Acts of Kindness and Why They Matter...
We all can participate in showing random acts of kindness! Even if it feels SMALL while you are doing it, it isn’t. Every act has a ripple effect, whether for good or for bad.
The definition of acts of kindness in dictionary is to perform an act of contribution, help, kindness or share with someone if you know they need it. Kindness is such a simple concept that we all understand but don't put into practice quite enough. Holding a door for the person behind us, smiling and acknowledging the person you walk by on your morning walk, all make a difference in people's days. We all get wrapped up in our own lives and forget that sometimes small gestures can turn someone's day around. Hopefully, they will do the same for the next person they encounter and so on. Here are a few ideas to spread kindness in your family and your community.
Hold the door-This might be the easiest way to show someone that you thought about them.
Give Compliments-If you like something about someone, tell them! It can be something they did, said, what they're wearing, their handwriting, really anything. A genuine compliment goes a long way!
Put away your phone- Put away your phone and focus your attention on the people around you.
Say, Thank You- How often do we forget to say please and thank you to people in a genuine way. It is such a simple thing but shows that we appreciate small gestures.
Run an errand for someone-If someone is having a particularly stressful day, offer to take some of the things off their to-do list. Go to the grocery store for them, return clothing that didn't fit that they've been putting off taking back to the store, just lessen their load in some way.
Leave something nice on a sticky note-If you want to do something really easy to make a bunch of people smile, write something nice or inspirational on a sticky note and put it somewhere people will see, but not somewhere they're expecting to see it, like on a bathroom mirror, the stall door on the inside, or on the wall above a water fountain.
Pay for the coffee of the person behind you in line.- I love this. It is probably one of my favorite ways to show kindness. We all know we are always in a rush when we go grab our caffeine fixes and get a little impatient at long lines. It's a nice way to start our day. Hopefully, next time you grab coffee you do the same for someone else.
If we all spread a little more kindness and remembered to pay little more attention to the people around us the world would be a more positive place.