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20 Acts of Kindness: How to Plant and Grow Generosity

Seeds of kindness are planted in many ways. Sometimes it starts with a simple smile, other times it’s doing something for someone without them asking. There are endless acts of kindness that we can do for others. We all have the ability to sow these seeds, and when we do, we can help make this increasingly confusing world a better place. There are so many benefits to being kind – not just for the person on the receiving end, but for us as well. When we’re kind, it makes us feel good! It’s time to start planting those seeds today and see how much better our world can be.

There is an old saying that goes, “You reap what you sow.” This means that if you plant seeds of kindness, you will eventually harvest acts of kindness in return. It’s a simple concept, but one that can have a profound impact on the world around us. When we perform random acts of kindness, we plant the seeds for more acts of kindness to be carried out. We never know who we might touch with our act of kindness or how far-reaching the effects might be. We might brighten someone’s day, make them feel appreciated, or even inspire them to pay it forward.

What is an act of kindness? An act of kindness is defined as a spontaneous gesture of goodwill toward another human being. It can be anything from holding the door open for someone to giving up your seat on the bus, to simply smiling at a stranger. There are countless ways to be kind, and even a little kindness can make a huge difference in someone’s day.

Dalai Lama once said "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

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Science has shown that acts of kindness can have a ripple effect, making both the recipient and the giver feel happier and more positive. This is because acts of kindness stimulate the production of oxytocin, which is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone.” Oxytocin is associated with bonding, attachment, and social connection, and it has been shown to reduce stress levels and increase feelings of happiness and well-being.

We all know that one person can make a difference. But what if everyone made an effort to perform at least one act of kindness every day? Just think of the exponential effect that could have! Each of these random acts of kindness would plant a seed of goodwill, which would then grow and blossom into more acts of kindness. The world would become a more compassionate place, one act of kindness at a time.

Anna Pereira says, “We need to focus on planting seeds of kindness, rather than pulling weeds.” It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life and forget to perform simple acts of kindness that take just a moment. But if we make a conscious effort to be kinder to those around us, we can make the world a better place for everyone. Invite the whole family to get involved or do these things alone!

20 Simple Acts of Kindness Ideas you can try:

  1. Venmo a friend $5 for coffee with an inspirational message

  2. Leave a snack for your mailman

  3. Give a compliment

  4. Text someone good morning

  5. Hold the door open for someone

  6. Leave a nice note in a library book

  7. Give a good tip

  8. Leave a nice note on a coworker’s desk

  9. Mail someone you love a card

  10. Spend time playing with your pet

  11. Offer to pick up a friend or family member from work

  12. Make a cup of tea for your colleagues

  13. Get to know the new staff member

  14. Take a minute to help someone who is lost

  15. Send flowers to a friend

  16. Make and send a care package to someone who needs it

  17. Make a donation to a charity

  18. Smile at five strangers

  19. Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today.

  20. Pay the toll for the person behind you.

Do you have someone in your life who inspired you to be a better person? Did you witness an act of kindness that left an impression? Take some of these ideas and run with them, doing your part to make the world a kinder, happier place. And if you need a little help getting started on your journey of kindness and gratitude, I’m here for you. Just reach out and let us know how we can help. Spread some happiness today – it’s what the world needs now more than ever!

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