It’s old news that kindness is a gift that keeps on giving. By being kind to someone else you not only boost your own feel good levels but you actually also make the people kinder to others – it’s the contagious side effect of an already win-win situation.
12 February – Random Act of Kindness Day
In a celebration of the Random Act of Kindness Day, I compiled a list of ideas to make this day better for you and for the others around you too. So take a look, which are you going to do today? And every day?
- Greet a bus driver, a station worker or a person standing next to you. Big cities are by far the loneliest – everyone is so busy and wrapped in their heads or with heads stuck in their phones, no wonder we all feel isolated from one another.
- Let someone in in front of you – if you live in a city like London, you will understand the frustration of getting on the tube in a peak time. Instead of pushing through as if you were fighting for life – let people in; you’ll get to your destination eventually in a much better mood.
- Pay a compliment – the most sought after are
- You look great;
- You’ve done a great job;
- I really value your friendship;
- You’re so talented;
- This is very smart.
- Give a homeless more than you’d normally do – or buy them lunch – spending few pounds more once in a while won’t make much of a difference to you and it might make someone else’s day.
- Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while and tell them you miss them or/and love them.
- Show gratitude to someone who’s been there for you when you needed it – whether it’s writing them a Thank You card, buying an unexpected gift or rocking up at theirs fro dinner & wine – give them the time they deserve.
- Give up your seat to someone who could use it more than you do. While giving up a seat to someone elder, pregnant or less able to stand should be a given, offer your seat to someone who’s tired or carries a lot of heavy bags too. You probably spent most of the day sitting anyway.
- Bake cookies for your colleagues.
- Leave a generous tip to your waiter or a barista. People working in hospitality do not have it easy. They work long hours, all day on their feet, serve demanding customers. On top of that – often face verbal abuse which they have to respond to in a professional and kind manner. And they do it all for a minimum wage. Reward them for all the effort they do to make your day better.
- Give a positive feedback about someone’s work to their supervisor.
- Offer to help someone. Whether it’s a neighbour who needs someone to babysit, an elderly person who needs help with carrying grocery shopping or a friend who needs a hand with moving. It will give you the opportunity to get to know someone better.
- Hang out with a new colleague or neighbour or someone who feels like they don’t fit in. Give them the time and opportunity to feel appreciated.
- Encourage or empower someone on their journey to success.
- Smile at a stranger. It is so rewarding to see someone else’s face brightening up because of the smile you gave to them.
Why to be kind?
If you need a reminder as to why you should be kind, here’s a handy list of the way it pays back:
- Kindness reduces stress and anxiety (and it has been proven!);
- It increases serotonin and endorphins;
- By being kind to others you boost your confidence;
- It is contagious – it spreads the kindness.
If you are looking for other ways to boost your mood effectively check out my recent article that can be found here.