Today is World Kindness Day, so it's time to pay it forward.

Not that we should only be kind one day of the year, but today is a day to keep it at the forefront of your mind. What better time to spread light and positivity than the week leading into the holiday season?

Whether it's something big or a little gesture, no one ever feels bad about doing some good. It's like going to the gym - it may seem like a chore, but once you do it, you feel great.

That's what is so beautiful about doing good for others: you benefit, too!

Here are five ways to spread positivity on World Kindness Day!

  • 1

    Smile

    I hate being told to smile more. Probably because I try to keep my attitude pretty upbeat most of the time anyway, since that's my demeanor. So, when I'm told to smile, it's off-putting since I normally smile all the time.

    But, in all seriousness, sometimes flashing those pearly whites in someone's direction is all it takes to brighten their day.

  • 2

    Hold The Door

    Seriously though, does giving up those extra thirty seconds you couldn't spare holding the door for someone really save you that much time? No.

    One of the smallest gestures can create a ripple effect.

  • 3

    Lay Off The Road Rage

    It's so easy to lose your cool in traffic this time of year. Today, try to practice patience while sitting in traffic. Maybe, let someone in that's trying to merge?

    I know that can sometimes be too much for us South Jerseyians, but today, let's make an exception.

     

  • 4

    Pay for Someone's Coffee

    We all head out around 2pm for that afternoon pick-me-up. While you're at Wawa, Dunkin, or Starbucks, think about maybe picking up the tab of the person behind you. If that's too much, maybe just put down as much as you can afford towards the next person's total.

  • 5

    Maintain a Positive Attitude

    It's so easy to let the stress of the week ahead ruin your mood, thereby ruining your attitude towards everyone else.

    Today, try to compartmentalize your stress, that way you're not taking it out on others. You'll be surprised that forcing yourself to maintain a positive outlook will actually result in a positive mood regardless of the situation.