Random acts of kindness
Calasandra Spray (TheLorian)
Kindness has the possibility to turn someone’s day from horrible to amazing. Every single person has the ability to give this gift to someone else. In honor of National Random Acts of Kindness day, which has passed just yesterday, Wednesday Feb. 17, here is a list containing some of the things you can do to spread kindness.
Write a letter to someone who has changed your life for the better. Express to them how they changed, or improved your life. Let them know that they mean something to you. Handwritten letters, or even an email, can go a long way to make someone that’s special to you feel special. The catch is to make sure you send it; if they never receive it then they don’t get to enjoy your kind words. Additionally, kindness starts with yourself. Write a letter to yourself. Tell yourself about your strengths, skill, values, positive behaviors etc. Then seal it and put it somewhere for yourself later when you really need it.
Reply to a post you enjoy. Whether it be on Tik-Tok, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram etc., as a whole we tend to breeze through posts and if we like it we might click a button to express our sentiments. Instead of scrolling through social media on a loop, make it a positive and impactful place by taking the time to leave a comment. It could really make someone’s day.
Hide a kind note in a library book. Whether you leave a note on your favorite page or simply slip it between the covers randomly, the next person to pick up the book is certain to smile at a kind message. Personally, I like to leave happy quotes during tense or sad parts of books because sometimes I struggle to make it through them and I like to think I might help the next person reading the book get through a tough scene.
If you’re making notes, why not leave one for your mail carrier? A small gesture can go a long way and thanking them for their hard work is sure to improve their day.
Gift an inspirational book. If you’ve ever read something that absolutely changed your life, you could give a copy to a family member, friend, or local library and perhaps help change someone else’s life.
Make time for self-care. Kindness is sure to spread outward when you start with yourself. This could be going to your favorite spot and taking some time to rest and rejuvenate, making yourself a hot beverage, eating a good meal, or blocking out some time to meditate, journal, and/or do yoga. Taking care of yourself is kindness that is often forgotten about when going about our busy days.
Eat local. This can really impact small businesses and local farmers and also teach you more about your community. Explore restaurants that don’t exist in other places, and you may come across one more thing to add to why you love your hometown.
While you’re eating local, shop local. Going the extra mile to find a source of local produce will support the farmers in your community. Additionally, you’re sure to get fresher produce as it was grown right next door in your community. If you buy local honey it not only supports your local farmers but also the bee population in your area.
Place sticky notes with encouraging words somewhere for strangers to find them. You could make someone smile with a note about self-love or simply have a great day. Alternatively, you could get them thinking about kindness themselves with something like an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
Give a stranger a compliment. Give your friends a compliment. If you see something and think it’s cute, crafty, or cool, tell them. It may only take a few seconds to express your thoughts but it could change a person’s day to hear that someone likes the way they did their hair.
Call a loved one for no reason in particular. It’s all too easy to get lost in the day and forget to give those we love a call. This act of kindness cannot only make your loved ones day but also improve yours. If you don’t have time for a phone call, perhaps a sweet text to let them know you’re thinking of them.
No matter big or small, acts of kindness are “linked inextricably to happiness and contentment—at both psychological and spiritual levels” (Psychology Today). Something that takes you a few minutes might just well prove to manifest a happier and more fulfilling life for you. This is because it can establish a sense of gratitude, by heightening your awareness of your good fortune. It can also increase empathy and compassion, which helps people to better connect with each other. Bonus, it creates a happier and more fulfilling life for the person receiving the kindness as well.