Welcome to Day 6 of our 7 Days of Next Level Kindness Series.
There are so many ways to reach out and be kind to others, although we are somewhat limited in the middle of a pandemic. We’ve discussed doing so in big ways and with the simplest of acts. Today, I’d like to explore some of the ways you can use your voice to make a difference in the lives of those around you. We all have preferred communication methods. Using your preferred approach can make performing random acts of kindness less stressful or overwhelming. Keep reading to discover what I mean.
Some of us are good at using our actual voices to convey meaning. Talking is the way we most like to communicate. If this sounds like you, try to capitalize on that fact. Tell someone they’re doing a great job. Call your loved one up on the phone to let them know you’re thinking of them. Go visit your neighbor to check in and make sure they’re all right (only if this is allowed in your neighbourhood). Those who are outgoing and love to talk have lots of ways they can engage in random acts of kindness.
Other folks might feel anxious about actually speaking to others in a way that makes them feel vulnerable. You might deal with social anxiety or be more introverted by nature. If that’s the case, there are still plenty of ways to show others you care and brighten their day. Maybe you’re a good written communicator. If so, send an email of thanks to a co-worker. Write a quick note on a post-it to surprise your child. Submit a review of a colleague on LinkedIn or leave a lovely blog comment for your favorite online personality. These are all great ideas for those of us who prefer to write.
You don’t actually have to use your voice at all if you prefer to be more creative in your good deeds. You can volunteer to draw a chalk mural to brighten up your neighbourhood. Perhaps teaching an online art class through the local community center or creating colourful paintings for residents of a nursing home might be enjoyable for you. Using your creative gifts are also fantastic ways to make your voice heard in a meaningful way for others.
Finally, another example of a way to communicate good will is in the subtle art of body language. While most of us have to keep our physical distance right now, a smile and simply being present (even over Zoom!) can make a huge difference in someone’s life. It’s okay to tell someone who’s going through a difficult time that you’d like to be there for them even if you don’t have the words or know-how to improve their life. Physically being near is a great comfort to many and it can be hard to adjust to having to stay away. With a little creative thought you can probably think of some temporary alternatives, and if not, we can all give someone a smile or encouraging nod, at the very least.
Consider these ways of giving back through your words or other forms of language. There are truly no limits to the ways we all can perform random acts of kindness.
About this series: Next Level You is a Melbourne based business and now operating under extremely strict lockdown restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have committed to provide what we hope will be helpful content to our local audience as we navigate this change and upheaval. 7 Days of Next Level Kindness is the third in a series that will last for 5 weeks.