The greatest acts of kindness are those that are freely given because we care about others and don’t expect anything in return. However, we ultimately find that extending kindness provides its own rewards by improving our happiness, sense of purpose, and well-being.
We can make giving a regular habit by displaying thoughtfulness throughout the year and not just waiting for a crisis in order to demonstrate acts of generosity!
Ironically, when a disaster does strikes, sometimes we often don’t do anything because we feel our contribution is too insignificant or wouldn’t matter in the bigger scheme of things.
However, even the smallest action can make the biggest difference. We can do a lot with one small act.
Spreading kindness is a valuable experience for all concerned and is very infectious. When we’re willing to share our compassion with others, then we inspire those around us to do the same.
Generosity of spirit, action and warmth toward others are essential parts of a healthy community and life.
Below are some acts of kindness that we are all probably familiar with, and can participate in today and all year long:
- Volunteer at a local hospital
- Donate blood
- Anonymously send cash to those in need
- Buy a poor neighbor some groceries
- Forgive somebody
- Cook dinner for a busy parent
- Let your local police know how much you appreciate their service to the community
- Offer someone else your seat on the bus/train
- Listen intently
- Write a handwritten note of appreciation
- Be a courteous driver
- Let someone get ahead of you in the grocery line
- Pay the toll for the person behind you
- Give an inspiring book to a struggling friend
- Hold the elevator for someone
- Spend time with the elderly
- Babysit for a single parent
- Say thank you whenever anyone does something for you
- Visit an orphanage with some treats
- Share a smile
- Pick up the litter that you find on the street
- Pay for the movie tickets of the people in the line behind you
- Give out frequent compliments
- Speak lovingly
- Look for the good in others
Participate in one new act of kindness today.