7 Simple Acts of Kindness

On World Kindness Day, these small good deeds can make a big difference. 

Posted in , Nov 13, 2014

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November 13 is World Kindness Day, a day meant to celebrate the human spirit, to highlight love and compassion, to bridge gaps between genders, races, and nationalities. It’s celebrated by countries around the world, from Japan and Singapore to Canada, Nigeria and right here in the United States. Today concerts, parades, telecasts in Times Square, they all take place to draw attention to people doing good deeds in their communities, donating to charities and fighting for the rights of others.

But you don’t have to be a human rights activist, famous politician or Hollywood A-lister to celebrate World Kindness Day and you don’t have to donate millions of dollars or hours of your time to help someone in need. Aesop said “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Here are 7 acts of kindness you can do to celebrate this special day:

1) Leave a Big Tip

You may never know what's going on in the lives of the waitstaff that’s been pouring your drinks and delivering your food for the last hour; they might be their way through school or trying to support their own families. What you do know is that really good tips can change someone's whole day. Show them some kindness and leave a generous tip. Maybe even include an encouraging note on a napkin or a receipt to go along with it. It’ll brighten their day and make them feel appreciated.

2) Buy Someone’s Coffee

We all need a little pick-me-up in the morning. Maybe the guy standing in line behind you is running late for work, or has a big presentation due today. Buy his cup of joe or pick up the tab for someone behind you in the drive-thru, and start their day (and yours) off right!

3) Carry Your Neighbor's Groceries

Everyone needs a helping hand now and then. If you see a neighbor struggling with groceries, or someone juggling too much luggage, lend them a hand. It’s a good workout and an easy way to help your neighbor.

4) Hold Open A Door

It's such a simple thing to do, but we’re often so rushed, focused on getting from point A to point B, that we don’t pay attention to those around us. The next time you head into a store or out of your office building, hold the door open to let others through too.

5) Bring Goodies Into The Office

Okay, so you benefit from this one as well, but show your hard working fellow employees you care by bringing in delicious treats for the office today. It can be cookies, a cake, whatever you feel comfortable putting time into. You can even stop by your local bakery and buy the goods instead. No one will care where they’re made, but they will care that you thought of them.

6) Tell Someone "I Love You"

When was the last time you told someone you love, "I love you"? Pick up the phone and dial mom or grandpa. Call someone you've lost touch with but has been on your mind for awhile. Ask them about their day, how they’re doing, show interest and spend time reconnecting with them. And say the three best words you can tell someone.

7) Compliment Someone

Maybe your roommate is having a terrific hair day, or the guy standing next to you in line has a great watch on. Maybe your co-worker or employee did an excellent job on a project. Maybe someone you don't necessarily get along with has achieved something really awesome. Reach out and compliment them. Give someone else a confidence boost and see how it makes you feel. 

Ephesians 4:32 tells us to be kind to one another.  Let’s honor that simple request, today and every day.

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