101 Acts of Kindness: Making a Positive Impact on a World Filled with Negativity
Acts of kindness allows each of us to make a positive impact on a world that is swarming with negativity. Kindness is an act that, simply, “feels good”. It does not matter if we observe kindness, have kindness bestowed upon us, or bestow kindness upon others. It is said that, when a person experiences kindness – in one way or another – it puts them at their absolute best, as people. Kindness is compassion. Kindness is generosity. Kindness is love. Kindness allows us to connect with others. As parents, we should encourage our children to engage in random acts of kindness. We, too, should engage in these acts. In doing so, we will inspire happiness, high levels of gratitude, and will be making a positive difference in the lives of others that they will want to pay forward! The following outlines 101 acts of kindness that we and our kids may perform in order to make a positive impact on the negative world that we are part of:
1) Smile when you make eye contact with others.
2) Hold the door open for someone.
3) Use kind words when speaking to others, such as “please”, “thank you”, and “you’re welcome".
4) Compliment a person on their talents.
5) Brag about a person’s accomplishments and really mean it! Use great examples.
6) Congratulate someone on a job well done.
7) Congratulate someone who has been able to do something new and exciting, such as purchase a house or travel to a new and exciting place.
8) Use a person’s name when speaking to them.
9) Listen when others talk – not with the intent to answer, but, with the intent to truly hear them.
10) Be genuinely happy for someone. They will notice!
11) When online, speak positively.
12) Always strive to encourage others.
13) Help those that are less fortunate. Volunteer. There are tons of local opportunities. Places to contact: local Church, schools, libraries, food pantries, hospitals, Red Cross, and animal rescue shelters to name a few.
14) If someone recently had a baby, offer to cook a week’s worth of meals.
15) If someone had a baby, offer to clean their house for a couple of weeks while they adjust to being a new parent.
16) If a car is parked where a meter has expired, put money in it.
17) Do not use your phone when speaking and/or engaging with others.
18) Make friends with the new neighbor they will appreciate it and you will too!
19) Make friends with the new kid at school.
20) Make friends with the new person at work.
21) Invite a neighbor over for dinner.
22) Buy a meal for a homeless person.
23) Make and hand out blessing bags to the homeless.
24) When you buy something new, donate one used item to a family in need, a local charity, or to the local Goodwill store.
25) When someone is speaking, make a point to avoid interrupting them.