Random Act of Kindness Week
Everyone can use more kindness in their lives!
The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnesses the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!
Being kind to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. Acts of kindness decrease pain, stress, anxiety, blood pressure, and depression. Kindness has been shown to increase self-esteem, empathy and compassion, and improve mood.
Acts of kindness can be simple, free, positive and healthy. Here are some ideas:
- Let someone go in front of you in line.
- Give a stranger a compliment.
- Thank someone who you appreciate.
- Let someone else pick what to watch on TV.
- Be a good listener.
- Lend a hand.
- Pick up litter.
- Leave notes of encouragement on people’s cars.
- Hold open doors for people.
- Have dinner delivered to a friend.
- Thank a teacher with a gift.
- Do an unexpected favor.
- Prepare a meal for your family.
- Leave your waiter a generous tip.
- Hold the elevator for someone.
- Do a sibling’s chores without them asking.
- Write a list of things that you adore about a friend.
- Pay for someone’s morning coffee.
- Spread encouragement.