This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BioLife4D. All thoughts, opinions, and content are mine alone.
When it comes to teaching kids how to be kind, one of the easiest is by practicing random acts of kindness. But how do you do this? Here are a few simple random acts of kindness ideas for preschoolers that I’d like to share with you. And with thanks to BioLife4D for sponsoring this conversation and to MidlifeHealthyLiving for issuing this challenge.
Do you really want to be happy? Everyone says yes, but the gateway to happiness makes some of us frown. The gateway to happiness, is giving to others. Think about this:
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – The Dalai Lama
Think about the last time you’ve done something nice for a neighbor, friend, or even a total stranger. How did you feel after you did something kind? You felt pretty good about yourself didn’t you? You’ve felt proud and accomplished. And most importantly, you started to feel better about yourself.
Even something so simple as sending a card to someone in the hospital can go a long way.
If you’ve not heard of BioLife4D, this is what they do:
BioLife4D is committed to perfecting the technology to make viable organ replacement a safe, accessible and affordable reality. With BioLife4D, a patient-specific, fully functioning heart will be created through 3D bioprinting and the patient’s own cells, eliminating the challenges of organ rejection and long donor waiting lists that plague existing organ transplant methods.
I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty amazing stuff! I was born with a heart murmur that closed on it’s own. But having any sort of heart issue is always serious. It really makes you think about life and things that we tend to take for granted.
BioLife4D is having an equity crowdfunding campaign in Feb, where the general public can purchase shares in the company and join their mission to save millions of lives.
After sharing Jack’s story with my daughter, she was inspired to make homemade cards for patients at the hospital. She’s just learning about how something simple as a card can be such a thoughtful gesture. And rather than purchase a card, she wanted to put her own creative touch on it. I felt that this was just an added gesture on her part that she hadn’t really realized on her own.
Every day little things, like sending a card to a loved one or baking cookies for a neighbor. Simple, random acts of kindness that won’t take a lot of time on your end but will still go a long way.
Doing random acts of kindness is a great way to boost your self-confidence. It makes you feel important. It makes you feel like you’re part of the community, no matter what that community may look like or consist of.
We are social creatures who benefit from cooperation and working together for the common good. Feeling good about showing someone else a kindness is programmed into our DNA. Take advantage of this fact by being kinder and done random things that benefit others.
Simple things like helping at the store.
It’s a nice way to boost your self-esteem and benefit your community at large.
Start by keeping your eyes and ears open. Pay attention to the people around you and your environment.
When you start to pay attention to “kindness opportunities” throughout your day, you will start to notice them everywhere. They don’t have to be anything big.
Something as simple as holding the door open for someone else, or handing a glass of ice tea to the mailman on a hot day won’t take you more than a minute, but they brighten the other person’s day and make you feel good about yourself.
Even sharing your toys (which- let’s face it, that’s a big deal for younger kids)
Our challenge for you today is to start paying attention to the random acts of kindness you can perform.
Do your best to do something nice for someone else every single day. Send an email or text to a friend letting them know you’re thinking of them. Make a phone call to check on a friend or family member. Send out a fun card, or buy a coffee for a random stranger who looks like he could use it.
Give it a try and see for yourself how good these kind acts make you feel and how they boost your self-esteem.
Let’s make sure the reactions to our actions are good ones.
Danny Thomas said, “All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”
Share everything and you will achieve a legacy of kindness. Share nothing and people will, do their best, to forget you. When my life is over I will only leave memories, in the minds of others, and I want them all to be good ones.
If you establish sincerity and trust where ever you go, you will be loved by your fellow man. It is really that simple. As Mohammed said, “A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.”
I would also encourage you to participate in this challenge! Whether your cards are homemade or store-bought, here’s the address to send the cards to:
Texas Children’s Hospital
ATTN: Volunteer Services
6621 Fannin Street, Suite A1125
Houston, TX 77030