Did you know? Every 17th of February is National Random Act of Kindness day!
While kindness is a virtue we should emanate on a regular basis, random acts of kindness are their own special flavor of generosity. They infuse everyday life with love and spontaneity. When done right, they can turn someone’s day around.
Not to mention, performing random acts of kindness is a natural mood-booster! Science has shown that when we do good deeds for other people, it increases our overall sense of happiness. In fact, doing good for others has shown to be more effective for wellbeing than doing something good for ourselves.
Not sure where to start? Here are 10 easy ways to spread a little goodness around.
Check In On A Friend Or Relative
In the hustle and bustle of everyday lives, it’s easy to lose touch with those we love. Call up a friend or family to see how they’re doing. And really listen.
Bring Snacks To Work Or School
Snacks are always appreciated and go a long way to boost morale.
Donate To A Charity
Choose a charity that supports a cause close to you and send some funds their way. Or, even better, donate in a loved one’s name.
Treat Someone To Coffee or A Cookie
“Treat yo ‘self” is the new adage, but research has shown that given the choice between spending money on ourselves and spending money on others, we actually get more pleasure from spending money on others. Go ahead and treat your buddy to a cookie.
Offer To Carry Someone’s Bag
When passing through airports, grocery stores, or malls, there’s always someone struggling with a heavy load. Help them out and bring their bags to the car.
Pay Someone’s Toll
Do lots of driving? The next toll you hit, leave money for the person in the car behind you.
Do you ever have those moments where you notice something positive about someone, but you’re too shy to say anything? Don’t say silent! For a stranger, friend, or coworker, be forthcoming (but diplomatic) with praise.
Leave A Generous Tip
Whether it’s the barista’s empty mug next to the register or that delicious dinner at your favorite restaurant, leave the most generous tip you can afford.
Donate Used Items
Look around your place: is there anything you don’t need? Your unused items can have a second life. Bring books to the library or old blankets to the animal shelter. Or, if you’re unsure, simply call a charity and ask what they need.
Let Someone Go Ahead Of You
Whether in traffic, in line, or in a doorway, be the person who lets others go ahead. If you’re not in a hurry, why rush?
Do you have your own ideas for random of acts of kindness? Share them with us!