One of the most pure and simplest things we can do is be kind to one another. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your background might be, no act of kindness, no matter how small it may be, will ever be wasted. From something as simple as a compliment to a random act of kindness that could change someone’s day- yes, even a smile or a wave will go a long way for someone in need. Consider being the change you want to see in this world by doing these things and being kind to others!
It doesn’t take big gestures to show kindness towards another person. The little acts go a long way to helping others get through their day. If you are having a bad day, pass kindness on to others.
It starts with you- be kind! Here are a few suggestions to help someone out in a small way that may have a big impact on their day.
1. Say “please” and “thank you”
This may sound cliché and maybe even a bit elementary, but it is the simplest gesture you can do that goes a long way. When was the last time you said “please” or “thank you” to someone?
2. Compliment someone
This is an easy one! If you see something nice about another person, don’t hold back- let them know!
3. Smile & wave
Next time you see someone with their head down or simply walking in your direction, try smiling and offering them a little wave to let them know they’re not alone in the world.
4. Hold open the door
This is another gesture that seems like it should be common knowledge, but people go through life without ever holding open a door or being held open by someone else.
5. Bring food to work/ school
Food is one of the best ways to make friends with someone! Bring some baked goods in for your co-workers or classmates- they’ll be grateful, and you’ll likely make a new friend.
6. Pay for the person in line behind you
When you’re at a restaurant or any place where there are long lines, pay for the person directly behind you when it comes time to order your food/ receive your receipt. This is another one that may seem elementary, but it’s always kind to help someone else out!
Helping others helps me
It may sound counter-intuitive, but it really works. I’ve found that giving up my time to help others that are struggling is often rewarded in ways that I didn’t expect.
I used to go through life negotiating everything. I was selfish, and I often thought “what am I going to get out of this”. That was my old stinking-thinking coming to the forefront of my thoughts.
It is possible to change. I learned that some people will love me while I learned to love myself. That self-love isn’t a selfish love. It is one of contentment and general happiness.
Money is not everything
I spent a lot of time trying to chase promotions to bolster my own ego. I found that money was not the answer to my problems. I had to look deep within myself to figure out what was wrong. I’m not a millionaire. I am not rich by any stretch of the imagination. Financial wealth has its uses. And that’s all it is – money is a tool.
What I do have is a sense of well-being when I’ve helped others. Here’s the great thing about helping others; when I need help, they’ve been there to help me. That’s a spiritual wealth that money cannot buy.
There is a lot of truth in “what goes around, comes around”. Being able to assist people that are in a “dark place” or having troubles is one of the skills I’ve learned in recent years. I’ve stopped thinking that the world is out to get me, instead, I’ve figured out that if I help the world, the world helps me.
That’s not to say that I always get the things that I want. If I want something I have to work for it. What I do get instead, is what I need.
My needs are met. I’m not hungry, I’m not cold, I’m not without shelter. I have social interactions with people that I like spending time with. I’ve had to figure out who to spend time with… that took a while. I was definitely on the wrong bus for a while! And that’s ok. I thought it was the right place for me at that time.
Thankfully, I found some kind people that put me on a different bus. In turn, I’ve helped other people get on that bus. I hope they stay on for the ride too.
In short, kindness is a practice. It takes time to get right, but when you do …. it’s a good place to be. I spent far too much time being angry at the world and my life was full of resentments. Letting that negativity go made space for a kind, caring, and considerate attitude towards others.
That for me was a wonderful thing to experience. Sure, life has its ups and downs. A temporary job didn’t manifest into something permanent. I’ve dealt with that by accepting that I do not get what I want.
When I’m having a bad day, I don’t take it out on others. Most people have done me no harm, and they may be having a bad day too. A little bit of kindness goes a long way towards easing the daily difficulties we face in life.
What are some ways that you can spread kindness? Let us know in the comment section below!
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All the best!
Matt The Happy Human