Modern life is getting a little…strange. The way things are playing out on the grand stages of the world sometimes trickles down in an odd way. Interactions are more prickly no matter where you land on the political spectrum. Social media is riddled with landmines of misunderstanding.
Yet at the same time you see people performing little kindnesses for one another all the time: holding the door for someone entering a store, offering a smile to a child or paying for the next person in line at the coffee shop. When someone asks for support from friends online there’s often an overwhelmingly positive response.
We human beings are hardwired to help and care for others – though the impulse may be either encouraged or erased from us depending on our life experiences.
What would public life be like if each of us nurtured that impulse to be kind to one another? Not for reward or appreciation, but just because it’s a good thing to do.
There are several areas in daily life where, with a little bit of mindfulness, we could bring more kindness into the world. Here are a few that come to mind:
Be a kind driver.
Cutting people off and shaking your fist doesn’t actually get you where you’re going much faster. Truly. How about shifting your attitude, and letting people go in front of you? Relax behind the wheel. You’ll still get there and you and your fellow road warriors will feel better.
Think before you speak (or post).
A lot of angst could be saved by carefully thinking about what you want to speak into the world. I’m not saying to hide or suppress your truth – but share it with kindness. Avoid blame and finger-pointing. If you’re upset, wait until you get calm to address the issue. Be a role model for communicating mindfully.
Offer smiles freely.
We often walk around in our own little world. Look up as you navigate public spaces. Offer a smile or a friendly nod. Foster connection. Let your lovelight shine.
Act instead of reacting.
When you hear a news story that fills you with outrage the tendency is to get angry and lash out. A kinder response is to step up and support those you feel are being unfairly treated. Donate to a charity. Volunteer your time. Come up with solutions.
Serve with love.
Chances are you serve others, whether at work, in your home or both. Release your resentment about yet another load of laundry or dealing with an unhappy customer. Step into the role of service. Offer your assistance freely, without conditions. Others can feel the energy behind your offerings, so make sure your intent is kind and caring.
Which one of these tips resonates most with you? If you feel inspired by one (or maybe a few), try adopting it into your daily routine.
What would you add to this list? Let’s hear your ideas for adding more kindness to everyday life. Please share them in the comments section.
Let’s infuse our world with a huge dose of kindness. Together we can make a difference in the spaces where we meet one another.