Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change ~ Bob Kerrey
The pandemic has certainly created havoc in our lives that has left us mostly unable to easily adapt to the changes we have been asked to face. Being unable to be present for your loved ones when they are sick or even when they are having a bad day is something that twists the knife in anyone’s heart.
In a world where we are becoming increasingly isolated from one another, whether it is due to the pandemic or through polarized ideologies that shut down the connection, kindness is a powerful tool that you have at your fingertips to build bridges to others and to make a difference in others’ lives. A small act of kindness acts as a source of support during these difficult times.
There are many ways to exhibit kindness towards loved ones and strangers alike. No matter how big or small, here are some ways to spread goodwill every day:
- Random acts of good faith: You can buy someone a cup of coffee or cover someone’s food at a restaurant. The most important aspect of random acts of kindness is not expecting anything in return.
- Leave a thank you note: Take time to write a note of gratitude puts new energy into expressing your appreciation and love for someone. You can send a message to your family member by leaving a sticky note in the car, or even sending them a letter.
- Compliments: Never underestimate the power of a compliment. Everyone likes to hear positive things about themselves. Doing so will immediately make them feel good and boost their confidence. Giving compliments is free and easy. Do you like someone’s hairstyle? Acknowledge them. Do you like someone’s clothes? Express your awareness. Be sincere and spread a little kindness by praising others.
- Share what inspires you and support others’ efforts: With so many businesses and brands online today, one of the best things you can do to support them is to simply share their content. Help small businesses and start-ups grow.
- Listen to Others: Many people are lonely and have no one to hear them. You just have to ask them how they are doing and honestly express that you are ready to hear what they have to say. Practice active listening when you do engage by feeding back what they say and asking encouraging questions during their sharing.
- Be courteous: Simple manners help a lot. ‘Please’ and ‘thank you’ never gets old. Hold open doors for someone who is struggling, allow others to go ahead of you in line, be aware of your surroundings and help when you can. Being considerate of others when you are out is a good way to be polite.
- Connect with others: Go to your neighbour’s house to see how they are doing. Ask a friend how things are going for them. Call relatives who live far away just to stay in touch with their life. Set aside a little time every day to meet your loved ones and those close to you. Take a conscious look at how they are doing more than just in the surface experiences.
- Leave a good review: When was the last time you left a good review for your favourite restaurant or store? We usually take the time to let everyone know that we have bad experiences, but we often overlook good ones. Take a moment to give credit to a good place. Write a positive review of your favourite restaurant or store.
- Donate to your favourite charity: The best way to show them goodwill is to help support their mission. If you can’t help financially, you might still be able to assist by volunteering or offering your skills to support their causes.
These are some of the simple but effective ways of spreading kindness. You never know what the other person is going through and how important and life-altering a small gesture can be to them.
Try this ->
Pick one or two items on this list and make a commitment to practice the action. Keep a journal of all the kindness you have spread in the next five days. How does it change your outlook? Do you feel more inclined to remember kindness in other ways in your life?
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