Many people like the idea of carrying out random acts of kindness. These acts are those that you do for others without any particular reason behind them other than the fact that you want to do them. Studies have shown that this kind of spontaneous kindness is actually good for the person carrying out the act, improving how we think of ourselves and giving us a better sense of wellbeing.
If you like the idea of carrying out random acts of kindness, here are some ideas of what you can do and how it can be done.
Help Your Neighbors
If you live next to or near to people who are unable to do their own grocery shopping, for example, or who might need help with other chores around the house, why not lend a hand? Going to the store and picking up a few extra items now and then isn’t a problem if you’re going to be shopping anyway, and it could make a huge difference to the people you’re helping. Remember, you never know what people are going through, and if you can make their lives that little bit easier without placing yourself in financial difficulty, then why wouldn’t you?
Send A Gift
Everyone loves to receive a gift through the mail, so why not send someone a gift for no reason other than you want to be kind? You don’t even have to say it was from you; you can send it anonymously in the knowledge that whoever receives it will have a brighter day because of your kindness.
To do this on a regular basis, you can set up an order with a subscription box service. You might choose a perfume subscription or one that sends out books or baked goods or socks or bath salts or any number of other lovely items.
Give A Compliment
A random act of kindness doesn’t have to mean spending any money or going out of your way at all – you can simply offer a stranger a compliment as you go about your day. It doesn’t take anything from you, and it can change the recipient’s entire outlook for the better, making their day much more positive.
You don’t have to go overboard; simply let someone know you like their hairstyle, or an item of clothing, or compliment a parent on the way they are taking care of their kids. Anything that is going to brighten someone’s day is worth saying.
Your random act of kindness doesn’t even have to be anything to do with people at all; you can be kind to the environment and animals and still feel good about yourself. If there is a space to create a patch of wildflowers in your yard, bees and butterflies will be attracted to it, for example.
Or you might try to use your car less if you are looking for ways to be kind to the environment. Perhaps you will choose to recycle more. Whatever you do, you should be doing it for someone or something else, and that’s how random acts of kindness really work.