Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to share with you some ideas about how you can help the world, right here and now, through kindness. But rather than share with you the usual “pay for someone else’s coffee” idea (which is a lovely thing to do, by the way) I thought I’d share six alternative options that help you to create radical acts of kindness that will transform the world. And every single one of these suggestions can be done with no money, so…bonus!
Be kind to yourself
All change starts with each of us as individuals. If we want to change the world, we first have to change ourselves. So pour on the kindness to yourself and see how the effect ripples out to those around you without you even trying. Try to catch yourself being your own worst critic and then apologise to yourself. Listen to your body when it tells you what it’s crying out for and give in to it. Write a list of all the things you like about yourself – it gets easier the more you do it, so don’t give up too soon on this!
Decide to live a simpler life
Not only does this one benefit the planet (less stuff = fewer resources used to make and transport it), it also benefits your wallet and your well-being. Of course there are going to be things you want, but is having that thing really going to make the difference to your life that you’re thinking it will? Chances are it won’t. Why not figure out the feeling you’re wanting to achieve by having it and then just decide to feel that feeling anyway, even without “the thing”? You’ll save money, reduce your environmental impact and keep your house less cluttered which saves time with tidying and has been proven to have all sorts of positive health benefits.
Each of us already has the power inside us to change the world. The greatest act of kindness you can give the universe is to recognise that power, connect to it and then act in alignment with it. Journaling can be a great way to help bring your subconscious behaviours and patterns into your awareness so that you can figure out what triggers that behaviour and consciously choose new behaviours instead. Not only will you feel better about how you’re living your life, but you may well just inspire others to follow suit. How kind of you!
What’s the vision you have for your life and the part you play in this world? How are your unique gifts and skills contributing to making the world a kinder place? Connect to the greatest possibility you can sense for yourself and the world and then meditate on that vision every day. Take action from a place of trust in your ability to create that vision, rather than from a place of fear that it’s not possible.
Create a plan
This one might not sound very kind, especially if you hate planning, but creating a plan of action that gets you from where you are to where you want to be, or at least a step closer to that vision you set out above, is an act of kindness to the world. Break it down, make it achievable and then just start. Bit by bit, commit to living in alignment with the version of you that can create the life you dream of.
Share your appreciation
Have you ever been moved by something that someone else has done for you? Or inspired by the way they show up and overcome their challenges? Why not let them know! Letting someone know that they’re seen and appreciated is a beautiful way to connect with them and will leave you both glowing with feel-good vibes all day.
None of these acts is going to single-handedly lead to you saving the world, but each one is powerful in its own right and will contribute towards a kinder, more balanced world.
Random Acts of Kindness Week runs from 16th-23rd February 2020 with Random Acts of Kindness Day on 17th February 2020. You can find out more by visiting www.randomactsofkindness.org