So what’s a little kindness going to cost you? It just may change someone’s life…
We often hear about random acts of kindness toward strangers – the people in the street giving out free hugs, the driver who pays for your drive-through order, the angel who topped up your parking meter. But some of the most meaningful acts of kindness are non-random: listening to a friend who needs support, putting a note in your child’s lunchbox, cooking dinner for your spouse.
So how kind are you – to others and to yourself?
Kindness is a habit we can all learn. If you can find the motivation to try, you’ll probably see benefits right away.
“The willingness to do something for others is an attitude that one can practice until it is as natural as riding a bicycle. In time the fear of being exploited fades, and with the courage to give grows the feeling of freedom. The journey begins with curiosity. By experimenting with generosity, we have nothing to lose and much to gain, for selflessness makes us happy and transforms the world,” says Stefan KleinIf
You’re stuck on what to do, here are some ideas from David R. Hamilton’s book Why Kindness Is Good for You:
- Let someone cut you in line at the grocery store
- Look after someone’s children
- Sing happy birthday to someone over the phone
- Give blood
- Tell someone they look nice
- When you go to pick up a coffee, get one for a colleague
- Visit an elderly person and listen to them talk
- Hold a door open for someone
- Find a funny or inspirational video on YouTube and send it to someone who needs it
What does the Bible speak of ACTS OF KINDNESS
“But Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”
So work on your Kindness and how do you do that by
1 Be grateful for what you got. It’s very easy to take those of the world and things around you for grant. Take 2 minutes from time to time and reflect on what you can be grateful for or Write it down in a journal.
- Express it. Don’t hold in what you are grateful for. Say it. It maybe you are happy to have a umbrella on a rainy day. Or someone helps you out without you asking them too. Such small simple expressions of gratitude can make yours or someone else day brighter.
What about just a Smile. Smiles can brighten anyone day.
- Minimize judgements. No one likes to be judged. And the more you judge people the more you tend to judge yourself. So that is a lose-lose situation.
- Try to understand the other side. It is very easy to criticize someone’s actions before you hear them out or find out why they feel that way. Try to encourage them instead.
- Bring out the positive in others. Even if they get up under your skin if you see them do something out of the norm tell them. Example Yeah you are on time with a smile.
- Remember the small and kind gestures. When driving how about letting someone in into your lane when they are trying to switch over. We all are trying to get to our location safely
- Be Kind to yourself. You know I am guilty of this too.
Just remember how you treat others will bounce back into your world.