A Kindness Starter Kit (because the world needs it)

 💖 I came cross this article from MORE LOVE LETTERS today, and found it’s a ‘had-to-share’ piece.  Here’s a snippet to enjoy!

* Smile. Have you noticed that when someone smiles at you, it’s hard not to smile back? That is because of mirror neurons, part of your brain that simulates emotions that you see in others. You smile, they smile, you smile again. We’re all happier.

* See something, say something. If you see a skill, strength, or talent in someone else, recognize them. Show them that you notice. This can also be something a little more on the surface, like it you love their handwriting or their shoes or their smile. Let them know.

* Just like More Love Letters encourages, send a love letter to someone. Thank them for something they did. Recognize something you noticed. Tell them you’re grateful that they are in your life.

* Be kind to yourself. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell your reflection something you love about yourself. It’s great practice for being to kind to others and it lets you hear good things too.

* Do the little things. Take a meal to a friend who is sick or someone who just had a baby. Send your mom flowers for no reason. Share a book with a friend who you think might love it. Stop on the way home from work and pick up your husband’s favorite ice cream as a post-dinner surprise. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line. Sometimes actions speak louder than words and it could start a chain of paying it forward.

Kindness is really just showing that you care about someone else’s well-being, whether you know that person well or not. Bring the sunshine with you to interactions with other people. Bring them joy and make them feel seen. And on days when it’s hard, when you feel torn down yourself, know that kindness is not a one-and-done. It’s a daily practice, and you can keep working on it tomorrow. You got this.

Enjoy the full article at: moreloveletters.com/diary/2018/7/2/a-kindness-starter-kit-because-the-world-needs-more-of-it

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