If you think back over the past week, there have probably been things friends or strangers have done for you to help brighten your day. It’s easy to return those favors every day, especially if you make a point of getting into the habit. Keep reading to learn several ways to make kind gestures part of your daily routine.
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Have A Good Attitude
Your attitude is powerful, even if you don’t say a word, so whenever you’re out in public aim to have a pleasant expression on your face. Try smiling at people you don’t know and you’ll probably notice they smile back. Go out of your way to compliment people and become especially aware that your demeanor is something others notice without even realizing it.
No matter what kinds of tasks you’re involved in during the day strive to show kindness through actions and words. When those two things match up, you’re setting a good example people can’t ignore and want to follow.
Get Involved With Volunteer Work
If there’s a cause that’s especially important to you, take action by getting involved with a local or national organization that’s associated with it. Whether you particularly care about animal rights or equality issues, there’s probably a way to participate in the matter to start making positive changes.
By doing so, you’re not only acting like a great role model, but also opening up opportunities where you can to meet other people with the same interests and challenge yourself to do new things; all while working toward a good cause and making the world a better place.
You may be missing chances to help others just because you’re too absorbed in your own world. Rather than staying engrossed in your e-reader during the daily commute or keeping your earbuds in when you’re walking down the street, gently force yourself to tune in to what’s going on around you. This increases the possibility you’ll notice when you can pitch in and help others through kindness rather than being unaware.
Buy Meals For The Homeless
If your budget will allow for it, plan to set aside a specific amount of money per week that you use for buying meals for people who you see on the street and are less fortunate. Some people shy away from giving money to homeless people because they have doubts about how it will be spent. Earmarking some of your income to buy food for those who cannot afford to buy it allows you to be kind while also being specific about making sure the money will actually be spent on food.
Perhaps there are homeless people who spend time near a bakery in your community. Going into the bakery and buying a loaf of bread or a few scones and giving them to those people without homes is a practical way to be kind.
Pay It Forward
Another great way to use your money in a helpful way is to pay for the person who’s behind you in line, whether at the convenience store or your favorite coffee shop. There’s no need to make a big show out of doing it. Just casually mention your intention to the cashier.
Think Beyond Yourself
In closing, no matter what sorts of kind acts you engage in, it’s important to adopt a mindset where you think outside your situation and try to consider the things with which other people are dealing. Maybe that means visiting an elderly stranger in a nursing home, or writing a thank you note to someone who means a lot to you just because you want to make sure he or she knows you appreciate the relationship.
The more you can look beyond your life and empathize with others, the easier it’ll be to do kind things for people every day for the rest of your life.