Most of the time, we are so focused on all the items on our to-do list, we can forget about the people around us and how our actions can impact others.

Spreading kindness is a wonderful way to improve your sense of well being while making others feel good at the same time. Your gesture doesn’t have to be big but showing others that they matter can make a world of difference.

Hold the door

If you are walking out a door, just take a glance back. If someone is there, hold it open for them, even if it means you have to wait an extra second. If you’ve ever had a door slammed in your face because someone in front of you can’t be bothered to look back, you will understand the importance of this one.

Be someone’s cheerleader

This one takes little to no effort and can make a big impact on how someone feels about themselves. Cheer on the ladies at your next Bootique Fitness Boot Camp class. That little burst of energy you get when someone tells you “great job” makes you want to push yourself harder.

If you see something, say something

Have you ever been in line at the grocery store and admired someone’s shoes or haircut? Tell them! Complimenting someone boosts their self-esteem and gives them a great feeling that can last throughout the day. Bonus, you also feel pretty great when you see someone light up because of your compliment.

Pick up the check

Next time you are in line at the coffee shop, tell the cashier you want to buy a drink for the person behind you. This small act of kindness is a great way to spread joy and hopefully encourage that person to pay the kindness forward.

Listen

Most days we are so wrapped up in our own worries and problems, we don’t take the time to listen to others. Set your issues aside for a moment and listen to your loved ones. Everyone needs an ear and a shoulder to cry on every now and again, so open up and be that person when you are needed.

Respond with kindness

We don’t know what struggles someone else is going through, so never pass judgement on others. If someone in your day seems a little rude or harsh, respond with kindness. We can’t control how others behave, but we can control our own reactions. And who knows, your smile might be just the thing they needed to turn their day around.

Question: What do you do to spread kindness?