We live in challenging times and are full of uncertainty. The COVID pandemic has given a 180º turn to our lives, and we have had to reevaluate many things and change certain patterns we had. These changes are not necessarily for the worse, and it is time to put kindness into practice and help each other.
Kindness is an attribute sometimes undervalued and that many people associate with weakness, but if we think about it, this world would not make much sense without kindness, empathy, and love. This is why today, we should take small acts of kindness to each other without expecting anything in return.
Be kind to your family and loved ones
- Tell them that you love them, whether it’s your parents or loved ones that you may not see very often, with a simple phone call and an “I love you” you let them know that you are always there for them.
- Help your partner, grandmother, or parents with household chores when you feel they need it.
- Reconnect with forgotten friendships.
Be kind to strangers
- Compliment someone. A little word can make anyone’s day and boost their self-esteem when they need it most.
- Give your seat on the bus or subway to someone who really needs it.
- Buy a hot meal for a hungry person and help them with whatever you can.
- Tip someone who has gone out of their way to serve you well.
Be kind to the planet
- Plant a tree. This is an act of kindness and gratitude to our planet that provides us with everything we need and also needs our help to stay alive.
- Donate to a charity or help with charitable work.
- Donate things you no longer use, such as clothes, non-perishable foods, or blankets.
- Recycle, compost, and reduce the use of single-use plastics.
- Help animals seeking adoption at your local shelter by doing some outreach to friends and acquaintances
- Get out more walking or biking.
Be kind to your neighbors
- Build relationships with your neighbors and offer to help with whatever they need.
- When you cook a delicious dessert, make an extra serving to take to one of your neighbors.
- Help your elderly neighbors with small chores like mowing the lawn.
- Give them compliments on the appearance of their homes or gardens.
Be kind to your co-workers
- Bring a special snack or prepare something for everyone to share during break time.
- Offer to cover for a colleague who is sick or going through a difficult time for a day
- Invite a lonely colleague home for dinner if he or she needs some company.
And remember that any good gesture, no matter how small, will brighten anyone’s day. If we all take these small acts together, we are doing our bit to improve the world and help to cope with difficult times.