Kindness is Taking Time to Notice

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Scroll down for the Landing Page (aka Table of Contents) for this Kindness series.

Kindness Is easy, or at least it can be.

“Our Mission is to educate and inspire people to choose kindness,” Kindness.org.

I belong to the community at Kindness.org.  I recently received an email that asked, “How much would it COST YOU to perform the following acts (in terms of money, time, effort, etc) on a 7-point scale (1 + Very Little, 7 = Very Much)?

They listed about 50 acts. I have shared some of them below. And some ideas are mine. Look at the list and rate them from 1-7.

  • ___ Bake a cake for someone’s birthday.
  • ___ Call your mom.
  • ___ Don’t write an angry internet comment.
  • ___ Each time you buy a new piece of clothing, donate one item to someone in need.
  • ___ Frame a friend’s favorite lyric or quote in a nice frame.
  • ___Give someone the right-of-way on your commute.
  • ___ Hold the elevator.
  • ___ If you spill sugar or creamer on the counter at a coffee shop, wipe it up.
  • ___ Leave extra quarters in the laundry room.
  • ___ Say “Thank you” to a janitor or anyone else who provides a service for you.
  • ___ Send a stressed-out mom some chocolate.
  • ___ Smile when you feel like scowling.
  • ___Tell your siblings how much you appreciate them.
  • ___ When everyone around you is gossiping about someone, be the one to butt in with something nice
  • ___ When you hear that negative discouraging voice in your head, cut yourself some slack.
  • ___ While you are out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
  • ___ While you are out, give an encouraging word or smile to a parent who is having a hard time with their child’s behavior.
  • ___ Write a family member a list of 10 things you like about them.
  • ___ Write a letter to a sick child or an elderly person.

When I took the kindness survey from Kindness.org, I was surprised by some of the action items. They were so simple. And yet, I never thought to do them. And a lot of the items would NOT take a lot of my time, energy, or money.

Kind actions for me to do are all around. There are easy ones, too.

I just need to take the time to look.

Let’s take advantage of those “easy” ones. They still count as being impactful. Can you imagine what our families, faith institutions, and cities would be like if everyone did one extra kindness a week?

Your Turn . . .

  • Check out the website Kindness.Org for ideas and how you can be part of the kindness revolution.
  • Which of the above examples did you connect with?
  • What “easy” action would you add to this list?
  • Were you surprised by your scores?
  • What will you do because of this post?

Related Posts  . . . 

You can practice being kind by leaving me a comment. 

Please leave me an idea or two that I can add to my acts of kindness list. The idea can be intentional or random.

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Want to know what other acts of Kindness are on the list? Go to my Landing Page . . Scattering Kindness: A 31 Day Adventure of Intentional & Random Acts of Service.  

 

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