World Kindness day
Today is World Kindness day so it seems only right to celebrate it and mark it’s importance.
While I think a day to encourage kindness is brilliant, what I think would be so much better, is that we all show kindness as often as we can.
Being kind is not simply saying nice things but neither is it making huge gestures for someone else. I believe it can be any small act that brings a smile to someones face, makes someone laugh or generally cheers them up.
Being kind is not a completely selfless act though. Whenever I have done something that could be seen as an act of kindness, I come away feeling good. So why wouldn’t you want to sprinkle that around like glitter? If you can make yourself feel good while helping someone else to feel special then surely you’d jump at the chance?
Random acts of kindness
This has taken off over recent years, and it is a wonderful thing to do. In my experience though, it would seem we are still a littler wary.
A few years ago I put some money in an envelope and sellotaped it to the vending machine in my office. The machine was used very regularly but for well over a week that money was ignored. It couldn’t be missed, it was blocking the view of all the yummy treats and I had clearly written on the envelope what it was for but there it remained.
I honestly believe we have become un-trusting of such things. Why would someone treat a stranger to a free bag of Crisps or a bar of Chocolate? Well my response would be why not? If that chocolate is going to get you through the afternoon or bring a smile to your face then what could be more rewarding that than?
Then there was the book that someone had left with a note saying ‘Take me home and enjoy and then pass me on’. This remained in the same place for two weeks, I’d of taken it myself but I had the same book at my home.
Wouldn’t it be a really sad world if we all became so dubious of receiving kindness and being kind to others?
Is it simply that we are too busy to stop and think about those around us, friend, family or stranger? Don’t think that I am saying we stopped caring but maybe we just all forget to make time for ourselves and others.
Kind words change everything
I have talked before about the kindness of strangers Here, the impact one person can have on you. A simple acknowledgement of someones feeling’s can make all the difference.
Something as simple as saying hello to a stranger on the street or complimenting your friends new haircut, or maybe telling someone what they mean to you, all of these things could potentially change the course of a person’s day.
Now Christmas is well on its way, it is the perfect time to practice some kindness and maybe by New year it’ll become an integral part of the day and we can all spread kindness wherever we go.
Here are some ideas that are easy to do but could really make a difference
- Donate to your local food bank
- Pay it backwards – Pay for the person behind you in a coffee shops drink
- Leave money in a parking meter
- Call a friend you’ve not spoken to in a while
- Say Hello to people as you pass in the street
- Send a Thank you note to the home with the best Christmas lights
- Give up your space in the supermarket queue
- Offer to babysit for a friends children
- Make biscuits to share with a local organisation
- Buy some flowers for a person who may need a reason to smile
- Compliment people
- Take some clothes you no longer wear to your local charity shop
- Leave a book you’ve read for someone else to find
- Take a picture of the children with an ‘We Love you’ sign and send to anyone who needs to see it
- Make mince pies and share with friends
- Give someone a hug that might need one
- Share your friends businesses on Social media, People love to buy local and small businesses always need a boost
- Donate money to a charity close to you heart
- Leave a motivational quote in public
- Offer to run an errand for family or friends
- Leave Candy canes on the windscreen of cars at your work place
- Make sure to tell those around you how much they mean to you
- Pay it forward – Make sure the kindness you’re shown is passed on
Now there are so many more ways to show kindness to others but these I think are lovely ideas over the festive season, but as I said previously, there is no act of kindness too small and quite often those small acts are huge to the recipient.
Remember, you never really know what someone is going through. The person who cut you up in traffic might be racing home in an emergency, the person who dropped the door on you might have just lost a loved one, the person who was rude to you in the shop might be struggling with their mental health. Much better to be kind than rude to them, when your words or actions could break them.
Have you ever been touched by someones kindness and felt compelled to pass it on? Does the thought of random acts of kindness unsettle you?
What would be your ultimate kindness act?