Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated by organisations, groups and individuals nationwide as an opportunity to encourage kindness all around you. This year the celebration falls on Sunday 17th February. People everywhere enjoy such an opportunity, making the day a favourite among many.
As a behavioural response to compassion and selfless acts, being kind to others has a positive impact on both your physical and mental health. Kindness promotes gratitude which in turn promotes the sense of your own good fortune. As well as reducing stress, anxiety and anger, kindness promotes your physical wellbeing through boosting your immune system.
However, kindness shouldn’t be limited to just one day. So if the approaching Random Acts of Kindness Day has inspired you to get spread kindness to those around you much more frequently, here are 20 random acts of kindness to incorporate into your daily routine.
Being kind to others is connected to your physical and psychological well being.
Letting someone cut into traffic in front of you
Give a stranger a compliment
Leave letters of encouragement on people’s cars
Babysit for free
Send a handwritten letter to a friend instead of a text
Do someone a favour without asking for anything in return
Leave a waiter a generous tip
Spend time with your grandparents
Make a friend a cup of tea
Hold the lift for someone
Send a positive text message to five different people
Place positive body messages in the pockets of jeans at a department store
Practice self-care and spend at least 30 minutes doing something you love
Pay the toll for the person behind you
Write your partner or best friend a list of everything you love about them
Use Amazon Smile to donate to a non-profit organisation next time you make an Amazon order
Put change into a vending machine for other people
Smile at strangers
Ask someone how they are