Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." We couldn't agree more. If you want to see the world transformed for the better, don’t you think it should start with you? Kindness is contagious and you never know how an act of compassion can make a difference in someone's day.
Ready to start a pay-it-forward cycle? Here are seven random acts of kindness you can start doing!
Say "good morning" to everyone.
Whether that’s the kid staring at you before you cross the road or the janitor you pass by in the hallway, greet them with a "good morning" or flash them a warm smile. You never know just who might need encouragement.
Ask your officemate if she needs a ride home.
This simple act shows that you care enough for your co-worker–this also gives you the chance to strengthen your bond whether as officemates or friends.
Treat a friend out to a movie.
…or dinner. No matter how you do it, spending time with a friend is an opportunity to get closer and catch up on each other's lives. You could arrange a girl’s night out at your place with overflowing food and never-ending rom-com movies.
Write your family a thank you note.
Show your family how much you appreciate them (even if your brother is a little bit annoying or if your mom keeps nagging you)–they’re the ones who will be there for you through thick and thin.
Smile and be kind to the waitstaff.
They've been on their feet all day, tending to the needs of the customers–a little thank you (and maybe a generous tip) is a nice way to show you appreciate their service.
Hold the door open for someone.
You don’t need to be a guy to do this. Opening a door for someone is a way to show common courtesy and also proof that you’ve been brought up well.
Help someone look for a job.
If you have a friend who has been struggling to find a source of income, try asking around for any vacancies in your company. You can also give her pointers on how to ace that first interview or share some tips on power dressing that can leave a good impression on potential employers.
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