I think we can all agree that the world is a crazy place right about now. You can’t turn on the news without reports of terrorism, racism or violence.
You can’t enter social media without endless political debates or more bad news.
It’s enough to make a person feel totally hopeless.
But we don’t have to be. While there might not be something I can personally do to save the world, there are a lot of things we all can do to make the world a friendlier place.
And we could all use a little friendship right about now. Amiright?
Random Acts of Kindness
At the risk of sounding cliché, random acts of kindness need to make a comeback. We hear about them all the time, but when was the last time you actually performed one?
When was the last time you dropped flowers off on a neighbor’s doorstep for no reason or sent someone a card in the mail or bought a coffee for the person in line behind you?
Set a goal of doing one random act of kindness every single day.
Challenge your friends to join you. And your kids.
Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all set a goal of doing one random act of kindness every single day?
Take your Own Advice
Adults astound me sometimes. We can spend all day telling our kids to invite other kids to play with them on the playground or sit with them at lunch, making sure to not let others feel excluded.
But do we remember to do this as adults? I’ll be the first to admit that it can be hard when we all have a million things to do, but we have to try.
Reach out to the new family in town or the elderly neighbor that seems to never have visitors. If someone is sitting alone at a school function, invite them to join you. Pretend you’re in elementary school.
Thinking Something Nice? SAY IT OUT LOUD
We’ve all heard it, and most of us have probably said it: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
But what about when you are thinking something nice – do you say THAT?
Do you tell the stranger that you love her earrings or tell the person bagging your groceries that he did a great job? Do you compliment the other parents in your community on how they have handled different situations?
Make someone smile. Say the nice things you’re thinking.
I firmly believe that when people are mean, it’s because they just don’t like themselves very much.
You are an amazing, smart and clever person. Believe it.
Treat yourself as kindly as you would treat others.
The more you love yourself, the more kindness you will spread.
Let your Kids See You Being Friendly
Want to raise kids who will change the world? Let them see you changing it one small act at a time.
Let them see you saying nice things and doing random acts of kindness. Let them see that you love yourself. Model what you want them to become.
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