19 Ways To Show Kindness In Your Every Day Life

19 Ways To Show Kindness In Your Every Day Life

We can all make the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time.

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes we get so caught up in our own agendas that we forget there are other people with feelings like ours all around us. By tuning into our environment and out of our daily schedules, even if it's just when you're walking from meeting A to meeting B, you'll start to see everyday struggles of the people around you. Whether it's someone who is homeless asking for spare change, or even just someone trying to carry 12 things and open a door at the same time. These are key instances where we can do good in the world. If you're someone that thinks chivalry and genuine helpfulness is dead, I have good news for you: you can change it! Be the example of what you wish to see happen in the world. You'll be amazed by how many people join in. Even if they don't jump in right that moment, the next time they see someone having a hard time, they may remember what you did and choose to do the same. By spreading a little kindness every day, we can start to make the world we live in a better, more compassionate place. Here are some easy ways to get started!

1. Hold doors for people

This might be the easiest way to show someone that you thought about them.

2. Give compliments

If you like something about someone, tell them! It can be something they did, said, what they're wearing, their handwriting, really anything. A genuine compliment goes a long way!

3. Be on-time (and communicate when you can't be!)

Things happen, I know, but if you make plans for a certain time, try to be there when you said you would. More importantly, if you can't be, let the person know as soon as you can so they know what's up and aren't sitting alone wondering what happened.

4. Put away your phone

When you can, put away your phone and give your full attention to someone. When you can't, or you're both on your phones, try to share what you're doing with the other person. What makes you smile might make them smile too, or you may even find something while you're scrolling that could strike up a conversation!

5. Ask questions

The most genuine way to show kindness, in my opinion, is to show that you're interested in what a person is saying or doing. Asking questions shows that you're engaged and want to know more!

6. Apologize when necessary

Even if it's something you think is minuscule, it might mean more to the other person than you think, so always say sorry when you need to. A simple apology lets the other person know you're thinking about their feelings.

7. Say thank you and mean it

Even if it's to someone that simply picked up your pen for you, thank them! They're trying to spread kindness too, so reciprocate it!

8. Keep in contact (and not just when you need something!)

Reach out to someone you haven't talked to in awhile just to see how they're doing, no strings attached.

9. Try to acknowledge everyone

When you're walking from place to place, try to put your phone away, take in your surroundings, and acknowledge the people who pass by you. Smile at them, ask how they're doing, give them a head nod, anything to show them that you see that they exist. This is an often overlooked aspect of spreading kindness, but just acknowledging someone can make them a lot happier going about the rest of their day.

10. Speak up when someone makes you happy

If someone makes you smile or you feel proud of them, tell them! Let them know that they made your day better by being a part of it or by doing something awesome.

11. Run an errand for someone

We're all busy people, but sometimes we're not busy all at once. If someone is having a particularly stressful day, offer to take some of the things off their to-do list. Go to the grocery store for them, return clothing that didn't fit that they've been putting off taking back to the store, just lessen their load in some way.

12. Ask people what they need

If what's stressing someone out or making their life harder isn't blatant or easy to fix, ask them what they need from you that would make things better. Maybe that's something from the previous point, or maybe it's a hug or space. I guarantee that they will greatly appreciate the fact that you asked, even if there's nothing you can do to help.

13. Let someone know you're thinking about them

If you see something throughout the day that reminds you of someone, let them know! It's nice to know we're thought about.

14. Help someone if you understand and they don't

If you see someone struggling with something and you know how to do it, ask if they want some assistance! Keeping the knowledge to yourself really isn't helping anyone.

15. Leave something nice on a sticky note

If you want to do something really easy to make a bunch of people smile, write something nice or inspirational on a sticky note and put it somewhere people will see, but not somewhere they're expecting to see it, like on a bathroom mirror, the stall door on the inside, or on the wall above a water fountain.

16. Text your friends and tell them you hope their day goes well

This will help start their day off on a positive foot by receiving a kind word from a friend.

17. Put away your shopping cart (and offer to do so for someone else!)

Putting way your own shopping cart will make the person's day easier who has to corral them all, and putting away someone else's allows them to get on with their day that much quicker.

18. Offer to throw someone's trash away

If you see someone who's working on a project while they eat, and they haven't thrown their trash away yet, offer to do it for them so they don't have to get up and stop working.

19. Spend time with people close to you

Grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, all of them. Spend as much time as you can with them, because as the years go on you'll have less and less opportunities to. You mean the world to them, and all they want is your time, so give it whenever you can.

Now get out there and spread the love!

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Dating someone for a year+ means that you are bound to know things you might not have known in the early months of the relationship. You also might act differently than you did at the beginning of the relationship.

Here are 12 things you know when you've been dating for over a year.

1. Clothing size, shoe size

This one you can probably be able to figure out early in the relationship. But, you start to keep in the back of your mind and think of that person when you see clothes or a pair of shoes they might like.

2. You can guess what they are going to text back

Especially if it is just a casual conversation about nothing in particular. You know their go-to responses.

3. You have multiple food orders memorized

Their food orders, of course.

4. You have that one TV show you can put on and neither of you will complain

And that is "The Office."

5. You don't get jealous

How could you have lasted in a relationship for over a year and not have any trust?

6. You know likes and dislikes

And can assume if they are going to like or dislike something.

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8. Their successes make you just as happy as it makes them

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9. Your friends are his friends and his friends are your friends

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10. You have your favorite restaurants

That we always end up going to.

11. You've met everyone in the family and extended family

And you feel like part of the family.

12. You know extremely personal things about each other

That you would not necessarily share with the public.

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