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Ways to Show (And Spread!) Kindness to Those Around You

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Kindness is like a spiritual boomerang. The more you put out, the more it comes back to you. Just ask Leon Logothetis, host of “The Kindness Diaries” on Netflix. His social experiment out on the road has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that random acts of kindness not only reaffirm our humanity but also inspire us to give back. Even the smallest overture of compassion and caring can have a profound impact on both giver and receiver. Be proactive and take the first step. Any of these basic ways to show kindness can make somebody’s day.

Smile

“Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahlil Gibran
It’s amazing how powerful a smile can be. Smile when you pass somebody on the street, or in the hallway, or in the grocery store. You will see the light of appreciation in their eyes. You never know when that connection can blossom into a friendship.

Be a Supportive Friend

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain
If you know a friend is having a tough time, reach out to them. Make yourself available to listen and let them know they are not alone. So often people who are struggling are uncomfortable asking friends for support but so appreciative if it is offered.

Stand Up to Bullies

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer
It’s hard to believe that grown up adults can exhibit the same bad behavior as middle school students. Bullying is unattractive at any age, but particularly so at a time of life when offenders have enough life experience to know better. If you witness an incident of bullying, report it immediately to those in charge. Let it be known that you will not tolerate this hurtful conduct and become a role model for kindness and inclusion in your own community..

Use Your Skills

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart

If you are a great cook, make a casserole for a neighbor. If you are crafty, leave a gift of something you’ve made on a friend’s doorstep. Your random act of kindness may involve offering your time to help a friend or neighbor organize a move, do their taxes, write a resume, decorate their living room or bake cookies for a bake sale. Find out where there is a need that you can fill and offer your services.

Unlock the door to your heart and let the kindness flow freely. Your world and that of those around you will be a brighter place.