“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.” – Morgan Freeman
On Sunday 17th February, you might have received a random but special surprise from a loved one or stranger. You may have found some money stuck to a vending machine and treated yourself to a drink. Maybe you found a heart-warming note on the train wishing you a good day. Or perhaps a friend presented you with some flowers.
Sunday was Random Acts of Kindness day across the globe, where many people are inspired to spread kindness to those around them.
“We’re striving to make kindness the standard in every aspect of life,” said the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, who promote the event. “Whether it’s helping a stranger in need on your way to work, instilling the importance of kindness in students in a classroom, or a mutual demonstration of appreciation of those closest to us, our end-goal is to make kindness not an act at all, but a reflex.”
Random acts of kindness aren’t just for one day of the year; kindness should be expressed every day. Too help inspire you, we have put together some of our ideas for a random act of kindness that will make someone smile:
Bake a cake – bake a tasty treat and take a slice around to a relative or neighbour
Let someone go in front of you in a queue – supermarkets can be hectic at the busiest of times; let someone go in front of you in the queue and help them get home quicker
Give a stranger a compliment – a nice, simple compliment can boost their confidence
Make dinner – invite someone around to join the family for dinner, or even make up an extra plate and take it around to a loved one or neighbour
Buy flowers – flowers can make anyone’s day and are so easy to buy from the local supermarket
Leave letters of encouragement – on public transport a lot? Or have a favourite coffee shop? Write a little note and leave it on a seat to be found. Note can be a simple “I hope you have a good day today” or a funny joke to make them laugh.
Pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant – if you can, ask the waitress for the bill of another table at the restaurant and treat a stranger to a meal.
Write letters/postcard – traditional and surprising, everyone loves to receive a handwritten letter. If it’s to an elderly relative, perhaps write about a day out you have had, or memories. Postcards are good if you want to say hello to someone you don’t know as well with a nice message.
Dog walking – some people can struggle to give their pets the exercise they need, so offering to walk their pet dog will not only be helpful to the owner but get you and the pet active.
Give someone a lift in the car – help someone with any errands they need to run; offer them a lift to the shops, doctors’ appointments or social events.
Make a care package – a care package can be easy to put together and is filled with different treats and necessities that are useful.
Mow the lawn or weed someone’s garden – during the warmer months, take some time to mow the lawn and help in the garden of an elderly neighbour
Take someone out for lunch – either invite a loved one or neighbour to lunch or make something nice for them and enjoy a meal together while you have a friendly chat
Treat someone to a manicure, pedicure or massage – everyone loves a pamper day.
Smile at someone – simple, and as Mother Teresa said, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do”.
Make cards – if you’re crafty, design a card for someone as a way of letting them know you’re thinking of them. If they are crafty themselves, spend an afternoon crafting together and learn from each other.
You can find more inspiration for random acts of kindness by visiting: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
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