special lunch is a really kind idea!
  4. Listen with focused attention during your conversations with others, offering thoughtful words of encouragement, praise, or feedback. Sometimes, no words are needed, but giving your complete attention and just being a sounding board is one of the kindest things you can do.
  5. Notice what stands out about someone and offer a heartfelt compliment if it comes naturally. There’s no need to force a sincere compliment! So, if something strikes you as special, don’t be shy about sharing your observation.
  6. Be generous with your smiles. A smile is a gift you can give again and again to as many people as you encounter throughout the day. You may even find the gift of smiles returned to you!
  7. Do a chore that is usually someone else’s responsibility in your household or at your place of work. If it’s a really big job, lend a helping hand. Doing things together makes difficult tasks a breeze!
  8. Practice patience and compassion throughout the day if you encounter people who you find “annoying” or frankly are not so kind! We know intimately that when someone cannot take the time to be polite, there is usually something difficult going on in their lives. So don’t take their rudeness personally and try to be understanding.

When we really pay attention and stay in the present moment, we will see that there are many opportunities throughout our daily lives to be kind to others, to treat them with gentleness, sincerity, patience, and benevolence.

When this is what we put out there into the world, we will experience more kindness in our own lives from others as well as from ourselves. I love the following quote by Amelia Earhart, and it is the perfect one for our day of kindness . . . and every day!

“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

4 Ways to Honor The Light In Others


“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

As today is the first day of Hanukkah, I wish all my friends and readers who celebrate the Festival of Lights a beautiful, happy holiday!

A time of celebration most often calls for light in some way or another. Nearly every religion and spiritual tradition places the concept of light or creating light in a role of importance. Consider this: without light there would be only darkness—a mysterious and sometimes frightening place to be—so our love and reverence for that which brightens our lives makes perfect sense.

I believe we each have a light within us—a light we connect with by sitting quietly with ourselves every day. When we feel lost or afraid, this light reminds us we are not alone, and the silence helps us listen to the “whisperings of our hearts.” Our light is our essence in the world. I am deeply moved by the Sanskrit phrase Namaste, which means, “The light within me honors the light within you.” Here are four beautiful ways we can honor the light in others.

  1. Connect with the light within you. Sitting in silence each morning helps you connect within to your “true self.” This quiet time is a place of love, peace, courage, and support. It lights up the magnificent being that you are. It helps you to see the world as well as yourself more clearly.
  2. Take that light out into the world. When you have connected with your inner light, you take your light with you as you go about your day. If you perceive it dimming (it never really does, but you may be feeling a lack of energy), simply breathe and bring yourself back to the present moment and repeat your Sacred Mantra or a positive affirmation, reminding you of who you really are.
  3. Use your light to see the light in others. When you shine your light, you are able to see others more clearly, and you understand deeply that each of us is doing our best and that we all share the ultimate goal to be happy. Patience, gratitude, tolerance, acceptance, presence, and love are the gifts you give to others and yourself when you recognize the light in them.
  4. Acknowledge the light in others. By treating others with kindness and compassion, you are acknowledging that they are sacred beings with whom you share this planet. A smile, a helping hand, a nod of the head, a comforting pat . . . these are just a few of the ways you can let others know that you respect and honor their presence in your life.

The Festival of Lights continues for eight days, and over the course of the year, there will be many more celebratory opportunities, as well as solemn occasions, for lighting candles. Regardless of the spiritual tradition or religion, with each candle that is lit, let it be a reminder of the bright spark within each one of us that provides a steady glow of peace, love, and happiness.


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

Do Something Nice Today


“Together we can change the world, one good deed at a time.”
— Anonymous

To give pleasure and joy—this is exactly what we are doing when we do something nice for someone. Isn’t it such a wonderful gift, a great feeling, to brighten another person’s day? Often, all it takes is a few kind words, a thoughtful deed, or even a smile. When we do something for someone from that place in our heart where love and compassion reside, our good deed can be transformational and far-reaching.

Kindness also tends to have a boomerang effect, right? A person for whom we have done a kindness is likely to pay it forward to someone else as they journey throughout their day. And if they do, who knows, perhaps our one good deed or statement will get carried on a wave of kindness that might make its way right back to us..

As Princess Diana once said, “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” So kindness isn’t something we do so that we will receive a favor in return. Rather it is a selfless act that will nevertheless have a positive affect on our own lives.

I’ve chosen this topic for today’s blog post because October 5 is National Do Something Nice Today. How wonderful to have a whole day dedicated to this idea! But can you imagine if we dedicated a whole month or year . . . or even a whole lifetime to this? That’s what Mother Teresa did through her work with the Missionaries of Charity. While not everyone can dedicate their lives to selfless service as this great woman did, there is certainly something each of us can do every day to make life a little easier or brighter for someone else, even if that is as simple as a friendly smile.

Kindness takes many forms, both large and small. As you go about your day, try to notice opportunities to do something nice for the people in your life as well as for strangers you encounter throughout the day. Below I offer a few general ideas that can fit many different types of situations. I encourage you to get creative. Think outside the box as you spread kindness today!

  • Lend a helping hand
  • Offer words of encouragement
  • Give a sincere compliment
  • Support another’s efforts
  • Donate your time
  • Say hello to passersby
  • Be present and listen closely
  • Give a thoughtful gift
  • Make a comforting gesture, such as a hug or smile
  • Bring levity and laughter to a situation
  • Spend quality time with others

By spreading the seeds of kindness, our good deeds and words will bloom like flowers. Everywhere we go, the fragrance of our love will be carried on the wind. This is such a beautiful thought to imagine: the whole earth as a bountiful garden of kindness! Doing something nice goes a very long way. . . .


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

How I Chose my Sacred Mantra


“Stop the flow of your words…open the window of your heart…and let the spirit speak.” —Rumi

Since I was a young girl, I have had a great love for St. Francis of Assisi. He is most well known for being the patron saint of animals and peace. But back in the day, very long ago, he cared deeply for our planet, and so he was also named the patron saint of the environment. Over the course of his lifetime, he made many significant, but selfless, accomplishments and was pronounced a saint in July 1228 by Pope Gregory IX, just a couple of years following his death.

St. Francis’s love for all living beings is what drew me to him. The story of his life and the lessons we learned about him in school spoke directly to my heart, stirring a deep compassion and love within me. Many years later, when I chose a Sacred Mantra for my spiritual practice, I knew immediately I would use his prayer words: My God and My All.

This was St. Francis’s meditation prayer. Repeating this phrase, my Sacred Mantra, brings me a deep knowing that everything I need to live my life with love, compassion, kindness, and courage is within me.

When my mind starts traveling down a negative path, I turn to this phrase to bring my mind back to gratitude, joy, and the present moment.

When I am faced with difficulties, My God and My All gives me strength to do what I must.

When I am afraid, it gives me courage.

When the world outside seems chaotic, and quite frankly out of control, my Sacred Mantra helps me stay strong from within, sending out thoughts of peace to those in need.

And when I am celebrating joyous occasions, it is my sacred friend, there to celebrate alongside me.

I cannot imagine my life without my Sacred Mantra. It has great meaning to me, and the support it provides through its sacred lineage is immeasurable—beyond amazing!

If you are in search of a life that is deeply connected within throughout the day and night, you may want to choose a Sacred Mantra of your own—a revered and hallowed phrase that is with you for support and comfort during all of life’s situations.

A Sacred Mantra should have a long history of use by others on the spiritual path. It is my suggestion that you begin with one that has deep meaning to you, the way St. Francis’s words speak to me. Choose one that touches your heart and brings a smile to your face. In my book The Practice, I discuss the Sacred Mantra in great detail, and I provide more guidelines for choosing your own.

I would like to leave you with an excerpt from my book that illustrates just how powerful this practice—this sacred friend, as I like to call it—is:

“This idea that we can gain strength from those who came before us is aptly illustrated by the words Rosa Parks used to describe what gave her strength the day she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus in 1955. She said, ‘I knew that I had the strength of my ancestors behind me.’ Each time I hear these words and visualize Rosa Parks on the bus that day with her unwavering strength and bravery, tears come to my eyes. This is what a Sacred Mantra offers. It is not only there to remind you that you are supported, but it also allows you to tap into the love, energy, power, and strength of those who have used it for the very same purpose.”


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.