Random Acts of Kindness – you’ve heard of them. They are small acts that we can do in our everyday lives to make small difference in the life of someone else. There are so many small things that we can do like picking up a coffee for a colleague while you’re on break,

or making someone laugh, or just smiling and saying hello as you pass someone on the street.

There is more to Random Acts of Kindness than just making someone smile. It can do a lot for the mental health everyone involved. Showing compassion can reduce depression. It is linked to gratitude and promotes empathy in individuals. Those who are suffering from depression can feel isolated or alienated from the people around them. When performing random acts of kindness, you are kind to those in need, you tend to feel more connected to your community and start to understand that the things that people are experiencing might not be so different from you.

“Feeling connected melds us together rather than divides us. Kindness is potent in strengthening a sense of community and belonging.” – Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D., and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D.

Over a decade ago a Japanese study found that happy people were kinder than unhappy people, and that physically counting your acts of kindness led to an increased feeling of happiness. Thus leading to people to conduct more acts if kindness.

Want some Ideas for a random act of kindness?

  1. Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
  2. Send a letter to a grandparent
  3. Send flowers to a friend
  4. Offer to pick up some groceries for your elderly neighbour
  5. Send someone a handwritten note
  6. Offer to babysit for a friend
  7. Walk your friend’s dog
  8. Tell your family members how much you love and appreciate them
  9. Help your parents with household chores
  10. Help a friend get active
  11. Make someone laugh
  12. Offer to cook for a friend or family member
  13. Make a cup of tea for a friend or family member
  14. Help with a household chore at home or for a friend
  15. Host an informal get together and invite your neighbours to get to know each other
  16. Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
  17. Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
  18. Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
  19. Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
  20. Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
  21. Send an inspirational quote to a friend
  22. Send an interesting article to a friend
  23. Put a surprise note or drawing on someone’s desk
  24. Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange to meet face to face
  25. Engage in conversation with a shop assistant when paying at the till
  26. Spend time playing with your pet
  27. Sign up to do voluntary work in your local community
  28. Reach out to spend time with a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness
  29. Have a clear out and take items to a charity shop
  30. Make and send a care package to someone who needs it
  31. Make a donation to a charity
  32. Offer to pick up a friend or family member from work
  33. Make a cup of tea for your colleagues
  34. Get to know the new staff member
  35. Lend your ear – listen to your colleague who is having a bad day
  36. Say good morning
  37. Bake a cake for your colleagues
  38. Give praise to your colleague for something they’ve done well
  39. If it’s raining – lend someone your umbrella
  40. Take someone out for lunch instead of eating at your desk
  41. Give up your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person
  42. Let someone jump the queue at the supermarket
  43. Take a minute to help someone who is lost
  44. Have a conversation with someone who is experiencing homelessness
  45. Help a mother carrying her push chair down the stairs or hold the door for her
  46. Let a fellow driver merge into your lane
  47. Pick up some rubbish lying around in the street
  48. Smile and say hello to people you may pass every day, but have never spoken to before
  49. Return a lost item to its owner
  50. Pop into a coffee shop and ask to pay for a coffee for them to give to someone later that day for free

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