Did you know that 17th February is random acts of kindness day? I’ll admit that I didn’t, until this morning. Apparently it happens every year, but it growing in popularity as the years progress.
There is a fantastic non-profit organisation called Kindness.org who believe that small acts of kindness can have a big impact in the world. I agree, I really do think that the world would be a better place if we all tried to be more kind.
In my other post, Teaching children to be kind in a cruel world, I’ve talked a lot about why we should spread kindness around like confetti. And what better day to start chucking kindness around than Random Acts of Kindness Day?
It doesn’t have to be a big thing, it doesn’t have to cost a lot or even a little money, but doing a little thing can make the world of difference to someone else.
Random acts of kindness.
The idea behind random acts of kindness is pretty simple. There are infinite ways to spread a little kindness.
It’s also a fantastic thing to involve your children in.
Being kind has been shown to reduce stress, boost our immune systems, and help to reduce anger, anxiety and depression. Doing random acts of kindness releases positivity too : we feel good for doing it and so does the recipient of your random act of kindness.
If you want to read more about why random acts of kindness matter to your wellbeing, click on the blue link.
Ideas for what you can do
I know, it’s all well and good talking about random acts of kindness, but what can you actually do? If you’re stuck for ideas, give one of these a try:
- Compliment someone on social media
- Compliment someone in person
- Buy a coffee for the person queuing behind you
- Send a positive text message to everyone you care about
- Post inspirational sticky notes around your child’s bedroom
- Donate old toys, books or clothes to a charity shop
- Write a recommendation for a business or service that you’ve used
- Support a small business, by sharing their details on social media
- Smile at a stranger
- Let someone go in front of you in a queue
- Leave a bunch of flowers on a grave
- Tell a parent what a great job they’re doing
- Pick up litter on the beach
- Give someone a packet of tissues when they sneeze
- Leave your £ coin in the trolley slot
- Give up your seat on public transport
- Sit next to an elderly person and have a little chat with them
- If you see a parent taking photos of their children, offer to take one of them all together
- Write a list of all the things you love about someone and then give it to them
- Offer to babysit for someone
- Offer to do a job for someone that you know they hate doing
- Take someone out for lunch
- Buy a bunch of flowers for someone for no reason
- Buy a Big Issue from a seller
- Stop and talk to the people collecting for charity
- Help your children bake cookies or cakes and then give some to a neighbour
- Take a neighbour’s bin out for them
- Leave some money in a vending machine
- Say thank you to people
- Let a car out in front of you
- Let someone cross the road
- Feed wild birds
- Donate blood
- Check in with your friends
So on this random act of kindness day, take the first step in spreading kindness around.
We’d love to hear about your random acts of kindness, so let us know in the comments!