How to Be Kind to Others

Let’s face it we’ve all had moments where we could probably have been a little kinder, nicer, and more helpful to other people around us.

Sometimes acting like a jerk can make you feel even worse after the fact.

So why not preemptively stop your inner jerk from bubbling up to the top and spread some kindness around. Let’s review some concepts we all know, but can sometimes lose sight of in the moment.

Let’s talk about how to be kind to others.

How to Be Kind to Others

What is Being Kind to Others?

Kindness is choosing to do something that helps others, motivated by genuine benevolent feelings. It often means putting other people’s needs before our own.

It could be by giving up our seat on the train to someone who needs it more, or offering to buy a coffee for someone at work.

How to Be a Nicer Person

  • Be quick to help out.
  • Don’t gossip or speak badly of others.
  • Don’t make it all about you.
  • Don’t criticize or complain.
  • Apologize sincerely.
  • Show interest in others.
  • Show up on time.
  • Show gratitude.

What Are Some Good Things You Could Do for Others?

Pay attention to the people around you, and think about what you could do to make their lives a little easier.

Here are Some Meaningful Ways to Help Others:

  • Offer kindness proactively.
  • Try to be a nicer person.
  • Volunteer your time.
  • Donate to a cause.
  • Donate unused items.

What are Some Typical Acts of Kindness?

Examples of Acts of Kindness:

  • Giving gifts.
  • Giving compliments.
  • Noticing good things that others do.
  • Saying kind words.
  • Showing gratitude.
  • Being respectful.
  • Giving your time to someone else.
  • Doing an act of service for someone else.

How to Be Extra Kind To Loved Ones

  • Give them a big hug.
  • Make them a meal.
  • Express your empathy.
  • Give them a handwritten card or letter.
  • Babysit for free.
  • Write them a letter.
  • Visit your parents.
  • Surprise loved ones with an unexpected phone call.

Acts of Kindness Ideas You Can Do For a Friend

  • Write a nice note to a friend.
  • Take a friend out for coffee.
  • Bake something for them.
  • Take a friend to lunch.
  • Buy your friend a book.
  • Invite a friend to come for a walk.

Final Thoughts:

Aiming for a positive outlook can help you stay happy, even when you’re having a bad day. Try to smile and be positive.  A smile improves your outlook.

Acknowledge other people. When you’re walking past someone, even a stranger, acknowledge their presence with a simple nod or hello.

Be a good listener. Listen closely when other people are talking to you. Often the greatest gift we can give someone else is the gift of empathy.

Remember that it’s hard to be nice when you’re tired and not feeling well, so you also need to get enough sleep, exercise, and eat well.

Be nice without expectation. With each act of kindness, we can be making the world a better place for all.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, thanks for reading.

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