It’s true that carrying out acts of kindness makes you feel better as well as lifting the spirits of the recipient of your kindness. But if you’re thinking that the phrase ‘acts of kindness’ refers to big and bold actions, think again. The smallest acts, things that you take for granted, can have a big impact on someone. I bet you demonstrate kindness several times a day without realising it. You’re positively impacting on someone else’s happiness and you don’t even know it!
Here are 9 simple acts of kindness, recognise a few?
:: Hold the door for someone
:: Let a car out in front of you
:: Make a cup of tea for a workmate
:: Smile at a stranger
:: Donate unwanted items to charity
:: Pay someone a compliment
:: Post a note to a friend just to say hi
:: Leave a generous tip for great service
:: Let someone go ahead of you at the checkout
Now, you might read this list and think that the first couple are just plain good manners, aren’t they? Maybe, but not everyone thinks to check if someone’s behind them before they let a door shut. Think about when someone holds a door for you, you feel glad that they thought to do so and you’re grateful for it. So that’s how the person feels for whom you did this small act of kindness!
You might think of giving your unwanted clothes, books and kitchenware to a charity shop as helping you to get rid of clutter, but you chose to donate it and help a charity raise funds. You didn’t choose to dump it all in the bin.
So the next time that you hear the phrase ‘acts of kindness’ and think that means making a big gesture, stop and think again. The little acts can make a big impact, and you’re kinder than you think.
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