Be Kind

"In a world where you can be anything, be kind." - unknown

I'm not really one to make resolutions at the start of a new year. It's not that I find them trite; rather, they just don't ever stick. Perhaps it's because most of my resolutions are broad. The more specific I am, the more likely I am to accomplish something. I think of it as short-term objectives to help me reach a long-term goal. Because I am more of a checklist person (both mentally and on paper), this is an easier path to follow. Regardless of your path - resolutions, goals, checklists, all 3 - choosing to be kind is something all of us can do. It's free (no memberships or subscriptions) and relatively simple. Being kind can be a smile, a "Good Morning", or just making eye contact. You can really go for it and combine all three!

Although there are untold ways you can "Be Kind", I came across this article by Erica Layne, 22 Tiny Acts of Kindness You Can Do in the Middle of Your Day, that lists specific ways you can demonstrate kindness.

I'd love to hear about your own act of kindness, whether is was bestowed upon you or you did the giving.


22 Tiny Acts of Kindness

1. Reply to the person who sent a group email. So often group emails go unanswered because everyone assumes someone else has replied to the sender. Send a quick reply of thanks.

2. Hold the door for someone.

3. Let a parent with young kids in their cart go in front of you in the grocery line.

4. Say thank you to someone who made your life a bit better today. A group fitness instructor, your child or spouse, the neighbor who dropped a misdirected piece of mail off on your doorstep…

5. Send a thinking-of-you text.

6. Make eye contact with anyone who serves you. Cashiers, dry cleaners, baristas, receptionists, medical personnel, house cleaners, car washers, etc.

7. If you see one person taking a photo of someone else, offer to use their camera and take a photo of them together. (I love to do this when we’re out exploring. It’s such an easy gesture that people always appreciate.)

8. “Like” every photo in your Instagram feed. If you have an extra few minutes, leave sincere comments.

9. Bring in your neighbor’s trash cans or newspaper. Or if you’re cleaning out your cans, clean out theirs too.

10. Offer to hold a friend’s baby.

11. Pay for the person behind you in a drive-through, or put extra coins in metered parking when you pull out.

12. When on the road, make a habit of giving other cars the right of way.

13. Leave a generous tip, or leave your change in a tip jar.

14. Send more photo texts to your parents. They like to see what you’re up to.

15. Ask your friend an engaging question about herself. {16 conversation-promoting questions}

16. In the back page of a journal or in an app on your phone, make a list of things your friends and family members love. Does one of your closest friend always take Hot Tamales on a road trip? (Oops, that’s me.) Does your sister love when the salted caramel hot chocolate comes back at Starbucks? (Oops, also me. 😉 ) File these observations away for future reference.

17. Pick up litter when you notice it and throw it away.

18. Read a book to your child.

19. For an act of kindness with a bit of whimsy, carry a stack of post-it notes in your purse and leave motivational love-notes in public places. “You are the kindest person I know. (Yes you.)” “You are beautiful inside and out.”

20. Write a positive review for a book, product, or restaurant you enjoyed. It benefits the author or owner, and it benefits other consumers. #winwin

21. Use people’s names when you talk to them. It feels good to be noticed and known.

22. Pause for an extra second in your exchanges with people. So often when you stay put just a moment longer than usual, you’ll find people share something they needed to. (I owe my friend Melanie for teaching me this lesson.)

#community #service