Monthly Archives: June 2016
Take today to think of the things others have done for you and that you are grateful for. Choose the thing you are most grateful for, it needn’t be something that someone has recently done for you and send them a thank you note. This could be hand written, emailed or even text. Tell them what it meant to you and let them know you appreciated their kindness.
We all have them. Great friends who – for whatever reason – we don’t often speak to. Friends with busy schedules, kids, hectic careers or even those living far away. Use today as an opportunity to call a friend you love but don’t speak to often and let them know you’re thinking about them.
What’s in it for me? The transformative power of kindness and its inextricable link to long-term happiness Part Three
Last week we explored how to foster greater kindness within. This week we examine how we can make kindness work with our lifestyles.
Letting kindness work for you
When I worked in central London one of the main things I did was to talk to homeless people on the way back from work. I used to give them details of a local shelter where they could get a free lunch, shower and even some clothes. If I had any money I also used to buy them food so they wouldn’t go hungry. Most of all I listened to their problems, offered prayer support and treated them with the respect so many people didn’t afford them. Within a month of speaking to them I felt so much happier, I really felt as if I were making a difference and giving them hope for a better future.
When I changed job and moved into the suburbs there were no homeless people on my way to and from work so I began helping my friends make over their resumes and started giving money to causes I really cared about, like mental health and anti-trafficking charities.
One of the great things about kindness is that it can easily adapt to, and fit in with, your lifestyle. It’s flexible and there are endless ways to be kind that can fit in with your daily routine. You may not have homeless people you encounter in your day-to-day living but you can always give money to charity or give up your seat on the bus to an elderly man.