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Kindness is Free!

By Lisa Keller on 07/25/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

The simple act of kindness ought to be second nature to all of us. Nonetheless, it can be challenging at times to express it. The idea of kindness can get lost in our everyday lives - we might not make eye contact with someone so we don’t say hello, we avoid helping someone as we may not know if we are being overbearing or, perhaps we find it easier to say nothing rather than give kudos to a friend. 

At the first Girls on the Run practice of each season, we choose an adjective that best describes our own individual personalities and is based from the first letter of your name. I love mine – it’s Kind Coach Keller! I choose kind as I want to inspire girls to be more caring and loving every day. Therefore, as I reflect on kindness further, I thought it would be exciting to create a list of ‘free and easy’ acts of kindness we all can incorporate throughout our day. 

Through our lives, we rarely regret being kind but many of us do regret moments of not saying or doing something for someone. Each day, my personal goal is to participate in many acts of kindness, and I hope this list will help you to have the courage to do so. Kindness will only make you feel fabulous and it can make a huge difference in someone’s life today! Here are my top 10 ways to show kindness: 

1. Hold the door open for someone

2. Smile at everybody!

3. Compliment someone

4. Give up your seat on the bus/train 

5. Leave a kind comment on someone’s social media page

6. Volunteer somewhere (like Girls on the Run in your area)

7. Say “please” and “thank you”

8. Let someone go in front of you in the grocery store line

9. Check-in and visit with a neighbor  

10. Call or send an email or a special note to someone 

Yesterday, I received a thank you email from a colleague, LuAnn McCormick, Executive Director from Girls on the Run Capital Region, about a card I helped coordinate from our staff at Girls on the Run Headquarters. She wrote, “Hey Lisa-I'm assuming you spearheaded the get well card. Thank you so much! The shoulder is feeling extra good after reading all the positive messages.” Look at her face of gratitude! Remember, in a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Lisa Keller


Lisa Keller is the director of council management at Girls on the Run International. Lisa joined Girls on the Run Charlotte council in 2008 which she has held the various roles-Coach, Board Member, SoleMate and program coordinator before shifting to the national office in 2010. Lisa is a progressive leader with years of customer service excellence working with nonprofit and financial organizations. Since joining GOTR, Lisa is continuously inspired and grateful to the amazing individuals who contribute their time to support the organization build strong, confident girls in their communities. 

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