One of my biggest goals in 2017 is to spread kindness, and one of the best ways to do this is to show I care about the people in my life. And they don’t have to be big gestures. Sometimes the smallest actions speak the loudest.
Today I am going to share 10 tiny ways to show people you care about them, so we can all feel kindness. Remember to spread love, all the time, even when it’s easier to hate.Read More
In the wake of #YoungmanOnEllen, I’ve thought a lot about how to share kindness within the world.
Senora Youngman is constantly teaching how to spread kindness and to be nice in our everyday lives. With that said, I thought a lot about how I want to share kindness to people through how I interact with others. Which led me to think about what are nice things that can help others. And I came up with a list of 12 things that I believe are super easy and spread niceness into the atmosphere.
Here’s the list!
12 Easy Ways to Spread Kindness, in Honor of Senora Youngman
Tell someone you like their shirt, or that they did well on that test, or even that you admire the way they dealt with that negative compliment.
2. Go out of your way
Hold open a door. You never know when someone really needs that in their day.
That best way to spread kindness is to put it on your face. Smile at everyone and be a positive face in a face full of frowns.
4. Be honest
Being honest with someone is much kinder than lying. And you don’t have to be blunt, but if you’re honest with someone they will appreciate it much more.
Take time to listen to someone else who needs to rant/talk. The fact that you’re taking the time probably means more than they’re showing.
6. Stop judgment
Stop saying judgmental things like, “She’s a whore,” or “That top is really ugly.” That’s just spreading hate and will not be tolerated.
7. Stand strong
Even if you’re in a room full of people being negative and putting others down, continue to say nice things and push against the negative behavior.
8. Lead, don’t follow
Don’t wait until someone else says something. Be the first to say the nice thing, the first to open the door, the first to stop something bad.
Encouraging people is one of the kindest things you can do, and it isn’t difficult at all. Encourage others in their actions and dreams and they will never forget you.
10. Be present
Don’t look at your phone or your nails when someone is telling you something. Focus on the conversation and show the person that you are worth it to them to put down your phone for a few minutes.
11. Follow through
Did you friend tell you something that has been upsetting them? Take a few days and then reach out to them and ask how they’re doing. Following through on your kindness is just as important as doing it.
12. Spread it constantly
BE KIND AT ALL TIMES AND OTHERS WILL FOLLOW AND OTHERS WILL FOLLOW THEM AND EVENTUALLY WE WILL ALL BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER
Ever had someone tell you that you look nice and it made you feel all fuzzy inside? That’s the feeling you get when you receive a compliment.
Noun: A polite expression of praise or admiration.
A compliment is when you tell someone that you like the way they styled their hair or that their couch cushions are a lovely shade of blue. It makes the person who is being complimented feel really good inside. And then they pass it on and in the end we get a whole wide world full of people feeling good about themselves. So, to create this world full of compliments, here is five reasons why you should compliment someone.
Make someone feel good! Nothing makes someone’s day special like being told something awesome about themselves. Today I was told that the story I submitted for our literary magazine was the best they’d read. I felt super special all day long!
Make yourself feel good! Giving someone a compliment and seeing their face light up actually increases your own self-confidence. So, tell someone something nice and feel your own happiness increase!
Get one back! Chances are that if you spread the good-mood vibe around your school, it will get back to you sooner than later. It’s called the Boomerang Effect and it works!
Gets rid of an awkward situation! If you are in an awkward situation (i.e. talking to a rival/ex-beau) make the moment a bit less awkward by complimenting them on their new shoes or fantastic new haircut. Problem solved!
Improve the mood in your school/work place! By spreading around positive morale with compliments where you go to school/work, the entire place will brighten and be changed for the better. And there’s nothing wrong with that!
So, why not compliment someone? Make the world slightly better just by going out of your way and complimenting someone. Try it and tell me your results!