Well, I didn't mean for this week to take on a "love" theme, but it just felt right after last week's video. Roses symbolize love, all our acts of Love are Ephemeral, and even the Book Review had love in it. So, let's finish out the series with some honest ways you can promote love in your life. There are countless ways for us to promote kindness and love in our lives, and all we need to do is figure out how to incorporate one or more act into our routine. Luckily, I have a few ideas for you. If you have a little extra money, consider:
Buying the coffee/meal for the person behind you Buying a homeless person a hot meal Buying coffee or doughnuts for the office Donating to a charity Buying needed items and taking them to the shelter Helping someone pay a bill Buying someone a tank of gas Shopping locally (this promotes smaller business and keeps them in business longer) Tipping your servers over the standard amount At Christmas, adopt and angel or two from the Angel Tree (my husband and I do this every year, and even though we never meet the kids, we still feel like we're making a difference in their lives. Best feeling ever!)
Volunteering your services is an Act of Kindness!
Those are just a few options on how a little extra money can benefit those around you. However, If you don't have the means to volunteer your money (finances are a bit tight right now, I know), you can always volunteer your time. For example, you could:
Mow a neighbor's yard Help someone carry their groceries Help someone move house Go through your house and donate used things (in good condition) to the shelter Pick up trash on the sidewalk/roadway Babysit for someone Take a home cooked meal to a sick family member or friend Take flowers to someone in the hospital Volunteer at the Humane Society Help an elder with their chores Work a shift at the soup kitchen or food bank
If that's still too much for you, don't worry! There's still plenty of ways you can spread love throughout your day. Try: Opening doors for others Smiling and complimenting strangers (One thing I've learned is that you need to say whatever compliments you have, even if it's something as simple as "I like your shoes." You never know who needs that boost of confidence)
Not laughing at your goofy little brother could be a major Act of Kindness!
Picking up your trash and keeping your workspace clear (If you work in an office, the Janitors will thank you for it) Picking up someone else's trash Cleaning up after someone Refilling someone's cup without being asked Have patience with the slow drivers and smile as you go by (If you drive like I do, this one will be challenging) Have patience with anyone working Customer Service (they're trying to do their job as best as they can, so being patient and understanding might just make their day) Keeping your hotel room clean Giving your coworker the last doughnut Giving up your seat on the bus/subway Send a Thank You note to someone Saving that turtle on the highway Not laughing when someone makes a mistake Put your phone away and give someone your full attention (this means more to people than you think) As you can see, I tried to make this article as example-filled as possible. I feel like these are some great ways to get started in spreading Love and Kindness in your life, and many of them would be great ways to teach your children how to be kind and gentle in an otherwise chaotic world. If you like this article, please share it. Goodness knows we could use a little Love and Kindness about now, and I hope this gave you some good ideas on how to proceed. If you need a few more, visit Think Kindness, Hooplaha, or Kindness.org. The photos are my own.