Anonymous (wouldn't you know it)
Certainly not an idea original to me but one we could all find pleasure in, is giving anonymously. Nothing big or expensive...it doesn't even have to be a thing, it could be an act. The key though is whatever we do, we do it anonymously and without expectation of attention or a thank you.
We've probably all done something along this line at one time or another. Several years ago I noticed a man who appeared pretty down on his luck, trying to scrape together enough change for a cup of coffee at my local market's deli. Unbeknownst to him I slipped $5.00 to the clerk and told her to offer him whatever he wanted for that amount. Hurriedly I made my way out. It was a wonderful feeling that stayed with me....up until today, it seems. So why don't I do that all the time? Good question! It feels so good.
Recently I was reading a book and the author maintained that we are motivated to "do good" precisely because it feels good and for no other reason. So would that mean there is no such thing as altruism? Does that take away the Goodness. I've thought a lot about this and I think ultimately he was probably correct but that doesn't lessen the impact of a good deed, on ourselves or on the recipient, the result is the same. Win...Win. It's a good deed!
As a child we had a tradition that I don't hear about anymore...May Baskets. On May 1 we would make a basket out of construction paper, fill it with fresh cut flowers and run around the neighborhood hanging the baskets on front door knobs, ring the bell then run away before the receiver could identify us. It was exciting for us kids and brought joy, particularly to the elderly people.
I've mentioned this before but I'd like to reiterate the idea of leaving a book that we found interesting or inspiring in a public place for someone to find. Be sure and attach a note that says something like, "Take me, I'm yours, Enjoy!"
Not too long ago I received a business card that was not really a business card at all, but a beautifully designed card with a wish for love and peace. I can't recall exactly what it said. It may have been a quote or merely someone's musings about Peace and Love but it gave me a little jolt of joy. I kept it for awhile then put it inside a book I was returning to the library for the next person to find.
Something as small as tossing someone's newspaper up onto the porch when the paper person throw doesn't quite make it thrilled me. Someone did that, off and on for me, for quite some time. I never knew who it was but it gave me a warm feeling when I'd open the door and there my newspaper would be, on the mat waiting for me. (Trust me it wasn't the paper person.)
Along those same lines, during the winter when someone has shoveled my walks or cleared snow from my car, REALLY makes me happy!
So here are a few ideas for you and I'll wager you can come up with more and better. It will make you feel good and it will certainly brighten someone's day.
Be the Anonymous Giver. They say what you put out into the world comes back to you. Not a bad deal!