I'm so overloaded with bad news, ominous facts and the supposed head of our nation thrashing about. I can only walk to the lakefront so many times a day to scream at Lake Michigan (and accidentally scare people), so I decided to look for small ways I can be kind.
Example 1: Yesterday, it was raining. A guy with no coat or umbrella was feeding the parking meter with change and was getting soaked. I walked up to him, said, "I can help", and literally stood with him, under my umbrella while he finished putting all the coins in the meter. He was startled at first, but thanked me for stopping to help. This took me 90 seconds.
Example 2: I saw my mail carrier wearing a surgical mask for the first time in weeks. [He walks in/out of people's lobbies 5 days/week and NOW the USPS cares.] Anyway, I thanked him for doing a great job for us, and I wished I could've baked something for him, but didn't know if I was "allowed". He said, "Don't worry about it. I just appreciate you saying 'thank you'". This took 60 seconds.
We have no idea what people are going through these days. Kindness DOES makes a difference.