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How To Be A Little Kinder This Monsoon Season!

Friday, June 28th, 2019

After a long month of teasing and playing coy, it seems the rains are here in full force. Cats and dogs doesn’t seem to even begin describing the outpouring that is currently happening. Don’t forget to carry your umbrella and coat if you’re stepping out today!

But along with taking care of yourself in the rains, you should also try to be considerate of others. Here’s a list of five ways you can be more considreate of others this monsoon.

 

1. Let your guard down

First things first, ensure that you have mudguards installed behind the rear tyres of your vehicle. Why? Because muddy roads filled with puddles often send a stream of mud flying at whichever vehicle is behind you. While it doesn’t really matter if it’s a car or bus, it makes a huge difference to the bike riders behind you. It’s a small piece of rubber, but it makes a huge difference.

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Image source – ebay

 

2. Take shelter

Some of the most hard hit (and voiceless) by the rains are the stray animals out and about. It’s not only people that don’t like to be caught unawares and left drenched. While we all have homes to get back to and dry off, these animals don’t. So if you see one taking shelter under your car, or window sill, or even the entrance to your building, don’t shoo them off. Let them stay a while and take some respite from the downpour. And if you’re extra nice, you’ll even tell your security guard to let them be.

Image source - Flickr

Image source – Flickr

 

3. Umbrella, Ella, Ella!

See someone stuck in the rain without an umbrella? Offer to share yours. It seems like a small gesture, but it will definitely mean a lot. Trust us!

Image source - Mirror

Image source – Mirror

 

4. Chai peelo!

One of the quintessential things about the rain in India is definitely a chai and pakoda combination. As the temperature drops, and wet clothes guarantee shivering, there are thousands of homeless people left on our city streets with no respite from the cold and wetness. A hot cup of tea and warm words can do wonders. Next time you stop at a tea stall, buy an extra cutting for someone that looks like they really need it. It doesn’t cost much, but the value is definitely immeasurable.

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Image source – Astro Ulagam

 

5. Sad times

Unfortunately, a lot of people really hate the rain. And for those suffering from any form of mental illness, it’s especially tough, because the rain just makes sadness seem sadder. Reach out and call old friends and family every now and then, just to check up on how they’re doing. A quick hi and a small joke might not make much difference to your day, but it might considerably brighten someone else’s.

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Image source – commondreams.org

It’s World Kindness Day!

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

13th November is celebrated as World Kindness Day every year across several countries, including India. Started way back in 1998, it’s a day to remind us that a little extra kindness to those around us is never a small thing, especially for the person on the receiving end.

So, what can you possibly do to make the world a kinder place? Here are some suggestions:

 

1. Volunteer

It’s often said that the greatest gift you can ever give someone is your time. Make a pact to volunteer at a charity or NGO, hospital or old age home, or even an animal shelter. Find something that speaks to your heart and get out there and spread some happiness. If you can do it regularly, like once a week, that’s great! If not, once a month is good too. But do get out there. It might not make a big difference to you, but trust us when we say, it’s going to be a bright spot in the day for whoever you spend it with.

Image Source - kccasa

Image Source – kccasa

 

2. Donate

No one is speaking of sending out millions to NGOs if you can’t afford it, but even a small amount earmarked for a charity cause every month makes a huge difference in the world. Find a cause or two that resonate with you, do some basic research on the institution you would like to support. And you can even claim a tax benefit if the charity or NGO you donate to is registered. Talk about win-win!

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Image Source – taxjustice

 

3. Keep your eyes open (and help!)

Remember that old man who was having trouble crossing the street alone you saw a week ago? Or that rickshaw driver who seemed to have exhausted his petrol and was pushing his rickshaw along all alone? Why didn’t you help out? In our daily rush to get to work/college and then our rush to get back home, have we become desensitized to such an extent that we don’t even see each other in the blur? In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘Be the change you want to see’. A small deed goes a long way.

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Image Source – Goodnet.org

 

4. Compliment people

This is truly one of our favorites. Whether it’s for friends and family, or strangers, every single person immediately feels better after being complimented. Maybe your sister’s dress is nice. Maybe that strangers hairstyle is cool. Maybe your coworker did a great job in that meeting today. Tell people! There’s just not enough of that in the world. Be the change agent to making it a kinder place.

Image Source - Ty Bennett

Image Source – Ty Bennett

 

5. Smile

Really. Sometimes that’s all it takes. A random smile from a random stranger can truly go a long way in brightening someone’s day. Especially since you don’t know what kind of they had, or what struggles they might be dealing with. You never know, your smile might actually be the bright spot of their day. Doesn’t just that possibility sound wonderful. Make your smile, and it’s ability to improve someone’s day, your superpower.

Image Source - The Weekly Sparkle

Image Source – The Weekly Sparkle

 

And always remember – the more you give (whether in funds, supplies, or time), the more you get. You will be the happier for it.

Have a happy and kind day!