10 easy ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Week
There’s no better time to give up your seat on a bus for a pensioner than during Random Acts of Kindness Week, which runs from February 14-20.
Of course, being kindhearted shouldn’t be a thing we try for one week, but it’s a reminder of how small acts can brighten up someone’s day and in turn make us feel great.
What’s more, small acts of kindness are good for our health and well-being. Researchers at Yale University followed 77 participants in a 14-day study and found the more people helped each other, the happier and less stressed they felt in themselves, while those who’d been less helpful felt the effects of stress more powerfully.
So why not take some inspiration from our list below of small ways to make a difference to somebody’s day…
1. Smile at strangers
We’re all so busy going about our lives, but take a moment to spread a little warmth!
2. Give someone a compliment
We don’t mean lay on the cheese – give a genuine compliment to a friend, family member or colleague and make them feel good about themselves.
3. Bring treats into work
It’s the little things that can make the office a nice place to work.
4. Help a friend out
Do a load of laundry or cook a meal for a friend who just had a baby or is going through a difficult time.
5. Pay for someone’s parking ticket
If you walk by a car with an expired parking metre, get them a ticket and save them a fine.
6. Speak to a homeless person
Buy an extra portion of food when you’re grabbing lunch somewhere. Stop and have a chat – the streets are a lonely place.
7. Thank an inspirational teacher
Write to an old teacher who made a difference in your life and tell them why.
8. Leave a nice server the biggest tip you can afford
Noone should feel obliged to tip, but if you feel they went out of their way, show them your appreciation.
9. Check on an elderly neighbour
Is there an elderly person living on their own in your neighbourhood? Stop and chat to them – you may be the only person they speak to that day.
10. Adopt a rescue pet
There are so many rescue centres full of unwanted animals. As the saying goes, saving one dog will not change the world, but for that one dog, but it will change the world.