A small gesture of kindness can have such a positive impact on both the giver and receiver and may start a ripple effect.
One of my goals this year is to practice kindness towards myself and others. I am going to try to be more intentional about showing others that I care.
Here are 8 small ways to show kindness.
Smile – a lot, make eye contact and acknowledge people. “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness” ~ William Arthur Ward
2 Hold the door open
Holding the door open for someone does not take much time, but could make a difference in someone else’s day.
3 Let someone go ahead of you in line
I like to do this when I have a shopping cart full of groceries and the person behind me only has one or two items.
4 Give someone a compliment
Give someone a sincere compliment. It costs nothing and it’s a great way to make someone feel special.
5 Speak kindly
Be mindful of the way you talk to people, your tone of voice and the words you use. Practice speaking kindly and treating others with respect.
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless” ~ Mother Teresa
6 Use your manners
Saying “please” and “thank you” shows an appreciation for other people. Good manners never go out of style.
When someone needs to talk, listen with your full attention. This is a great way to show them that they are important to you.
8 Write A Thank You Note
This could be to someone in your community who has made a positive impact on your life such as a firefighter, teacher, nurse, local business owner or neighbour.
Never underestimate the impact you could have on someone’s day by being kind.
We can all use a little more kindness in our lives. How are you showing kindness today?