(cross-posted at Elisheva Blogs)
In honor of "Random Acts of Kindness Week", February 12-18, 2007, here are some ideas inspired by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin to help spread kindness throughout your world:
Let the people you care about know that you care. This is a kindness to yourself and to them.
Refrain from causing others pain (emotional, physical or financial).
Think before you speak and refrain from lashon hora and baseless hatred.
A true act of kindness is one in which you don't receive any thanks or anything in return. Try not to resent others who don't show appreciation. This takes your act of kindness to a new and higher level. Be sure to express appreciation and thanks when someone does something kind for you!
Be willing to forgive those who ask for forgiveness (and those who don't).
Be patient with people, don't rush them.
Be willing to change.
When you see a friend or family member do something helpful for others, point out to them how thoughtful they are and how you are so proud of them.
Judge your fellow favorably. Give the benefit of the doubt. Think of others as you would like others to think of you.
Let others help you when they offer.