The easiest way to spread kindness is to smile at the people you make eye contact with each day. At work, at home, when shopping, wherever you are. Family, friends, associates, strangers, anyone you make eye contact with. Vicki Bennett, in her book I’ve Found the Keys, Now Where’s the Car?, tells us “Wherever you go, remember to take your smile with you.” (There are situations where a smile may be misinterpreted, so common sense should prevail). Your smile not only brightens the day for those you give it to, it makes you feel good too, so it’s a double whammy!
If you can think of any more kindnesses, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The Australian Kindness Movement, PO Box 1, The Oaks NSW 2570, Australia, and we will add them to our lists.
* When mowing the nature strip, mow the neighbour’s strip as well.
* If there is a new neighbour in the street or unit block, knock on their door and introduce yourself. You might also like to make up a list of such things as what night the garbage bin goes out, the phone number of a good electrician and plumber, the service station with the lowest petrol prices, the local volunteer organisations, your name and telephone number, and so on. This will give your new neighbour a pleasant ‘welcome’ message.
* Drop a few coins in an area where children play, where they can easily find them. Do you remember how excited you felt, when as a child you found a coin lying on the ground?
* Spend a few minutes going through your old photos, and send whatever you can part with to the people in the photos.
* Donate blood, and encourage others to do so.
* Take a nap on Sunday afternoon.
* When you ring any establishment and the person who picks up the phone sounds happy, or has a nice voice, speaks clearly, and so on, compliment them about it. If they have been helpful in any way, tell them how much you appreciate their help. If they have gone out of their way to be helpful, ask their name and write a letter to the company, advising them what an asset that person is.
* Laugh a lot.
* Encourage kind behaviour, and praise anyone you encounter being kind.
* Believe in Fairy Godmothers, miracles, love at first sight, happy endings, knights in shining armour, and you give them permission to materialise in your life.
* If you have any surplus books in good condition, consider offering them to your local library or a senior citizen’s centre.
* Write letters of appreciation to groups who are helping the community, the environment, etc.
* Tell someone you love and appreciate them – and do it often.
* Avoid negative self-talk.
* Give surplus clothing, toys, etc. to charities.
* Never criticise anyone’s dreams of the future.
* Send a card to a friend or relative you haven’t seen for some time. Include a photo of yourself and/or your family.
* When your child talks to you, given them your full attention. Read More