Make a New Year's Resolution to be kinder in 2020. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Year of Kindness Jar: Create a New Years tradition and start a Year of Kindness Box. Throughout the year, fill up the box with: compliments you received, thank you notes, moments of kindness you witnessed, acts of kindness you did, inspiring quotes, etc. Then after the year is over, review it's contents!
Create a Gratitude Journal: A five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent. That’s the same impact as doubling your income!" From Happier Human
Three Compliments: Compliment the first three people you talk to.
52 Thank You Notes: Express your gratitude for the people in your life, write one thank you note every week to a different person: Need a quick thank-you note format? Check out The Five Minute Thank You Note.
A Kind Twist on Happy Hour: Invite a group of people you know (friends, family, coworkers) to the happiest of happy hours and spend one hour doing acts of kindness for others.
Morning Kindness: Before you get out of bed, focus on kindness. Think of a kind motto for your day or text a positive good morning note to a friend.
Daily Positivity: Every day, think of a random person. Send them a positive message (text, email, social media post, phone call, letter or better still, drop in and say hello!)
Volunteer: Think of a cause you care about or a group in your community that could use some help. Volunteering has some serious health benefits too.
Beautify Your Surroundings: Spend 10 minutes picking up litter in your neighbourhood, park or other commonly visited locations. Place positive body image sticky notes on dressing room mirrors.
Be Kind to the Earth: Research ways to be kind to the environment and reduce your carbon footprint.
Smile: According to an article from Psychology Today, "Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness."
Self-Kindness: Do one kind thing every week for yourself. Enjoy a treat, have a massage, exercise, eat at your favourite restaurant, or do something you love and rarely have time to do.