I’ve been on the computer a little more than normal working on grad school assignments, and one thing that I’ve noticed is how few people actually share things about being kind, or even a “positive post”. I even wrote this post back in January on teaching kindness to 5th graders.
While I definitely agree that fake positivity does not help anyone, we need to have more kindness in the world. One of the things I’ve believed for a long time is that we need to lead with a servants heart. This means helping other people out, and showing kindness every time you can. Sometimes, yes, it’s difficult. I will be the first person to say that. However, when we sprinkle some kindness, overtime it will lead to more people showing kindness.
This month I decided to post a quote or a saying about kindness every day to my Instagram story. I’ve already had multiple people message me thanking me for posting something about kindness.
I’ve included some of these posts here; however, there will be even more coming this month.
Kindness is something we all need. Especially right now. As a teacher, I still have parents that question everything I do. We’re in person, so it’s not like they’re in the classroom. Kindness may look a little different right now. For me, showing me kindness means keeping your child home from school when they are sick. It means trying your best to follow directions. It means texting or calling to check in. It means supporting others as they reach big goals in their lives, or start working toward a new goal.
Showing kindness right now means thinking of another person and what they may like, not just getting something generic. Keep in mind, it does not have to be a physical object. Take something of their plate. We need less to do right now, not more.
We also need to show kindness to ourselves. This might mean not taking work home. It might mean sticking to a daily routine. It could be exercising every day. It could also mean making a new friend. It could mean window shopping.
As I said, showing kindness can mean different things. Do you have a friend that has a small business that you want to support? A little low on cash this year? No problem!
Here are a few ways to support a small business without spending a day:
- Share on Social Media.
- Like their posts.
- Comment on their posts.
- Talk about them.
- Write a review.
- Give them a shoutout.
How to show a friend you care:
- Do something nice for them.
- Write and send a card.
- Send a text saying that you’re thinking of them, ask if you can do anything.
- Spend time with them, even if it’s virtual.
Remember, we do not have to spend money to share kindness. We can do so many things that are kind just by respecting and checking in with people.
Today, take a minute a sprinkle some kindness.