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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless - Mother Theresa.

Posted on 13 December 2015

In a busy society where we’re usually engrossed in our phones and own lives we often forget to stop and take a look at the people around us. In fact, a small gesture or act of kindness has a huge effect on someone’s day and, even better, they will then feel more inclined to go out and do the same for someone else. See how you can easily make a difference …  

This is the simplest thing you could do to brighten up someone’s day. Instead of looking glum as you walk down the street, smile at strangers! You’ll be surprised at how many smile back. Bus drivers, bar staff and shop assistants will also hugely appreciate you making the effort to be a kind customer. 

Strike up conversation with someone on the bus/tube/train 
Cities in particular are extremely unsociable places with people on public transport doing their best to avoid eye contact let alone any human interaction. You can break the mould by making a comment on something you see and starting to chat to the person next to you. It will come a lot easier than you think. After all, it certainly works on the night bus. 

Give a homeless person some time 
Instead of being one of the people that just walk past, stop and make time for the homeless. You might not agree with giving money in which case there are plenty of other gestures you can do. Buy them some food or just stop to have a chat with them. Alternatively, you could volunteer some of your time at a shelter or kitchen in your local area. 

Respond to a blog post or on a forum 
Make the time to offer some advice to someone in need of guidance. You can often see whether someone is struggling via their social media pages, in which case, spend a minute just sending a message back asking if they’re OK and if they want to talk. You can go the extra mile by searching online forums for people that need advice on a specific topic. 

Pay someone a compliment 
Whether it’s a stranger you cross on the street, someone at work or your best friend, paying someone a compliment is guaranteed to make their day. They’ll probably struggle to accept it but the more compliments we receive, the better we get! 

Send them a message / give them a call 
Give that old friend that you’ve been meaning to get in touch with for ages a call. Ring your grandparents or your parents. Pick up the phone instead of messaging your pals. People will appreciate the time you take to chat with them and if you’re upbeat and make them laugh then you’ll have a huge effect on the rest of their day. 

Remember that kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. 

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