6 Effortless Kind Acts for Be Kind To Humankind Week

Free hugs - be kind to humankind(Photo by Mr Seb)

All it takes is one simple act of kindness to brighten someone else’s day. Many of us don’t know how to be kind subconsciously. However, when we put our minds to it, we know that we can display random acts of kindness towards others.

To continue celebrating National Be Kind of Humankind Week, we’ve brought together tips for more acts of kindness that you can do to truly affect somebody’s day.

Acts of Kindness You Can Do Everyday

#1: Listen

This is such a simple task that people can be so bad at. If somebody is talking to you, don’t butt in trying to take control of the conversation. Let them vent to you and see how much better they feel afterwards. In the end, give them a few kind words to show them you were actually listening to what they said, and odds are, they will feel better then they had before.

#2: Open The Door For Someone

If you’re walking into a store or a restaurant and see somebody behind you, open the door for the person, and show them your beaming smile. This is such a simple act of kindness that can change somebody’s attitude going into their day.

#3: Connect In Person, Not Through Social Media

One of the most disrespectful things you can do is sit a table with other people and to be glued to your phone the entire time. Put your virtual world away and embrace conversation and the company you have around. This is my personal favorite way of displaying simple acts of kindness, especially to your family.

#4: Show Gratitude

Even if someone tries to do something for you and fails, show them that you at least appreciate them for trying. When in doubt, put your anger aside, smile and say “thank you”. (This is especially important around holiday season.)

#5: Look People In The Eyes When They’re Talking To You

Instead of looking around or at your phone, look someone in the eyes when they’re speaking to you. This will show them that you’re attentive to what they’re saying, and it’s simply just a sign of respect.

#6: Cheer Someone Up

When you see someone who’s down in the dumps, put your arm around them and show them the brighter side to life. This could include buying them a present, telling a joke, or even just being there for them. It’s always the thought that counts.

Being kind is such a simple task that should go unnoticed. It should feel natural and rewarding. For National Be Kind To Humankind Week, I urge you to try even harder to display simple acts of kindness and see how it affects yourself and others. If you can’t think of anything on your own, feel free to refer back to some of these to put a smile on somebody else’s face. :)

To remember someone’s kindness, visit Everlasting Footprint.

About Brandon Plotnick

Brandon Plotnick is a student at Florida State University, majoring in the Editing, Writing, and Media program in the English department, with a focus on sports journalism and media production. He has written for Florida State’s student newspaper, The FSView, as well as a Greek Life newsletter, The Odyssey, in his time at Florida State University. His dream is to cover South Florida professional athletics as a sports writer. Brandon was born and raised in Weston, Florida, and currently has a residence in South Florida.

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