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Small Things You Can Do Every Day To Spread Kindness To Everyone

Small Things You Can Do Every Day To Spread Kindness To Everyone

“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.” – Kevin Heath

Studies are proving what happy people have known all along: kindness is directly related to life satisfaction. Kindness benefits both the giver and the receiver and those who are treated with kindness are more likely to pass this kindness along to others.

The definition of kindness in our contemporary culture is the act of going out of your way to be nice to someone or show a person you care. We have all heard the stories of someone being robbed or assaulted while passersby ignore the situation and go out of their way to avoid becoming involved. This lack of connection to one another is harmful to us as it creates a sense of isolation. When we bond together to help one another our ability to overcome and problem-solve increases.

Kindness is truly contagious. It is also a connector. It is like a muscle that needs to be flexed; just because we are born with the capacity for kindness doesn’t mean we use it effectively. I like to buy coffee for the person behind me in line and my barista tells me that when I start this quite often it continues to be paid forward for 5-10 coffees down the line. There is even a website entirely built around documenting random acts of kindness. When you give something for the benefit of another it’s called pro-social spending and research shows that this type of altruism is equally as beneficial to both parties! Here are some great actions you can take to cultivate a kindness epidemic in your community.

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    1. Smile at strangers. You brighten their day.

    2. Bring in your neighbor's trash cans

      2. Bring in your neighbor’s trash cans. You connect with your community.

      3. Donate used clothing. You don’t need then but perhaps somebody else does.

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        4. Compliment a co-worker or peer. Expressing what someone does well makes them more likely to repeat the action.

        5. Use recyclable shopping bags. It’s good for the earth and where else are we going to live?

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          6. Be an organ donor! Save a life.

          7. Clear the clutter at home. Hoarding makes you stressed!

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            8. Buy coffee for a stranger.  It warms your heart and reminds you that you have something to give.

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              9. Volunteer your time. If you don’t have time, give money!

                10. Listen with an open mind and active curiosity when your others speak.

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                  11. Take a treat to your child’s teacher. You’ll them you value they contribution to your child’s future.

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                    12. Drop flowers from your garden to a friend.

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                      13. Hug someone. Six second hugs improve your health.

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                        14. Bake a double batch of your best recipe and share it with your busiest friend.

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                          15. Carpool. Share the drive, the gas, and the connection.

                          16. Pick up litter. Even if you didn’t put it there it’s still your planet.

                          17. Give old towels to an animal shelter. Or better still adopt a pup.

                          18. Pass on your old books. Your dust gathering library is someone else’s education.

                          19. Offer water to your postal worker, lawn service or meter reader. It’s hot. It’s cold. And it’s just the polite thing to do!

                          20. Express gratitude as often as possible!

                          21. Learn about another culture’s traditions. When we focus on understanding we remove obstacles to inclusion.

                          22. Stop gossiping and whining. If it’s not useful, necessary or important; keep it to yourself.

                          23. Invite your neighbors over.

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                            24. Share uplifting blogs. (Like this one)

                            25. Cheer for your elementary school sports team. Enthusiasm is contagious.

                            26. Buy local.

                            27. Host a holiday toy drive or adopt a family.

                            28. Adopt a grandparent.

                            29. Help carry groceries to someone’s car.

                            30. Treat yourself as kindly as you want to treat others! You are worth it!

                            “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

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                            Last Updated on December 3, 2019

                            10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

                            10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

                            There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

                            Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

                            1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

                            Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

                            There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

                            Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

                            2. Pace Yourself

                            Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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                            Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

                            Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

                            3. You Can’t Please Everyone

                            “I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

                            You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

                            Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

                            4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

                            Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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                            We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

                            Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

                            5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

                            “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

                            No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

                            We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

                            6. It’s Not All About You

                            You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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                            It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

                            7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

                            No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

                            We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

                            Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

                            8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

                            That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

                            Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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                            Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

                            9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

                            Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

                            The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

                            10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

                            We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

                            When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

                            Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

                            This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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