Today I met a woman outside of a cafe and she asked me if I wouldn’t mind buying her a coffee. We started chatting and a minute later someone came out out of the cafe and handed her a coffee. So I asked if she would like something to eat. She mentioned she hadn’t eaten today and was ever so grateful.
I have seen her around my neighbourhood for years and I can tell when she’s going through a really hard time. What’s unique about this woman is she is always smiling. She is so sincere and thankful to everyone. You can’t help but try and make her day a little better, even in a small way.
Thinking about others and sharing simple acts of kindness to help them along can be that one thing that brings a little happiness to their day. Whenever we do something for people, as a result we feel good too.
Try for a day or a week to go that extra mile for strangers, the ones you love or your neighbour.
The goal: Help people, even when they may not be able to help you in return. After all giving is not about receiving.
Here are 5 Simple Acts of Kindness you can do today…
1. Hold the door open.
This may seem a simple one, but in todays world with everyone moving so fast the simple act of holding the door and offering a smile can be forgotten. It only takes 2 seconds!
2. Talk to an elderly person.
So many people who are older are alone. They have lived long lives and have so much to share about their experiences. I absolutely love connecting with ‘the more wise’. Sometimes it’s hard to think that they once were young – and most likely lived a pretty interesting life. Make their day (and yours) and take an interest.
3. Send a thank you card.
There are people in our lives that we take for granted, even though they are the ones who always have our backs and will drop anything for us. You never know if they might be going through a tough time. By connecting with them and showing gratitude could be that little thing that makes a huge difference to their day.
Don’t wait for a special occasion to say a simple thanks.
Buy a meal for a homeless person, support a charity, help your neighbour or your colleague. The point is to take a few minutes out of your day to give a helping hand.
5. Offer help to someone, and be specific.
Saying to someone ‘I’m here for you’ is always a nice gesture, but next time be specific. For example “I can drive you to the hospital, or I can look after your kids this weekend, or I am making you dinner this Tuesday”. This makes it a lot easier for that person to accept your help.
These are just some of my little acts of kindness. Please share yours too in the comments section.