Goodwill is contagious. Kindness towards others inspires both recipients and witnesses alike to go forth and pay it forward. Why not be the person who sparks that chain reaction? Here are eight acts of kindness that may inspire others.
- Express Gratitude
Simply saying “thank you” can go a long way. Take a moment to thank someone who deserves to hear your appreciation. Whether written or verbal, the sentiment will be undoubtedly valued.
- Write a Note
Handwritten letters are a lost art. In today’s day and age, sitting down to pen a complimentary note is a grand gesture. Think of someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. Perhaps a friend who is down on their luck or someone you’d like to commend and share a few words from your heart.
- Extend Mercy
Has someone wronged you? Whether the infraction happened accidentally or purposely, there is no better time to forgive. Spread kindness to others by exercising mercy. We all have a family member or friend who we feel doesn’t deserve a second chance, but mercy is reserved especially for those who don’t deserve it.
- Give a Random Gift
Your gift may be small and inexpensive. It may even be handmade. Above all, remember that the only thing it must be, is heartfelt. Personalized tokens of love and appreciation are meaningful beyond measure. When considering the recipient, pick (or make) something that will resonate on a deeper level than a generic gift.
- Check on Someone
Make sure the people in your life are ok – mentally and physically. Be aware of the people you pass on the street, your neighbors and your co-workers and check in on them from time-to-time. If your intuition leads you to wonder about someone, act on those feelings. You never know what people are going through privately and sometimes all they need is to know that someone truly cares.
- Share a Compliment
Often, we think nice words that we never share. Whether we let our rushed schedules prevent us from taking the time or underestimate the value of verbalizing our thoughts, the people around us appreciate compliments more than we know. Next time a kind thought crosses your mind, stop what you’re doing and express your thought aloud.
- Help Without Request
If you notice someone in need, instead of offering only words of encouragement, spring into action. Make an extra plate for a busy mom, do a couple of your spouse’s chores, send a few dollars to a struggling family member. Take it upon yourself to provide a solution.
- Be Kind to Yourself
Most importantly, be kind to yourself. You cannot pour from an empty cup. Every inspiring act that was listed above should first be gifted to yourself. If you feel that others deserve kind acts, know that you are equally deserving and fully capable of focusing the same kindness inward.
Throw kindness around like confetti. Every interaction counts. It costs nothing to encourage and inspire others through the way you treat them. Even a gesture as small as a quiet smile across a crowded room can brighten someone’s whole day. Be purposeful about sharing your light and watch as the people around you begin to do the same.