In the past few weeks there have been so many tragic events going on in our world. From the shootings in the U.S., the shootings in Germany, the coup in Turkey and even the close to home oil spill, every time you turn on the news there is something awful happening. It seems that the unfortunate events are happening more frequently and it’s tough not to be weighed down by it all especially when it is so easy to be surrounded by it through news and the internet.
We do need to keep in mind though that for every awful event happening, there are millions of people who are trying to live a safe, positive life. For every tragedy there are countless stories of people helping one another out, being generous, and stepping up to make the world a better place. We don’t need to save our acts of kindness for tragedy. Small, kind gestures done regularly don’t draw a lot of coverage but can make the day better for you, the individual the gesture is towards, and helps contribute to a kinder, friendlier community. Carrying forward acts of kindness also gives some individual control and power in a world where it is easy to feel powerless. If you want to increase your own well-being and give someone else a boost, here are a couple of acts of kindness to get you going.
1. Give someone a compliment
2. Pay for someone’s coffee
3. Buy a small gift to hand out to anyone you want
4. Give a hand to a parent with their hands full
5. Leave a little extra tip for exceptional service or just to make a servers day
6. Give someone you care about or even a perfect stranger a card for a little pick me up
7. Spend a little bit of time visiting at a seniors centre
8. Buy a round of coffee for a random work crew (ie. EMS, mechanics)
Acts of kindness doesn’t necessarily require money, just imagination. Have fun with it!