One small act of kindness can make all the difference for someone you know.
The intentional act of being nice to your friends and neighbors can completely change the outcome of their day. But the person you’re helping isn’t the only one who benefits.
Research shows that doing good deeds can make you feel better. You’ll find it improves your mood and leads to personal satisfaction. By being kind, you can lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety and feel happier.
With school starting, today would be a great opportunity to practice random acts of kindness if you know parents of school-age children. Here are some suggestions for simple acts of kindness we received from our Intentional Living Facebook family:
- Be sure your own child is well rested, has eaten well, and carries a cheery disposition – smiles are very contagious!
- Take a minute to help another parent who’s lost, even though you’re rushing.
- Help a mother carry her baby stroller into school, or hold a door open for her.
- Buy a backpack filled with school supplies and donate it to your neighborhood school.
- E-mail your student’s teacher and ask if he/she needs anything for the classroom.
- Share notes of encouragement with teachers.
- Bring a box of doughnuts to share in the teacher’s lounge.
If you could do ONE THING and know that it would make a significant, lasting, possibly life-changing difference in your life, would you do it? Dr. Carlson shares the power of ONE THING and why you should get started doing your ONE THING today.
How has the decision to show intentional acts of kindness impacted you personally? We’d love to hear how yours turned out. Post your comments below.