Kindness doesn’t always mean donations, often times, kindness can be as simple as holding the door for the person behind you
23 May 2016| Last updated on 25 May 2017
Kindness brings out our characters. While some acts of kindness involve heaps of money and time, others don’t require much at all, but the impact will leave you and everyone around you awe-inspired!
- Smile to a stranger - that might be the only smile they have gotten all day!
- Don't write hurtful internet comments – words are more powerful than you may think and they can leave a mark.
- When everyone is gossiping around you, be the one to butt in with something nice – no one is perfect right?
- Put your phone away when out with friends or family – In the new digital age, this is unfortunately now considered an act of kindness.
- Don't interrupt when someone is talking – This goes without saying!
- Email or write to a teacher who made a difference in your life – after all, they have left a firm mark on your academic upbringing.
- Let someone into your lane while driving, they could be in a rush too – share the road, you never know the circumstances of the drivers around you.
- Forgive someone, and don't bring the issue up again – “you got me beggin’ you for mercy, why don’t you release me?”
- Talk to the shy person who is sat alone at a social gathering – They might be your next best friend.
- Leave your newspaper behind for someone else to read it at the coffee shop, doctor's office or on a plane
- Let the person with fewer items than you check out at the supermarket before you
- When you go to the shop, ask if the people around you would like anything too
- Give someone a hug – free hugs for all
- Answer those emails you've been avoiding
- Write a nice comment on your friend's blog
- Give someone a tissue if they're crying in public, offer your support if they wish to take it
- Compliment others infront of others
- Hold the elevator
- Talk to someone at work whom you haven't spoken to before
- Text someone just to say good morning or good night
- Give your seat to someone on the bus or metro
- Encourage someone
- Help someone struggling with heavy bags
- Be patient
- Call your parents
- Offer to return a shopping cart for someone loading groceries into their car
SEE ALSO: The Art of Kindness
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