Nowadays it’s so easy to get caught up in our own problems or glued to the news clutching our hair and shielding our eyes, that this year’s Random Acts Of Kindness Day (17 February) might be the most important yet.
An opportunity to practise compassion and selflessness in your community, performing a random act of kindness has the power to lift someone’s spirits - imagine what it can achieve on a global scale.
Random Acts Of Kindness are exactly what it says on the tin: selfless demonstrations of kindness performed at random to anyone, anywhere. It can be carrying someone’s shopping or letting someone know you care.
The annual event was started by the Random Acts Of Kindness Foundation, a charity based in the US. Over the past few years the movement has grown, inspiring kindness and compassion across the globe.
So why not join in yourself?
Here are 14 small gestures you can perform to make someone’s day a little bit brighter.
1. Smile at a stranger.
Just don’t linger too long or you’ll look a bit creepy.
2. Hold a door open for someone.
Chivalry is not dead, and it knows no gender.
3. Pay for someone’s coffee.
It’ll really perk up their day. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
4. Pay someone a compliment.
On something other than their appearance.
5. Say ‘thank you’.
Gratitude is a fine thing.
6. Call a loved one.
Haven’t spoken to your grandma for a while? Today’s your chance
7. Make a tea round at work.
You’ll be employee of the week in no time.
8. Donate to charity.
Loose change will do.
9. Give someone a hug.
Maybe not a stranger, though 😐
10. Buy yourself a present.
Because why not be kind to yourself?
11. Give someone flowers.
Bouquets aren’t limited to your SO, you know.
12. Practise self-love.
We mean self-compassion, not that kind of self-love.
13. Carry someone’s shopping.
Or something equally heavy and awkward.
14. Pay it forward.
If someone pays you a Random Act Of Kindness today, make sure you pass it on.