Random acts of kindness are a way to take deliberate action to brighten another person’s day. Kindness is a way of showing others that they count, even in the face of hostility, selfishness or despair. You never know if a simple random act could literally save someone’s life – I have learnt that through my time as a volunteer for Samaritans.
Here are my top 5 tips to practicing random acts of kindness:
- Change your attitude! Kindness as an attitude is infectious, have you ever noticed that when you are in a good mood, feeling generous and smiling how others respond to you? By installing a kind attitude every day you will find people around you will be inspired to be kind too and puts them in a good mood too.
- Say Thank You! Thinking about all the people who are quietly making a difference to your community and thanking them can be powerful. The person who served you in the supermarket; your child’s teachers or child-minder; the PSCO who patrols your neighbourhood, your plumber when he services your boiler or fixes something for you. Thanking someone can mean either writing them a card, baking some homemade cakes/biscuits or just saying ‘Thank You’ when they’re done.
- Pay it Forward: If you have some spare cash why not surprise somebody by paying for something they were expecting to pay for. Examples include buying coffee for the table next to you; pay the entrance fee for a family behind you in the que (or let them go in front of you); pay someone’s parking ticket at the meter when you return to your car. If you don’t have the spare cash you can pay it forward by donating unwanted items to your local charity shop
- Leave a message: write down your favourite quote or poem on happiness or jot down your views on hope on a post-it note and leave it somewhere for a stranger to find. If you want to spread the message further, take a photo and put it on twitter with the tag #secretnotes
- Smile: I love a quote I read years ago “smile: it will either piss them off or warm their heart, either way you win”. I love it because a simple smile is infectious; it breaks the ice and/or expresses joy. A smile can break a bad mood too. If that doesn’t convince you then remember it only takes 27 muscles in the face to smile but 48 to frown – think of all the savings you would make on anti-wrinkle cream!
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