Kindness doesn't always mean you have to come out of your pocket. There are some very simple acts of kindness that you can do, at no cost to you. Here are 5 to get you started:
1. Offer up your seat. You know what it's like to be in a crowded waiting room, or to have your arms full of bags and no where to sit on the bus. If you see this happening, offer up your seat. You're guaranteed to make all the difference in the world to the right person.
2. Give a genuine "hello" and "how are you?" to the doorman. Maybe you see him/her everyday, or maybe you just met because it's a new building you're walking into. Either way, a kind greeting and a smile can go a long way.
3. Pay a compliment. It's almost too easy and it can go a really long way. "I really love those glasses!" "You did a great job on that report yesterday." "You're awesome, just had to let you know." Get the picture! So easy, and quite the day maker!
4. Let a friend know what they mean to you. So easy! "I really appreciate you, I'm so glad we're friends :)." Who wouldn't smile at that and feel amazing after hearing that. I think we need to hear this more often from those whom we love the most.
5. Hold a door. Hold an elevator. Do it on purpose. You see someone a few feet away out of the corner of your eye, be mindful and walk through the door slowly to give them time to catch up, then hold it for them. Door holding is almost a lost art, but it's always appreciated when it happens.