How To Be Kind To Others
Can you remember the last time you acted out of kindness toward someone? Has it been so long that you don’t even remember if you’ve ever done so? Times are crazy and life is so fast-paced right now that it’s easy to zone out and never see anyone around you as you rush around. Take time to slow down and enjoy life. More importantly, make time to show kindness to others. Here are some ways to help you get started.
Little things matter.
While these three tips might seem small in theory, it is often true that the little things are what matter most to others. Showing kindness might restore someone else’s faith in humanity. It could be the thing that someone needs to brighten their day. Look for little ways you can show kindness to others every day.
Did you know that sometimes just by smiling at others, it can turn a person’s day around? Just about everyone knows that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. Yet lots of people walk around all day every day with a frown on their faces. Turn your frown upside down and smile!
Open a door.
Chivalry is nearly dead today. Very rarely do you see anyone opening or holding a door open anymore. Everyone is too busy rushing to get to their next location. The next time you walk through a door, why not hold it open for the person in front of, or behind you. Better yet, keep an eye out for senior citizens, who may be a little more feeble than you, and make an effort to open a door for them, too.
Give up your seat.
We’ve all been guilty, I’m sure, of stubbornly staying put in our seat while we watch others struggle to find one. Whether you are on a bus, at an airport terminal, or at a school play, at some point you will see someone looking around for a seat. If you are healthy and able, why not stand up and offer them your seat?
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How often do you show kindness?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2008 Hope Wilbanks