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Be Good To People

Be Good To People

I have written about performing random acts of kindness on my site in the past, and I really believe we can make a difference in the world by simply being a little kinder to each other. In this day and age, people are in need of kindness more than anything. People need kindness so much, that there is actually an entire foundation The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, and day geared towards it.

Photo by Toa Heftiba

Photo by Toa Heftiba

National Random Acts of Kindness Day originated in New Zealand and has become popular in the United States. It has actually expanded to National Random Acts of Kindness Week. This month I am teaming up with Be Good To People (who's mission is to create a kinder world) to get involved in this movement and I hope you will too.

Being good to people and acts of kindness, random or not, do not have to be complicated or require a lot of time or money. Many times we can make a difference in someones day by doing something simple or by just being a good person and following the golden rule of doing unto others as you want done unto you.

I sat down and thought about things that brighten my day when people do them. I also reflected on what I've noticed caused people to light up from me doing. Today I am sharing 7 of those things.


7 Ways To Be Good To People

1. Smile.

So simple, so basic but something that can make someone go from feeling down to feeling up. I love when someone smiles at me because it's like a silent hello.

2. Say Hello.

Yes, say hello. I find that we just don't speak to each other anymore and when we do I find it to be a pleasant surprise. I'm not saying go into a full blown conversation (but you could) just simply speaking and acknowledging someone could brighten their day. 

3. Give Compliments.   

For the most part, we all like compliments even if we find them hard to receive. Give them anyway, "You're so smart", "I love that top" , "You make this office better" are just a few to get you started. 

4. Pay the fare.

If you ride the train or bus to work, consider paying the fare of the person behind you. Even though this may be a small gesture to you, it could be big to someone else. 


But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4. So that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
— Matthew 6:3-4

5. Invite someone to lunch, and pay.

If you are an introverted person like me, this will require us to stretch our comfort zone. But I want to go out on a limb and an invite my co-worker to lunch. She sits right by me and we barely talk. I think it would be a kind gesture and the worst thing that could happen is she says no. This is something you could do too. 

6. Hold the door.

We should never be in so much of a hurry we can't hold the door for someone or six people lol. I think that is a very nice thing when people take the time to wait for me and holds the door.

7. Pray for them.

I love to ask people how I can pray for them. I believe in the power of prayer and if someone is having a bad day, whether they are a Christian or religious or not, I think everyone can appreciate a prayer. Have you ever asked someone if you could pray for them and they said no? A prayer and encouraging words can go a long way. 


I want to invite you all to join myself and Be Good To People in getting involved in Random Acts of Kindness week February 11-17, 2018. Follow along on Instagram @simplyivannamarie and @begoodtopeople to see more ways to get involved and to share how you are being good to people. Use the hashtags #BGTP #RAK18 to connect with other people participating in this movement. 

Also be sure to check out begoodtopeople.com to find some amazing products that help spread the message. Here is a clip from my Instagram Story sharing some of the amazing items they sent me.  

What are some ways you think we could be good to people?



*This post is in collaboration with Be Good To People, all opinions and ideas are my own.

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2018

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2018

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