Tuesday is National Random Acts of Kindness day so I thought I’d dust off this old post, give it a polish up and share it with you again because I want you all to be overflowing with as many ideas as possible to make someone’s day!
One single random act of kindness isn’t going to change the world but it is going to make someone have a better day than they would have done otherwise. It’s going to make you feel better for doing it and as well as making the recipient feel better themselves, it’s also going to increase the chances that they’re going to be nice to someone else in turn.
So if one little random act of kindness can have a ripple effect that’s going to impact people’s days, just imagine how much of a difference we could all make if you incorporated as many random acts of kindness that you can in your day.
They don’t need to be big things and they certainly don’t need to cost you anything. Here’s a list of my favourite thrifty random acts of kindness:
- Simply going out of your way to make eye contact and smile at someone can make a huge difference in their day.
- Say something nice to someone – tell them they did good or that you like their outfit/hair/shoes.
- Offer to make the teas at work.
- Go out of your way to speak to someone who you think might be lonely, an elderly neighbour or someone who lives alone.
- Take out next door’s rubbish bin on bin day.
- Mow your neighbour’s front lawn when you do your own.
- Clear out your food cupboards and take some tins to the local food bank.
- If you’ve received some good service recently then take the time to send an email or a tweet to say thanks.
- Bake some biscuits for your neighbours.
- Offer to walk your neighbour’s dog, or instead of your neighbour maybe someone elderly who lives near you.
- Go through your phone or Facebook friends list and message someone you haven’t spoken to for a while – I bet it makes their day.
- Offer to babysit for a friend.
- If you find out about a great deal of discount then post it on your Facebook status so everyone can share.
- Give up your seat on a busy train/bus when it’s busy.
- Take someone’s trolley back when they’ve unloaded their shopping – not a good idea if they have a pound to get back though. 😉
- Help a shopper who’s struggling by taking their bags to their car for them.
- Leave one of your favourite books somewhere that someone else will find it and hopefully enjoy it as much as you.
- Ask someone if they need you to pop to the shop for them if they’re not well or can’t get out for some reason.
- Say thank you to someone who’s made a difference in your life.
- Keep a spare umbrella at work or in your car so you can lend it to someone when it rains.
- If you hear someone gossiping about someone then either tell them to stop or if you don’t feel comfortable with that, be the person who says something nice.
- Write a little note to your partner of kids telling them how awesome they are and put it somewhere they’ll find at a later date.
- Leave a bookmark inside a book at the library.
- Leave a nice comment on a blog post if you don’t generally comment but often read.
- Ring an old friend you haven’t seen in a while and ask them to come round for a cuppa.
So there you have it, go forth and spread some kindness!
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