Simple Ways to Spread Kindness

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion." -Dalai Lama

Random acts of kindness make the world a better place for both you and everyone else. No act of kindness is too big or too small, whether it be smiling at a stranger or volunteering at a soup kitchen. Here are some fun ways to give back to your community right now.

Go to the park - and leave a book on a bench

Books allow people to explore different worlds and learn about different cultures. Despite this, a lot of libraries are struggling with staying open due to budget cuts. Thankfully, you can help foster a love for books again by leaving a book you adore on a park bench.  Just stash a note inside it so when someone finds it, they'll get a second surprise. The note you choose to leave is up to you (maybe a simple 'enjoy!' will suffice), but either way, it'll put a smile on someone's face and a book in their hands.

Compliment someone - using a sticky note

You're beautiful inside and out, but it's easy to forget that when you're having a busy day. This isn't uncommon: Everyone struggles with self-appreciation when the going gets tough. But you can help change that. To lift up someone's mood, write a sincere compliment on a sticky note or two and leave them attached to a public bathroom mirror. You can keep it simple by saying, "you are wonderful" or "you can do anything," or you can get creative. The choice is yours.

Help the homeless - by donating food and clothes

Did you know over half a million people are homeless in the U.S.? The worst part is, most of these people are ignored and avoided. It's important to remember that anyone can become homeless at any given time. To help, try donating clothes or food. To donate food, just find a food pantry near you and adhere to their guidelines. You can even host your own food drive, if you're feeling motivated. To donate clothes, find a place in your area that will accept lightly used clothing such as Bottomless Closet, The Salvation Army, and Planet Aid

Care for the environment - and plant a tree

The beauty of nature makes everyone happy. When a street or home is surrounded by trees, the atmosphere shifts and creates a more positive mindset. Plus, planting trees is a guaranteed way to help the environment, since they absorb odors and pollutant gases. To plant a tree, you can request one, plant one on your own, or go to a volunteer event and plant some in a group. The options are endless, and there's no wrong way to go about it. Just make sure you follow state guidelines!