50 Ways To Be Kind Today

50 Ways To Be Kind Today

Spread kindness like confetti!


It seems like most things I've read lately are negative or trying to pit one group of people against the other. With so many forces trying to push everyone farther and farther apart, why not work a little harder and try to pull everyone closer together? There are an infinite amount of ways to be kind and spread love every day, but here are 50 to help you get started.

1. Give someone an intentional compliment. 

2. Check up on a friend you haven't talked to in a while. 

3. Eat lunch with your coworker who always eats alone. 

4. Babysit (for free) for your overworked mom's friend so she can catch a break.

5. Buy a homeless person lunch. 

6. Pay for the person's food behind you in line at your favorite lunch spot. 

7. Volunteer at a local nonprofit. 

8. Let someone who's in a hurry skip you in line.

9. Leave your waiter a generous tip whenever you can. 

10. Be a good listener. 

11. Give away clothes/shoes you don't use anymore. 

12. Send a "thank you" note to someone who inspired you in the past. 

13. Call your parents!

14. Leave money taped to the vending machine for the next person to use. 

15. Plant a tree. 

16. Do something thoughtful for your sibling. 

17. Invite someone new to hang out with you and your friend group. 

18. Help clean up, without being asked.

19. Encourage a friend or family member who needs it. 

20. Pick up litter as you walk. 

21. Give someone a ride if you have a car or scooter. 

22. Make food for someone in need a meal.

23. Help someone who has been overwhelmed lately with their chores/errands.

24. Buy someone a simple treat such as a candy bar or ice cream cone.

25. Tell someone you care about them. 

26. Tell someone you love them. 

27. Tell someone why you love them/care about them.

28. Watch the tone of your voice to make sure you're always kind. 

29. Visit a sick friend (and maybe even bring them some soup). 

30. Go volunteer at a nursing home. 

31. Always say "thank you" and smile. 

32. Put change in a parking meter for someone when it is about to expire. 

33. Pay someone's bus fare. 

34. Give up your seat for someone who needs it more. 

35. Follow through on your commitments. 

36. Pay for a stranger's toll. 

37. Genuinely ask people how they're doing (and being prepared to listen). 

38. Smile at children. 

39. Remember someone's birthday. 

40. When someone invites you to do something and you can't, be sure to make it up to them. 

41. Share your pens/pencils with someone who needs one. 

42. Donate blood. 

43. Write meaningful "thank you" notes. 

44. Smile more often. 

45. Donate your hair to make wigs for people with cancer. 

46. Treat everyone with respect. 

47. Let someone else sit in your favorite chair. 

48. Let someone else win. 

49. When someone does something well, point it out. 

50. Try not to complain about anything. 

It's the little things that mean the most to people. It is highly unlikely that you or I could ever do something to truly change someone's life, but incorporating little things such as these can help improve other people's days and overall happiness -and your happiness as well.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.

Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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Better Not Bitter

"Let your past make you better, not bitter."


After completing my junior year at Iowa State, I have found myself reflecting on a lot of the experiences and people who have helped me get to the point I am at today. Family obviously comes to mind, followed by my friends, my sorority sisters, my boyfriend, my professors, and my mentors. I am able to contribute a lot of my success to their support and compassion that they have shown me throughout my past three years. I am also able to contribute my success to the woman I have grown to be and to the woman I have always wanted to be. You see, three years ago, the woman I was was buried in a toxic relationship that didn't allow me to flourish into the woman I was striving to be.

Let me take a step back, this article is not meant to bash the person who it is about. In fact, it's more of a thank you. Because you see, without him letting go of me, I would have never taken the leaps and bounds out of my comfort zone to become the woman I am so damn proud to be today. This is also not meant to say that I am I glad I was in such a toxic relationship, it was honestly so terrible that I wouldn't wish it upon anyone but I am in fact, thankful. I learned more from that relationship that I have in anything else in my life.

First, I learned to be a fighter, and not in a bad way. I learned to stand up for myself and what I believe in. I have become vocal about my passions and stand up for people when they are treated wrong. I no longer let people walk all over me, but rather I stand my ground firmly and confidently. Thank you.

Second, I learned to be fierce. Fierce in love, kindness, compassion, and willpower. I believe in my abilities and the things I am able to accomplish if I set my mind to something. I have learned that in being fierce, there is absolutely no time to doubt myself which has worked greatly in my favor. I learned that demanding respect in all relationships I have formed has been about me making the decision to make myself a priority and learning to never settle for any less than I deserve, ever again. Thank you.

Third, I learned compassion. I learned to be kind to the other woman, and mostly, to the person who chose to hurt me. It took everything in me to remain kind while I was being hurt, but I am so thankful that I stayed true to the values and morals I was raised on. I have carried this with me throughout the past three years by choosing to show compassion to all people around me, and looking deeper into the reasons behind the actions and decisions that people make. Often times there is something going on behind closed doors and because of that, it is important to always, always radiate kindness. Thank you.

I wanted to extend my gratitude to the person who hurt me because if you hadn't, I wouldn't be the badass, boss girl, powerful woman that I am today. I am confident, smart, loving, and fully capable of giving and receiving the kindest, most sincere kind of love. My life has changed for the better, and I wouldn't change a single thing. I wish you the best, because let me tell ya, it feels great.

By the way, if you ever feel like you deserve better than what you're receiving in a relationship, trust your gut & walk the hell away. It's worth it.

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