Growing up, you were likely told to be kind to others. But when you grow up, it’s easy to forget to show others we care.
Being intentionally kind doesn’t require a lot of planning or effort. Here are three ways to you can practice intentional kindness today:
- Be thoughtful of others. You can do this just by putting someone else first. If you have a cart full of groceries and the person in line behind you has just a basket full, let them check out before you. When a pedestrian is waiting at an intersection to cross the street, let them go before you do (especially on hot or cold days).
- Show genuine gratitude. Just saying thank you tells others you appreciate and respect them. For people you know, you can do this verbally or with a card. If you’re at a restaurant or coffee shop, consider leaving a larger tip than usual.
- Volunteer your time. One small act goes a long way. At home, offer to do a chore your partne normally handles. At work, offer to help a swamped co-worker complete a task they’restruggling with. In the community, help an organization make bagged lunches for kids who don’tget school meals while on summer break.
How will you be intentionally kind today?