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10 mindful acts of kindness to brighten up someone’s day

A simple act of kindness has the potential to make someone's day, which in turn, can help you build deeper connections and become a happier person.
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Can you recall a time when the kindness of a friend, family member or even a stranger made you smile and brightened up your day? The same is often true when you offer your kindness to others. A simple act of kindness can not only help others but can also enable you to build deeper connections and stronger relationships. That’s why being kind is always a win-win situation.

An act of kindness doesn’t have to be grand or expensive. Simple gestures such as holding the door for someone, making a cup of tea for your loved one or helping someone carry their grocery can all make the world a kinder place. That’s the power of kindness. When you are kind to someone—without expecting anything in return—you inspire them to spread hope and positivity in their environment.

Here are a few mindful acts of kindness that can help you brighten up someone’s day.

Hold the door for someone

There is something nice about a person holding the door for you, don’t you think? This simple act of kindness shows that a person is polite and thoughtful. You can easily do this for your family, friends and even strangers. Whether you’re at home, work or a grocery store, those around you will certainly appreciate your good manners. This gesture of courtesy will take just a few seconds of your time, but it will make a positive impact on the person you’re helping.

Pay an honest compliment

Paying a genuine compliment is one of the easiest ways to show your friends, family and colleagues that you care. An honest compliment makes the receiver feel confident and is a major boost to their self-esteem. However, don’t just reserve your compliments for times when your friend or colleague is having a bad day. This might give them the impression that you’re only saying it to cheer them up. Be observant and compliment them on regular days as well. Instead of offering compliments centred around someone’s physical appearance, try to focus on their character, personality and the inner qualities that make them unique.

Show genuine interest in someone’s life

Another great way to brighten up someone’s day is by showing genuine interest in their lives. Ask them about their hobbies and things they enjoy doing. It could also be a project or a job they are excited or passionate about. For example, if your co-worker has been asked to manage a coveted project, ask them about it and get them to elaborate on the details. Their reaction will surely be one of gratitude and joy. This mindful act of kindness shows that you’re genuinely interested in someone’s life and will boost your relationship with them.

Truly listen without interruption

When you are tired or have endless things on your mind, it can be difficult to tune into what someone is saying. For instance, if your friend or loved one opens up to you about something on their mind and you’re not really attentive, they can feel frustrated and disappointed. A mindful act of kindness can be to focus on your active listening skills so that you can devote your full attention to a conversation. Just by actively listening to what someone is saying, you’re helping them release their pent-up emotions and making them feel better.

Send a handwritten card or letter to someone

Revisit the good old days by sending handwritten cards or letters to your friends and family. There’s something about a handwritten letter or card that feels more meaningful than a text or an email. It is a great way to make someone feel special and loved. It doesn’t only have to be during special occasions or festivals; you could send someone a letter or a card when they’re feeling low or even as a random surprise. Your kind words can lift their spirits and give them joy and hope during good times and bad.

Share happy and positive pictures

When you scroll through your social media feed, you come across many pictures that make you smile or inspire you. It could be anything from a motivational quote to an image of kittens playing around. Share them with friends and family and let them know you’re thinking of them. This will give them a reason to smile, even if just for a moment. This small act of kindness can help someone start their day on a positive note or inspire them to stay strong during difficult times.

Give an extra tip

We often tend to forget the valuable services of the people who make our lives easier every day. They are the restaurant servers, delivery people, parking attendants, taxi drivers and many others who help us live comfortable lives. For instance, rain or shine, the delivery man is always on time to deliver your order to your doorstep. Their dedication and reliability surely deserve our appreciation. So, the next time a delivery agent rings your doorbell, surprise him with a generous tip and an encouraging note thanking him for his service. This simple act of kindness will surely bring a smile to his face and make his day better.

Help out by doing an unexpected household chore

Even when you are done with your share of household chores, surprising your partner or parents by doing their chores can truly brighten up their day. This will not only give them time to take a break but also enhance the bond you share. For example, if your partner is not particularly fond of a specific chore, you can surprise them by taking care of it. Actions do speak louder than words, and this small act of kindness will show your effort towards making the lives of those around you easier.

Say thank you and mean it

How many times do you say ‘thank you’ in a day? Maybe 10 or 20 times? But how many times do you actually mean it rather than just say it out of courtesy and politeness? Saying ‘thank you’ is a simple but powerful act of kindness to show gratitude to someone. It could be your friend who helped you complete an assignment or your mother who prepares your breakfast every day. Take the time to say ‘thank you’ with utmost sincerity and conviction. It will generate a sense of positivity and make the other person instantly happy.

Offer a heartfelt apology

We make mistakes—both big and small—all the time. Our mistakes are what make us human. But if something you said or did hurt someone, make sure to offer a genuine apology. Admit your mistake and the negative impact it had. Don’t offer excuses or justifications otherwise you’ll sound like you’re trying to shift the blame to someone or something else. An apology doesn’t erase the deed but it does establish the fact that you know your actions or words caused harm, and that you’ll prevent the same from happening in the future.

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