Spreading Kindness to your Friends and the World

For some people, spreading kindness may not feel natural, but do not worry to step out of your comfort zone. You will be surprised how much one act of kindness could affect your family, friends, or even strangers. Below we have broken down a few simple tips to get you started on how to spread kindness and cheer to those around you!

1. Compliments.

Give them. Often. It should not matter who you give them to, whether it be your best friend or a stranger. Tell your close friends how much they mean to you, and give strangers a nice compliment. One kind word can change someone’s whole day and attitude.

2. Smile.

Not only will you be spreading cheer to others, but you too will be more positive throughout the day. Always having a smile on your face, and smiling at other’s is proven to lower your heart rate but also increase your “feel-good” neurotransmitters: dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. Keep smiling because you’ll feel better and make other’s feel better too!

3. Positive Thoughts.

It is hard to be positive 100% of the time which is understandable, but try getting into the habit of catching yourself or others before a negative thought comes about. Rather than saying or thinking something negative, turn it into a positive thought. You will be surprised how much it changes your perspective on life!

4. Reach Out.

Send a letter, call a loved one, text a friend. Reach out to those that you love or those you have not talked to in a while. Tell them how much you miss them and catch up with how their life is going. They will appreciate the kind words and the care that you show!

5. Involvement.

Make sure to always involve everyone in the plans. Being left out is not a fun feeling, so be conscious of the plans you make and who is involved. Try inviting someone you do not normally spend time with, they might be grateful for the thoughtful invite.

Takeaway: There are so many ways to spread kindness, but most importantly do stuff for others and think about the positive side of things.

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