When was the last time you did something nice for someone else? How often do you practice kindness? I must admit that I don’t do this as much as I’d like to. Sometimes we get so wrapped up with all the things going on in our lives that it’s easy to forget to stop and do something nice for others. Often times I feel like I’m juggling a dozen things or I’m always in a hurry, and this prevents me from showing acts of kindness. Today, I decided to put together a list of ways to practice kindness.
1. Smile at people that walk past you.
I frequently go on walks and pass by others all the time. Sometimes people look down or the other way when they see me, while some give me a friendly smile. I like to give a quick smile and keep moving along. You never know if someone is having a bad day and all they need is a smile to brighten up their day.
2. Volunteer your time.
Think about what skills and interests you have and find a way to utilize them to give back to the community. If you enjoy being around children, perhaps you can organize fun kids activities, coach a team, or tutor kids after school. If you love to help others in need, contact your local shelter or hospital. The opportunities are endless! You just have to open your mind and find what’s right for you. 🙂
3. Donate to a charity or organization.
There are so many organizations out there that can benefit from monetary or gift donations. One year, my husband and I donated a large bag of toys and books for children. I remember how happy I was to be blessed with these things when I was a child. Knowing that we were able to bless children with our gifts was the greatest feeling ever. There are also organizations that will benefit from food or clothing donations. I hope I can teach Gabriel the value of giving to others and I would like to start an annual tradition to give back when he is older.
4. Write a handwritten note.
Technology is definitely taking over these days and receiving a handwritten note seems to be less common. I don’t know about you but I love receiving handwritten things. I also like buying cards for others and writing a personal message. It is more meaningful to me than a text or email because it shows that I put a lot of thought into it.
5. Offer a helping hand.
If you know someone who needs help with something, give them a helping hand! However, only do it if you genuinely want to help and don’t expect something in return. Nothing bothers me more than when someone portrays that they’re being helpful and then acts like I owe them something. I always like helping others who are willing to help me but it puts a real damper on my mood when they keep reminding me what they did for me and make me feel obligated to do something for them. It makes me not want to reach out to them for help in the future. Just remember to help out however you can and be genuine about it. 🙂
6. Ask someone how they’re doing.
Yes, simply asking someone how they’re doing is a great way to practice kindness. You never know how someone is feeling and perhaps asking them how they’re doing shows them that you actually care. They might not always want to share everything with you but at least you acknowledged their feelings.
7. Do less talking and more listening.
Goodness, I can probably write a whole other blog post about this! I believe it’s so easy to talk about ourselves and sometimes we forget to just stop and listen to what others have to say. When you take the time to listen, you can learn something new about the other person or even yourself. Some people have selective hearing and only hear what they want to hear. Make sure you are fully listening and try not to interrupt because it shows the other person that you actually care about what they are saying.
Well, that wraps up my tips on how to practice kindness. Like I mentioned at the beginning of my post, these are things that I need to work on myself. How do you practice kindness?
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