21 simple acts of kindness…and more happiness for all!

21 simple acts of kindness…and more happiness for all!

via ThoughtCatalog by Jan Bowen

When you think of kindness, do you think of someone nobly performing 50 random acts of kindness? Admirable as that is, that isn’t the only means to approach kindness. There are many ways people show kindness every day.

Kindness is simply the act of being friendly, generous, and considerate, and there is evidence of that everywhere. Sometimes we just have to look for it.

Kindness is taking into consideration another person besides yourself and acting without expecting anything in return. When you show a genuine interest in another person, you are telling them that they are seen, recognized and heard — that they aren’t alone in the world.

Here are some ways people show kindness every day, and how you can, too:

Kind people truly connect with the people they encounter. We are wired to require connection with others for our well-being. Freely giving that connection is an act of kindness. Notice it, and imagine how doing some of the acts below could transform a day. We do that when we:

1. Smile at someone to show understanding. Smiling at someone who needs it to show you truly understand their situation is kind. And then, help if you can.

2. Listen without interrupting. Be completely present and listen. When someone is talking, let her say whatever she has to say and allow her whatever time it takes to develop their thoughts, no matter how disjointed they may seem. Without thinking of your response, just listen and consider someone else’s point of view.

3. Don’t judge. Many factors shape each of us. It is deeply kind to interact with someone who has the ability to enjoy another person for their contribution, without judging.

4. Stay true to yourself and be honest — but deliver what you have to say with tact. Imagine how much better you would feel knowing someone told you the hard truth — kindly — than kept something from you out of cowardice.

5. Get happy. Put your own insecurities aside and feel happy for another person’s success in life. Open up to their deep joy and celebrate with them!

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