Updated: Jan 8
Lately, it seems like human kindness is a scarcity that we all really need. We don't have to look far to find hate, division, anxiety, and the "us vs them" mentality.
From an evolutionary perspective, our brains are wired to operate better when we demonstrate social support to others than negative or even neutral attitudes toward others. Studies show that giving social support ultimately has greater brain benefits than receiving.
Maybe it’s time for a little less meanness and a little more kindness. My challenge to you is to put the HOPE strategy to work:
Every day starting today, look for one person to help through kindness or support. Kindness looks different to everyone and it doesn’t have to be expensive or grandiose to be meaningful to others or beneficial to you.
Here are 15 simple ways to get started.
Write someone a thank you note.
Send someone an email or text to just say hello.
Pay for someone’s groceries at the grocery store.
Buy someone a cup of coffee.
Give up your place in line at the bank, grocery store, etc.
Pay someone a genuine and heartfelt compliment.
Send flowers to someone, just because.
Leave a teabag and a kind note on a co-worker’s desk.
Cook or buy some food for someone.
Donate clothes and household items to a shelter.
Take the time to listen to someone attentively rather than monopolize the conversation.
Put positive sticky notes in places where others will see them and be uplifted.
Stop to talk to a homeless person.
Share a friend’s blog, business website or art on social media.
Frame a friend’s favorite quote or lyric and give it to them.
I'd love to know how you are making a difference in your corner of the world. Share one simple way that you share kindness and HOPE in the comments below!