Zen Mommy Minute: Random Acts of Kindness

This week, do something for someone unexpected. Commit a random act of kindness. Pay for the guy behind you at a drive-thru window (Starbucks, McDonald’s, etc).  It’ll generally run you less than $10… but the feeling you’ll have driving away will be PRICELESS.

I was on the receiving end of a random act of kindness this week from my friend Emma Hand. Artist, mom (with two kids under three) and the creator/visionary behind a new line of snappy little books called SnapStories (too cool), my friend Emma is busier than a one armed paper hanger (as my Nana used to say.) So how did she find time to leave a “Get Well” and “So-Happy-You-Are-Pregnant” care package at my front door last week? How did she have time to wrap it in love so intentionally? It’s because Emma values kindness. It’s because Emma makes a special effort to kept kindness in the forefront of her thoughts and actions each and every day. In fact, she created a web site built solely around the idea of spreading kindness.

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...the gift of kindness I received 🙂

This week join me in paying it forward. Commit a random act of kindness and see what happens. Make an effort to speak kindly to the checker at the grocery store. Let the lady merge in front of you who’s stuck in heavy traffic. Your kind actions have the potential to start a chain-reaction of kindness that will travel around the world. Where it will go you may never know, but isn’t that half the fun? Share with me below: what random acts of kindness you have been on the giving and/or receiving end of? How do the ideas of “kindness” and “paying it forward” live for you?

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This Zen Mommy Minute is published in partnership with Due Maternity. This week Zen Mommy is wearing her SO SOFT maternity top and comfy black pants designed by Due.  xoxxo


Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri  where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne offers life coaching as Zen Mommy Coach and is the co-creator of the Yogi Parenting approach to positive parenting.


  1. Hey,

    Great initiative! Me and my friend had started a clothing company called Ark. Our idea: One Ark everytime the clothing is worn. Buy a stranger a coffee, give up your seat on the bus, surprise your family with their favourite meal. It’s everyday superhero clothing for making someone’s day!

    Here’s a video of us selling deluxe hugs for one euro in Dublin so we could get enough cash to bring a homeless friend out to lunch!


    Keep up the great work!


  2. Ronan. WOW!!! i am now following you on youtube! love what you are about. WE ARE ALL ONE. thank you for loving your fellow man, for ARK and for giving me a great big *smile* today! you and my friend emma HAVE to get your heads together. cut from the same cloth… kindness.
    PS: have you seen this hug campaign? i WANT to do this…you did it. 🙂