World Kindness Day: 10 ways you can be kind every day
Recently, people across the globe celebrated World Kindness Day. On this day, plenty of kindness was spread and pay-it-forward acts were started, but what about the rest of the year? Let’s not limit our kind acts to one day a year. The following are 10 ways you and your family can be kind any day of the year.
- Confidence sticky notes – Leave sticky notes with inspirational messages on them in random places. Examples: a grocery store shelf, the mirror in a public bathroom or on a car’s windshield.
- Visit someone who is lonely – Offer your companionship to someone who is lonely. Great places to look for opportunities are at hospitals, nursing homes or programs like Big Brother, Big Sister.
- Make a positive comment on a website or blog – Everyone appreciates feedback. When you go out of your way to let someone know what they wrote or shared inspired you, chances are that you will make their day!
- Thank your bus or taxi driver – Bus and taxi drivers, along with others in service-related professions, often have to deal with unhappy or rude customers. Be kind and courteous to your hard-working driver.
- Team pledge of kindness – Speak with your coach and team captains about enforcing a team pledge of kindness where everyone commits to doing one act of kindness a day for the length of the season.
- Volunteer at a food bank – There are many ways to help your local food bank. You can volunteer to stock shelves, clean the store or work at the counter.
- Let someone go in front of you in line – When you find yourself waiting in a line, let someone go in front of you. They will really appreciate the gesture.
- Laugh often – Laughter makes everything better. Having a sense of humor lightens your burdens, connects you to others, inspires hopefulness and offers a new perspective.
- Make blankets for the homeless – Donating a blanket or quilt to someone who has none will help keep him or her warm and comfortable during cold nights. Just the gesture of giving them a blanket will remind them of the kindness that exists in the world.
- Write a letter to someone who made a difference in your life – Letting them know they have motivated you will inspire them to continue helping others as they helped you.
Thanks to The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for the inspiration!
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