Six (6) Acts of Kindness That Make a Difference in the Lives of Others (3-minute read)

When was the last time you did something for someone without expecting anything in return? Can’t think of one recently? Maybe it’s time for you to do something good for others.

You may not change the world but believe me, one human act of kindness can change someone’s life. It can even cause a person to turn his life around, making it productive and fulfilling!

This reminds me of a court judge who loves helping people with traffic violations. You may not know him, but he is quite popular – Judge Frank Caprio who has a TV show called “Caught in Providence”.

There was one episode where a man went to his court to pay a parking fine when he failed to park his truck, and left it on the street overnight.

The man said he was exhausted from the day’s work and fell asleep early, so he was not able to park his truck in the garage.

The judge forgave him and dismissed the case without making him pay the fine. But this is not all. The man asked to be heard, and what he said next was truly awesome!

He said as a young man, he frequented the judge’s courtroom because of various offenses. But one time, the judge forgave him. And that turned his life around. He stopped doing bad things and, instead, worked hard. And now, he owns a cleaning business. Whoa!

This is what I mean – that we may not be able to change the world with small deeds, but it can change someone’s life without us ever knowing about it.

So how do you start? Try the following ways:

Smile:

Don’t you just love it when people smile at you? Would it make your day if you were in a bad mood, but a stranger gave you a big smile that you didn’t expect? Surely it would. Trust me. You could make someone’s day by just smiling at them.

Volunteer:

There are plenty of organizations that would welcome a helping hand. Try devoting a little bit of your time to help them achieve their goals. They will appreciate it, and you will be happy knowing that you’ve fulfilled a need. You might even keep coming back.

Listen:

When your child, friend or parent wants to talk to you just to pass the time away or tell you what fantastic thing happened in school, do you take time to listen? Put your mobile devices away or out of reach so that you can actively participate in the conversation.

Teach:

Do you have a skill to share? Teach it to someone who could use it now or in the future. They will remember your good deed, especially if it helped them gain employment or build self-confidence.

Donate:

You do not need to shell out money in order to donate. Try rummaging through your storage or closets for things you no longer need, and give them away. Those very items may be helpful to someone else. As it has been said, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”

Help:

Lend a helping hand to someone. For example, if you find yourself hurrying home after buying your groceries because you need to do your homework or housework, and you see an elderly person doing his or her best to load groceries into the car, go out of your way to help him/her first before heading home. You will surely bring a smile to that person’s face.

See how easy these steps are? They are simple acts of kindness but they could mean a lot. Just give some of these a try, and I guarantee that it will lift up your spirits and sense of well-being.

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