In a world where pandemics, lockdowns, protests and injustice have become the new reality, it can be easy to feel discouraged, angry and even depressed about the current global situation. We're living in some pretty dark times — which is all the more reason to spread some light. Now, kindness is more important than ever. Take some time today to practice being kind and showing others there's still some good in the world.
Pick Up Groceries
In an attempt to make grocery shopping safer and easier for older people, some stores have implemented senior hours, allowing the population's most vulnerable to avoid crowds. However, some experts say shopping at this time could be even riskier for older adults. Keep your loved ones safe by doing the shopping for them. You might even show some extra kindness to your aging neighbor by picking up essentials so that they don't have to.
Create Care Packages
If your parents or grandparents live too far away for you to do their grocery shopping, consider sending them a care package instead. Pack a shoebox with treats, hand sanitizer, face masks and small essential items and send it their way for a surprise. You could also pack one for a friend, neighbor or essential worker.
Make PPE for Others
Personal protective equipment is scarce these days. Even medical workers are having difficulty finding enough PPE to protect their staff. Help provide front line workers with the gear they desperately need by making masks and other PPE like face shields. You can even use a 3D printer to make PPE, like one boy in Virginia did. Get creative and use whatever materials you have on hand.
Tip Your Waiter
Tipping your waiter has never been more important. Many servers have likely been out of work for months, and those who have begun clocking hours are barely making any money right now. If you go out to eat, spread some kindness by leaving a decent tip. You can do the same for pizza delivery drivers and even workers with whom you place orders for pick-up.
Share Your Talent
You likely won't be able to attend a concert or music festival until next year, but that doesn't mean you can't put on your own. If you have any musical talent, share it with others. In Italy, many musicians and vocalists have stepped onto their balconies to put on free shows for neighbors and spread love and kindness. Spread joy in your community by performing virtually or on your front lawn.
Write a Letter
Sure, you could send someone a text to brighten their day. However, your friends and family members would probably enjoy some snail mail even more. Plus, since virtually no one receives or sends handwritten letters these days, yours will come as a joyous surprise.
Chalk It Up
If you thought sidewalk chalk was just for kids, think again. Brighten someone's day by chalking up the sidewalks and streets of your neighborhood with kind, encouraging words. Remind your neighbors you're all in this together. Draw fun designs or hopscotch to put some bounce in their step. Be sure to bring your kids along so that they can spread some kindness, too.
Smile With Your Eyes
You may have to wear a face mask to the grocery store and nail salon, but that doesn't mean you have to walk around with a frown on your face. Instead, put on a smile. Of course, no one will be able to see your mouth under your mask, but they will see your eyes. Smile big so that your eyes sparkle. Strangers will certainly take notice. You might even catch their eyes smiling back.
Schedule a Skype Date
Hugs and kisses might not be possible right now, but connecting with loved ones is still crucial. Schedule a Skype date with your parents, best friends or siblings to spread some kindness and catch up. Even if you only call for a few minutes each week, simply seeing one another's faces could be enough to make you — and them — smile.
Share Stories of Kindness
Kindness is contagious. When you have some time, look for some glimmers of hope or good news in the media and share those stories on Facebook or Instagram. Read an uplifting article to your family. Repost a positive graphic on Twitter. Seek out the light, even if most of the world seems dark right now, and share it with others. You might inspire them to start creating their own sunshine.
Human Connection, Even in Isolation
In this new reality of isolation, face masks and social distancing, human connection is essential. While that connection will certainly look different these days, that doesn't make it any less effective in brightening someone's day. As you carry on, look for little ways to encourage someone and spread kindness. One small act can mean a world of difference.
Written by Jennifer Landis
About the Author
Jennifer Landis is a mom, wife, writer, and blogger at Mindfulness Mama. She’s quite fond of peanut butter, distance running, yoga, and drinking as much tea as possible. Find her on Twitter @JenniferELandis.
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