An Act of 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