Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. It involves caring for others through small and big acts with no expectation of reward. Kindness makes people feel valued, spreading compassion and empathy.
Benefits of Practicing Kindness
- Increases feelings of happiness and life satisfaction
- Reduces stress and improves emotional wellbeing
- Strengthens relationships and communities
- Sets a positive example for others including children
89 Ways to Practice Kindness
There are endless opportunities to express kindness each day. Here are 89 ideas to inspire more compassion:
Kindness Toward Yourself
- Get enough sleep
- Eat healthier foods
- Start a gratitude journal
- Treat yourself to a massage
- Take time for hobbies you enjoy
Kindness Toward Family and Friends
- Give genuine compliments often
- Express appreciation for their unique qualities
- Offer support during difficult times
- Celebrate special occasions together
- Share laughs through funny stories or jokes
Kindness Toward Strangers
- Smile, make eye contact and say hello
- Hold the door open for others
- Pay for a stranger’s coffee or meal
- Make small talk with someone who looks lonely
- Help carry heavy packages or bags
Kindness Toward People in Need
- Donate to a charity that helps provide food, shelter or medical care
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen
- Send care packages to troops stationed overseas
- Spend time providing care for the elderly or disabled
- Give clothes and toys to less fortunate children
Kindness Toward the Environment
- Pick up litter while on a walk
- Plant trees and vegetable gardens
- Use reusable shopping bags
- Recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminum
- Conserve energy by adjusting the thermostat and turning off lights
What are small acts of kindness?
Small acts of kindness include smiling, saying thank you, holding the door, letting someone go ahead of you in line, paying a compliment, or helping carry something.
How can I teach my child to be kind?
Lead by example through your own kindness. Also praise kind behavior in others around your child, read books about kindness, set expectations for kind behavior, role play situations, and discuss their kind acts.
What are random acts of kindness?
Random acts of kindness are those performed spontaneously without expectation of recognition or reward. Examples are paying for a stranger’s coffee, leaving a kind note for a mail carrier, or helping someone carry groceries to their car.
Why is being kind important?
Being kind increases positive emotions and a sense of purpose. It teaches compassion, strengthens human connections, sets a positive example for others, and improves health and wellbeing.
How can I spread more kindness in my community?
You can spread kindness in your community by smiling and greeting people when you pass by, starting conversations with strangers, volunteering for local organizations, paying compliments, and recognizing small acts of kindness you witness.