What I call a random act of kindness is doing something kind, often to someone you don’t know, without expecting anything in return. Kindness has a positive effect on you and it makes you feel good! If you need some kind of motivation to be kind, just tell yourself that they give you Good Karma points.
For more serious motivation, it has been scientifically proven that kindness impacts the heart and the immune system, changes your brain, fights depression and relieves stress.
Kind behavior is contagious and spreads from one person to another person to another person and so on. When people benefit from kindness they usually ‘pay it forward’ by helping other people, and that is the ripple effect. When being the receiver of a random act of kindness, you do not go back to being your old selfish self. You pay it forward.
The most beautiful part is that you are helping people that you have never met, people you do not know and it makes you feel great!
Lately I have given a coffee to a homeless person and I took a homeless lady for dinner in Australia. She had never eaten sushis, she was so happy. I sometimes share my candies with strangers. I always give away books, clothes and stuff I don’t use. I have to say that I like old ladies so I often find myself helping them. I used to leave happy, loving notes on my colleagues’ desks and buy them coffee. I love smiling randomly at people.
- Community service and volunteering (ask your local council)
- Donate old books to the library
- Hold the door opened for someone
- Give your seat to an elderly person on a bus/train
- Give out hot meals or care packs to the homeless (or even better, take a homeless person to dinner)
- Help someone for free
- Offer 2 hours of free baby-sitting
- Help someone with a broken car
- Thank your employees
- Let someone go in front of you in the queue
- Smile at random people on the street
- Send an e-card to someone
- Buy flowers to someone
- Give someone a massage voucher
- Say something nice to someone
- Give your metro pass to someone in need
- Dress up as Santa and go have fun with kids in a Children’s Hospital
- Wash your neighbour’s car
- Make a donation
- Lift someone stuck in a wheelchair
- Hand over your left overs
- Throw a benefit party
- Help someone learn (give a free yoga, meditation, or language class)
- Help someone pick up spilled groceries
- Give away things you don’t use anymore or clothes you don’t wear
And the list goes on…For more ideas and to read about the positive effects of kindness, visit www.randomactsofkindness.org.
What are your favourite acts of kindness?