Kindness: the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. These days finding people that fit this definition may seem hard to do. We all need to learn (or re-learn) how to be kind to one another. That is why I am challenging you to “Try a Little Kindness” for 30 days and make a difference, if not for someone else, then do it for yourself.
About the challenge
I invite you to join me for 30 days to the “Try a Little Kindness” Challenge where you will complete at least 1 act of kindness and record it on the “Try a Little Kindness” calendar which I have provided below. The ultimate goal is to get us in the habit of being kind every day, not only to others, but to ourselves as well. The prize? The satisfaction of knowing that you made someone’s day a little better with your act of kindness.
What’s in it for you
Research has shown that by “sharing the wealth” not only helps others, but it leads to your well-being and peace of mind as well. I’d like to share my own personal story about how helping someone less fortunate than me made me feel more at peace with myself.
There used to be a homeless man who slept on a bench outside the building where I work. He never bothered people, he just needed a place to sleep. Each time I saw him I’d tell myself, “one of these days I am going to give him a little money for a cup of coffee.” One morning as I was pulling into the parking lot, I felt something telling me that it was time to “put my money where my mouth (or in this case, thoughts) is” so I went over and gave him what I had left in my wallet. It wasn’t much but I knew it would be enough to at least buy him breakfast. I have never seen someone’s face light up so much with surprise and thankfulness as I did that morning. He asked me if I was sure to which I replied that I was absolutely positive. He thanked me and I went on my merry way with a much lighter feeling in my heart.
Did I go into the office and brag about what I had done? No. It wasn’t until months later that I even mentioned it and the reason that I did was because someone had made a negative comment about him and I felt compelled to speak up and let them know how I felt. The funny thing was that someone else in the office, hearing what I had done, decided to do the same the next time the opportunity presented itself.
Here are some ideas of kind things that you can do either for someone else, or yourself:
- Offer kind words or a smile. Start by saying good morning to a stranger. You never know, they might be having a bad morning and are feeling down, your simple act of kindness could turn it around for them. Give it a try.
- Open a door or offer to carry something for someone who is carrying a heavy load.
- Celebrate your loved ones and friends. Did they get a new job? Let them know you are happy for them. Did they meet a weight loss goal? Congratulate them and let them know you are proud of their dedication and hard work.
- Send an email or card to someone who was kind to you and let them know how their act of kindness made a difference.
- Help your neighbor. Maybe your neighbor is elderly or disabled and could use a hand. Ask them if there’s something you can do to help them.
- Share homemade goods. Bake too much? Make extra food for dinner that you know will not get eaten? Offer some to the young family down the road who has a lot of children and little income.
- Donate your gently used clothing, books, or household items to the local church. You could also donate surplus non-perishable items. Every little bit helps.
- Donate surplus crafting items such as yarn, fabric, or wood to senior centers or nursing homes.
- Have a self-help book or cookbook that has been a big help to you? Donate it to a women’s shelter for the mother who is trying to start over.
- Have your children outgrown their toys? Call your local Department of Social Services and ask if they could use them in their waiting room or for a daycare program.
- Share this information and challenge with others and convince them to join us!
Here are some ideas for your children if they would also like to participate in the challenge:
- Do your chores without being asked or reminded.
- Make sure your homework is finished.
- Give someone a compliment.
- Ask your parents what you can do to help them.
- Do something nice for a neighbor (with your parents’ permission).
- Tell your family that you love them.
Performing acts of kindness every day is not difficult, it just takes a little effort. Remember to be kind to yourself as well. Take that relaxing bath, go for a walk, read a book, you’ll feel better for it. I truly hope that you will join me in the “Try a Little Kindness” Challenge and share some of your experiences with us. If you have any ideas of kind acts that you’d like to share with us feel free to do so in the comment section below.
FREE Try a Little Kindness Calendar
Don’t forget to download your FREE 30-Day Challenge Calendar