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Acts of Kindness

Many lives go untouched in the world. Wondering if someone out there would ever care enough to come to their rescue or give them kind words when needed most. We have all heard it before as we grew up, that the world is a tough place and it will eat you up and spit you out. Well, that is the reality that some people live each day.

We all can make simple adjustments in our lives to help the people around us feel better about themselves or the problems they may be going through. Have you ever encountered acts of kindness and said to yourself, “Wow that was so helpful or nice.” Well, it feels good to receive but it feels even better to give.

There are levels of kindness that people fall under. Some people stop at certain levels and others excel to the highest level. Not everyone is taught to go to the next level so we tend to think we are doing enough. Others are taught if you help too much, people take advantage of you. If you fall into any one of these levels, you are on the right track. If you are not doing any of these acts of kindness, it’s time to re-evaluate your life and realize that your first purpose on earth should be to love one another.

Here are some steps to make you a better person and help others along the way.

Step 1. When you wake up, take a minute before you get out of bed to meditate on the glorious day you are going to encounter and with the goal of greeting at least one stranger through out your day.

Step 2. After dressing up look at yourself in the mirror and compliment yourself on how well you look and feel, even if you don’t feel so good. By doing this you are building your self-esteem and then you can help build others.

Step 3. Say good morning and smile to as many people you see in the morning including strangers; even if they don’t respond back. Eventually, it will rub off on others.

Step 4. Do something special for someone around you. Many people are afraid to ask for a favor. They may need a ride, a buck, a friend to listen, groceries, gas, referral information, donations, a hug, etc. You will be surprised how good this feels.

Step 5. Enter into a job, career, or profession in which you are helping people. Examples are teachers, nurses, doctors, social services, non-profits, etc. These and many other humanitarian choices of jobs, careers, and professions are acts of kindness even if they are getting paid.

Step 6. Volunteer or pro-bono work is ultimately a great act of kindness. Giving without expecting something in return is one of the best feelings. Many organizations are desperate for people to help them with their cause. Find out what you may be passionate about and get involved.

Too many people make excuses as to why they cannot help someone, such as; I do not have the money; I don’t have the time; I am just one person, what difference can I make? These are barriers that come between you and the people that need you. Remember, what ever you do for someone else, will come back to you triple fold. The more good you do the better your life will turn out. Take the time to smile and say hello because that is what we are supposed to do and then practice more of these steps daily.

There are great people in the world and life does not have to be so harsh if we all do acts of kindness.