Last Updated on January 3, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Some people believe that kindness is a sign of weakness. But, in fact, being kind to another takes courage to be vulnerable and a humble heart. I recently heard someone say that kindness and gratitude are intertwined and this makes sense to me. Gratitude is a form of kindness.
Someone once told me that ‘being nice isn’t that important’ and I didn’t understand or agree with the comment. I wondered if they viewed kindness as a weakness too.
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While I don’t think my purpose in life is to please others, being kind is different and an admirable quality to be attained. Is it easier for some people to express kindness than others? Absolutely, but anyone can learn and the benefits are two-fold. Not only does the subject of your kindness profit, but you win too.
Kindness is a muscle. And like any muscle, the more you flex it the stronger it gets. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some easy ways to show kindness right now where you are today.
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50 Ways To Be Kind To Others
Kindness At Home
- Be a good listener. Listen more than you talk.
- Smile more. Smiling is contagious and can brighten someone else’s day.
- Don’t interrupt people when they are talking.
- Be patient.
- Use a kind, gentle voice when speaking to your loved ones. (Check out Nonviolet Communication: A Language of Life – Life-Changing Tools For Healthy Relationships.)
- Clean up without being asked to help.
- Don’t confront your loved one in front of other people. If you need to discuss an issue then do it in private.
- Forgive them when they mess up. Nobody’s perfect.
- Give a warm bear hug.
- Leave a sticky note with a word of encouragement where your loved one will find it.
- Be trustworthy and keep confidence.
- Make a favorite meal or take them out to eat.
- Share a funny YouTube video.
- Make them breakfast in bed.
- Express gratitude about something specific you appreciate about them.
- Ask for forgiveness when you don’t show up well.
- Take them to the doctor if they’re sick. Make them hot tea and show that you care.
- Let them sleep in.
- Be there for them when they’re sad and let them cry on your shoulder.
- Respect their personal boundaries.
- Share a good book.
- Give a genuine compliment.
- Take them out for dinner and a movie.
- If they’ve been isolated indoors, ask if they’d like to go for a drive or on a walk.
- Believe the best about your loved ones.
Kindness In The Workplace (And Away From Home)
- Be an encouraging person.
- Be supportive of your co-worker’s project, cheering them on.
- Ask someone about their weekend and be a good listener.
- Clean the microwave and kitchen area.
- Smile more at work.
- Avoid complaining.
- Use your manners. Say “please” and “thank you.”
- Talk to people who seem shy or lonely.
- Hold the door open for people coming in behind you.
- Don’t gossip about others.
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru pick-up lane.
- Let someone in front of you in line at the grocery store.
- Be friendly and cheerful.
- Bring vegetables from your garden to share with coworkers.
- Be respectful of others, even when you don’t agree.
- Make a coffee run for the office.
- Learn names and use them often.
- Introduce a new colleague to your co-workers.
- Look for ways to serve others.
- Be a mentor.
- Take a meal to someone who is sick or has a chronic illness.
- Celebrate a co-worker’s birthday with balloons or a yummy treat.
- Brew another pot of coffee when you drink the last cup.
- Volunteer in your local community.
- Send a card or gift to someone you know who is going through a challenging time.
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Summary – Ways To Be Kind
Some people are easier to be kind to than others. This we know.
Yet, we truly can’t comprehend what another human is going through. And sharing kindness without expecting anything in return is one of the most generous things you and I can do for each other.
At the expense of sounding cheesy (and embarrassing my children yet again) I believe that kindness can transform the world.
Kindness is your superpower!
What are some more ways to be kind? Does kindness come naturally to you or is it something you have to be more intentional about?
There are no wrong answers here! I’d love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section. X, Lori
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