How can I be kinder to others?
One morning on my way to school, I had a terrible fall. My knees were badly bruised and I began to cry. A sweet lady took me up from the asphalt, carried me to her house, and she dressed my knees. It has been over twenty years, and I haven't forgotten how good she was to me that morning. I can still hear her consoling me as she gently nursed my wounds. The moral of the story is, people will always remember how you made them feel.
Sometimes it's the little things that we do that occupy the biggest part of people's lives. It could be that you gave someone a glass of water to cool their thirst. Or a word of advice when life had them at rock bottom. The little things that seemed insignificant to you, meant the world for someone else. Many believe that they can only give when they have an abundance, but this shouldn't be so. You don't need to offer a person a million dollars, or an expensive makeover to make a huge difference in their life. Surprisingly, a million dollars could make their life far worse.
Many people believe that the key to many of the problems we face is money. They believe that if they can't offer money, there isn't anything else that they can do to help. Of course, we shouldn't ignore the obvious, but there's more to life than money. So many of us are needing a smile, someone to talk to, a word of encouragement, a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, and someone to show us that they truly care. You can be that person to someone. You can fill that void in someone else's life.
Money will never fix all of life's problems. Never withhold an act of kindness because it isn't a big monetary contribution or something that will make you go viral on social media. You'd be surprised to know the difference that your little act of kindness will make in someone else's life, forever.
"People will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett
Here are 30 ways to be kinder and nicer to others.
1. Respect other people's boundaries. Stay within your confines. Don't invade other people's personal space, or show up where you aren't invited.
2. Don't be too quick to spread everything that you hear. Rumors spread faster than the truth.
Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid. Bernard Meltzer
3. Avoid sharing harmful content of others on social media.
4. Hold the door for someone.
5. Offer to buy someone some free groceries or a cup of coffee.
6. Avoid asking people too many personal questions. They're not obliged to share intimate details of their life with you.
7. Respect other people's beliefs and opinions.
8. Think before you talk. If you don't know the facts, be silent. Before you assume that someone is so and so. Take the time to know them a little better.
9. Don't judge people from past experiences that you've had with others. Everyone isn't the same.
10. Never hurt anyone intentionally. Some people stay broken!
11. Share a smile or compliment someone. Help to brighten someone's day!
12. Avoid being too nosy or inquisitive. Know when to mind your business!
13. Never downgrade someone because of their job. Janitors are humans too. Keep public facilities clean.
14. Speak kindly of everyone. You can never tell what battle someone else is fighting, or how long they've been fighting.
For me, I think one of the biggest battles is mental. You have good days, and you have bad days. Randomly, you'll feel good for weeks, and then all of a sudden, you'll have a bad day where you're sore. And you end up questioning yourself, like, 'Am I doing the right thing? Why is this so hard?' Jimmy Graham
15. Share a motivational or inspirational thought with a sick person. Words are medicine too!
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." -Mother Teresa
16. Avoid parking in areas that are designed for the disabled.
17. Avoid shouting in people's faces. Speak to everyone in a respectful tone.
18. Avoid staring into other people's phones, or searching through their personal stuff.
19. Assist someone with directions.
20. Assist someone with a job application.
21. Check on your elderly neighbors.
22. Offer to watch your neighbor's pets while they're out.
23. Offer to share your lunch with someone. It could be the first meal that they're having for the day.
24. Offer a word of encouragement. One positive thought can change a person's life for the better.
25. Make a charitable donation in cash or kind.
26. Plant a tree.
27. Give others a chance to express themselves.
“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” ― The Dalai Lama
28. Don't laugh at other people's mistakes. No one likes to feel embarrassed!
29. Visit someone at the hospital or nursing home. Sadly, many people are without loved ones. They don't get as many visitations and well wishes the way others do.
30. Call someone who you haven't seen in a while.
It costs nothing to be kind. Be kind to everyone.
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