Planning Random Acts of Kindness

75 Hard, Phase 3, Day 6

I joked with my wife that she needed to let me give her a back rub because I’m practicing random acts of kindness.

She joked back (maybe it was a joke), “I don’t want to be a checkbox for your 75 Hard.”

I could see her point.

People want people to spontaneously do things because they’re overflowing with loving emotion.

That happens. Sometimes.

But most people aren’t always overflowing with loving emotion. They’re distracted and busy and stressed and worried.

Spontaneously doing something nice for someone isn’t on the agenda.

That, to me, is what is great about having ‘Random Act of Kindness’ as a task during the third phase of 75 Hard, the final 30 days of the LiveHard program.

It forces you to look for opportunities to get outside yourself and serve.

To set your own stress and worry behind and zero in on someone and do something nice. Something you wouldn’t have normally done, even if you should do it.

That’s why planning and even having a checklist that includes something like this is not at all a bad thing.

It’s the kind of thing that can actually lead to spontaneously doing it for someone in the future.

Sometimes you gotta practice before it’s a habit.

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