Kindness Is Contagious: 50 Ways To Pass It On.

June 2, 2018

Kindness, defined as “a kind, considerate or helpful act” is effortless, contagious, and it can brighten the darkest of days.

Sadly, when turning on the news no doubt you’ll come across some hate in this world. Whether it’s another shooting in a school or another terrorist attack. It saddens me to even type the word “another”.

In the words of black eyed peas, it’s got me questioning ‘where is the love?’

Although we shouldn’t do acts of kindness for something in return, doing so can have positive health effects to both the giver and receiver of kindness.

Huffington Post have published some of these which include; stimulation of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain to give individuals the “feel good” factor. Kindness produces emotional warmth, which in turn produces the “cardio-protective” hormone oxytocin for reducing blood pressure. This hormone is also argued to reduce the signs of ageing; this is also done through activation of the vagus nerve which controls inflammation in the body.

Kindness also helps to build better relationships with others, whether this is in forging new relationships or making existing ones stronger. Kindness helps an emotional connection between two individuals and helps them to become more “bonded”.

But how can we spread kindness to others?

Here’s a list of 50 ways we can randomly spread kindness to others;

  1. Hold the door open for somebody
  2. Pay it backwards; buy the coffee for the person behind you in the queue
  3. Befriend the new work colleague/kid in class
  4. Leave a tip with the bill
  5. Give to charity
  6. Make your work colleague lunch
  7. Ship a care package to someone in need
  8. Make someone a brew
  9. Pay someone a compliment
  10. Had good service? Let the waiter’s manager know
  11. Show gratitude
  12. Pay for someone’s parking
  13. Spread some love on a post-it and leave it on someone’s desk
  14. Put out the bins for a neighbour
  15. Write a letter/email to a someone who has had a positive influence on your life
  16. Buy flowers for your best friend
  17. Take some animal food to the local shelter
  18. Write a list of reasons why you love someone
  19. Wash someone’s car
  20. Take food to a local food bank
  21. Walk the neighbour’s dog
  22. Bake a cake for a loved one
  23. Smile at a stranger
  24. Leave body positive notes in the mirrors of changing rooms
  25. Share your gift or talent with someone
  26. Actively listen to someone who needs to be heard
  27. Comment some love to someone on social media
  28. Make time for someone you haven’t seen in a while
  29. Write a recommendation for a colleague on LinkedIn
  30. Let someone bump the queue who only has a couple of items
  31. Donate blood
  32. Teach someone a new skill
  33. Plan a fun day out for loved ones
  34. Volunteer
  35. Help someone with their bags/luggage
  36. Give someone directions
  37. Leave a positive review on TripAdvisor
  38. Sign up to be an organ donor
  39. Say “good morning” to a stranger
  40. Write a thank you note
  41. Donate clothing and books you no longer need
  42. Make a personalised playlist for a family member or friend
  43. Make someone breakfast
  44. Box up your leftover food from the restaurant and give it to a homeless person
  45. Tell a stranger they’re beautiful
  46. Pick up some litter and recycle it
  47. Leave letters of encouragement on someone’s car
  48. Offer to give a friend a ride home
  49. Give up your seat on public transport for someone else
  50. Schedule some self-love (you deserve kindness too!)

A random act of kindness really is so easy! Feeling inspired? You can sign up to become a “raktivist”with the Random Act of Kindness Foundation Joining over 19,000 people across 87 countries that strive towards building a kinder world, making kindness effortless and selfless acts the norm.

What random act of kindness are you going to pass on today?

Photo credit: Laura Frances

17 comments so far.

17 responses to “Kindness Is Contagious: 50 Ways To Pass It On.”

  1. I love this, it is such a nice feeling when you share the love and be kind.


  2. Miriam H. says:

    This post was fabulous to read! I always love when people write about kindness because it feels so motivational to start sharing the love to others.
    Thank you very much for the list also

    Miriam |

  3. Madi says:

    Great post! It’s a great reminder how little things can make such a big difference to someone’s day x

  4. offhermocha says:

    I love this idea – some of these tips are so simple but likely to make someone’s day. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Maria says:

    Great list of tips! I have started tipping waiters more than before when service is exceptional and it feels amazing! I will try to implement more of them like verbal praise in the future which is really tough for me sometimes because I am always shy.Thanks for sharing!

    • Aims says:

      So kind of you Maria! I used to be a waitress & a tip can help out so much financially, as well as giving the ‘feel good’ factor ✨

  6. falidude says:

    I love this post. You’ve inspired me to do a kind thing for a stranger today. Thanks for sharing! Some great ideas too!

  7. Absolutely love this! We need to do more of these acts every time we can. I think I’ll just save this list and see what things I could do more of 🙂 happy to know that I’m already doing some, but it’s always nice to keep them coming and bring even more kindness to the world.

  8. Karen Clough says:

    Completely adore this list! So many are dead achievable too and would make someone’s day

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