Kindness is free. It costs zip, nada, nothing at all. It takes relatively little effort to put into practice and is mutually beneficial to both the giver and the receiver. It is something that should be engrained in us from a young age, something that is second nature and doesn’t require a second thought – an embedded function of living, just the same as breathing is. However, sadly this is not always the case.
And the simple fact is, this needs to change.
When you stop and think about it…and I mean reallyyyyyyyy think about it, how kind would you say you are?
Is it second nature to you?
Are you aware of how many random acts of kindness you execute on a daily basis?
Or are you struggling to recall the last time you did something (random or not) kind for someone? (I’m hoping the minority fall into this latter bracket!) Is it something you have always been conscious of?
Is it something you have to work at?
Or, is it something that doesn’t even cross your mind?
Daily acts of kindness can be anything. They don’t have to be super-sized grand gestures (I mean, they totally can be) but ultimately, they just have to come from a place of love. A genuine smile or thank you to everyone you encounter, texting a friend to remind them how much you love them or how special they are or what a great job they’re doing, topping up someone’s parking meter as it expires, asking the person serving you at the check out how they are…and listening, smiling at a stranger, helping someone carry their shopping to the car, letting someone into your lane when driving, stopping to let someone cross. See how easy it is? And these are just a few ideas, the list is literally endless.
It’s so easy to be kind and it just makes the world a better place. And, if I can digress for a moment and also state how awesome confetti is – it’s bright, fun and makes people happy, it makes sense that we should be sprinkling kindness everywhere. And I mean everywhere and to everyone.