24 Apr Spread Kindness, it’s contagious
“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love” – Mother Teresa
Have you ever thought about the impact you could have on someone else’s day, week, month or life through a random act of kindness?
Perhaps it could be a simple smile or holding the door open for someone or letting a car merge in front of you. They are simple and fleeting but the ripple effect of our kindness can send more kindness, love and gratitude bursting into the air.
There is a lot of research suggesting that “kind people experience more happiness and gratitude”, (McQuid & Kern, 2017). And what’s more it can boost your confidence, optimism and meaning.
I have witnessed the beauty of paying forward kindness at the hands of my daughter whose confidence and compassion is shining through. She loves greeting others with “good morning”, or asking another child to play or randomly kissing me on the cheek telling me she loves me. The gratitude oozes from these acts and I know in the brief moment that she has made someone else’s day.
Today, is Pay it Forward Day. A global day that encourages people to show each other that we care and that there is love, hope and magic all around us.
I personally love this day, because with love, caring, giving and compassion we can give hope to those around us that we are all together in this life journey. And from one good deed, others will grow.
There are many ways that you can practise kindness, to others and to yourself. Here are some of my favourites:
- Journal your kindness – By journalling about the acts of kindness you have given or received you are raising awareness of the good you are doing. Like any practise, kindness is a muscle that you need to strengthen through repeat use. The more aware of how you feel or others feel from your kindness, the more you will begin to notice other random act of kindness options.
- Make it part of your daily or weekly routine – set yourself the challenge of doing random acts of kindness. You might set yourself the goal of doing at least one a day. Or you could create a kindness day per week and challenge yourself to do multiple acts of kindness. Kindness is contagious, the more it becomes part of your routine the more awareness you bring of it to others around you.
- Say thank you – I personally love the power of writing a thank you note to someone, a family member, a friend or a work colleague. It is one of the great surprises. Notice how this makes you feel and also how does your recipient feel.
- Loving-Kindness Meditation – through the power of meditation we can visualise and create explosive feelings of love, kindness and gratitude. Take a moment to stop and take some deep breaths. Begin by visualising yourself receiving kindness, then visualise yourself sending kindness to a close loved one, then send it to an acquaintance and then send it across the globe. After the meditation you will feel this overwhelming feeling of love and kindness and what’s more it is like your own sneaky secret. Insight Timer has some amazing loving-kindness guided meditations.
There you have it, a simple act of kindness can boost your own health and wellbeing as well as of those around you.
What will you do for Pay It Forward Day?
Natalie Moore is a certified Wellness and Mindset Coach, a qualified business and leadership trainer, a marathon runner and a mum of one. Creating passionate, healthy, well beings is her passion and mission and she thrives on being able to share her knowledge, experience and practises with others. You can see how Natalie supports individuals to live their best life here