Each Day Perform an Act of Kindness Toward Someone
- Each day, perform a simple act of kindness toward anyone in your world — acquaintance or stranger.
- The acts have no size requirement. Small acts are as important as grand gestures.
- The acts need not cost money.
- You must perform the act intentionally to receive the point. You should not give yourself credit for something that was nice but unintentional.
Why Is this Practice Important?
No one is an island, yet it’s easy to feel like 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 might need, you’ll contribute to this kind of society—a place where needs are met through connection and kindness. The good news is you get to live in that world, too, giving and receiving the benefits of your actions. As you begin, you’ll notice that the more you act with intentional kindness, the more you’ll see it happening around you.
For more observations on this week’s Lifestyle Practice, check out the video on this page with Andy and Michael.