The world can be a harsh place, and many people feel daily stress and pressure. Lives are full of busyness and commitments, and it is easy to be short or seem uncaring toward others. However, wholesale kindness benefits the health of both the giver and receiver, and it’s so easy to give.
Give Kindness in Person
Kindness in person is both the easiest and the most difficult to give. You have so many options, but many of them take more time to share in person. For example, you may offer to babysit others’ children, take someone for coffee, visit a loved one at home or ask how you can help. These acts may result in a time commitment you were not expecting, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend the time. You have so many in-person options. You can help with a cleaning project or chore, cook a meal that you can take over, give a gift the person would like or simply hold others’ hands when they need comfort. Sometimes, a simple “I’m sorry” or “I love you” can make another’s day.
Random Acts of Kindness
Your kindness does not have to be relegated to those you know. Consider treating everyone with kindness by listening and using a kind voice when you speak with others. Also, consider adopting random acts of kindness. For example, if you see someone who looks overwhelmed in a coffee line, consider buying that person’s coffee, or give an extra tip to the person who serves you at a restaurant. Sometimes, a simple compliment is exactly what others need. You may also choose to send notes and cards to people you don’t know, such as sick children, elderly individuals in homes and deployed military members.
Share Your Abundance
You may have things in your life in abundance that you can share with others. For example, if you are a gardener, you may have extra herbs, vegetables, fruit or flowers you can share with your neighbors, friends and loved ones. If you are creative and enjoy doing arts and crafts, consider sharing them. Most people appreciate a homemade gift.
Many people are unable to visit their friends and loved ones in person. However, kindness can be shared from a distance. For example, you may send kind thoughts through social media to specific individuals or everyone on your friends list. You may also write a note and send it through the mail. Everyone loves flowers or a care package. Even an uplifting email or an unexpected phone call can make an impact.
Kindness is free and easy to give. Consider walking in kindness every day.