New Years Day 2012

Today I thanked my friend for hosting a NYE party and a number of friends who asked after my poorly daughter.

I can't help thinking that this kindness thing so far is just documenting things I do anyway - and isn't it the minimum of how we should be?Perhaps in time being aware of doing them will increase my positive self image?
Perhaps I should try harder!

For more inspiration, here's some information and a link to "1000 Mitzvah's" the story of another woman's kindness project.

Mitzvah (Hebrew: מצווה, IPA: [ˈmɪtsvə], “commandment”; plural,mitzvot; from צוה, tzavah, “command”) is a word used in Judaism to refer to (a) the commandments, of which there are 613, given in the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) or (b) any Jewish law at all. The term can also refer to the fulfilment of a mitzvah as defined above.
The term mitzvah has also come to express any act of human kindness, such as the burial of the body of an unknown person. According to the teachings of Judaism, all moral laws are, or are derived from, divine commandments.

Mitzvah Ideas
Here are some ideas to get you started on your own mitzvah/kindness efforts:

Make a meal for a new mom
Volunteer at a soup kitchen
Donate children’s clothing to a local shelter
Donate centerpieces or flowers from an event to a hospital
Hold the door for someone
Send a gratitude card
Send a condolence card
Visit a shiva house (house of mourning)
Volunteer at school
Bake some cookies or a meal for a new neighbor
Compliment someone
Tip the housekeeper
Let someone’s employee know they did a great job
Surprise someone with flowers
Donate Blood
Donate money in honor or memory of someone
Visit a nursing home or senior center with your kids

Parents With Tweenage/Teen Children: 
Have your kids run a Lemonade Stand, Bake Sale or Car Wash. Give the proceeds to their favorite charity. If you let the organization know that you will personally deliver the donation maybe they will shake their hand or at least publicly acknowledge their efforts.

Collect outgrown coats, toys, books and donate them appropriately.
Volunteer to deliver meals on wheels, pass out charity cards for a non-profit.
Collect partially used gift cards ( to give back to a non-profit.
Mentor younger children in something.
Offer babysitting services for a single parent.
Take a family volunteering vacation.

Volunteer in a school reading program.
Become a foster grandparent.
Become an ESL language teacher.
Arrange a fundraiser.
Work at a school cafeteria.
Volunteer to work with animals.


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