Share on Pinterest

A Simple Act of Kindness: Lifestyle Practice

Reading Time: 2 minutes
The next Whole Life Challenge starts in:

Perform an Act of Kindness Every Day This Week

Simple Instructions:

  1. Each day, perform a simple act of kindness toward anyone in your world — acquaintance or stranger.
  2. The acts have no size requirement. Small acts are as important as grand gestures.
  3. The acts need not cost money.
  4. You must perform the act intentionally to receive the point. You should not give yourself credit for something that was nice but unintentional.

Watch this video for an explanation of this Lifestyle Practice from Whole Life Challenge co-founders Andy Petranek and Michael Stanwyck.

New Call-to-action

Why Is This Practice Important?

No one is an island, yet it’s easy to feel you’re alone in the world — like nobody cares about the things that matter to you, like you’re left to take care of things by yourself.

It doesn’t have to be this way. In truth, it would be impossible to get by in the world without the often-unseen kindness of others. Much of what makes our lives better is the small demonstrations of care that people express through their everyday actions: the held door, help with a flat tire, a quarter for the parking meter.

By putting your attention on what others need, you contribute to the kind of world you’d like to live in — a place where needs are met through connection and kindness. The good news is you get to live in that world, too, ultimately receiving the benefits of your actions. So take a moment each day this week to be kind to another, and you’ll notice the more you act with intentional kindness, the more you’ll see it happening all around you.

Michael Stanwyck on FacebookMichael Stanwyck on InstagramMichael Stanwyck on Twitter
Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.