Every day is a new opportunity to choose kindness in our words, thoughts, and actions. It’s a truly wonderful gift if you stop to think about it. What greater impact can we have on the world than each taking responsibility for accepting and spreading kindness? When these many little actions are amplified by entire communities, the impact can be huge! Keep reading for some everyday inspiration for how you can actively create and spread kindness to those you interact with today.
Speak Positive Words
The mindset we carry around with us each day greatly impacts the words we say and the actions we take. Foremost, start by intentionally choosing a positive mindset. This can take some practice, but once you get started it becomes easier and easier – and enjoyable! The positivity and joy you carry in your mind will transfer to your words, and words are among the most powerful tool we have. In your day to day intentionally seek ways to speak positive words to yourself and others – out loud. Compliment your neighbor for his or her flowers, tell a stranger to like the color of their shirt, or wish the cashier a good day. These are small acts, but your words will have a lasting impact on others and inspire them to also spread kindness.
Life can feel like one big test of patience! The next time you feel impatient with a situation, take just a few seconds to take a breath and gather your thoughts. Put your words and actions into perspective. Though you may feel frustrated and be tempted to say something unkind – don’t. Actively choose to extend more patience to that person or situation and look for something kind you can say instead. Encourage someone who is struggling, relate to how they may feel, or find a way to add humor to lighten the mood. Life can be tough – and we’re all in this together! Keep that in mind and choose patience over frustration.
Lend a Listening Ear
We all simply want to be heard. Yet so often we feel there is no one around to truly listen to our thoughts and feelings. How can you be the listening ear someone else needs in a day? The opportunities to do so may surprise you! Be open-minded to someone who just might need to feel heard today. Your smile and nodding of your head, while they share what’s weighing on their mind, can completely change the mood of the day for someone who is struggling to feel important. Best of all, it’s easy and accessible to all of us! We can all use our gifts of listening to spread positivity.
Give in Your Unique Way
Giving is essentially limitless. The ways in which we can choose to give to someone else are by no means limited to monetary or materials resources. We can give our time, share a skill, speak kind words, inspire a smile. Each and every person has unique gifts, and when you know what gifts you have you can better share them with other people. Start each new day by asking yourself, “What do I feel like I can share with someone else today?” – and be thoughtful and creative with your answer!
We hope this gives you the inspiration you need to seize the day and spread kindness! Which idea is your favorite? Do you have something else to add to this list? Share your thoughts (or words of affirmation!) by leaving a comment.