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How Positive Actions Spread Kindness
There are many acts of kindness, both small and large, you can do in your community to make a difference.
Most people in the world, even right in your own community, are having a difficult time adjusting to life amidst a pandemic.
We hope that you will think about spreading joy throughout the holiday season that is approaching and every day after that. After all, what we do to help others in the community can build positivity.
We’ve shared a few ideas on how you can do your part and spread kindness.
Be Kind to Others
You and the people within your community can make the world a kinder place. Here are some suggestions on what you can do to spread kindness in your town or city.
Many businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations seek out volunteers for projects and positive initiatives. This is especially true as we start approaching the holiday season, when various charities seek to help out families in need.
Although it may be challenging to find volunteer opportunities during a pandemic, there still may be some options available.
Check with your local food bank, homeless shelter, church, or any organization that does volunteer work that interests you. If they are only accepting a limited amount of volunteers right now or have restrictions, ask if you can donate or help out in another way.
Make a Donation
Making a monetary or physical donation (such as a canned food item or a Christmas gift) is a simple way to give to those in need.
There are endless options when it comes to donating. You can research different charities and nonprofit organizations and donate to the one you’re passionate about.
You can also make a donation right in your local community. If you know of a local shelter, food bank, church, nursing home, or business that could benefit from a donation, that is one way to be help someone and spread kindness in your community.
Food and Clothing Drive
Food and clothing drives are a great way to give to those who are in need or less fortunate. Many grocery stores or local businesses will hold these drives, especially close to the holidays. One example is toy drives for children around Christmas time where you can donate a Christmas present to a child in need.
These food and clothing drives may have information including what materials are needed or what they can accept.
If you do not know of a particular drive happening near you, take the initiative to start your own! You can choose a local organization, start a collection of donations, and give the items directly to your cause.
Donating blood can make a huge difference in the lives of those who need it. If you are healthy and able, this is a great option to help people in hospital and healthcare facilities. Blood can help those with chronic illnesses, surgeries, injuries, and more.1
There are blood drive donation collections in every locality that allow people to donate blood. You can also choose to host a blood drive in your local community.
Help someone you see today
An easy way to spread kindness is to simply help someone you see today. What is one small act of kindness that can make someone’s day better?
You may see an elderly person who needs help at the grocery store. Someone might be lost and need directions. Taking the time to smile and ask how someone is doing might be enough to make their day.
Here are some simple acts you can do to spread kindness today:
- Send a thoughtful text to your loved ones
- Write a letter to a long-distance friend or someone in a local facility, such as a nursing home
- Make a small treat for your family or spouse
- Draw a picture for someone
- Pick up the trash around your community
- Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while
Be Kind to Yourself
When we think of kindness, we oftentimes think of other people. However, being kind to yourself is also important when it comes to self-care. You can’t pour into others what you’re not doing for yourself.
Take the time to do something you enjoy or that will help you. After all, you want to make sure that your needs are being met.
Here’s a few ways you can be kind to yourself.
Be kind to yourself by planning time to simply relax. Sometimes we can get swept up in our responsibilities, but this can cause stress and anxiety that plagues our minds and in turn, stresses out our body.
Some ways you can relax today are going for a walk, reading a book, treating yourself with dessert, or doing something that will make you happy.
Physically and Mentally
When it comes to being kind to yourself, think about both your physical and mental state.
Be kind to yourself physically by exercising or trying a new workout class. Being kind to your body also includes eating the right foods that keep us energized throughout the day. This is the time we should be thankful for our body and how it keeps us functioning on a daily basis.
Be kind to yourself mentally by spending time reflecting on your wants and needs. Do you need some quiet time by yourself during the day? Do you want to spend an hour each day reflecting with a journal or gratitude list?
Being kind to yourself involves both physical and mental aspects.
Saber Healthcare Encourages You to Spread Kindness
Saber Healthcare encourages you to do something today that will spread kindness. Take the time today to be kind to others and to yourself!
- “Blood Needs & Blood Supply.” The American National Red Cross, redcrossblood.org. Accessed November 11th, 2020. https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/how-blood-donations-help/blood-needs-blood-supply.html.
- “Give Blood.” The American National Red Cross, redcross.org. Accessed November 11th, 2020. https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html.