If you are interested in the world being a kinder place, all you need to do is contribute to it being a kinder place.
Try it out today! Here’s one way…
#1) As early in the day as you can, do something kind for another person.
This can be something as simple as making a cup of coffee for your roommate or partner, assuming you live with someone else. If you live alone, bring to mind a person you know you will see early in the day and decide what kind thing you can do for them.
The point here is to begin your day by doing something kind, nice, and/or thoughtful for someone else. Think of this action as the opening act that warms you up for a day of kindness.
#2) As the day moves forward, identify additional opportunities to do something kind and act on as many of them as you can.
For instance, it’s a simple act to:
- hold doors open for folks
- let drivers merge on the freeway (without backing up traffic!)
- pay someone a compliment
- smile at passersby
- and a host of simple, ordinary things that you can do every day
As you gain practice in completing acts of ordinary kindness, you may be surprised to see how many opportunities are being offered to us as humans to be kind and thoughtful.
#3) Okay, having completed two or three kind acts, allow one of the next opportunities to fill your heart with wonder.
To pull this off, consider what forces needed to come together for this opportunity to be presented to you in this moment. If it makes sense to do so, act on this opportunity in a way that honors both it and you. Pay attention to your role in its unfolding and then fulfill it. Use your imagination.
#4) Lastly, tonight, reflect on at least three of the opportunities you identified, whether or not you acted on them.
This may entail taking note of them after the fact as it’s possible you will not have recognized some without the benefit of hindsight. The intention in taking time to reflect on them is to help you become more aware of them as they are happening so you can act on these opportunities in the future.
This isn’t as hard as you might think. And keep in mind, tomorrow provides another opportunity to get in the kindness groove.