Random Acts of Kindness…

In a time where the whole world has been turned upside down, I wanted to share some ideas of little things we can do to brighten someone’s day (and our own)!

I believe that one of the best things we can do in life is SMILE! After all, a smile costs nothing but its impact may surprise you. It is surprising and saddening how few people appear to smile so I am going to challenge you all to smile at everyone you meet (face to face or virtually) in a day and see how you feel afterwards.

According to an article I read, studies show that smiling releases endorphins, other natural painkillers, and serotonin. Together, these brain chemicals make us feel good from head to toe. Not only do they elevate your mood, but they also relax your body and reduce physical pain. 

So, get smiling!!!!

Other ideas of how we can brighten someone’s day…

  • Open a door for someone
  • Say hello to a stranger
  • Message someone to say good morning
  • Bake a cake for a friend or neighbour
  • Praise someone for something they have done well
  • Let someone go ahead of you in the queue (even more so if you can see that they only have a few items)
  • Collect litter that you see when you’re out and about
  • Say thank you or leave a thank you note
  • Leave a nice note in a library book for someone to discover
  • Give your car park ticket to someone else (if it has time left on it and it’s not a car park requiring your reg plate!)
  • Let someone merge into traffic with a smile
  • Treat someone to a coffee (be it a friend or a stranger)
  • Leave a trolley coin or £1 in a trolley for the next person
  • Dry the swings/slide at the park after it’s rained
  • Go to your local nursing home and smile and wave at residents, donate jigsaws or knitted blankets etc, ask your child/ren to paint a picture for them
  • Give someone your seat on a crowded bus or train (not necessarily something we can do right now but hopefully in the future)
  • Hand in an item you find e.g., someone’s keys or purse
  • Offer to help someone who looks as if they are struggling
  • Give food to a homeless person
  • Donate old glasses
  • Call a family member or friend just to say ‘I love you’
  • Write an encouraging note and put it in a loved one’s bag or under their pillow to find.
  • Reconnect with someone you’ve lost touch with
  • Don’t forget yourself! Schedule some you time, spend a few hours reading a great book or make time for another activity you love. Being kind to yourself will give you the energy and strength to be kind to others!

Kindness is a gift that keeps on giving. Sprinkle a few of these ideas around and you’ll be spreading positive energy with a chain of love. 

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