You never know how even a single act of kindness can change someones life.
There are millions of people in this world that could use some kindness shown to them, however big or small. Even simply giving a smile to someone can brighten their day.
On some level we all have a desire to help other people. And there are tons of ways to do that. Find some things you would like to do and then make a heart commitment about it.
For instance, you might want to donate some books to a local shelter or volunteer to read once a week at a local underprivileged school. Some of the local nursing homes may have a program where volunteers can come in to read to elderly people or lead some group activities like light exercise.
Whatever ‘acts of kindness’ you choose to do… do it with that heartfelt desire and commitment and you become a cheerful giver. That cheerfulness really uplifts others and makes them want to give as well.
You can give monetarily too if possible to someone in need and that is great. Many times people need that in lots of different situations. Personally, if I am going to give money, I do it anonymously. That way they don’t feel the need to repay me. But, the most valuable thing you can give is your time!
So look around and see who needs help or a little joy in their life. You may be amazed at what’s right under your nose. There have been several times I have simply helped someone find something in the grocery store. If you have school-aged children write a note of appreciation to their teacher. How about taking a pie or cookies to your local firehouse? Make a sincere genuine comment about a great job someone did on a project.
When you do even simple things like this, people are so grateful!
Be sure to resist the temptation of judging people based on how they look or dress. You never know when a small opportunity will present itself and what a difference you can make by responding. Things you do that you discount as NO BIG DEAL can turn into something very powerful. Don’t ignore anyone! Look at people with eyes of discernment. Ask yourself? How can I possibly help this person? Every person has value and the kindness you show them may change their life in some way.
Giving gives a euphoric feeling. It changes your whole demeanor. And that is so important especially when doing business. If people see and experience that you have their best interest at heart and want to find ways to serve them and lift them up, they will want to do business with you when the need arises.
If they feel you want to help them regardless if they ever ‘buy’ from you, you become attractive to them and they will never forget you.
Be a servant for many, spread ‘acts of kindness’ all around, because as one of my mentors always says, “What you give away you get to keep.”