Sometimes the best way to bring kindness into your life is to radiate kindness yourself. Here we explore some simple ways you can do just that:
1. Write a thank you card
If anyone has helped you recently and you have forgotten to thank them properly, write a thank you card to give them some written praise. This will show how much their efforts mean to you.
2. Be friendly to people who work in customer service
People in customer service are there to help you, so taking your anger out on them for something the company has done is not always fair. Try to be friendly and remember, people in customer service spend six to eight hours of their working day trying to resolve other people’s problems.
3. Put your mobile phone away
When you are having a conversation with someone, try to avoid the temptation of constantly checking your mobile – this suggests that you don’t care about what the person is saying. Instead, put your phone away and give the other person your undivided attention.
4. Speak positively
If you say something unkind about someone, it normally makes you look bad in the process. If you speak highly of other people, however (and refrain from focusing on the negative) the perception of your personality will improve significantly.
5. Ask questions if a friend confides in you
Remember, your friend trusts you and wants your input – otherwise why would they come to you? If you ask questions it lets them know that you are concerned about their problems. You can offer advice too, but only if they ask for it.
6. Be a responsible and understanding driver, especially in rush hour
Rush hour traffic can create hostility in some drivers, so it’s up to you to create some peace and tranquility in these moments of madness. Let people merge in front of you when possible, within reason of course, and cooperate with other drivers; at the end of the day we’re all just trying to get somewhere.
7. Volunteer your time
There are many different charities and non-profit organisations out there that need your help, so don’t hold back from volunteering. When you do, make sure your goal is to help people in need and not to line your pockets.
8. Donate old possessions to charity
If you have a lot of material possessions, think about donating some of them to charity. Doing this will free up some much needed space and make you feel great in the process!
If you are looking to invite kindness into your life, you might find our personal development page useful.
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