Are you still not convinced you’re ready to go out there to spread unexpected joy in the world? I can understand that. Giving without a special occasion or particular reason can feel kind of awkward at times or at first.
About Random Acts of Kindness
Kindness goes way beyond simply being nice. Being kind is selfless. It requires empathy and putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, seeing life from their point of view.
In our busy modern world, we’re often consumed with hectic schedules and too many commitments. That can make it difficult to look outside of ourselves and consider the needs of others. Random acts of kindness require you to do just that. These selfless acts are to be performed on behalf of others for no other reason than to make their day better or improve their mood, with an expectation of nothing in return.
What’s Holding You Back?
There are lots of things that could be keeping you from sharing random acts of kindness with others. Many people feel insecure about putting themselves out there and allowing themselves to be vulnerable in this way. It takes courage and self-confidence to give freely to another with no agenda. You’ll find yourself overcoming this discomfort once you begin to practice doing little acts here and there. It’ll become a natural habit for you after some time.
Sometimes people feel themselves to be unworthy. They may think others wouldn’t receive their gift without suspicion. It can be risky to take such a leap, but the rewards are worth it. Most recipients are quite enthusiastic and happy to get such a surprise. Maybe you just feel too wrapped up in your own needs that it seems impossible to spare anything – time, money, energy – for anyone else. You’ll be surprised how much you do have to give and how much it will actually energize and motivate you in return.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Doing random acts of kindness takes you out of your own little world and allows you to connect with others in meaningful ways. This can have a very powerful effect on you, your recipient and anyone who sees or comes in contact with your efforts. Performing unsolicited good deeds adds positivity to the world around you.
Try taking just one small step outside your comfort zone to give to another in even the smallest of ways. Then try something a bit more daring the next day. Each positive response will increase your confidence.
Ready to start performing random acts of kindness now?