Make Someone’s Day Today with a Random Act of Kindness
Not only does a single kind action brighten the day of the person who receives it, kindness benefits the giver as well. Studies show that humans are naturally inclined to be generous and compassionate toward one another.
The Life-Changing Benefits of Altruism
Altruism may improve your mental and physical health, boost your self-esteem, create meaning and purpose in your life and foster a connection to your community.
- Doing good will make you feel good. When you do something nice for someone else, your brain releases two powerful mood boosters; dopamine, and endogenous opioids. Experts call this “helpers high”, and it’s also found to reduce stress and lower anxiety and depression.
- It’ll boost your health. According to an article in Scientific American, helping someone face-to-face triggers your body to release oxytocin, a bonding hormone that’s also responsible for lowering blood pressure and protecting your cardiovascular system. Kindness also activates the vagus nerve, which controls inflammation in the body.
- You’ll live longer. People who volunteer tend to live longer than those who don’t.
“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” John Wooden.
10 Free Random Acts of Kindness
It only takes a second to be kind and courteous to someone. Try some of these suggestions today.
- Hug your loved ones, and always take the opportunity to tell them you love them.
- Hold the door open for the person behind you.
- Offer your seat to someone on the bus or train.
- Write a note of praise to the manager of someone who has helped you (e.g., your waiter/waitress, a helpful flight attendant, the customer service representative who solved your problem.
- Write something funny, kind or inspiring on a sticky note, and leave it somewhere unexpected, such as the inside of a library book or on the mirror of a public restroom.
- Rake or mow your neighbor’s lawn.
- Clear the snow off the car next to yours in the parking lot.
- Pay the bridge toll for the car behind you.
- Visit the local senior center or nursing home.
- Smile at strangers, and say “hello”.
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Adams