I’ve written about it before + I’m sure I’ll write about it many more times in the future.
Why? Because it’s a thought I’ve been challenged by a lot lately.
Kindness can often be the most overlooked action + character trait in a person’s life, + society. Sometimes it can seem so simple to do that we don’t step out + do it. But the thing I love about kindness is that when it’s acted out, it has an effect + impact in another person’s life in ways we’ll never really understand or know about.
And being kind is simple: You simply have to open your eyes + look for ways to do it.
So, I’ve put together 11 acts of kindness. These are things that I’ve personally done + want to do.
I hope it inspires + challenges you.
The world always needs more acts of kindness; it’s what makes it beautiful.
:: 11 ways to be kind, today ::
1: Meeting someone for coffee, lunch, brunch or dinner? Buy their meal.
2: Email your favourite writer, organisation, a leader or mentor in your world whose impacted + influenced you. Tell them the impact they’ve had on you, what you love + admire about them, + encourage them a whole lot.
3: Know someone whose wanting to break into a particular field + you happen to have a contact there? Endorse that person to your contact. Help people’s dreams become a reality.
4: Clean the house – I’m sure you’re family, roommate, etc etc will greatly appreciate this one.
5: Encourage someone’s potential + strength… not their weakness.
6: That person who you don’t get along with? Do something nice for them. Whether it’s a smile, hello, conversation, buying them flowers, or sending an encouraging message, be kind to them. Despite what they may have done, they’re human + they’re valuable.
7: Buy some sweet treats (or bake scrumptious cupcakes) for those in your world (work, family, neighbours…)
8: Be polite. No matter how rude you are being treated. You never know what may be happening in their world for them to act like that.
9: Buy a bunch of flowers + randomly give it to someone in the shops (the shops can be one of the most lonely places for people).
10: Write a thank you note, buy flowers, bake a cake etc, package it beautifully + deliver it to your local fire station, hospital or police station.
11: Know someone who needs something? Get it for them. Example: petrol – buy a petrol voucher. Not enough time to do the grocery shopping – buy some basic items for them.
…and in the words of Sir Ralph Waldo Emerson,
“be silly. be honest. be kind.” xx