When we approach everyone with kindness, we’re essentially approaching our own lives with grace and compassion.
A little bit of kindness can change someone’s entire life.
Being kind to others, and ourselves, takes just as much, if not less, energy as being negative and mean. Having a human interaction that is gentle, patient, and considerate says, “I see you. I recognize that you’re a flawed human being like myself, and I don’t think I’m better than you. Regardless of what I may have assumed.”
When we approach others fully aware that they too, are trying their hardest to just get by, we give that person a much needed break, and by doing so, we ultimately give ourselves a break as well.
Being kind can come in small random acts of kindness, or gigantic displays of humanity. However, we must remember that just because we approach everyone with kindness, doesn’t always mean it will be reciprocated.
For the next 26 days, I want you to do one random act of kindness for someone else.
If you’re really looking to dive deep into this 30 day challenge then I highly suggest doing something for total strangers.
Doing something for someone you don’t know, is the truest sense of a random act of kindness. You’ll most likely get nothing in return, and you’ll probably never see this person again.
Its an awesome feeling.
You might feel awkward and uncomfortable at first, but I promise the more you do this, the easier it becomes, and the more you’ll want to keep this challenge up.
Remember something that may seem insignificant like holding the door open for someone else, could change someone else’s mood, day, or even life.
Holding the elevator for someone.
Letting someone have your seat on the subway, bus, or train.
Paying for the person’s coffee, who is behind you in life. (A personal favorite)
Helping an older person cross the street.
Helping someone else get a cab.
Giving a homeless person money.
Carrying something up the stairs for someone.
Tipping more than would be expected to a server.
The list truly can go on and on.
Again, remember there is no act too big, or too small, when it comes to being kind. So stop being afraid to share your heart with the world, and let it sing with how amazing you are.
I promise you’ll feel the affects, and the universe will bring this kindness back to you in ways you can’t even begin to imagine.