Spread a Little Kindness Today – 7 Ways

kindness quoteThere is all together too much hatred in the world today.  Honestly, it scares me.  It feels so irrational and I have a hard time relating because I cannot remember hating a person or “a people” in my life.

So today, I was brainstorming with myself on how to spread a little more kindness and I thought I would share my ideas with you.  Please feel free to add to the list.

  1. Thank someone who doesn’t expect it. There are all kinds of thankless jobs out there and even thankless tasks.  Pick one and make a point to show appreciation for a job well done that might get taken for granted.  Be explicit in your thanks—just how did that person make an impact on you or someone else?
  2. Smile more. Try to be more conscious of your facial expression, especially when you look at others.  And make eye contact.  You never know—you may be the only connection someone has today to the outside world.  Let them know you see them.
  3. Do something random that will help or lift another person, whether they know it or not. Buy a cup of coffee for someone working outdoors, help an older person carry their groceries or cross the street, make extra food and bring some to a busy neighbor. Leave a bigger tip or give your change to the next person in line.
  4. Give away some of the “too many clothes” in your closet – to a homeless shelter, the veterans, or any other charity that is looking to clothe the less fortunate people in the world. Think especially of the cold weather ahead and how much a sweater, pair of socks or warm coat can mean to someone who doesn’t have them.
  5. Call a friend or family member “just because.” Let them know you were thinking about them and that you are happy they are part of your life.  You can even email or text this message, along with a few hearts and smiley faces.
  6. Write a testimonial on LinkedIn, a book review on Amazon, a review on Trip Advisor or Yelp. These are especially appreciated by small operators that depend on positive word of mouth to survive and grow.
  7. Take some time for you. A walk in the woods, a warm bath, a cup of tea and time to sit and think, read, or just to be inspired by the world around you.  After all, you count as someone who deserves a little more kindness, right?

Imagine picking one thing every day that demonstrates more kindness in the world.  I am challenging myself to do just that for the next 30 days.  Having done this before, I can tell you the rewards are way more than you think.

This is the perfect season to spread a little kindness.  Will you join me?

#kindness #30-day-challenge

18 thoughts on “Spread a Little Kindness Today – 7 Ways

  1. Bake cookies and deliver them to local town servants (fire, police, dump, town hall).

    Send a YOU ROCK card to show appreciation.

    Lord knows the world and all of us could benefit from a little more kindness!

  2. One thing I do as often as possible is tell the boss of an employee who has done something helpful, useful or wonderful, that he or she did it and how much it meant to me. I thank the person too. It can really help the employee to get some positive feedback to the manager or boss…and I feel so thankful that when someone really does their job well, I can return some kindness that way.

    Recently, i got the phone# off a huge truck that navigated thru a very dangerous situation on a bridge under construction. I called the driver’s boss and told him what a great job the truck driver did! The company was amazed someone wouod call and it was great to share the joy and thanks.

    Also, rememberiing anyone who is ill, or injured, and sending a card, stopping by, dropping off some treat, a card, flowers, or bath salts, or offeing to wash dishes or do laundry. Asking what they need help with and really doing something practical. It can mean so much in that situation..

    This goes for after a death in the family. Even just showing up to wash dishes can help others cope.

    No matter how little, or much, we may think we have, we can always share something, or give something and that makes us feel full again in ourselves! Even sharing a bowl of homemade soup with an elderly neighbor can mean a lot in ways we might not think would mean so much.

    • Thank you Hallie, for sharing your ideas. Wow! These are great and the kinds of things that few people take the time to do. Bravo to you for making a difference in someone’s world – keep up the good work!

  3. Great article. Very inspiring. Some neat fresh ideas how we can make a difference in others peoples lives. Very important these days where people are more and more tempted to go ‘the other way’ We must not let ourselves be tempted. And the best way to do that is to prove all the cynicasters wrong! Thanks for this blog Cheryl!

  4. I am joining you Cheryl! Made a batch of pasta sauce and delivered it to a very dear friend who is failing. She saw the sauce and I saw her tears. These small things make such a difference.

  5. Cheryl,

    When my wife Gail died if Breast Cancer
    7 1/2 years ago, the one thing that she wanted
    In her Obituary was that “in lieu of flowers
    or donations, Gail asks that you perform a
    random act of kindness”! The two of us
    would agree that this article is spot on!!!
    It takes so little but has tremendous impact
    that lasts and what better time than Thanksgiving
    to pay it forward with an act of kindness as
    simple as a smile and a hello for a stranger?
    No cost but huge impact!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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