September 16, 2016

Free Ways to Spread Kindness

It doesn't cost you a thing to be kind. And kindness doesn't mandate that you need to make some extraordinary gesture. In fact, Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Formerly Mother Teresa) once said, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." And isn't that really the key to kindness - doing something for someone else with love?

kindness is always in season

As a mother, I think it's incredibly important to teach my children about the necessity for kindness, especially when we're faced with hatred and intolerance every time we turn on a television.

I was recently reflecting on how I could share kindness - random or otherwise - with those around me. I started compiling a list of free ways to share kindness with others, things that I could try to implement daily. It was my intention to add a little sunshine to someone's day. More importantly, I wanted to think of ways to spread kindness that I could do quietly or anonymously.

It all started when the car in front of me pulled out of the very first, non-handicap parking spot at the grocery store during peak shopping hours. I was immediately elated, and who wouldn't be? And I could have pulled into the spot and lugged my two little helpers inside with me to do our weekly shopping trip. It would have been much easier, but instead, I decided to leave the spot for the car pulling up behind me. I intentionally went to the next available spot, about 75 yards away. My kids didn't know the difference and I'm not even sure that the recipient of the awesome parking spot knew I was intentional in my action - but I knew. I knew that I was doing something kind for a complete stranger for absolutely no reason. And I'm telling you this not to be braggadocious but to demonstrate how simple it is to spread kindness and say that it doesn't need to be acknowledged by the recipient.

17 free ways to spread kindness

Here's a list of 17 ways you can spread kindness and it won't cost you a dime:
  1. Leave the awesome parking spot for someone else
  2. Clean up after yourself
  3. Allow someone with fewer items in their cart to go ahead of you at checkout
  4. Open the door for someone
  5. Compliment a stranger
  6. Return the cart (or buggy) for someone when you're shopping
  7. Make and send a homemade card to someone and let them know you are thinking of them
  8. Smile
  9. Allow more than one car to merge in front of you in traffic
  10. Give free hugs
  11. Call a someone you haven't spoken to in awhile
  12. Thank a soldier for their service
  13. Donate blood
  14. Pick up litter
  15. Share your umbrella
  16. Volunteer 
  17. Pray 
I challenge you to implement a couple of these throughout your day, to spread kindness to strangers and expect nothing in return. There are many amazing nonprofits that encourage kindness, like this one, founded after my brother-in-law and sister-in-law lost one of their dear friends to a senseless act of violence; but you don't need a reason to be kind you only need to act from your heart with love.

How do you spread kindness? How can you implement more kindness in your daily life?

Be Blessed,
Brittany
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5 comments:

  1. Spreading kindness is an important lesson to teach our kids too. I love your ideas and hopefully I can be kind this week.

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    1. I think it's super important tabby our children know what kindness looks like.

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  2. This is SUCH a good reminder and I loved reading this. Thank you for such a thoughtful post :)

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  3. What a great list!!! I'm always trying to think of ways to spread kindness!!! With so much bad in the world why not make someone smile for a change:)

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  4. This is awesome! Great list! And, I'm thinking of implementing the first idea for Lent this year...

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