One of the best ways to feel great about your own life is to improve the lives of others. Research shows that those who help others have less depression and better overall health. So acts of kindness are good for both the giver and the receiver.
Surprisingly, even small actions that require minimal effort on your part can make a huge difference in someone else’s day. Not sure where to start? Here are fifteen easy ways you can spread kindness each and every day:
1. Telephone a lonely person
There is always one person in your group of acquaintances who is lonely and isolated. Try calling him or her, every now and again.
2. Hold the door open.
No matter who it is, hold the door open.
3. Be a modern Johnny Appleseed.
Be inspired and plant a few trees/plants/bushes/flowers in the neglected areas of your neighborhood. Watch the video below
4. Buy someone a coffee.
When you go to the coffee machine and see a colleague there, offer to buy her a coffee. If you are going to the water cooler, try offering to get someone else a cup of water while you’re on your way.
5. Help a disabled person.
Offer to push a wheelchair, help them across the street or fetch their medicines.
6. Teach your kids kindness.
If you are a parent or work with young people in a youth organization or at a school, raise awareness about the needy. Encourage them to give away their old toys and books which are still in good condition.
7. Offer to do the shopping.
Maybe there is an elderly person in your condo or someone who has had an accident. Offer to do the shopping.
8. Offer your place in the supermarket queue.
When you see someone getting anxious in the queue, let them go first.
9. Driving with kindness.
Lots of opportunities here. Waving a pedestrian across the street or stopping to let a car park.
10. Pay a few compliments.
Let your partner know how great they look today. Compliment a colleague or a friend on their new outfit.
11. Smile more often.
Try walking down a corridor at work and smile all the way there. You might be surprised at how many smiles you get back. It is infectious!
12. Express your gratitude.
Saying “thank you” and “please” are like the oil that lubricates the engine of human interaction. Works every time!
13. Reach out to a person in need.
Do you know someone who is ill or in the hospital? Reach out by choosing one of these:
- Send them a text message
- Phone them
- Send flowers
- Send a card
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Plato
14. Talk to a shy person.
Have you ever noticed how shy people struggle at social gatherings? Try a little act of kindness just by talking to them. You could be surprised at what you discover.
15. Donate to a disaster fund.
The next time you see a catastrophe on TV, note the charity donation number and send the SMS.
Try to do one or two of these acts of kindness every week. Change it up each time. Look at what you get for a few acts of kindness. Your mental and physical health will improve. You are less likely to suffer from heart disease, blood pressure, stress, and depression. It’s a bargain- go for it!
“Life’s most persistent and nagging question is ‘What are you doing for others?'”- Martin Luther King Jr.