Leading with Grit & Gratitude


Jen Guidry

10 Ways to Show Kindness

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The saying goes, "In a world where you can be anything, be kind." That really hit me today. Kindness is FREE and so needed. I am going to spread some kindness today by showing you some universally appreciated gestures that anyone can do to spread kindness:

1. Express Gratitude: Simply saying "thank you" and expressing appreciation for both the big and small things people do can make a significant difference in someone's day.

2. Pay It Forward: Ok, this one isn't free. This could be as simple as paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line or offering your seat on public transport to someone who needs it more than you do.

3. Volunteer Your Time: Giving your time to local charities, shelters, or community centers can have a profound impact on both the individuals you help and your own sense of fulfillment.

4. Listen Without Judgment: Offering an ear to someone who needs to talk, without trying to fix their problems or judge their situation, can be incredibly comforting.

5. Send a Thoughtful Message: A quick text, email, or handwritten note to check in on someone or to let them know you’re thinking of them can brighten their day.

6. Offer Help Without Being Asked: Sometimes people struggle to ask for help. Offering assistance, whether it's helping someone move, cooking a meal during a difficult time, or offering to babysit, can be a huge relief.

7. Compliment Someone Genuinely: A sincere compliment can boost someone’s self-esteem and mood. It’s a simple yet effective way to make someone feel seen and appreciated.

8. Be Patient and Understanding: Showing patience, especially when it might be easier to express frustration, can be a form of kindness that encourages a more positive environment for everyone involved.

9. Donate What You Can: Whether it's clothes you no longer wear, food to a local pantry, or a financial contribution to a cause you believe in, giving what you can is a powerful way to show kindness.

10. Smile: Never underestimate the power of a smile. It's a simple gesture that can be infectious, breaking barriers and brightening the days of both those you know and strangers.

Kindness doesn't have to be a grand gesture; often, it's the small, everyday actions that have the most significant impact. By incorporating these simple acts of kindness into your daily routine, you contribute to a more positive and connected community.