Kindness in Our Everyday Lives

Since starting the #imkinderthanthat movement I have been making a concerted effort to do something kind every day. Once you start doing this you begin to realize that these “little things” can have a big impact. You never know the ripple effect that your kindness may cause. Here are some examples:

  • Say something when you see someone being kind (Saying “You’re so kind” could make someone’s day)
  • Putting extra money in the meter when you leave, so that the next person doesn’t have to pay (or if you see someone’s meter has run out, put in some change)
  • Holding doors open for people whenever you can
  • Stop at a kid’s bake sale or lemonade stand and buy something
  • Say Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening to people on the elevator at work
  • Offer your seat on public transportation to people who may need it more than you
  • Tell your barista (because we all need coffee/tea some time) how good your drink is
  • Donate, donate, donate. When you see someone raising money for a good cause, try to donate (even if it is a couple of dollars it’s makes a difference)
  • Be kind to people you are dealing with on the phone – even if you are frustrated with the situation (for example; airlines, customer service reps, banks, etc). Remember that they aren’t the cause of the issue, they are trying to help.
  • Pick up trash
  • Buy treats for the people you work with
  • Let a person with fewer items get in front of you at the grocery store
  • Ask a friend if you can do anything for them – some people don’t like to ask for help, but if it is offered, they may take you up on it
  • Ask your waiter/waitress/bartender’s name so you can refer to them by name
  • Leave a larger tip for a server
  • Say hello to a homeless person
  • Send a note to someone’s boss who has gone out of their way for you
  • When shopping, hang the clothes that you try on back up (the right way)
  • Ask someone how THEIR day is going
  • Let someone get in front of you on the road
  • Give LOTS of compliments
  • Offer someone your cart at the grocery store (or put it back)
  • Tell your family/friends how much you appreciate them
  • Give your pet some extra attention
  • Reach out to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while
  • Send someone a card just because
  • SMILE

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