5 Easy Ways to Spread Kindness Each Day
Everyone wants to be treated with kindness. And to make that happen, just remember the line from the children’s song…“Kindness begins with me.”
Whether you call it karma, fate, providence or just the universe’s way of balancing things out, what goes around tends to come around. How we treat others can have a huge impact in our lives and the lives of those around us. And when we’re kind to others, they’re more likely to pay that kindness forward.
But when life’s challenges try to derail our efforts, what can we do? Here are five quick tips to help you spread good vibes.
#1 – Show Yourself Some Kindness
Life is hard, but it doesn’t have to bring us down. Carve out some quiet moments to destress. Meditate, read a book, watch your favorite show… just find your happy place. But don’t stop there!
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#2 – Reach Out Selflessly
Looking outside yourself takes a conscious effort but making the decision to find people you can help can brighten their day and yours!
And it doesn’t have to be anything big! Holding a door, offering to carry something for a coworker, or just saying “hello” can help someone feel seen and valued. If you have more time, find ways to get involved in your community.
When you do this, something magical happens to your challenges: they don’t seem so daunting anymore. A definite win-win!
#3 – Look for and Recognize the Good in Others
No matter who you are, there’s often a lot more good going on around us then we realize. When you take the time to call out someone for their efforts–whether big or small–you really can change the world.
So compliment others. It actually triggers their brain to release endorphins—the reward chemicals in the body—and boost their mood. And when people feel appreciated, they’re more motivated to make a difference.
Remember, one of the biggest ways we can help people feel that is by simply saying “thank you.”
#4 – Genuinely Listen
If you’re really paying attention, you might be surprised by how many people just want a chance to talk and be heard. When someone starts to open up, give them permission to run with it.
How do you do that? Give them your full attention and let them know you are focused on them. Maintain eye contact, nod appreciatively and resist the urge to comment or turn the conversation to you.
Your silence lets them take center stage and helps them feel that they’re the star of the show.
#5 – SMILE
What do you do when you see someone smile? More often than not, it makes you want to smile too. It’s the universal sign that you’re okay, that things are going to work out. Smiling is like a virtual hug, drawing others closer and helping them feel welcome to interact with you.
Smiling actually helps our bodies release cortisol and other endorphins that can have a positive effect on mood, stamina, stress and more. It helps us feel better, and the better we feel, the easier it is to show kindness to others.
Wanna make the world a better place? Give a little more kindness to those around you, and you’ll see before long that your kindness will be repaid.