Kindness keeps the world spinning, right? Everyone on this planet is facing unique, difficult scenarios. A small, kind act from a another person whether he/she is a friend or a stranger on the street, can completely turn a rough day into a positive experience.
No matter how small or simple it may seem, we can all take a few moments each day to make someone smile, laugh, or feel significant. These acts of kindness can go a long way for both the persons committing and receiving the kind gesture:
1 – Smile at a stranger.
We pass dozens of faces everyday at work, the grocery store, etc., most of the time with automatic steps and never looking up at the people we pass. It might seem pointless and it could even feel awkward in the moment, but try flashing a huge, cheesy, genuine smile at these random people you pass by. Providing a moment of light in a person’s potentially dreadful day can lift the spirits (for both parties).
2 – Hand out simple compliments.
This world is coated in insecurities and we all have our own set of personal discomforts we feel about ourselves – the way we look, who we are, the jobs we work, etc. Receiving a compliment, no matter what it’s regarding, how simple it may be, or who it’s from, always sparks a warm feeling. Take a moment to compliment those around – a cute shirt, a nice hair color, pretty eyes, clear skin, hard worker, niceness, etc.
Though it’s simple, it will completely make that person’s day.
If you want to be a little weird with it – compliment the way his/her hands look when writing, the way he/she smells after running, or whatever he/she is eating for lunch.
Awkward compliments are flattering and might make the person laugh, also.
Okay, so maybe lay off the awkward compliments. And definitely never be inappropriate. Keep it simple and say something nice to people. That’s all it takes to see a smile and make someone’s day better.
3 – Ask and Listen.
People like and need to know that their lives matter in this world. We all need to know that others around us care about our lives and issues we’re facing. Ask about what’s going on, how the kids are doing, how that surgery went, or what’s going on at work.
Of course when questions are asked, it’s required that the person asking listens. Not just nodding a head and faintly hearing the answers, but truly listening and providing encouraging feedback.
4 – Remember the person’s name.
This is such a simple act that really makes people feel special and valued. Remembering a client, patient, or stranger’s name sparks immediate connection between the two people. Remembering the name is basically saying, “I remember you, and you are important to me.”
5 – Write ‘Thank You’ cards for everything.
Showing gratitude for what others do for us isn’t as common as it used to be. In fact, for most scenarios, we expect others to do certain things for us and we forget that the person didn’t have to do anything for us.
Never forget to personally thank those people who help you day to day or make you feel loved and cherished. A simple “thank you” card will make the other person feel appreciated. No matter how small the act provided was, show gratitude for that service, gift, friendship, or helping hand.
Being kind is great, and should be accompanied with gratitude for the kindness you receive yourself.
Give these five acts of kindness a try everyday for a week and see what happens. It’s almost a guarantee that you will feel good – whether people return the love or not.
The person who came up with the saying, “Kill them with kindness,” was a genius. Spread love around with small acts of simple kindness and see your world brighten up.
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