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Could You Commit to a Random Act of Kindness

It’s scientifically proven that being kind is good for you. So, why not get your health fix by taking part in Random Act of Kindness Day?

 

What is a random act of kindness?

A random act of kindness can be anything from buying a stranger a cup of coffee to helping someone to their car with their shopping bags. It’s spontaneous, it’s between two strangers, and it’s a offered without any expectation of reward.

 

Growing In Popularity

Random Act of Kindness Day is becoming increasingly popular, and that’s no big surprise. Not only does the receiver feel good, but you do too.

 

The Random Acts of Kindness movement became popular in 2001 when Danny Wallace created a group known as the Karma Army, which committed to performing these random acts of kindness every Friday. This later became known as ‘Good Friday.’ Nowadays there’s online communities and social media pages dedicated to random acts of kindness, posting ideas and stories to inspire you to help make the world a better place.

 

What You Can Do

Sound good? Why not challenge yourself to some random acts of kindness this week? Here’s our top 20 things you can do to be randomly kind:

 

  • Message a genuine compliment to three different people on social media
  • Send a nice message to someone going through a rough time; a text or a card
  • Donate an old piece of clothing every time you treat yourself to something new
  • Compliment someone to their boss
  • Don’t interrupt when someone else is speaking
  • Smile at someone in the street, for no reason
  • Bring some goodies into the office
  • Give someone a hug
  • Bring your partner a coffee in bed
  • Tell people how much you love them
  • Donate some pet food/toys to your local shelter
  • Help your elderly neighbour with some chores they struggle to do
  • Wash someone’s car as a nice surprise
  • Be kind to the customer service rep on the phone. It’s a tough job they’re doing
  • Keep in touch with your parents/grandparents
  • Offer to return someone’s shopping trolley to the store after they’ve finished loading up their groceries
  • Be encouraging to others
  • Hold the lift
  • Give a stranger some flowers

 

Whenever you see an opportunity to perform a random act of kindness, take it. You never know you may even get through our list, make a new friend and or even like it. Tell us your favourite random acts of kindness over on Facebook and Twitter.

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