21 Ways You Can Practice Kindness Today


I was inspired to write today's post after reading an article about Liverpool being voted the 'kindest city in the UK'. I already knew that my hometown is packed full of kind people, but it made me so proud to read something that acknowledged it.

I've never quite understood how some people struggle to be kind. I mean, it's not a hard thing to do. In fact, to me, being kind is as easy as breathing. Being kind should come natural to us all, and there are so many ways that you can show kindness. But here are just 21 ways you can practice kindness today:

USE YOUR MANNERS

People with no manners are actually a huge pet hate of mine. There is absolutely no excuse as to why a person doesn't say their please and thank you's. It's just rude. Having basic manners is a simple yet deeply important way to show kindness.

SMILE AT STRANGERS

Yep, smiling at complete strangers is a thing. I smile at every single person I pass in the street. That kindness isn't always reciprocated, but when it is, I feel so warm and happy inside. Plus, you never know if your smile will make someone's entire day better. As William Arthur Ward once said, "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness."

HOLD THE DOOR FOR SOMEONE

If you see a person struggling to open a door because they're holding a dozen bags - go and help them. If you see a person trying to keep the door open whilst they're pushing a wheelchair through - go and help them. If you can see someone is a few steps behind you, don't just let the door go, wait and keep it open up for them. No one can be in that much of a rush that they can't spare 5 seconds to be kind.

GIVE FREE HUGS

I don't mean walk up to a stranger and hug them, because that's not so much kind as it is creepy. But don't be afraid to hug people you do know. I don't think there's such a thing as 'too many' hugs. Plus, it is a well known fact that a 20 second hug releases the bonding hormone and neurotransmitter oxytocin, which is nature's antidepressant and anti-anxiety hormone. So there you have it, hug away!

LET SOMEONE GO AHEAD OF YOU IN LINE

If you ever find yourself in a supermarket with a full trolley but the person behind you only has a few items - let them go first.

OFFER A CUPPA TO THE WORKMEN

If you're ever home when there's a gardener, window cleaner, work man etc., offer him a cup of tea or coffee. Chances are, they'll be working all day and might not have time for a break, so it'd be nice to give them a little something to keep them going; especially in the winter. They must be bloody freezing.

RESPECT CUSTOMER SERVICE STAFF

I worked in retail for over 2 years, and it's disgusting that we're often treated like servants rather than human beings. You should treat retail and hospitality staff with respect and consideration. They don't get paid enough to be treated like shit. All it takes is manners.

BE KIND ON SOCIAL MEDIA

I think we can all agree that social media plays a part in our mental health and insecurities. There's so much negativity, judgement and bullying going on nowadays, I think it's time to change all that. Don't you? Leave a nice comment on people's posts, even people you don't know. Use social media to spread happiness and confidence, rather than negativity and hurt.

PASS YOUR BUS PASS ON TO SOMEONE ELSE

I only recently learnt that this is only a Liverpool thing but I don't see why other people shouldn't be able to do it too. Do you buy a day rider when you get on the bus? If you do, when you're getting off your final bus of the day, ask the people at the bus stop if they need a ticket. You have no use for the ticket anymore, so you may as well save someone else a few pound.

GIVE COMPLIMENTS

Standing at a bus stop and the woman next to you looks pretty? Tell her. Sitting opposite a man on the train with beautiful tattoos? Tell him.

There doesn't have to be an ulterior motive behind complimenting someone. It doesn't mean you're flirting with them. You just simply liked something about them, and are kind enough to tell them. Being complimented can make a person feel happy all day.

Don't forget to compliment yourself as well. Be kind to yourself first.

GIVE UP YOUR SEAT TO SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT

I don't think this one needs much explanation. If an elderly person, disabled person or a pregnant woman get's on a bus or a train, it's common curtsy to offer your seat to them.

GIVE DIRECTIONS

Us scousers often receive compliments from tourists for being happy to give directions, and even take you there ourselves. Being lost is a stressful situation, try to remember that next time somebody asks you for a little help.

EXPRESS YOUR LOVE

I make sure to tell my loved ones that I love them, every chance I get. You could never say it too much. The reality of life is, we never know when we will take our last breath, so to avoid having regrets, tell your loved ones that you love them as often as possible.

LISTEN

I mean really listen. Sometimes we need someone to just sit and listen to us. Sometimes we need to know that there is someone who will listen to our feelings without the fear of being judged.

PASS BOOKS ON

Do you know a book lover? Pass on the books that you have already read, to them. Books are supposed to be read and loved, not collecting dust on a shelf. 

OFFER TO HELP

Do you have a loved one or a neighbour that currently has a lot on their plate? Offer to help them. Whether that's helping them with house work, walking their dog, babysitting their children, carrying their bags or running an errand for them - it will help them so much and it will make their shoulders feel a little lighter.

DONATE 

I don't mean money, don't worry. I'm poor too so I know that's out of the question. But you can donate your unwanted items. Do you have clothes that you don't wear anymore? Do you have DVD's but no DVD player? Do you have a box of baby clothes and toy's that your child has outgrown? Don't just throw it away, donate it to a charity.

GIVE BLOOD

Giving blood is such a rewarding experience. Knowing that your blood might be the difference between someone living or dying is just...indescribable. It doesn't cost you a thing, there's no pain or side effects.

A few months ago, I tried to give blood again but I couldn't due to my health problems. I felt so disappointed when I walked out. I felt like I'd failed. So unless you literally cannot give blood for health reasons, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't book an appointment.

HELP THE HOMELESS

Homelessness in England has risen every year since 2010. As of 2017, there was an estimate of 4,751 people sleeping rough. That is absolutely shocking, disgraceful and heartbreaking.

Unfortunately when I walk through my town center, I don't know who is actually homeless and who is just trying to get money for drugs. I don't have enough money to be able to take that kind of chance. But what I will do, and what you can do, is buy them a hot drink, or a sandwich or a sausage roll. If you can't afford to spend any money at all, maybe give them any left over's you have from your house. Give them a blanket, a pair of socks or a scarf. Winter is fast approaching and they will need all the warmth that they can get.

VOLUNTEER

With Christmas around the corner, there will be plenty of organisations that could use a bit of free help. Homeless shelters, food banks, charity shops and many, many more. You don't have to go out of your way to help. A few hours here and there will be a huge contribution.

FUND-RAISE

There are quite literally, thousands of ways that you can fund-raise for your favourite charity. A few examples include:


  • No talking for 24 hours.
  • No drinking alcohol for 1 month.
  • Sponsored walks, jogs, or runs.
  • Fun run.
  • Sky dive.
  • Hiking
  • Bike rides
There are so many more fun and challenging ways that you can help.



Do you see how easy it is to be kind? Although you shouldn't be kind in order to receive kindness - that is how it works a lot of the time.

Love, Han

xo

2 comments:

  1. Aww, I love this! Being kind is so simple & it doesn't require anything but a heart & we all have one :) <3 Have a great day, lovely! & I'm sorry that you were treated this badly... Thank you for your hard-work <3
    Khadija | October's Lallu

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    1. Thank you so much beautiful! I can't wait to check out your blog.

      Han, xo

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