Friday, October 13, 2017

Your Small Acts of Kindness Can Change the World

Tracey Clayton is guest hosting today to share some acts of kindness and how it can change the world. Great post Tracey, you are always a welcome guest.

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Sometimes, it’s difficult to take a look at the world around us and see it for what it is. We think evil lies in governments, in monstrous acts, in some distant, alien individuals whose minds are incomprehensible and beyond our reach. Seldom do we ever really look around us, too scared to admit that maybe evil isn’t in anything grand, but petty, small-minded jealous acts that surround us from all sides. Change doesn’t come from moving mountains, it comes from everyday efforts and acts of kindness that all of us can do. If you want to make the world a better place, then here are some things that you can do.

Learn to listen

Want to build a good relationship with people? Then learn how to listen to them. We are often too self-centred to really consider what other people have to say, so we end up unaware when our loved ones are hurting, and we unintentionally ignore cries for help. Listening can make a world of difference, because it’s a very basic skill related to emotional intelligence that can end up making you more perceptive. Also, sometimes we just need someone who’s ready to listen without judgement and provide a kind word of support.


Help those in need

A lot of people tend to ignore or avoid those that are less fortunate, because facing them is unpleasant. The severely disabled and the old are often forgotten, thought of as burden and pushed to the side because they remind us of just how frail the human life can be. But doing charity, or even finding a profession where you can help these kinds of people can be incredibly rewarding. There are plenty of government funded courses that are easy to apply for, and can help you get a certificate and find work that involves helping others. Even if you don’t want a profession that involves this, simple volunteering is amazing and can help save lives and brighten the days of people who need it most.


Become self-aware

The worst kind of people in the world are probably those who blame everyone else but themselves for their own problems. To even begin to understand the importance of kindness, you must first look inward and accept that you have flaws, then work on changing them. Becoming a better person isn’t about giving away money, it’s about understanding yourself, your own limitations, and understanding that other people are separate beings that have their own worries and problems. This is where the essence of kindness begins, in realizing our own weaknesses.


Care for the environment

Caring about the environment is more than just caring for the trees and the oceans. It means caring about the people, and the future we leave for our children. Reducing your carbon footprint, recycling, planting trees and, most importantly, working on controlling the effects of global warming, are all excellent ways to make our surroundings a lot more safe and pleasant. And you can easily involve the whole family in it, and teach your children some good, environmentally healthy habits.


Donate when you can

Do you really need that old pair of jeans that’s been sitting in your closet for years? Our guess is no, so why not reduce the clutter in your home and do a good deed in the process? Clothes, toys, old electronics and books can be donated, and it requires very little sacrifice on your part, so there’s really no reason not to do it. It doesn’t have to be money that you give away, it can be your time and effort as you volunteer at an animal shelter and take care of the strays. You can even donate makeup to women’s shelters and help those ladies have an easier time feeling like themselves again after years of abuse, and help them find a job and become self-sufficient.
One small act of kindness a day might not take much effort on your part, but it can mean the world to someone else. From tiny things, like leaving some extra change at the vending machine, to helping out at nursing home, there’s plenty we can do and all we need to do it is our willpower and the desire to make a change.


About author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. She’s also passionate about fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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