Feb

19

An Act of Kindness


Sunny Kindness

The mornings are getting lighter, the sun is shining and it finally feels as though spring is just round the corner. Walking to work on a bright morning really puts me in a good mood for the day ahead – and I happily exchange smiles with strangers as I make my way to the office.

Smiling at others in the street may not seem like a big deal, but even the smallest smile can make a huge difference. If you’re feeling happy and positive, your mood can rub off on those around you – so why not make a difference with random acts of kindness?

A random act of kindness is described as a selfless act performed with the intention of helping or cheering up an individual or group of people. A random act of kindness could make someone’s day – and yours. It doesn’t have to be expensive, either. Try one of these ideas:

•  Smile at someone. A smile is simple, yet effective. People are sometimes too busy to acknowledge those around them, so take a moment to smile. Hopefully you’ll inspire others to do the same.
•  Pass on a free voucher or coupon to someone stood behind you in a shop. You may have no use for the voucher, but the next person in the queue might be able to use it to make a saving.
•  Compliment a stranger. You may feel a bit embarrassed at first, but admiring someone’s shoes or outfit could help to boost their confidence and make them feel great.
•  Write a letter to a friend or relative. A handwritten letter is often seen as more personal than a text message or email, and your loved one will appreciate the thoughtful gesture.

Try to perform a small act of kindness every day and it will soon become second nature. Helping others will make you feel more positive, too – and one day you may even be on the receiving end of a random act of kindness.

 

By Claire Croskery, Marketing Officer

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