Random Acts of Kindness

Have you ever did something kind for someone else and then felt good too? Kindness is contagious! It’s a win-win situation. You get to feel good helping someone and they feel good that you blessed them.

According to a Huffington post research reveals that doing good deeds, or kind acts, can make socially-anxious people feel better. For four weeks, the University of British Columbia researchers assigned people with high levels of anxiety to do kind acts for other people at least six times a week. The acts of kindness included things like holding the door open for someone, doing chores for other people, donating to charity, and buying lunch for a friend. The researchers found that doing nice things for people led to a significant increase in people’s positive moods. It also led to an increase in relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance in socially anxious individuals.

I know when I go out of my way to be kind someone, I normally feel less self-conscious, insecure and anxious. More on becoming less anxious here.

I’ve also been on the receiving end of someone’s kindness, and have greatly appreciated what someone did for me. Whether they just smiled, said hello, thanked me for my hard work, or asked how I was doing.

Either way, there’s positive that comes out of acts of kindness.

So what are some ideas?

  1. Hold the door for someone
  2. Give them a compliment
  3. Write a thank you card
  4. Ask them how they are doing
  5. Make them some tasty treats
  6. Buy them a meal
  7. Buy a lottery ticket
  8. Give free smiles and hugs
  9. Pay a parking meter
  10. Pay for someone next in line
  11. Let someone go in front of you
  12. Take care of a neighbor’s lawn
  13. Walk a friends dog
  14. Call an old friend
  15. Stop and help someone in need
  16. Leave a nice tip to a server
  17. Donate your clothes
  18. Volunteer
  19. Bring in your neighbors trash cans
  20. Give a loved one a massage
  21. Send flowers
  22. Help someone move
  23. Offer the handy man a drink
  24. Gas up someone’s car
  25. Pick up the tab
  26. Babysit for free
  27. Complain less
  28. Say bless you when someone sneezes
  29. Pick up litter
  30. Wash a car
  31. Donate blood
  32. Thank veterans
  33. Leave positive notes
  34. Buy someone a coffee
  35. Give someone a ride in need
  36. Hold the elevator
  37. Adopt a pet
  38. Leave some coins in the laundry room
  39. Donate some extra food to a shelter
  40. Let someone walk under your umbrella
  41. Give someone your cart that is walking in
  42. Give up your seat
  43. House sit for free
  44. Help an unemployed friend get a new job
  45. Send someone a just thinking of you card

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/priya-advani/random-acts-of-kindness_b_3412718.html

pass along kindness!

These are just a few ideas, help me make a longer list by commenting below.

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