The past few months – if you've read the news – have felt a little overwhelming. The world begins to feel scary and confusing, when fear, anger, and aggression seem to overtake compassion and kindness. But it is in these times that we need acts of kindness the most. Kindness doesn't need to be in the form of a huge feat that everyone knows about; instead, it can come by way of small actions that are easily done every day.
Here are a few tips we've collected – for children and adults alike – for gentle and kind actions that can be done right now, today. You'll find that doing simple acts of kindness transforms your life because, as Rachel Wolf has said: "Kindness is Contagious."
Sparkle Tips for Small Acts of Kindness:
- Hug your children, hug your spouse, hug your parents, hug your friends. Giving hugs and being hugs as been proven to help improve your health and well-being.
- Do a chore without being asked.
- Hold the door open for anyone in need.
- Pick up trash when you see it.
- Let someone go ahead of you in the grocery store.
- Find a stranger and give them a compliment.
- Plant native flower seeds.
- Put coins in a parking meter about to run out.
- Call someone you love.
- Hold the elevator door for someone.
- Give everyone you meet a smile (Sylvia did it and it changed everyone's day!)
- Pay for the coffee or tea or toll booth fee of the person behind you.
- Thank a postal carrier, police officer, teacher, or military serviceman or servicewoman for their service.
- Spend time with loved ones, uplugged.
- Tell someone a story about hope and kindness.
We hope these tips will help you on your way to create a kinder world. Because after all, many small acts of kindness add up to big change. Kindness will always pay itself forward.
Here are a few other sources of great ideas for small acts of kindness:
About the Author
KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.