10 Simple Ways to Practice Kindness Every DayNone By Maile Proctor
We all know we’re supposed to treat people with kindness, but sometimes, in our stressful day-to-day lives, we can forget to treat people with respect and compassion. In fact, according to a survey, 76 percent of respondents say the world is a less kind place than it was 10 to 20 years ago. The good news is that humans are naturally wired to be kind—sometimes it just takes a little thought. So, if you want to spread good vibes and compassion to the people in your life, here are 10 simple ways to practice kindness every day.
Use Your Manners
I’m sure your parents told you this or you may say it to your own kids, but sometimes we simply forget to say “please” and “thank you”. Don’t forget to say “please” when you ask for something, whether you’re talking to a waiter, customer service representative, cashier, friend, or even a random stranger. Saying “please” changes the tone of a request. Instead of making a demand, you’re being courteous to the person, which makes them more likely to want to help you.
On the other hand, when you say “thank you,” you’re expressing gratitude for a behavior or service and you’re letting the person know you appreciate and value their effort. No one wants to feel insignificant—say “please” and “thank you” and make someone’s day.
Smile at a Stranger
How do you feel when someone smiles at you? In most cases, it makes you feel warm and happy, and you probably smile at them as a result. Smiling is actua