6 Ways To Be a Little Bit Kinder

Here I am again, preaching positivity and kindness. Sick of it? You may want to click off right now because I’m about to bore you with some more!!

Just to make it clear, I am NOT some hero of a human who is so kind and happy and positive all the time. I unfortunately do not live in la la land, but what keeps me sane and content with myself is kindness.

Practising kindness has simply become a way of life, being kinder to somebody else makes me feel somewhat like a decent human being. Of course I mess up, mostly every day, but I try my best and effort is what counts.

It’s okay to mess up as long as you get back up and work on avoiding making another mess – if that makes sense.

Anyhow – here are 6 ways of being a bit kinder every day.

1. If you’re on social media, do not use it to be hateful to another human. Get off it if that’s your goal. Use social media however you want but do not use it to be hateful and hurtful to somebody else.

2. Make it your goal to smile to at least one stranger you walk past a day – whether it’s a corridor in work or a street in your local area. Smiles can change the world I swear (I wish). I’m VERY conscious of my resting bitch face so I just try and smile anyways…

3. Give when you can. Whether it’s a helping hand to a colleague or buying a coffee for someone on the street. Life is tough to us all at times, so give whatever and whenever you can. You’ll feel better for doing it.

4. Say thank you, often. If someone helps you, thank them. If somebody is pleasant over a difficult matter, thank them. If the customer service assistant in the shop or over the phone is helpful, thank you. Put in a good word for someone – it makes the world of difference to that person.

5. Practise seeing the world through eyes that don’t judge. This too is a work in progress for me. I try to see people’s decisions or words from all angles before coming to a conclusion. You never, ever know what goes on behind closed doors – social media can provide all kinds of portrayal – so think before you judge.

6. Offer a shoulder to cry on – to both strangers, friends and family. The worst feeling is feeling like you’re on your own, ensure nobody feels like that, even if you can’t provide the help yourself.

Kindness is something all of us should practise. Kindness is what motivates me during times where I truly feel like giving up. Kindness will set yourself and those around you free.

So much tragedy goes on in the world, make it that little bit better by being that little bit kinder.

Ciao for now x

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Wellbeing writer, host for The Inspired Narrative podcast and mental health support worker.