Every day, we meet people who can do better with some help. Every day, we are in a situation where if someone helped us just a little, performed a tiny random act of kindness, it would make everything easier. And every day, we don’t care to help others and are, in turn, ignored by others when we need help.
This is the result of a hectic lifestyle that leaves us with little energy to engage, connect with fellow human beings, and show kindness.
Importance of Acts of Kindness
These random acts of kindness are what keep us grounded and make us more human. Kindness leaves us with a lighter heart, and higher mind. We should all participate in small acts of kindness towards everyone – a stranger, a co-worker, a friend or family member.
Because Amelia Earhart was right when she said, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”
It’s not difficult to be kind. You don’t have to spend too much time, money, or energy. Here are some great ideas that can help you be kinder and more selfless in the future, especially you incorporate them in your acts of kindness calendar.
Random Acts of Kindness for Friends, Family, and Yourself
These acts will involve consciously doing things that improve your relationship with your friends and family, and even with yourself.
1. Thank your friends for being in your life
Yes, kindness can be that simple. Pick up a friend’s name from your contact list and write down how their presence has influenced your life and how thankful you are for it. It will not only brighten up their day but will also make you feel good. Compassion is like a boomerang; the more you give, the more you get back!
2. Be specific when offering help
Some people may find it difficult to ask for help, and may even completely reject it if you’re not specific. So instead of simply asking how can I help, suggest ways in which you can. If someone has had a baby, tell them you would like to cook dinner for them one night of the week.
3. Write love notes for your friends
Everyone writes love notes for their partner or spouse, but you can also do this for your friends. Simply right the ways in which your friend improves your life and hide it in the places in their apartment where you know they will find them.
4. Check in with your friends
Sometimes, the people who seemed the most independent and stable are the ones who may be struggling the most. Be sure to check up on them. Send an email, write a small text, or give them a call. They will be pleasantly surprised to hear from you.
5. Follow up
If one of your friends has recently received a bad diagnosis, make sure you follow up and ask them from time to time how you can help. One of my friends recently got diagnosed with cancer. She said that everyone was extremely helpful and attentive initially, but slowly, the support tapered as she went through treatment. Instead of just showing up when your friend receives bad news, make sure to also check in afterward.
6. Allow others to help you
After all, sometimes the biggest act of kindness can be allowing others to help you. Even if you don’t necessarily need someone’s help, sometimes it’s good to let them do it so they can feel good about themselves.
7. Say something nice
Whether it is your spouses, children, friend, or work colleague, make it a point to say something nice to at least one person every day. It will brighten up your day and theirs as well.
8. Spend some time with your elderly grandparents
Once in a month, or even every other week, find some time to hang out with your grandparents. Invite them for lunch, or take them out to see a movie they like.
9. Help clean up after a party
Partying is fun, but the clean-up afterward is tedious. If you have just had a great time at a friend’s or colleague’s place, be kind and ask them if they need a hand cleaning up the place afterward. It may seem tiring at first, but, ultimately, you will be happy for having done it.
10. Be nice to your family
Well, families are the people closest to us, but we often end up taking them for granted. Make a change today and promise to be more kind towards them. Start leaving notes around the house for a family member expressing gratitude or paying a compliment. You can say, “Lunch was delicious. Thanks, mom,” or “Thanks for the advice, grandma. It worked!” If your sibling is studying in a far-off city, you can also send them care packages or gift cards to remind them they are loved.
11. Have a heart to heart with your friends
Friends are like a second family, so don’t forget to be thankful and kind to them. Send flowers to your friend if he is sick. Drop a text message, appreciating their presence in your life, and tell them how much you adore them.
12. Send flowers to your parents or spouse
In this busy and hectic lifestyle, we often forget to pay attention to our loved ones. To maintain our relationships and keep the people around us feel appreciated, we need to perform certain acts of kindness towards them from time to time.
13. One way to do this is to surprise them with some flowers for no special reason.
Get some freshly cut, colorful blooms for your grandmother or your beloved. You can even send someone to your teacher, if you admire them.
No one will be unhappy to receive flowers, and it is a great way to show them that you are thinking of them.
14. Thank you cards
Make a bunch of simple thank you cards or notes and keep them in your purse. Whenever a random stranger does something nice, hand one to them. I assure you; this will improve their day massively.
15. Run an errand for a family member
The easiest way to show kindness towards your family members is to run an errand for them when they are busy and you have a moment. For instance, if you are heading out for a ride on your bike anyway, you can offer to get the post for them, or buy some groceries for the house. It can be a small task, but it shows thoughtfulness.
16. Make a nice playlist for someone
If you have old grandparents, who might be living in a nursing home, the kindest thing you can do for them is to do something they find technologically challenging. For instance, you can create a playlist of their old, favorite songs, which they may find hard to do. Not only will it make their life easier, they will also remember you every time they listen to it.
If you do not have old grandparents, you can also make a customized playlist for someone you love, your mail carrier, or an old neighbor. Everyone likes some music that has specifically picked out for them.
17. Hide a love note for your spouse
If you pack lunch for your spouse, you can hide the note in there, or leave it in their wallet. You can even leave one on the wall in the shower. It will make them smile, and warm up their heart. Who knows, it might even make a gloomy day more cheerful.
18. Make a handmade card for someone you love
Instead of giving someone a card you picked up randomly from a shelf, make one with your own hands and write a personal message. You can also add jokes, some cheerful words, or a note telling them how much they mean to you. Trust me, whoever you give such a card to will cherish it forever.
19. Buy a souvenir for someone
If you are on a vacation, you can buy a souvenir for a loved one. In fact, take a few of them for all the people in your life whom you love and cherish. It is a great way to show them that you value them and are thinking of them even on a holiday.
20. Bake a cake for someone
If you are good at baking and enjoy it when people eat your food, you can offer to bake a cake for someone for a special occasion in their life. it can even be for no special reason at all. It will allow you to do something you love and enjoy, and it will allow people to eat some delicious cake. You can also do this on a birthday and surprise your loved ones with a homemade cake.
21. Prepare breakfast in bed for your spouse
If your partner has had a tiring week, you can make them feel cherished and loved by preparing breakfast in bed for them. Pick up the ingredients a day before and whip up a healthy and hearty breakfast that you know they are going to love. Nothing is more enjoyable than waking up to the smell of delicious pancakes and sizzling bacon!
22. Spend some time really listening to someone
If one of your friends is going through a hard time, spend some quality time with them, and listen to them ranting about their problems. Even if you are not able to offer up any solutions, sometimes all people need is for someone to listen to them. So take minutes out of your day, and just listen to your friend rant. It may be the biggest kindness you can show her that day.
23. Send a thank-you email to an old mentor
It can be a work colleague, your boss, or just an old professor. Tell someone today how much they changed your life and that you are grateful to them. If you want to be more old school, you can also write a letter to them.
24. Share a nice recipe with someone
If you have a good recipe that your friend might appreciate, share it with them. If someone in your friend circle likes cooking, you can make their day splendid by sharing an old recipe from family. And trust me, they will think of you every time they make it too.
25. Make someone laugh
One of the best acts of kindness ideas is that if someone around you is feeling stressed or grumpy lately, try to make them laugh. Crack a few jokes, make fun of yourself, or simply use one liners until they give in. Laughter is a gift that only other people can give us and it can truly change our outlook for the entire day. So try to make someone laugh today and you are bound to cheer them up too.
26. Be kind to yourself
When you’re being kind to the rest of the world, don’t forget to be nice to yourself as well. Before you go to bed, make it a habit to write a few nice things for which you are grateful in your gratitude journal.
Sometimes, all a friend or family member needs is for someone to listen to them. Do not offer advice when someone comes to you with a problem, unless they specifically asked for it. Just listen to them venting.
28. Send an article to someone who will appreciate it
If you read something that you know is closed to someone’s heart, all they’ll find interesting, be sure to share it with them. It’s a great way of showing someone that you are thinking of them.
29. Make a personalized gift
When you are celebrating a particular family member or their achievements, call everyone and collect anecdotes and stories about them. Read out these stories during the celebration. They will appreciate this more than any other physical gift.
30. Check up on friends who have lost a family member
On mothers and father’s day, check up on your friends who have lost a parent. You don’t have to talk about anything serious, just call them up and chat about anything.
31. Create a holiday for someone you love
You can, for instance, create a holiday for your spouse. On this day, make sure you let them know how much they mean to you and how they make your life wonderful.
Acts of Kindness Towards Your Community
Improve your community relations with these random acts of kindness:
32. Leverage your business for good
There is a laundromat near my house that cleans the clothes of unemployed people for free when they need to go for an interview. If you own a business, try to do something good for the community now and then.
33. Pick up groceries for your elderly neighbors
If you are going out for a grocery run, make sure you knock on the door of your elderly neighbors and ask them if you can pick up something for them.
34. Join the bone marrow registry
There are millions of cancer patients all around the world and many of them only have a chance of survival if they get a bone marrow match. Find the nearest registry and send in your sample for registering. Someday, you might be lucky enough to save someone’s life.
35. Write a letter member of the military
There are many programs like operation gratitude and soldiers angels where you can send care packages to deployed military members.
36. Buy flowers for nurses at the local hospital
And go down to the nurse station and distribute one to each of them. Nursing is a thankless job, and often people who work in this sector are neglected and overworked. This small gesture will brighten up their mood for the entire day.
37. Leave cold drinks for garbage men and mailmen
During the peaking heat of summer, make sure you leave some cold drinks or even iced water for the working people that make your life easier. They will remember it for a long time to come.
38. Sing for patients
If you are a musician, you can volunteer through musicians on call to sing life for patients undergoing treatment in NYC, Nashville, Los Angeles, Washington DC, etc.
39. Donate supplies to a teacher
There are programs that allow you to buy supplies and tools for teachers. You can also donate money to these organizations.
40. Be a good neighbor
We live in a community, and helping each other out is an essential trait. Help your neighbor fix up his lawn, or ask them if they need help with their house. Offer to get their groceries if you are going to the supermarket, or invite them for dinner once in a while. This will increase social interaction, and they will be available for you, too, when you are in need.
41. Be thankful to people who serve the public
Seen an army officer? Police officer? A teacher? Someone who works at the local fire station? Just go up to them and say, “thank you for your service.” The joy they will feel is unparalleled. Most people in the Government sector work for peanuts and often have nothing to show for it. Your random act of kindness will make them feel seen and heard. Plus, gratitude never costs anything.
Acts of Kindness at the Workplace
Keep things professional yet friendly at the workplace with these lovely acts:
42. Bring coffee for someone at work
Just ask someone next to you if they want a refill when you are going to get coffee for yourself. It can be your friend, your assistant, or your colleague. You will be amazed at how much it can brighten up people’s day.
43. Help a co-worker with a task
Jobs and deadlines are stressful for everyone. If you see someone struggling with things at work, offer help or tell them how they can do it quickly. It will create a positive environment in the workplace, and who knows – maybe you’ll end up being friends!
44. Leave a note for a colleague
If you never know that one of your colleagues is struggling with a presentation, or his home life is especially stressed, you can leave a few words of encouragement for them. Leave a positive note of appreciation or motivation and see what wonders it can do. It will only take a few minutes of your time, but it will give them the strength to soldier on in tough times.
As for what to write, it can be something like this – “The presentation was great!” “The idea you presented was completely innovative! Keep going!” or “You can do it, don’t worry.”
45. Bake some cookies or brownies for your office
If you are into baking, perhaps you can make some baked goodies for your office. It can be either for a special occasion, like someone’s birthday, or just as a treat. It will definitely make everyone happy, whatever the cause may be.
46. Invite colleagues who are new to the city for dinner
Whether you are a student or a working professional, chances are that you know someone who is new to the city. And whether they tell you or not, they are probably struggling with making friends. Invite them over for dinner and extend a hand of friendship.
47. Post positive notes in your workplace
Tiny little post-it notes that contain inspirational messages or few positive words can be hidden here and there in the office or in the classroom. The next person who will find them will be delighted.
48. Keep an extra umbrella at work
And when it’s raining, lend to someone. It is tiny things like this that can brighten up someone’s day.
49. Share compliments you overheard
If you hear a compliment about a friend or a colleague from a third person, share it with them. It is bound to cheer them up.
Random Acts of Kindness for Strangers
These acts of kindness are meant to cheer up strangers and give them a cheery smile:
50. Say hello to everyone
No matter how high or low someone’s job is, everyone is important. Learn the names of the security guard in your office, the receptionist, and the valet. Make sure to say hello to them every morning.
51. Help someone at the grocery store
You can help someone pick up their heavy bags at the payment counter. It can be anyone – an older adult, a pregnant lady, or just someone who needs help. Someone may be struggling or simply having a bad day. The simple act may be the only light at the end of the tunnel for them.
52. Give someone an honest compliment
Randomly give someone you know a compliment and be genuinely interested. “That top looks great on you! Where did you buy it?” or “Those pants really enhance your figure!” Compliments not only make people happy but also boost their self- confidence.
53. Hold the elevator open
This can be applied anywhere at any time in your life and as many times as you want. When you see someone rushing towards the elevator, push a button, and hold it open. It will cost you nothing, and it may end up saving someone’s precious time.
54. Make small gestures for strangers
Here’s an experiment – pay the toll for the driver behind you at the parking meter. It won’t cost you anything. But what it will do is earn you a million-dollar smile. The neuroscience behind kindness shows that it creates a wave. It is a rewarding experience, and people who experience it are more likely to be kind to others too. So, who knows – they might even do the same for the driver behind them, moving the kindness chain forward.
55. Be kind to waiters and service providers
Waiters and people in service jobs face a lot of rudeness and terrible behavior though no fault of their own. They have no choice but to maintain a calm demeanor and a smiling face. So, why not make that smile a real one? Compliment them for their prompt response, and thank them for the service. End your meal with a generous smile, and don’t forget to leave a generous tip.
56. Drive someone to their destination
If you own a car or even a bike, help someone by driving them to their destination. Ask your colleague if they need to get somewhere and give them a free ride. If your friend has to walk to school every day, offer to pick them up and drop them. Not only are you adding positivity to the world, but also helping to save the environment.
57. Read a book for a senior
It can be quite hard for people to read once they get older, because the fine print is hard to decipher. You can pick an old classic, something they like, or even recommend a book you like.
58. Leave someone a nice note on their car
You can really change the vibe of someone’s day by doing a small act of kindness, like leaving a nice note on their car. It can be a random stranger on the street, or a friend of a neighbor. Just some positive words of encouragement and you will have made someone’s day!
59. Compliment a good employee to their boss
This is especially helpful for people who work in the service industry. They often see the worst of people, and just sending some praise their way through their boss can liven up their day. So the next time you are pleased with your waiter or waitress, be sure to tell their boss.
60. Feed the parking meter for someone
Do you ever see someone who can use a little help with their parking meter? Do not be afraid to approach them and help them out. It can be a coworker or a complete stranger, but it is bound to make them happy.
61. Pay for someone’s food at a restaurant
This random act of kindness can resonate with a lot of people, or it can be taken negatively, depending on the situation. A guaranteed way to make sure it isn’t taken wrongly is to pay for the meal of a weary parent with children, or a couple that might be celebrating something special.
62. Gift something to a teacher
Whether it is an old school or college teacher of yours, a random stranger, or your kids’ teacher – they are the most underappreciated sections of our society. Express your gratitude and thank them for their contribution to the society by getting them a gift.
63. Take a picture for a couple
If you happen to be in a tourist spot in a city, you will see many couples taking selfies or struggling to have a nice picture together. Help them out by taking an iconic picture of them together and capture a lovely moment for them. Trust me, they will remember you for a long time as the kind stranger who took a gorgeous photo for them.
64. Buy some school supplies for a teacher
Talking of showing kindness to teachers, you can help them out with some supplies as well. Considering how low their salary is and how much responsibility they have, it is heart-warming that many teachers still buy school supplies from their own money. If you can help a teacher out with this, it will help not only the teacher, but the kids as well.
65. Offer help with directions
Many people find it awkward to ask strangers for help with directions. If you see someone looking lost, do not wait for them to ask for help, go on and offer it.
66. Sign up to be an organ donor
Instead of letting your body become warm food after your death, you can help save people’s lives. All you have to do is take out five minutes & up to become an organ donor. It is believed that one person’s organs can save more than lives. What could be a bigger act of kindness than this?
67. Share your books with strangers
If you have finished reading a great book, and do not have any more use for it, take it with you on the tram or when you go for a walk. Hand it to the next person who you think will enjoy it or is simply having a bad day. This might be the thing that will turn their day around.
68. Teach someone something
There is no greater act of charity than imparting knowledge. If you are good at something, now and then, offer to teach it for free to strangers. You don’t have to be an expert to teach someone something, you just need to be willing.
69. Hire a veteran
There is usually not enough work for military personnel after they come back home. Many of them have to resort to more jobs. You can help them by posting anything that you need done around your house on hire patriots. This is a great way of giving back to those who have given A lot to this country.
Random Acts of Kindness Using The Internet
The internet is a powerful tool and you can use it for acting with kindness:
70. Use social media for kindness
If you are shy in real life, you can use social media to spread positivity and kindness. Message something nice or a few words of appreciation on a friend’s post. This way, you don’t have to engage in a conversation if you don’t want to, but you still send out some positive vibes in the world.
71. Post a nice comment on someone’s picture
Talking of pictures, there is nothing more discouraging than when you post a nice picture and no one comments on it. Make your friend’s or family member’s day by posting a compliment on their picture. It doesn’t cost you a penny but it is bound to put a smile on their face.
72. Make audiobooks and upload them in the public domain
There are many services on the internet where you can find books available in the public domain and read them out loud for people who might need them. Oen such organization that can help you with this is librivox.
73. Use goodsearch for searching the internet
This for-profit company donates a cent for each search and % of their advertising revenue. Instead of using google, you can switch your search browser to this one and help donate to the less fortunate.
74. Use ecosia for searching the web
Just like good search, ecosia is also a great company that uses their income to plant trees in africa. They also work towards bringing water, animals, and plants to the areas that are drought ridden. Currently, ecosia is planting one tree every second and they have planted more than a million trees all over the world.
75. Answer survey questions on free rice
This is a part of the United Nations food program. For every question that you get right, the program donates to hungry people all over the world. Since its launch, the program has fed millions of people.
76. Photograph tourist places and make detailed tourist guides
A lot of people feel completely lost in new cities. If you are a frequent traveler, you can make a tourist guide and upload it on the internet to help people.
77. Join the senior buddy program
This problem connects seniors who are struggling with isolation and loneliness with young students. You will essentially be writing a note or letters to each other and becoming pen pals over time. Only students can participate in this program so if you have kids, and be sure to sign them up.
78. Amazon smile
This is a nonprofit organization by amazon. You can set it up within seconds and donate every time you make a purchase.
79. Write a letter to hospitalized kids
You can sign up with programs like cards for hospitalized kids to do this.
Acts of Kindness Involving Charity and Volunteering
Donate to the less fortunate and help those who need help using these acts of kindness:
80. Volunteer at a homeless shelter
This is one of the purest ways to act kindly towards fellow human beings. Go to a homeless shelter with your family and friends and donate some food, soap, clothes, towels, or blankets to the less fortunate. You can also help in grooming them, helping them with a job interview, or talking to them. Your few hours dedicated to them may change their entire lives.
81. Visit animal shelters
Unfortunately, many pets are abandoned and end up at animal shelters. You can’t adopt all of them, but you can care for as many as you want. Donate some money to the animal shelters in your city, or contribute things that will help people working at these shelters take better care of the animals.
82. Donate to your favorite charity
There is no bigger act of kindness than to help someone in need. There are numerous charities that you can pick from, for a cause that is close to your heart. You can also donate to a friend’s charity if you wish. However small the contribution, it can make a difference in someone’s life.
83. Prepare and send a care package for a soldier
There are soldiers all over the country who are separated from their loved ones and are working tirelessly. You can thank them for their service to the country by making a military care package for them. Whatever the content may be, it is sure to boost their morale and make them feel loved and remembered.
84. Donate blankets and towels to your local homeless shelter
When the winters creep around and biting cold wind blows, the animals in the homeless shelter will be curled up in blankets and towels donated by you. what could be a more pleasant thought than that! Next time you are cleaning, don’t throw away all the worn-out towels and blankets you have, drive them over to the local homeless shelter and donate them.
85. Knit something for homeless people
For people who have the talent of knitting, one of the best acts of kindness to knit a sweater or scarf for the needy. As winter approaches and the weather gets worse and worse, more and more people will be subjected to horrid conditions. You can minimize the suffering for these people by making them something warm that will not only protect them from the cold, but may also make them happy every time they see it.
86. Donate your old clothes
If you are cleaning out your wardrobe before the next season, consider donating your old clothes to a homeless shelter instead of throwing them away. They don’t have to be in top condition, just good enough for someone to use.
87. Commit to community service
Find a local orphanage or animal shelter where your help may be needed, and volunteer to work there every now and then. You can also take some old blankets to the animal shelter so that the little puppies and kittens can use them.
88. Buy warm clothes for the homeless
In the middle of winter, you will see many people on the roads shivering and struggling. By a couple of jackets and blankets and distribute them around your city. Trying to do this every year.
89. Clean out your house and donate what you don’t need
If you have lived in the same house for a long time, chances are that you have accumulated some stuff that you don’t really need. Take some time out every weekend to start cleaning the house and donating whatever you don’t need, like old clothes, furniture, electronics, books, eyeglasses, etc.
Random Acts of Kindness for Kids
Teach kindness to children and show kindness towards them here are some ‘Random Acts of Kindness for Kids’ :
90. Show kindness towards children
Children are like clay – they model the behavior they see. So why not teach them kindness? Volunteer to teach orphan kinds, kids at foster homes, or for a children’s program. You can also send happy, motivational cards to the kids who are sick.
According to studies, altruistic behavior among pre-adolescents can improve peer acceptance and also boost their sense of well-being!
91. Raise your kids with kindness
After all, what could be more kind towards the world then raising kids that are kind and good towards other people. You can teach them how to bring strangers with kindness, hold a door open for others grandma offered help to the elderly. This will also help them greatly later in life.
92. Pick out gifts for less fortunate children
During festivals and grand occasions, remember to pick out some nice things for kids that may not be as fortunate as you. If you do have children of your own, you can also involve them in this endeavor. It will teach them to always remember to be grateful for their good fortune.
93. Buy a drink from a kid’s lemonade stand
Children don’t necessarily do lemonade stands for the money. They simply like talking to people. Moreover, this little act of independence can change their mindset and, who knows, push them to be a more successful adult. So, go on and buy a drink from a kid’s lemonade stand today, even if you don’t need it.
94. Be Santa Clause for someone
Leave out some treats during Christmas time and other festivals for the poor. Your small gesture can save someone from going to bed hungry. You can also donate gifts or clothes during the holiday season. Children who live in orphanages often feel lonely and depressed during this time. Your small contribution can make their holiday memorable.
95. Donate toys to a homeless shelter or orphanage
Although all of us enjoy holidays and birthdays, the truth is that not everyone in the world can afford presents on such occasions. This is especially true for young children who have to live in orphanages and homeless shelters.
A true act of kindness would be donating some toys to these shelters so that the children there can enjoy them. If your children have overgrown some things or no longer enjoy them, you can collect them and donate to these places. Additionally, if you can afford it, you can also buy new toys for the children. Watching the smiles on their faces and their eyes light up with happiness will warm up your heart.
96. Save your kids memories
Make an email address with your kids’ names and send them photos, achievements, memories, and awards from time to time. Give them the account details when they are . It will be a delight for them to discover and read through everything.
97. Make gift baskets
If you have a lot of little children in your neighborhood, make gift baskets for them on holidays and festivals. You can include toys, snacks, and cards in these gift baskets.
Acts of Kindness Towards Mother Earth
These acts of kindness will involve taking conscious actions in your everyday life so that they do not cause harm to mother nature. You can also observe an acts of kindness day for mother nature to promote similar activities.
98. Plant a tree
There is no bigger kindness to mother earth than planting a tree. This is one random act of kindness that can truly save the world, if enough of us do it. Plant a few greens in your area, look after them, and water them regularly.
99. Buy a reusable water bottle for someone
Acts of kindness do not have to be limited to people. You can kill two birds with one stone and buy a reusable water bottle for someone you love. Not only will it make them feel cherished and loved every time they reach for it, but it will also reduce plastic waste and save mother earth.
100. Reduce plastic usage
Being kind to Mother Earth means changing your lifestyle so that you do not harm her by using excessive plastic items. Change your lifestyle to incorporate biodegradable materials in your day to day activities.
The Benefits of Random Acts of Kindness
Kindness improves our subjective well-being, reduces pain, and improves mood. It also increases life satisfaction and boosts the immune system.
Kindness consists of compassion and selflessness. Studies have shown that it is linked to happiness on a psychological and spiritual level. Here are some benefits of kindness:
Kindness increases life-satisfaction and contentment. Acts of kindness can work as internal reward systems. This is because making other people happy is essential for survival in the long run. When you commit random acts of kindness, it acts as an investment. It even has better rewards compared to you just helping yourself. This is why evolution favors compassion.
2. Kindness creates a wave
When you are kind to a stranger, it starts a wave in the universe. Both you and the stranger feel better. It also makes the other person more likely to help someone else. This creates a wave of kindness that keeps multiplying.
3. The Helper’s High
Kindness releases chemicals that create the ‘helper’s high. It can reduce the effect of psychological and physical disorders, and result in improved emotional well-being. It also releases natural painkillers that can provide long-term relief.
4. Improved mood
Kindness can also help with stress-related problems. It can reverse the feelings of depression, help maintain social contact, and reduce loneliness.
5. Release in oxytocin
Kindness increases the release of oxytocin. This hormone helps us make strong bonds with others around us. It also has a positive impact on our heart and the immune system.
6. Increased life satisfaction
In an experiment conducted by Barbara Fredrickson, it was found that kindness can increase mindfulness, social support. It also reduced the symptoms of diseases. Compassion gives us a purpose in life and reduces the chances of depressive episodes. All of these factors ultimately lead to increased life satisfaction.
Act of Kindness Quotes
1. “Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.”– Andrew Iskander
2. “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”– Scott Adams
3. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”– Princess Diana
4. “Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”― J.K. Rowling
5. “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.”― Henry James
6. “Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.”― Roy T. Bennett
7. “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”― Mark Twain
8. “No one has ever become poor by giving.”― Anne Frank
9. “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”― Dalai Lama XIV
10. “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”― Nelson Mandela
Random Act of Kindness Quotes
1. “There have always been and always will be people who want to help. They just don’t know how.”― Linda Armstrong
2. “The sense of fulfillment is often hidden in acts of kindness”― Todd Stocker
3. “Don’t wish…DO! Don’t try…BE! Don’t think…KNOW! And above all: Bless a stranger with a small, yet powerful, random act of kindness. You feel me?”― T.F. Hodge
4. “I can see into your heart. You have good intentions. You can’t go wrong when you start with good intentions.”― Linda Armstrong
5. “Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is a new success. Health is new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.”—Syed Balkhi
6. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”– Mark Twain
7. “Tiny acts of kindness can have BIG results.”― Elizabeth Bourgeret
8. “One HELLO? can change a life.
One HELLO? can save a life.”― Liza M. Wiemer
9. “I love you sounds best spoken in quiet acts of kindness.”― Richelle E. Goodrich
10. “Always find opportunities to make someone smile, and to offer random acts of kindness in everyday life.”― Roy T. Bennett
Kindness is what makes us human. It increases our sense of happiness and promotes gratitude. When we are kind to those around us, we also become more aware of our fortune.
You cannot put a price on empathy and compassion. We may not be able to make a lot of money or do great things – but we can be kind to those around us. If you can make the life of one person a little bit better, then you have already achieved enough.
Mother Teresa rightly said, “We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love.”
Namrata is a Doctor i.e. dentist turned writer and a clinical researcher. Eager to learn about anything and everything, she is what you would call a jack of all trades and master of none. With a zeal for reading novels, books, and anything she could get her hands on ever since she was little, she embarked into a writing career purely out of luck. After indulging in a freelancing career for nearly two years, she can now write on anything - from dentistry to decor, travel to technology, medicine to management - but the psychology remains her first love. Having dealt with mental health issues in the past, she hopes to raise awareness for the same and help people with her work in association with The MindFool team