6. Loan money to a third world entrepreneur or donate to a good cause
The wonderous thing about the digital age is that things are now possible that were never possible before. One of those things is loaning entrepreneurs in deprived communities money to set up or grow their business. Tools such as Kira provide the mechanism to make this happen and are helping millions of people to do acts of kindness that have a ripple effect on families and communities in some of the poorest parts of the world. 99% of the loans are paid back, so if you have some spare cash, no matter how small, it could be used to transform the life of another individual far, far away.
Alternatively, charitable giving is such a good way to help society, and has the added benefit of giving us ‘feel good’ vibes as well. There are so many different charities that are suited to anything you feel passionate about. You just need to take your pick. You can be really creative about raising money for charities, and many things can be done from home, for example doing challenges like the ice bucket challenge; asking for donations for your favourite cause instead of a birthday present, or just plain giving.
There you have it, 6 things you can do to practice kindness and compassion every single day, and create a positive culture at home, in your local community and at work. It is possible. Kindness will always start with yourself as you are the lynchpin in your life. You need to feel good so that you can spread that positive vibe to help others. It doesn’t have to be difficult, or complicated, and in fact the smallest things can have the biggest impact as Aesop, the Greek storyteller once said: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
So decide to do at least one kind deed for someone else each day, and then pay attention to what happens next. Let me leave you with the wise words of Dr Ishak professor and clinical chief of psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai, the non-profit academic healthcare organization: “The rewards of acts of kindness are many. They help us feel better and they help those who receive it. We’re building better selves and better communities at the same time.”