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;
- Hold the door open for somebody
- Pay it backwards; buy the coffee for the person behind you in the queue
- Befriend the new work colleague/kid in class
- Leave a tip with the bill
- Give to charity
- Make your work colleague lunch
- Ship a care package to someone in need
- Make someone a brew
- Pay someone a compliment
- Had good service? Let the waiter’s manager know
- Show gratitude
- Pay for someone’s parking
- Spread some love on a post-it and leave it on someone’s desk
- Put out the bins for a neighbour
- Write a letter/email to a someone who has had a positive influence on your life
- Buy flowers for your best friend
- Take some animal food to the local shelter
- Write a list of reasons why you love someone
- Wash someone’s car
- Take food to a local food bank
- Walk the neighbour’s dog
- Bake a cake for a loved one
- Smile at a stranger
- Leave body positive notes in the mirrors of changing rooms
- Share your gift or talent with someone
- Actively listen to someone who needs to be heard
- Comment some love to someone on social media
- Make time for someone you haven’t seen in a while
- Write a recommendation for a colleague on LinkedIn
- Let someone bump the queue who only has a couple of items
- Donate blood
- Teach someone a new skill
- Plan a fun day out for loved ones
- Help someone with their bags/luggage
- Give someone directions
- Leave a positive review on TripAdvisor
- Sign up to be an organ donor
- Say “good morning” to a stranger
- Write a thank you note
- Donate clothing and books you no longer need
- Make a personalised playlist for a family member or friend
- Make someone breakfast
- Box up your leftover food from the restaurant and give it to a homeless person
- Tell a stranger they’re beautiful
- Pick up some litter and recycle it
- Leave letters of encouragement on someone’s car
- Offer to give a friend a ride home
- Give up your seat on public transport for someone else
- 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