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A Simple Act of Kindness: Lifestyle Practice

November 5, 2016

YouTube video Whole Life Challenge

Simple Instructions:

1. Each day, perform a simple act of kindness toward anyone in your world — acquaintance or stranger.
2. The acts have no size requirement. Small acts are as important as grand gestures.
3. The acts need not cost money.
4. You must perform the act intentionally to receive the point. You should not give yourself credit for something that was nice but unintentional.

Why Is This Practice Important?

No one is an island, yet it’s easy to feel you’re alone in the world — like nobody cares about the things that matter to you, like you’re left to take care of things by yourself.

It doesn’t have to be this way. In truth, it would be impossible to get by in the world without the often-unseen kindness of others. Much of what makes our lives better is the small demonstrations of care that people express through their everyday actions: the held door, help with a flat tire, a quarter for the parking meter.

By putting your attention on what others need, you contribute to the kind of world you’d like to live in — a place where needs are met through connection and kindness. The good news is you get to live in that world, too, ultimately receiving the benefits of your actions. As you begin, you’ll notice the more you act with intentional kindness, the more you’ll see it happening all around you.

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