The holidays are just around the corner and I think we can all benefit from lighting that inner spark that shines bright when we give, without the expectation of receiving something in return. It’s what makes the holidays so magical. So why not continue the magic 24/7/365? Well we can, with the following 5 ways to spread kindness every day, that don’t necessarily have to end with you dipping into your wallet, unless you really want to of course.
If you’ve been following along, you know that I struggle with living in the moment and allowing awareness in. I’m a multi-tasker through and through, but I have learned that daily practice is the only way to ensure our inside world positively reflects in our outside world. And giving, remarkably always find a way to be a win/win for everyone involved. It’s for that reason that I’m honored to share the following list on some of the little things you can do to continue to bring kindness to anyone and everyone you meet.
And how much more easy can it get than offering a smile to everyone that crosses your path. Doing so allows you to acknowledge their humanity, thus acknowledging yours. It’s amazing how one small, thoughtful gesture can effect the person receiving it and even the one giving it. I know I always looked forward to catching the elevator at work when a particular student worker was covering the front desk because she always greeted everyone with such a sweet, bubbly voice, ready to help in any way. Just when I thought I was being a shining light to myself and everyone around me, she always made me realize that I still had a few more notches to climb to meet her giving spirit. And I let her know often that I appreciated her for it, which brings me to the second way you can offer kindness every day.
Offer someone a compliment or message of positivity, whether they need it or not. If nothing else, it just solidifies your own “feel good” mood inside.
Tell your family and friends that you love them, both out loud and with actions. Maybe even get to know their love language so you know they’ll always feel loved by you.
Donate your time and/or unwanted items to charitable organizations. I know that I personally always keep a bag in my closet ready to collect items for donation.
Help clean up – at home, your child’s classroom, neighborhood park, etc. As a woman, I know nothing makes me smile ear to ear more, than getting clean up assistance without having to ask for it. It’s all heartwarming I tell ya. Whether it’s help in loading the dish washer at home, or volunteering to help the community we live in, it all makes a difference in uniting us through compassion and kindness. And that’s what it’s all about.
Just a few suggestions to allow that sometimes hard exterior we put on, to melt into gratitude. If you have any others please share them below. The main thing to remember is to have fun and have your heart, not your head, lead the way. That’s when you’ll find the right gesture of kindness for your comfort level.
So get out there and spread some kindness today!
Have you ever had a random act of kindness change your day from drab to fab? Please share.