3 Ways to Be Kind on a Budget

08 Feb

“Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”   — Scott Adams

Random Acts of Kindness Week is coming. What will you do to be kind?

Kindness has become more and more important in light of the pandemic. Some of us may have taken for granted the smallest act of kindness we’ve received only to realize later what a big difference it made in our day. But, kindness goes both ways.

When you are kind to others, sooner or later, in some way, shape, or form, you will receive kindness back. I call it the “boomerang effect.” Therefore, kindness brings joy to others as well as yourself. 

And, that’s what makes kindness so magical. You just don’t know how it will come about. You don’t know when, where, or how it will come about until it does. And, you just never know how one act of kindness will inspire another.

The suspended coffee trend created 10 years ago by John Sweeney, a social entrepreneur and kindness coach from Cork, Ireland is one example. Also known as a “pending coffee,” a suspended coffee is buying a cup of coffee for a stranger in advance. Simply put, when you order your drink, you tell the barista that you’re buying a suspended coffee. Then, the next customer who comes in or goes through the drive-through gets that cup of coffee for free! 

But, as many Americans have fallen on hard times, what if you can’t afford to pay for a stranger’s cup of coffee? Don't worry! Kindness doesn't have to cost a dime or even take much effort with these ideas. Try one today!

3 Ways to Be Kind on a Budget

1. Pay Attention

Doesn't it feel good when someone notices your haircut, your new outfit, or an achievement that makes you proud? Stop, look, and let someone know you notice them! Acknowledging someone for something positive helps boost their self-worth and self-esteem.

2. Pay Affection

Doesn't it feel good when someone smiles and says good morning, your child hugs you, or your boss gives you a high five? Make someone feel welcome, loved, or proud using positive words or gestures. Say or do something reaffirming, reassuring, encouraging, or motivating to keep them going. It boosts their self-acceptance, self-esteem, confidence, and courage.

3. Pay Appreciation

Doesn't it feel good to be thanked for something you did? Expressing gratitude creates positive vibes. When people feel valued for their time, effort, talents, or skills, their spirits automatically lift. They will feel like all their hard work was worth it. But, most of all, they will feel seen and heard. This act of kindness boosts self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence.

Try combining all three ideas:

For a friend:

1. I noticed you've been working out.

2. Your hard work has paid off because you look amazing!

3. Thanks for the motivation! 

For a coworker:

1. I heard you got promoted!

2. Congratulations, you deserve it!

3. Thanks for reminding me that hard work pays off! 

For your spouse:

1. I know you're tired since you've taken on more responsibility at work.

2. They're lucky to have you and so are we.

3. Thank you for all you do!

I hope you find these tips useful and that you try one today because...

kindness matters.

Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 14 - 20th.

Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th.

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