There’s a buzz that comes from doing something nice for another person simply to brighten their day.
Random acts of kindness are not only beneficial for those receiving them – research shows that giving is great for our own mental wellbeing. It’s also a great way to stay engaged and motivated if you’re currently looking for work.
Random acts of kindness make other people feel good, and boost your own happiness too!
While kind gestures are wonderful every day of the year, Feel Good February is a movement that hopes to get people talking – and doing – during February. In support of Feel Good February, we’ve put together a list of 10 random acts of kindness.
10 random acts of kindness
1. Give a genuine compliment
Compliments are a way to show others that we see their strengths and accomplishments, and that they are valued. If you receive a compliment, try not to deflect it – remember that you are valued too!
2. Write a card for someone special
Let a loved one know you’re thinking of them by writing a letter or card. Even a thoughtful text message can brighten someone’s day.
3. Prepare a meal for someone who could use the help
Have a friend who is a new parent? Perhaps a loved one has been unwell, or is going through a tough time at the moment. Homemade meals can be a practical way to help them out and show you care.
4. Pay it forward during your next coffee run
Ask your local coffee shop if you can pay for a coffee for the next customer. Your act could even encourage that customer to do the same, creating a ripple of kind gestures.
5. Pick up litter in a park or at the beach
Take your random acts to a community level by collecting litter in a park or beach. You’ll make the space nicer for a whole neighbourhood and help the environment at the same time.
6. Let someone go in front of you in a queue
Whether you’re stuck in traffic or lining up at the supermarket – letting someone go ahead of you could really make their day.
7. Do someone else’s chores for them
If a particular chore always falls to your partner, parent, or sibling, do it for them without expecting them to return the favour.
8. Offer your seat on the bus or train to someone else
Consider whether someone else might need your seat more than you, and offer it. Even if the person doesn’t accept, your thoughtfulness will be appreciated.
9. Smile at a stranger
If you make eye contact with a stranger, flash them a genuine smile. They’ll likely smile back, and both of your days will be a little brighter!
10. Take the time to really listen
Ask someone a question about their lives and truly listen to their story. Active listening shows that you value what they have to say, and helps us to build stronger social connections.
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