When I was in college, at Angelo State University, Dr. June Smith used to tell us to practice “Random Acts of Kindness.” It was both a funny and a strange thing for us to think about as college kids, but it was always rewarding when I listened to her and took some action. It was usually simply things, like holding the door for another person, or giving someone a compliment, but it seemed to make the other person feel better, and it definitely helped me.
I believe that this goes back to the statement that “It is better to give than to receive.” When I give unselfishly, without expecting anything in return, then I feel good. I experience the joy of creating joy in another person. Some things that have made me feel much better are…
· Paying for someone’s coffee at the local coffee shop
· Buying the person’s meal behind me, whom I don’t know, in the drive through line
· Doing the dishes without being asked
· Mowing my neighbor’s front yard when they are not home
· Writing someone a note thanking them for simply being themselves
There are any number of things that I can do to practice random acts of kindness. The key, for me, is that I live a more joyful life when I do this every single day. So, go out today and be randomly kind to others.
To Your Success,
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.