“Use your voice” is an empowering message, and there are innumerable ways to use your voice to make a difference in the world.
Over the past several posts, I’ve discussed random acts of kindness, both big and small. Today, I’d like to explore some of the ways you can use your voice to make a difference in the lives of those around you. We all have preferred communication methods. Using your preferred approach can make performing random acts of kindness less stressful or intimidating. Keep reading to discover what I mean.
Talking or verbal expression is the most readily used form of communication. You don’t have to be especially good at it either to use it for good. 🙂 Tell someone they’re doing a great job. Call a friend or relative to let them know you’re thinking of them. Go visit your neighbor to check in and make sure they’re all right. Those who like to talk have lots of ways they can engage in random acts of kindness.
Write It Out
Maybe talking or seeking people out to converse is not your thing. You might deal with social anxiety or be more introverted by nature. If that’s the case, there are still plenty of ways to show others you care and brighten their day. Writing is a valid form of communication.
So, send an email of thanks to a co-worker. Write a quick note on a post-it to surprise your child or spouse. Submit a review of a colleague on LinkedIn or leave a lovely blog comment for your favorite online personality. Text someone an encouraging message. All of these are great ways to spread kindness.
Get this: You don’t actually have to use your voice at all to send a positive message. Maybe you choose to be creative in your good deeds. You can volunteer to draw a mural for your neighborhood, or paint a room in someone’s house who is unable to do it themselves. You can create artistic positive messages and leave them in stores for random people to find. Using You can build scratch posts for cats to donate to the shelter. Your creative gifts, in whatever form, are unique ways to make your voice heard in a meaningful way for others.
Finally, another example of a way to communicate good will is in the subtle art of body language. A smile, hug or simply being present can make a huge difference in someone’s life. It’s okay to tell someone who’s going through a difficult time that you’d like to be there for them– even if you don’t have the words or knowledge to improve their situation. Just physically being near is a great comfort to many. At the very least, we can all give someone a smile or encouraging nod.
So as you go about your days an look for ways to share some kindness, be open to all the possibilities and focus on the things that come more naturally to you. Consider the various forms of communication as discussed above.
Now get out there and be kind!
Check out the 30 Days to a Happier Life Challenge that I offer. It includes RAK.