There are many things that can impact kindness, including simple things such as opening the door for someone or helping a neighbor carry their bags into the house, and kindness is contagious.
Here are 5 essentials that can impact kindness.
Random Acts of Kindness
Random acts of kindness don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Holding the door open for someone, making a meal for a neighbor who is sick or who is experiencing a tragic event, giving cold water bottles to people who work outdoors on very hot days, making sure to compliment someone who may be feeling bad about themselves are all ways to express kindness.
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Being kind by volunteering helps you meet new people, gives you a sense of overall well-being and also helps you feel like you fit in and are a part of your community. Being a volunteer can also bring about wonderful long-term friendships with the people you are helping or with other volunteers. It also helps people put their valuable skills to work for a volunteer organization.
Being Kind and the Family
Sometimes parents are so busy they forget to be thoughtful and kind to their children or spouses. Setting aside a day just for your child, with no distractions, to do with them what they enjoy and give them your undivided attention can foster great relationships. Also, as silly as it may sound, putting a love note in your spouse’s lunch or briefcase can really help cement your relationship and let them know that you are thinking about them during your busy day.
Kindness can be Contagious
When a friend or family member, or even a complete stranger, experiences a random act of kindness first-hand, it often prompts them to want to be more kind as well. Seeing someone provide a meal for a homeless person, helping an elderly person across the street, paying someone’s cab fare or giving someone an umbrella in a rainstorm often will make others want to experience the positive feeling that helping others brings.
So remember: kindness doesn’t cost a thing and it has a wonderful ripple effect!