8 Acts of Kindness You Can Do Every Day

August 30, 2019

Have you ever thought that you are too busy with sympathy or kindness? Juggling work, family life and other obligations may mean that goodwill acts on the side of the road. When you have little time to buy your own groceries, who has time to feed the homeless or buy coffee for someone behind you?

Since sympathy is my job, I am often fortunate to discuss it with people in my life. Recently, I talked with my friends about sympathy and goodwill. In our discussion, I have recognized the recurring themes that have emerged over the years. People tend to make two assumptions about compassion and goodwill.

Compassion and kindness are things that people do for others. Compassion and kindness can transcend the interaction between people. In fact, it is wise to consider this planet and many of its species in your daily decisions. You can’t deny that sympathy for the planet will benefit all those living on earth. Compassion for the earth can not only help you to bring species to extinction, but also help your compatriots survive and thrive.

Compassion and goodwill require a lot of effort. This is not necessarily true. You don’t have to volunteer every week in your favorite non-profit organization to practice compassion and spread goodwill. You don’t even have to do a lot of things in your daily work. By doing some little charity every day, you can make an impact.
Here are some simple and easy-to-use acts of goodwill that are really important.

  1. BYOM (with your own cup)
    Are you swinging in a coffee shop as part of your morning routine? If so, do you bring your own cup? If you look around, you may be disappointed with the number of non-recyclable paper cups, plastic covers and cups you see.

Think about how many coffee shops are on the planet and how much waste is generated by these disposable cups, lids and sleeves.

Now, consider what might happen if you bring your own cup or have coffee in the cup. How does this affect the amount of waste you send to your landfill?

Bringing your own cup is a relaxing way to start a new life. Who knows? Maybe you will motivate those behind you to start doing the same thing.

  1. Stop buying plastic water bottles
    There is no need to buy a bottle of plastic water.

According to the New Plastics Economics Report of the Allen MacArthur Foundation, “The best research available today estimates that the current plastic content in the ocean exceeds 150 million tons. In the same business scenario, every 3 tons of fish in the ocean is expected by 2025. It will contain 1 ton of plastic, and by 2050, plastic will be more than fish (by weight).”

Stop your contribution to plastic piles by carrying your own water bottle. Similar to the own coffee cup, this is one of the many simple good things you can start right now.

  1. Provide the benefits of suspicion
    It’s easy to draw conclusions, isn’t it? What do you think immediately when someone misunderstands the situation or takes unskilled behavior?

For example, what happens when a friend makes a plan for you that is 20 minutes late and doesn’t send you a text message to tell you? Maybe you might immediately think that your friend didn’t care because he didn’t reach out.

Consider other situations that may occur. How do you react when you send a message to your partner about the dinner plan and you have not received a response? What are your thoughts when you are in a traffic jam?

In any of these cases, you may mark people as incompetent bastards. If instead, you think about “my friend must be tied to work or school,” or “my partner must not see my text” or “, that driver must not have seen me.”

From this point on, you can keep your headspace and reaction evenly.

  1. Give you enough attention
    Consider the French philosopher and activist Simone Weil: “Attention is the rarest, purest form of generosity.”

How real is that!

Simone Weil lived in the early 20th century and marked his attention as “rare”. In those days, it can’t be rare! Comparing mobile phones from the 20th century to this era and constant distractions, when you don’t often connect with a person without being shaken or slammed by the phone.

Providing a person’s focused attention is as simple as you can get – but it’s a lost art. When you meet up with friends, try to put your phone in your home or in the car. Or, if a colleague stops talking at work, leave the computer screen and be completely present.

  1. Wear second-hand clothes
    Buying clothes from a thrift store or changing clothes with friends is very friendly to the earth and friendly to your wallet.

Most people go to the store (in person or online), buy items, and wear them. If you find something that looks good and appropriate – and makes sense – then buy it and don’t think twice.

But many garments are made from toxic chemicals, and you may not consider who made your clothes and how they are treated.

Kestrel Jenkins McGill, host of the Conscious Chatter podcast, said: “80% of the world’s garment workers are women, and they often face gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace,” said a report from the Clean Apparel Campaign.

Have you ever thought about what happens to your clothes when you wear them? According to a 2016 report by McKinsey & Company, “nearly three-fifths of the products produced will eventually be replaced by incinerators or landfills within a few years of manufacture.”

Why not try a thrift store or donate old clothes?

  1. Say “嗨” to someone
    One of my acquaintances is not a big fan of San Diego, the town we live in. He is from the southeast and does not believe that Southern California is friendly. I can’t disagree.

How can this be? I think this is because I am not afraid of eye contact, say “嗨”, and establish a short connection with random people in one day. My friendliness has created the kindness I received.

However, the hatred of Santiago is not comfortable with people he doesn’t know. He did not get a return because he did not have a friendly atmosphere.

For many people, eye contact with strangers and saying “嗨” may be embarrassing, but this is one of many good acts that can be someone’s day. Think of it as a personal experiment and be curious about what happens when you do what you do.

  1. Inclusive
    I am 42 years old and have been the target of some “Despicable Girls” action for the past year or so.

Since moving to San Diego 17 years ago, I have been a member of more than a dozen women. Back on the day, we gather once a week to watch “single bachelor” or “sex city.” As we raise children and move to different parts of the town, our time is getting less and less.

Recently, in addition to the three of us, one of these women started a party and invited everyone in the group. When I found out, I was caught off guard and I was injured because I was not included. Many of my friends, including my nephew, asked if I would be there, and every time I told someone I was not hurt when I was invited.

Sometimes you don’t contact everyone. Whether you are someone in the office or a friend of a friend, you will not be a “good guy” for everyone.

Consider the feeling of being abandoned and consider inviting people who look like the edge. This may mean a lot for that person, and it will probably make you feel great.

  1. There is a commute
    The picture is in a stopped or slow moving traffic. When you patiently wait for the lane to merge, someone will zoom in on the right side and want to switch.

What was your initial thought? You might think, “How jerk!” or worse. You may feel anger coming out of the interior, and you may honk or gesticulate that person to know that they can’t get rid of this behavior.

These things happen when you drive, right? If you drive, you may be cut off on the highway. Someone might turn to them when they parked around. A car may be on the line of their parking space, making it impossible for others to park next to them.

What if your good behavior and good faith practices can be extended to your way of reacting on the road? You can’t do anything to change the way this person drives. Instead of being angry, revisit the benefits of giving someone doubt. You might think, “That person must hurry” instead of lying on the horn.