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The Power of Random Acts of Kindness

The power kindness can have on ourselves, others and the community is incredible - and definitely underrated. Random acts of kindness, a selfless act of kindness towards a loved one or stranger, is done for no other reason that to make others happier.

Benefits of kindness:

  • Increase in energy

  • Release the love hormone Oxytocin

  • Produce serotonin which makes you happy and calms you down

  • ‘Helpers high’ makes you feel like you were the recipient of the act of kindness, even if you were the giver

  • Kindness is contagious and can impact whole communities

  • Produces endorphins which can reduce pain

According to Christine Carter, Author, “Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents”, “People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains. Giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying early, and that’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status and many more. This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or going to church.”


Easy ideas:

  • Leave money in a parking meter for the next person to find

  • give someone a hug (if they are comfortable for you to do this)

  • Plant a tree or flowers

  • Give a stranger a compliment

  • Send someone a card or letter just to let them know you are thinking about them

  • Smile at strangers

  • Volunteer - even if it is just for an hour or two

  • Pick up litter

  • Do a favour with out expecting something in return

  • Check in on your neighbours, especially if they are older or live alone

  • Stop to help somebody who appears to be struggling

  • Take the time to listen to someone’s day

  • Hold the door open

  • Give your seat up for someone on public transport

  • Avoid complaining for the day

  • Purchase from a local business

  • Let someone into your lane when driving

  • Mow your neighbours lawn

  • Always say thank you

  • Bake or cook for someone. This could be friends, family, co-workers or even neighbours

  • Buy the person behind you in the queue a drink

  • Donate food, nappies, long life milk and other essentials to your local Food Bank

  • Take things you don’t need to a charity shop

  • Let someone in front of you in queue

  • Donate old blankets, towels and duvets to the Animal Shelter

  • Leave positive notes for a stranger to find. This could be on someone’s car, on transport, in the pocket of clothing in a shop

  • Give a friend a lift

  • Send a kind email to a co-worker

  • Return someone’s trolley for them at the supermarket

  • Be kind to yourself!

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