5 Easy Ways to Spread Kindness in Your Day
Many of us lead such busy lives and we can often forget to slow down
and take a moment to spread joy and kindness to one another. It doesn’t take
much effort to make a positive difference in someone’s day. Even if you are
having a really bad day, taking a moment to focus on the happiness of others can
really make a big difference in the way you are feeling as well. Here are my
five favorite ways to brighten up the day for my friends, family, and even
Give a Genuine Compliment
“I really love your earrings” or “You have a beautiful family” are two simple
phrases that when said to the right person could really make them feel great and
give them a reason to smile. Compliments are also great ice-breakers, and can
help us spark up a conversation with someone new. Just remember to be genuine
about what you are complimenting someone for. I give compliments to random
people all the time; at the store, to the neighbors, at my job, even while going
through the fast food drive-thru. Making it a habit to compliment every day will
add so much joy into others’ lives and also your life too.
Lend a Hand
We can make a real positive difference in someone’s day by helping them out when
they are experiencing any degree of difficulty in anything. The little old lady
in the grocery store would most likely appreciate some help reaching for that
can of veggies high on the shelf. Volunteering your help for charities or
organizations can also help people in need and provide you with deep
self-fulfillment that will creative a positive experience for so many. Just
simply being a shoulder to lean on for a friend who is down can alter the day in
a positive way. Instead of saying “no” and turning the other cheek we need to
open up our hearts and say “yes” to provide our help for the needs of others.
You never know when you may need help too.
Having Patience and Understanding
It’s easy to get frustrated from time to time. Life has so many unpredictable
events that can occur at any time and for many different reasons. Many people
get frustrated when things are not going as routine and planned out. Also
certain jobs and careers can create a great deal of stress and anxiety and we
may feel at times that we have a short fuse. We need to remember that other
people are feeling the same way too. Even if someone is giving you a hard time
or things just aren’t going the right way, you can be the difference in how
things will turn out. Try closing your eyes and taking a slow deep breath.
Staying calm is the key and it can be an achievable trait if practiced and
focused on. For an example; if a food order gets messed up at a restaurant, our
reaction is usually to get a bit mad at our servers. Some people can get
downright snippy. It is more beneficial to everybody involved if everyone just
remains calm and kind. If the server did happen to mess up, he or she most
likely already feels bad enough for screwing up, but if you are patient and
understanding, not only will your dining experience be better but you could be
the difference in how that server feels about his or her day. Remember to always
tip generously and that everyone is human and makes mistakes. Daily meditation
can help to achieve the abilities to remain calm in other stressful events and
could help create a sense of calm to others.
Donate/Give What You Can
Many of us are fortunate enough to have an
abundance of necessities. However, there are many people who may be in need of
help. Many people have a favorite charity they donate to regularly. Even if you
do not have extra funds to give out, there other things you could do to give.
Even just taking part of a day to go through your closet to gather up clothes
you do not want anymore and donating them to those in need can make a big
difference to someone else (and your closet will be much tidier!) If you have
the means, “paying it forward” can be a great way to really spread genuine
kindness. Offering to pay for the coffee of the customer in line next to you or
going a little bit out of your way help the needs of others can really improve
the quality of someone else’s life and give you a great feeling of being a
charitable contributor to your fellow man.
This is by far the simplest but most effective way to spread joy
throughout the day. It might sound cliché, but when you smile the whole world
smiles with you. It is a way to let each other know that everything is okay, and
life is good. It is easier to be happy if others around us are happy as well.
Positive energy is real! We can all tap into these wonderful positive forces if
we strive to make a difference in the lives of others as well as our own.
Life is too short to waste being so self-focused and negative about things that
happen to us. If we want to strive for happiness, we have to think about the
needs of others and try to be as patient and kind to those around us every day.
This world would be a brighter place for us all if we can try to change it one
smile at a time.
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