10 Small Acts of Kindness That Will Make a Big Difference

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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Plato

 When was the last time you did a good deed? Without expecting anything in return? Acts of kindness, just like that…

If you don’t remember, I’m afraid you’ve drifted apart from the real human nature. You’ve fallen into the trap of today’s society and have come to the point where you do good to someone only when you want something back or have other stimulus to do so.

But if you do, you certainly remember the incredible feeling you get after that. Because that is what good means in its original meaning. That is how our soul and mind work when not affected by outer temptations and tendencies like consumerism and egoism. That is how we were meant to communicate with one another – by doing good, being kind, helping whenever we can and never expecting anything in return.

By being kind to someone for no reason, by giving, by helping and doing good, you can become happier, find true satisfaction, harmony and can experience something wonderful. Because the minute you see the person’s smile, or feel the benefit of what you’ve done, or see how someone finds hope because of what you did, you will know it was worth it. And will want to do it again.

Imagine what the world would be like if everyone just did a few random acts of kindness to people he doesn’t know. Then we would live in a much happier and peaceful place.

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But don’t worry if you still haven’t tried that. It’s never too late to go back to what lies deep inside you – your humanity, kindness, compassion and desire to help.

So begin now by trying some of the things listed below and feel the good things that will come into your life once you turn to your better side.

10 Small Acts of Kindness

1. If someone really likes something you have, simply give it to him (as soon as it’s not really important or necessary to make a living).

A friend of yours may make you constant compliments about something you possess. Your colleague may be looking at your sandwich or else with interest while at the café although he has already ordered something else. A friend (girl) may love your new earrings, top, etc.

Just give it to them. At first you will feel resistance and will do it unwillingly, but the inner pleasure you’ll feel after that will be priceless.

Once you’ve done it, you’ll have gone miles further than other people because you will have won the battle with selfishness. Step by step you will soon be a new person, an individual who is willing to give.

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2. Plant a tree, or at least a flower.

Experience it, do it consciously and feel how you help nature create a new life.

3. Give money to a beggar.

That is the easiest thing you can do and he will probably spend it better.

4. Adopt a pet.

That will make both its life and yours better. And it will truly love you once it gets attached.

It’s even proven that having a pet improves your health.

5. Give advice, information, direction and help whenever you can.

If someone stops you on the street and is looking for a certain place, take your time to explain where it is to him, or even show him the way. Don’t say you’re in a hurry because you never know when you will end up in the same situation.

If a friend is depressed or feels down, listen to him, encourage him and send him your love. If someone needs advice, always give it.

6. Do volunteer work.

You can read about its benefits here.

7. Donate all the things in your apartment you don’t need.

I’m sure there are clothes in your wardrobe you haven’t worn in the last few years, books on your shelf you won’t read again, toys your children used to play with and so on. Give that to charity.

This way you will make someone happy, will declutter, create more space at home and feel great after that.

8. Don’t wait for an occasion to make a gift to your loved ones.

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Just surprise them. That will make them feel special and loved.

9. In the coffee shop pay for the person behind you on the queue without telling him.

The employee behind the bar will be quite surprised too, but ignore that. Just smile and leave after that without waiting for any recognition.

10. Send flowers anonymously to someone you know is lonely.

A BONUS IDEA: Have you ever found a penny on the street? I’m sure you have. And didn’t it make you smile? Didn’t you feel lucky? Didn’t you stay positive for a while only because of that small thing?

That makes everyone happy no matter how small it is. Because for a second you believe that life is not so bad, you forget the bad things and just look at that little lucky object.

But have you ever tried being on the other side?

Sometimes when I have small money, I throw a coin somewhere on the street. That is a sure way to make someone smile. In probably a few minutes someone will be holding it and will feel lucky. So do this little thing a few times. Even make it a habit of yours. You won’t see the result of your good deed but you will know it. That’s more than enough.

So go out today and start doing good. The world needs people like you.

Start today, do it with passion, and expect nothing in return.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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Check out my interview with R.J. from TheWaystoWealth to see how he entered the finance niche, started making money blogging, began bringing traffic from Pinterest and monetizing it with affiliate marketing, and is now making $10,000/month from his online business. #blogger #interview #blogtraffic #incomeideas #income