Create A Habit of Kindness
Being kind reaps many benefits. Not only does it make you and the recipient feel wonderful, but it can also be contagious. And let’s face it, it’s just the right thing to do.
So, where to begin? Some acts are obvious - holding a door for the next person, saying please and thank you, buying someone a cup of coffee. But the real acts of kindness are often done anonymously. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- When you’re in a drive-thru lane at a fast-food restaurant, pay for the person behind you.
- Go to a pet shelter’s website and look at their wish list. Pick a few items and drop them off the next time you’re in the neighborhood.
- Check-in on an older adult. Many seniors are lonely and truly appreciate someone to talk to.
- Drop off some toys or games at the local hospital for the children.
- Buy a gift card for a local grocery store and give it to a homeless person.
- Put some money in someone else’s parking meter that’s about to expire.
- Pay for someone’s gas or groceries.
- During the winter months brush off someone else’s car.
- If you’re able, donate blood. That’s something money can’t buy.
- On a hot day, offer a cold bottle of water to the person cutting your grass or fixing the road in front of your house.
- Help a frazzled parent with their cranky children on an airplane or in a restaurant.
- Find something nice to say to everyone you encounter.
- Drop the negative thoughts! Thinking kindly is as important as acting kindly.
A habit of kindness will serve you well in all areas of your life. Make it a point to do at least one kind thing a day for fourteen days and soon your habit of kindness will be second nature.