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Ways to Spread Love This World Kindness Day

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia  

There are millions of different ways to spread kindness, from the smallest smile to the grandest of gestures. You can be kind without even noticing ityet it can make all the difference to those having a bad day. World Kindness Day – 13th November – reminds the world of the importance of being kind to those around you, to the world, and to yourself. Here’s some simple suggestions on how to spread kindness this World Kindness Day.  

Kindness towards strangers

  1. Too often, people only leave reviews when they’ve had a negative experience with a company. Leaving an outstanding review can make all the difference to your favorite business, especially if they are just starting out or are an independent business.
  2. Engaging in positive conversation with your server in any capacity, even just asking them how they are before paying for your items.  
  3. Pay for the person behind you when grabbing your morning coffee.  
  4. Be spontaneous! If you see someone struggling during their day, is there a way you can think to lend a helping hand? 
  5. An age-old favorite – holding the door open for the person behind you.

Kindness to the world

  1. Try walking into work, riding your bike or even using public transport to get to your destination.  
  2. Buy secondhand – sometimes you can find items online or in charity shops that still have the tags on! If you buy from charity shops as well, it’s double the kindness, to the world and to a good cause.  
  3. Invest in a reusable water bottle to cut down your plastic usage.  
  4. Do you really need to print that off? You can reduce your paper usage by only printing out sheets that you need and by moving all your bills and bank statements online, rather than by post.  
  5. Tick off two boxes and bring your community together by organising a cleanup in your local park.  

'You can be kind without even noticing it, yet it can make all the difference to those having a bad day.'

Kindness to your loved ones

  1. Send a good morning text to start their day off feeling loved, or send a goodnight text.  
  2. Check in on your loved ones, make sure they are alright and if you can, make time to hear them out for when they need to get things off their chest.  
  3. Offer to cook someone one of their favorite meals.  
  4. Post a gift to their address that you think they’d like. Something my friends have started is sending letters to each other.  
  5. Leave positive post-it notes on your co-workers’ desks when they aren’t looking. Anything from a compliment to a ‘you got this!’ could give them the boost they need.  

Most importantly, be kind to yourself

  1. Revisit one of your favorite places, whether it be a weekend away or the corner of your favorite coffee place. 
  2. Make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. It is recommended to drink about 2 litres a day. 
  3. Give your mind a break: switch off from social media for the night and take the time for meditation. Headspace provides guided meditation for beginners as well as for those who have already implemented it into their daily routine. 
  4. Affirmations – little notes of positivity to yourself – are a wonderful way to remind yourself of how well you’re doing. They can keep you grounded when you feel lost in either your projects or the world itself. I AM is an app for your phone that sends out affirmations throughout the day that you’ve chosen. 
  5. Set achievable goals for yourself to feel accomplished. You might make your bed everyday but there’s a sense of accomplishment when you cross it off the list.  

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