Random Acts Of kindness That Will Make You Feel Better
How to Build an Acts of Kindness Habit
A little kindness goes a long way. Being kind not only helps spread positivity, but it also helps you develop a more positive attitude. Making the conscious decision to develop an "acts of kindness" habit may seem difficult at first. To develop a kindness habit, start small, think positively, mean what you say and do, and practice each day.
Finding Ways to Practice Kindness
Start small.An kindness habit doesn’t mean that you have to go out and donate tons of money or give up your life to a cause. You can easily do many acts of kindness every day on a smaller scale. In many ways, this is a great way to spread kindness everywhere you go.
- For example, hold the door open for someone. Smile at a stranger. Pay the toll for someone behind you. Ask someone in customer service that you see often how they are doing. These small things can make a huge difference.
Say thank you.Appreciating someone for something they have done is an easy way to show kindness towards someone. This takes little planning or effort on your part. It just takes a bit of awareness to force the words out of your mouth.
- When someone does something for you, whether it is at work or in a business, you should say, “Thank you” or “I appreciate it.”
Smile.An easy way to start building your habit of kindness is to smile at people. Smiling doesn’t require you to say anything or do much of anything. With some practice, smiling will become reflex. Practice smiling at everyone you pass, both strangers and familiar faces.
- If you don’t feel happy or cheerful one day, that’s okay. You can still smile to spread kindness despite your mood. In fact, it may help improve your mood, as studies show smiling — even forced or fake — can increase happiness.
Help someone with a task.You can spread kindness by extending your help to someone doing a task, especially if it's something like a chore. You can ask if they need help or surprise them by completing the task as a surprise. This act of kindness can lessen responsibility and brighten someone’s day.
- For example, you may do the dishes or cook dinner for your spouse or roommate before they get home. You might offer to carry someone’s groceries, or perhaps you mow your neighbor’s lawn at the same time you do your own.
Go out of your way for someone.Sometimes, kindness may mean going outside your comfort zone to be there for someone you care about. You may choose to be kind to a friend or family member by going out of your way to help them with a problem, to be with them during a difficult time, or to do something for them.
- For example, if your friend is sad, you might give up your evening plans to go be with them because they need your support. Or you might help a family member problem solve until you find a solution. Going the extra mile for loved ones is an act of kindness.
Do not underestimate the importance of physical kindness.You may also show kindness through physical touch. For example, you may hug someone, shake someone’s hand, pat someone on the back or shoulder, or hold someone’s hand when they are scared or upset. These small gestures can mean a lot to someone.
- Make sure to use caution with touch. Not everyone likes physical contact. Touching someone, especially hugging or holding their hand, may not be appropriate in every situation.
Visit people.Making the time to include people in your life is a way to be kind. Find time to meet friends for lunch or dinner, or go visit a family member you don’t see often. If someone comes to you a lot, go see them instead.
- Taking time out of your day to see someone is a large act of kindness that can be easily achieved.
Treat people with respect.Respect is another way you can spread kindness. This means treating everyone the same and how you want to be treated. This should be regardless of people’s job title, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexuality, or socio-economic status.
- Treating everyone with respect and positivity no matter your differences is one of the best way to spread kindness.
Developing the Mindset
Mean what you say.One way to build an acts of kindness habit is to make it real for you. This means you shouldn’t say things just to act kind if you don’t mean them. Instead, be truthful when you speak kind words and perform kind acts.
- For example, when you tell someone, “Congratulations on the promotion,” don’t feel resentment towards them. Actually feel happy that they got the job. If you tell someone, “Have a nice day,” mean it.
Keep your thoughts positive.Your mindset is important when adopting a kindness habit. If you think negative thoughts, you will be sad and down. If you think positive thoughts, you will be more cheerful and more inclined to be kind to people. Try to stay positive, even on bad days.
- Sometimes, doing something kind for another person can lift your spirits. If you are feeling negative, smile at someone. Compliment someone or tell them you appreciate them. Hold the door for a stranger. These things can help breed positivity.
- If you feel negative and getting into a positive mindset seems too difficult, try to lift yourself up to feeling neutral — neither negative nor positive. Try to view things from an objective, slightly removed viewpoint, without emotion or judgement. Once you've reached a place of neutrality, try thinking about the positive things in your life to lift you up even further.
Practice acts of kindness on everyone.Part of the basis of an acts of kindness habit is spreading kindness to everyone, not just a certain few people. You may only act kind to people you know or those around you, but this is not a full acts of kindness habit. A acts of kindness habit encompasses everyone.
- For example, don’t just spread kindness to co-workers you know. Instead, be random and spread kindness to everyone, even those you’re not close with. Be kind to strangers you meet, like your barista and cashier at the grocery store.
Remember to practice on yourself.You can’t develop a complete acts of kindness habit without being kind to yourself. Many people are too harsh or overly critical about every aspect of their lives. Treat yourself with the kindness you wish to show to others — treat yourself like a beloved friend, not an enemy.
- Forgive yourself for mistakes, compliment yourself, smile at your reflection in the mirror, and speak about yourself in positive terms. These are all ways to be kind to yourself, and you deserve kindness, just like anyone else.
Practice for 21 days.It takes three weeks to adopt a habit. This means that you should consciously work for 21 days at acts of kindness. You can do this when you first wake up by sending an email thanking someone, or you can smile at someone you pass on the street.
- Make sure to do these acts every day, otherwise it won’t become a habit. Set a reminder in your phone or mark it on your calendar if you need to remind yourself.
Choose a specific goal each day.Each morning, come up with a specific way you will be kind that day. This helps you make the conscious decision each day to be kind until it becomes a habit and second nature. The act can be small or large.
- Habits take time to develop, and they require you to take action. You have to think about your acts of kindness while developing the habit.
Video: Simple Acts of Kindness
Meningococcal Group B Vaccine
How to Relocate to Germany
Forget Letters, Kids Can Now Call Santas Phone Number
Practicing Yoga for RA
6Food Habits That Help Japanese Women Stay Slim
Jessica Alba Flaunts Bikini Body On The Beach In St Barts
AMBER Alert Website Offline Because of Government Shutdown System Still Operating
The Concussion Epidemic and Your Kids
How to Conduct Market Research Online