These days, we can all agree that the world would benefit from a little bit more kindness, right? (As Otis Redding sang, we could all “try a little tenderness.”) So with the holidays a week away and 2018 soon coming to a close, #WorldKindnessDay couldn’t come at a better time—here to remind us how powerful one simple act of kindness (random or purposeful) can have on someone we love … or someone we’ve just met for the very first time. If you’re in need of some inspiration, here are a few ideas for making “kindness” your mindset. #WKD2018
Be kind … to yourself. If you’re not patient and loving with yourself, it’s really difficult to be the same with people you come in contact with throughout your day. Life moves pretty quickly and taking time out to care for ourselves with an act of self-kindness—like treating ourselves to a pumpkin-spice latte, having drinks with a friend for no reason, watching a favorite movie, sleeping in on a Sunday—is a good place to start. Start with being kind to yourself and you’ll find it easy to be kind to others.
Stop complaining. It’s easy to let the little things that don’t go our way get the better of us … and a bad attitude can be infectious. So, the next time you can feel yourself sliding into the Complaint Zone, take a step back, take a deep breath, and adjust your attitude for the better. Studies show that focusing on the things we are grateful for in life, even for a few short moments, can help turn your frown (and your day) upside down. And I’m a believer that you can’t complain about something you’re not trying to change.
Post it. Leave positive reinforcement in the way of sticky notes for someone who needs a little boost, whether it’s a family member at home, a colleague at work, or someone you come across during the day (e.g. the mailman, the trash collectors, or that check-out person at the grocery store). Far away from the one you think could use a hug? Send a quick email or text just to let them know you’re thinking about them. We all know how we feel when we get those types of messages so make sure you extend that feeling to someone else.