Headlines and news reports are grim right now, there is no denying that. From fierce political divides to rises in hate crimes in our nation, it’s easy to succumb to insecurity and fear. Thus, the importance of kindness is very relevant at the moment. We need to band together in this difficult time to uplift one another, and here are a few ideas how:
Be Friendly To Strangers
Smile at people you pass by. Be patient with customers. Help out someone who looks lost. Compliment someone’s outfit. Hold open the door for the person behind you. It’s extremely fulfilling to bestow kindness on strangers because you never know what kind of impact it will have on them. Because you helped them, they may choose to help someone themselves and so on. A chain of goodness begins with just one decision.
Take A Break From Social Media
Social media websites tend to stoke the flames. Since political tensions are high right now, you have no doubt witnessed a status or two that made you irritated. Separate yourself from social media for a little while and reflect on yourself. Your opinions and thoughts are your own and it’s good to be alone with yourself now and then without intrusions. This will also help soothe any negative feelings you may have built up over seeing a status you don’t agree with. Give it time and space and come back to it.
Donate Time Or Money To A Charitable Organization
Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or give money to a cause that you identify with. This is a fantastic way to help out multiple people at once and it gives you a very rewarding feeling. Whether it’s interpersonal or through the internet, donations and volunteering are a means of supporting something that is bigger than yourself.
Reach Out To Someone You’ve Been Meaning To Talk To
Call a friend or a relative that you haven’t spoken to in awhile. Invite friends over for a nice dinner. Send someone a sappy text to know that you miss them. It seems like a minuscule effort, but it feels great to know that someone has been thinking of you. You could really brighten someone’s day just by letting them know that they are important to you.
However you choose to go about it, try giving kindness a chance, because someone needs that right now. Kindness is brave in the wake of adversity, so go be brave and go be kind!