If there is one thing I have learnt over the past couple of years – it can be really easy to get trapped in your own world that we forget about the importance of kindness – the act of giving ourselves generously without expecting anything in return.
Being kind to loved ones, work colleagues or even a stranger, is a great gesture and can make a massive difference.
By living a life with intent of being nice and selfless, you can have a positive effect on yourself – giving you meaning, and the good feeling that you are doing something worthy with your life.
The key to happiness – seek to carry out one or more random acts of kindness every day. Every small, positive action you take is an opportunity to make someone else’s life slightly better.
“You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
The list below details various random acts of kindness that you can start doing today:
- Send a message to let someone know you’re thinking of them.
- Ask a friend how they have been feeling recently.
- Do something to make someone’s life better without expecting anything in return.
- Do an act of kindness to make someone else’s life easier.
- Organise a virtual coffee with a work colleague or friend.
- Say something kind to a stranger.
- Leave a nice comment on someone’s blog post, YouTube video, or any other content they’ve created.
- Check in on an elderly relative or neighbour.
- Say hello to a neighbour when out walking.
- Buy something at your next supermarket shop for the foodbank.
- Get back in touch with a friend you’ve not seen for a while.
“One thing I do know for a fact is that the nicer we are to our fellow human beings, the nicer the universe is to us.”Joe Rogan
- Have a clear out of stuff – donate unwanted goods to the charity shop.
- Show an active interest by asking questions when talking to others (don’t just wait for your turn to talk).
- Buy a homeless person on the street a sandwich and a drink.
- Share a skill or something you’ve recently learnt.
- Talk to someone who is alone at a party or other social situation.
- Listen, be supportive, highlight the positives when someone is down – don’t judge.
- Bring toys to your local children’s hospital.
- Say how much you’ve missed someone when you haven’t seen them for a while.
- Share your feelings with someone you trust.
- Thank someone and tell them how they’ve made a difference for you.
- Offer to have the kids so your partner can go out with friends.
- Remember next time you’re angry with someone on social media – they are a real person too.
“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people.”Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Look for good in others.
- Try to recognise where you have done wrong in a disagreement.
- Treat others like you would want to be treated.
- Create something of value that will make someone else’s life better – give it away for free.
- Give money to someone who is struggling.
- Send a message of encouragement to someone who needs a boost.
- Focus on being kind rather than being right.
- Smile at the people you see.
- Tell a loved one or friend why they are special.
“It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others.”Aristotle
- Respond to your emails, messages and comments.
- Be open to taking a compliment – don’t dismiss it or find ways of taking offence by it.
- Support a local business – give them custom over a big chain.
- Support your local business – give them a positive review or recommend them on social media.
- Share a blog post you really like on your social media.
- Check in on someone who is struggling.
- Show gratitude for the people you have in your life.
- Respond kindly to everyone you talk to today.
- Talk to yourself with compassion.
- Share something you find inspiring or amusing.
“I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage, or bravery, or generosity, or anything else… Kindness—that simple word. To be kind—it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind that’s it.”Roald Dahl
- Make a plan to connect with others.
- Plan a date night with your significant other.
- Say thank you when someone holds open the door for you.
- Tell your significant other you love them without needing any reason to.
- Call your parents/grandparents.
- Don’t judge someone for what they say when you don’t agree (try and understand their point of view).
- Give sincere compliments to people you talk to.
- Remember everyone has their own problems – go easy on someone if they make a mistake or seem distracted.
“As for…the fear that compassion will involve you in suffering, counter it with the realization that the sharing of sorrow expands your capacity to share joy as well. When you callously ignore the suffering of others, you lose the capacity to share their happiness, too.”Albert Schweitzer
- Give someone positive feedback.
- Offer some help to someone who has been struggling with a problem for a while – be a mentor.
- Tell a loved one what attributes you like about them.
- Send out a thank you note.
- Enjoy a moment with a friend.
- Be a good role model – always choose to perceive the positives from a situation, no matter how bad it is.
Anything else to add?
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”Princess Diana
Wishing you the best in your success.
James @Perfect Manifesto