Posted Lisa Keller on 7/26/2017 |Featured Columns & Series
The simple act of kindness ought to be second nature to all of us. Nonetheless, it can be challenging at times to express it. The idea of kindness can get lost in our everyday lives - we might not make eye contact with someone so we don’t say hello, we avoid helping someone as we may not know if we are being overbearing or, perhaps we find it easier to say nothing rather than give kudos to a friend.
At the first Girls on the Run practice of each season, we choose an adjective that best describes our own individual personalities and is based from the first letter of your name. I love mine – it’s Kind Coach Keller! I choose kind as I want to inspire girls to be more caring and loving every day. Therefore, as I reflect on kindness further, I thought it would be exciting to create a list of ‘free and easy’ acts of kindness we all can incorporate throughout our day.
Through our lives, we rarely regret being kind but many of us do regret moments of not saying or doing something for someone. Each day, my personal goal is to participate in many acts of kindness, and I hope this list will help you to have the courage to do so. Kindness will only make you feel fabulous and it can make a huge difference in someone’s life today! Here are my top 10 ways to show kindness:
1. Hold the door open for someone
2. Smile at everybody!
3. Compliment someone
4. Give up your seat on the bus/train
5. Leave a kind comment on someone’s social media page
6. Volunteer somewhere (like Girls on the Run in your area)
7. Say “please” and “thank you”
8. Let someone go in front of you in the grocery store line
9. Check-in and visit with a neighbor
10. Call or send an email or a special note to someone
Yesterday, I received a thank you email from a colleague, LuAnn McCormick, Executive Director from Girls on the Run Capital Region, about a card I helped coordinate from our staff at Girls on the Run Headquarters. She wrote, “Hey Lisa-I'm assuming you spearheaded the get well card. Thank you so much! The shoulder is feeling extra good after reading all the positive messages.” Look at her face of gratitude! Remember, in a world where you can be anything, be kind.