There are so many ways to reach out and be kind to others. 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 intimidating.
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 capitalise on that fact. Tell someone they’re doing a great job. Call your loved one to let them know you’re thinking of them. Go visit your neighbour to check in and make sure they’re ok. Those who are outgoing and love to talk have lots of ways they can engage in random acts of kindness.
You might feel intimidated about actually speaking to those in a way that makes them feel vulnerable. You might be like me and 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. Write a quick note on a post-it to surprise your loved one. Submit a review of a professional on LinkedIn or leave a lovely blog comment for your favorite online personality. These are all great ways to show non-verbal kindness.
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 mural for your neighborhood. Perhaps teaching an art class at the local community center or volunteering to paint with 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. A smile, hug or simply being present 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. That might be something you’re comfortable in doing. 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.