Small Acts of Kindness Make a Significant Impact

Kindness in the Workplace, Leadership, Tips and Resources

Becoming Kinder: A Daily Practice

Becoming kinder is not a one-time thing. It takes practice and effort, but it’s not as hard as it seems. In fact, it’s the small acts of kindness that can make a significant impact on your life and the lives of those around you.

This weekend, I was reminded of the 1,000 Mitzvah project I took on in 2006 to honor my father’s memory. In a chapter on generosity, I wrote in my first book, I shared that Maimonides, a 12th century Jewish scholar, taught that performing small, good deeds many times is more significant than doing a single great act. For example, it is better to give $1 a thousand times than $1000 one time. The repetition builds a habit, and the ongoing giving, impacts you internally.

Embracing #BitesizeKindness

This idea got me thinking about my commitment to #bitesizekindness this year. In the last 48 hours, I gave and received small acts of
kindness. I gave bubbles to children at our Purim service, sent a supportive text to someone giving a big speech, and delivered an item for a friend. I also received a lovely book from a past client (in Singapore), a simple meal made in memory of a beloved teacher, and fresh eggs from a friend’s farmers market run.

Small kindnesses add up, both in giving and receiving. They make up the tapestry of our lives. Let’s all strive to find ways to spread kindness every day.

What small acts of kindness have you given or received recently, and how have they impacted your life or the lives of those around you? Join the conversation with us on LinkedIn. 

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