January is a good time to think about ways we can continue to be kind.
“Wait!” you may say. “I’ve just spent the last two months baking endless treats for friends and neighbors, volunteering at the community center, doing sub-for-santa and shoveling snow for my neighbor. I’m tired!”
The majority of individuals showing kindness increases dramatically during the months of November and December. It’s wonderful to see all of the amazing things people have been doing to help others. This doesn’t mean it has to stop! It also does not mean that it has to take a lot of extra time or effort to be kind.
Being kind should continue every month of the year and if done consistently over time it becomes a habit!
Following are 5 Free and Easy Ways to Show Kindness:
1. Put down the phone
Have you ever been waiting in line and the cashier is delayed because the person in front of you is chatting on his phone?
Think about how much better we would all feel if we respected other people’s space, made eye contact, smiled and interacted more.
2. Be courteous to others in line
After the holidays long lines continue as individuals return gifts. Have you noticed there is always at least one person in line who lets everyone know how upset he is having to wait even though there are many patient individuals ahead of him who have been standing in line longer? I used to get frustrated with lines, but now I use the time to talk with others in line or I simply take a deep breath, slow down and think about all of the things I am grateful for.
3. Be the person who returns the shopping cart . . .to the right place
Obviously there are several people who abandon their shopping carts in the parking lot next to their car. There are others who make an effort to return their carts but they do not push them all of the way to the end of the rack. I’ve often wondered who that second person is who pushes his cart into the first cart but does not push both carts to the end. Whenever I return my cart I make an effort to push the line of carts forward to make room for others but sometimes the line of carts is so heavy that it is virtually impossible to move. In a busy store like Costco, the carts end up blocking traffic – all because one person did not take a couple of extra steps to push his cart forward and make room for others. Be kind to others and properly return the shopping cart (plus you get extra steps on your Fitness Tracker! It’s a win-win!)
4. Be a polite driver. Enough said.
5. Be kind to yourself
Sometimes we are so busy helping others that we do not leave enough time for ourselves. In order to continue to have energy to help others you have to take care of yourself! Block negative self-talk and focus on all of the positive things in your life. Eat healthy food, make restful sleep a priority, take a few extra deep breaths (and steps) and do at least one thing every day that you love to do.
Being kind is an ongoing project! It would be nice to keep the wonderful parts of the holiday in our lives year-round!
Thank you for your kindness!
Continue to share this important message!