Take action and carry out a random act of kindness for someone else. Research shows that helping others can be beneficial to our own mental health. It can reduce stress, improve our emotional wellbeing and even benefit our physical health.
It’s no secret that helping someone else can improve your mood. If you’re feeling down, lift your spirits by helping someone. Are you having a great day? Share your happiness by spreading kindness.
Did you know?
February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day, but you can practice kindness any day of the year. It’s always a good time to help others.
You should read: Can Helping Others Help You Find Meaning in Life?
What is a random act of kindness?
A random act of kindness is an unplanned gesture to help a friend, family member or total stranger. The good news is that doing good doesn’t need to cost a lot of time or money. Small changes can make a big difference. Not sure what to do? Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
- Send a letter to a grandparent
- Send flowers to a friend
- Offer to pick up some groceries for your elderly neighbor
- Send someone a handwritten note
- Offer to babysit for a friend
- Walk your friend’s dog
- Tell your family members how much you love and appreciate them
- Help your parents with household chores
- Help a friend get active
- Make someone laugh
- Offer to cook for a friend or family member
- Make a cup of tea for a friend or family member
- Help with a household chore at home or for a friend
- Host an informal get together and invite your neighbors to get to know each other
- Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
- Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
- Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
- Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
- Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
The options are endless. You can keep it simple or be creative. Just remember that it doesn’t matter how small the act is, it’s the thought that counts.