We all need kindness once in a while right? (who am I kidding, we mostly need it every day). But the world can’t all be flawed (if there weren’t any flaws, we would all probably be robots by now).
We have some negatives and rough patches in life but there’s a way where we can disband those negativities and turn them into the opposite. Positives. What comes around, goes around.
I’m going to be listing some ways on how you can benefit yourself and others around you with kindness.
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So grab your mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it!
Let’s say, your friend has a new look or hairstyle on them or that stranger over there is looking massively fine (am I, right? I really don’t know who I’m actually referring to unless it Kim Tae-Hyung).
… But seriously, you could make an effort to make someone else’s day.
I don’t mind being complimented a little (I tend to get irritated by a huge amount of compliments) but what makes it special is being able to tell someone that they look awesome today. It will definitely put a smile on their face. Even if its just by text or saying it over the phone.
2. Say Hi to a Stranger
I had this one experience where I was sitting by myself in a library just watching some videos on my phone and texting my mates when suddenly a random stranger came by and said hi to me and asked if she could sit at my table (ok this isn’t like Mean Girls where Regina ask Cady to sit at their lunch table) but it really made my day in fact, better.
I mean, I was a little nervous but I got used to the fact that one “hi” could make someone’s day. Take the courage to get out of your comfort zone and say hi. You might never know that that stranger could be having a rough day until you came by.
Update: When I was having a terrible day, I was walking home dreaded and tired when a dog owner said “hey” to me. It really made my day a bit brighter.
3. Donate to Charity
I think this is one of the reasons why I think people are great.
It’s donating money to people who really need it, either for support, education or survival.
Back in grade 8, my school used to do a project where we made a business (sell food, fun games, prizes etc) and then we use all the money we have collected to donate it charity.
My friends and I did a cupcake sale and we fund the most money. This made us really excited and terribly cheerful. It brings a huge smile to everybody who participated in fundraising (& competition).
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4. Tell someone close: “I Love You”
We don’t live forever so why not make the most of your time and spend it with the ones you love?
Being in an Asian household, it makes it awkward to say “I love you” to my family. But I do show them that I love them for everything that they’ve done for me by doing the chores without them having to ask.
Since my family is busy all the time, it’s very hard to spend some family time with them unless its holiday. So I make those holiday times by spending the whole day with them.
Instead of telling them, I’m doing it by showing them that I love them. If you live by yourself or with your own family, call your parents that you love them once in a while.
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5. Appreciate the things you have
Remember, there are people around the world who have very little than what you have. Cherish the things that you have and be grateful for living in a free world.
I was that person who used to be very spoiled and wanted to get what I want (and I wanted it now!). I was pretty much selfish for the things I have and the most problematic part was that I still wanted more! Until I learned about gratitude. I started to fulfill life with what I currently have.
I watched a documentary on child poverty (Poor Kids) and that single handily changed my whole perspective on life.
I also felt guilty for the kids in the documentary, living in a poor household. I became grateful for what I currently have and it made me a happier person.
What you should do now
After you read this post, do one thing or more from the list to spread kindness. That could be saying hi to a stranger and telling the people you love.
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