What is a random act of kindness?
A random act of kindness is a selfless act, commonly for a stranger, although it can also be for friends or family, for no reason other than to make someone happier. There are countless ways to carry out a random act of kindness. Down below I gathered just a few of my favorite actions.
How does it affect our mental health?
Research shows, that carrying out random acts of kindness towards others positively affects our own mental health. It can reduce stress, improves our emotional wellbeing, and brings a sense of belonging.
Related: A more positive outlook
15 random acts of kindness
#1 Hold the door open for someone else
#2 Send someone a “just thinking about you” card or text
#3 Pick up litter in your neighborhood
#4 Leave a positive blog comment or online review
#5 Donate clothing to goodwill
#6 Compliment someone
#7 “Forget” to grab your change at the vending machine
#8 Smile at a stranger
#9 Help someone grab something from the top shelf at the grocery store
#10 Play with a kid
#11 Put a surprise note or sketch in with your spouse’s or kid’s lunch
#11 Leave a big tip
#12 Treat someone to a coffee
#13 Make a music playlist for someone
#14 Leave a positive note on a library book
#15 Be welcoming to new people