Sometimes it feels that we cannot be truly kind without spending money. We might see various charity appeals and feel that we cannot help unless we donate, for example. Or we might see our children needing things they cannot afford and want to give them money so they can have what they need. However, the cost of doing this is something that not everyone can afford and we all have our limits with regards to how much we can afford, even if we are well off enough to afford to give some financial help. The good news is that there are things that we can do which do not involve spending vast amounts of money which will still allow us to be kind and support those that need help.

Volunteer

If you cannot afford to give to a cause, then you might be able to help them by volunteering instead. Obviously, this will depend on how close you live to somewhere where you are able to help out. You time may also be limited. There might be all sorts of ways that you can help though and there might even be things that you can do from home. It can be good to contact the charity and let them know about your situation and they might be able to suggest some things that you will be able to do to help them out.

Promote causes and charities

Another way is to promote the causes and charities that you care about. You can do this in different ways. You might be able to put information around at work, for example or you could share information on social media. You may just choose to tell friends and family about it.

Organise a fundraiser

You could organise a fundraiser for that charity. You could either do a big event such as a fair, coffee morning or sale or you could set up some sort of online collection of money, perhaps through social media. There are lots of ways that you could do this. Some people do it for their birthday and ask people to donate to the charity rather than give them presents which could be another alternative.

Share your wisdom

If it is people closer to home that you want to help then you could share wisdom rather than money. For example, if your children or other family members are struggling financially then offer to talk to them about what is going on and see whether you can help them that way. It might not be a financial problem that they have, but you might still be able to help with your wisdom rather than with your money.    

Do a job that gives back

There are other ways of being kind and one of them is to do a job that gives back to society. There are many jobs that help out in all sorts of ways. Working in the public sector as a civil servant will give you the opportunity to give back to society whether you work in a hospital, police station, school or office you will be serving the public and giving back that way. There are other jobs to such as working for a charity or in an industry sector that helps people or in a role that helps people. If you think about your current role you might actually be helping others anyway, most jobs actually do provide a service or good that helps others.

Always smile

It is amazing what a difference it can make to people if you smile at them. Imagine walking down the street and smiling at everyone you see. That smile could very well be infectious and cause those who see you to smile back. Someone else might see them smiling and smile themselves and it could lead to a big chain of smiles. You may also find that person you smiled at was feeling lonely or sad and that smile just made feel a little bit better. Just the smallest bit of kindness can lead to big things.

We may have an idea of what it means to be kind, but hopefully reading this will change your mind a bit. There is really no need to have money to be kind. It can help some charities and causes but there are so many ways that we can be kind to others and lots of them take no money at all. So never feel as if you cannot be kind as there is always something that you can do that will help others, even the smallest thing which costs nothing can mean a lot to someone. You can take things further by greeting people, saying thank you, wishing them a good day and all sorts of things which will be even kinder. Acts of kindness also make us feel happier so you will be being kind to yourself as well as being kind to others.

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