When was the last time you held the door for the person behind you or smiled at a stranger? Do you take time to help a neighbor in need or email someone an encouraging message?
These may seem like strange questions, but these are all acts of kindness. And let’s face it, our world could benefit from a little more kindness.
Kindness is about being friendly, considerate, and having a concern for others. And it doesn’t even have to cost anything.
In addition to it not having to cost a thing, doing something nice for someone else makes us feel better.
Kindness and empathy also help us relate to other people and have more positive relationships. Besides just improving personal relationships, however, kindness can actually make us healthier.
And did you know that THERE ARE SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN BENEFITS OF BEING KIND!
Stephen Post of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine found that when we give of ourselves, everything from life satisfaction to self-realization and physical health is significantly improved. Mortality is delayed, depression is reduced, and well-being and good fortune are increased.
What are some random acts of kindness?
Wondering how you can practice kindness? Simply pay attention to what people say or do; you will often hear or see a need. Then, do what you can to help. If you need a few more ideas, check out this practical list…
- Giving an encouraging word or message
- Smiling at someone
- Opening a door for another
- Helping carry a heavy load
- Giving honest compliments
- Sending a thank you note or email
- Helping an elderly neighbor with yard work
- Sharing homemade food
- Donating old clothing and things you don’t need
- Volunteering your time or resources to a specific charity or need
For more ideas, check out 101 OF THE BEST RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS IDEAS
It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget that the simplest of things can make the greatest impact on someone else.
Keep in mind, that it only takes one person to create positive change.
But you don’t have to wait until then. I encourage you to start a revolution today! Be a person that spreads joy by practicing kindness everywhere you go.
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