Memorial Day and honoring those who have served provide poignant reminders about the power of acts of kindness – both to those in need and/or doing a good deed. Want to feel better? Do a random act (or two) of kindness.
It starts with being mindful. Looking around you, reaching out, and most importantly, reaching within to think about how you can shine your light today and lead by example. See some trash? Pick up it up (yes hand sanitizer is the antidote); bring your SO his/her morning coffee or offer to get coffee for a co-worker. Pay for a coffee or lunch for someone behind you and just walk away. Reach out to a friend you have not spoken to in a while (or family member). Having a tough day? Do something nice for someone else. It’s a game changer.
Random Acts of Kindness also extend to you. Yes, you! By doing self-care, you give yourself a powerful tool to feel good and when you feel good, you are more likely to be a nicer person – to your co-workers, friends, family members, even yourself. Think about one thing you can do today and every day that will make feel good, even something small, like an extra glass of water when you wake up or before a meal, catching your critical voice and saying to yourself, how can I turn this into a positive or choosing a healthier, yet satisfying lunch. Best of all, ask yourself, How can I use my gifts to help someone else?