I recently held the door open for 2 minutes while waiting for an elderly lady to get out of her car and walk to do the door, with her walking stick in one hand and handbag in the other.
Whilst it was a little awkward holding the door open for what felt like a long time, it seemed like the logical thing to do. After all, she couldn’t do it herself. And I wasn’t sure if anyone else would wait for her.
She thanked me as she walked through the door, and I didn’t think twice about it.
It wasn’t until an hour later when the woman (who I later found out was in her mid-80s) went out of her way to find me and thank me again, that I realised the impact of what she had done. She stood there and spoke to me for a few minutes about how hard she was finding it to move around after she had recently had a fall and how touched she was they I was so willing to help her. It was so heartwarming.
It doesn’t take much to be kind, and yet sometimes we forget the impact of the simplest things.
It’s actually kind of remarkable that we can change the world in such a big way, through just being more kind. There is even evidence to suggest that being kind increases our own wellbeing.
So my challenge to you today is simply this; speak words and do of acts kindness.
There are so many ways that you can show kindness every day, that I would need to write another thesis to even begin to cover it (and one thesis is enough, thank you). But here are a few suggestions to get you started.
- Send a handwritten note to a friend encouraging them, or even an encouraging text message. You never know what their days may have been like.
- Compliment the shop attendant or waitress – or try to say something to make them smile.
- Pay for a coffee for a person in a coffee shop.
- Take a friend who is sick/ moving house/ had a baby etc. a meal. Even if it’s a store-bought Lasagne and garlic bread – it may help them enormously.
- Offer to babysit your friend’s children for free (shoutout to my amazing sister who did this recently).
- Bring in baked treats to work.
- Give someone a bunch of flowers.
For more ideas, you can visit Random Acts of Kindness – an organisation dedicated to making the world a kinder, more considerate place.
I would also love your suggestions about more little acts of kindness in the comments below.