Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day and we are reflecting on the little things we can do to make a difference in someone else's day. Are we kind to those outside of our immediate circles? For most of us, yes, but with busy lives and myriad distractions simple acts of kindness tend to fall away.
Below we've included Hannah Brencher's moving talk about her love letters to strangers, as well as a list from The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation with some great ideas on how to incorporate kindness into our everyday lives.
We hope this serves as inspiration as you move through your day, your week, your year. Here's to happier homes and workplaces, and to kinder public spaces!
LOVE LETTERS TO STRANGERS: HANNAH BRENCHER
Source: Ted Talks
Originally Posted on The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation's Blog: December 22, 2014 by Kelsey Gryniewicz
Here are 15 ideas to get you started:
Year of Kindness Box: Create a New Years tradition. On the first day of the new year, start a Year of Kindness Box. Throughout the year, fill up the box with: compliments you received, thank you notes, moments of kindness you witnessed, acts of kindness you did, inspiring quotes, etc. Then after the year is over, review the contents!
Create a Gratitude Journal: A five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent. That’s the same impact as doubling your income!" From Happier Human
Three Compliments: Compliment the first three people you talk to.
52 Thank You Notes: Express your gratitude for the people in your life, write one thank you note every week to a different person: Need a quick thank-you note format? Check out The Five Minute Thank You Note.
A Kind Twist on Happy Hour: Invite a group of people you know (friends, family, coworkers) to the happiest of happy hours and spend one hour doing acts of kindness for others.
Positive Sticky Notes: Carry a stack of positive sticky notes with you wherever I go. Post them when you're somewhere that needs a little bit more kindness.
Morning Kindness: Before you get out of bed, focus on kindness. Think of a kind motto for your day or text a positive good morning note to a friend.
Daily Positivity: Every day, think of a random person. Send them a positive message (text, email, social media post, phone call, letter, etc.)
Volunteer: Think of a cause you care about or a group in your community that could use some help. Volunteering has some serious health benefits too.
Beautify Your Surroundings: Spend 10 minutes picking up litter in your neighborhood, park or other commonly visited locations.
Kind Body Image: Place positive body image sticky notes on dressing room mirrors.
Coupon Fairy: Save unused/unwanted coupons and put them next to relevant products next time you're at the grocery store
Be Kind to the Earth: Research ways to be kind to the environment and reduce your carbon footprint. Here are seven ideas to get you started.
Smile: According to an article from Psychology Today, "Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness."
Self-Kindness: Do one kind thing every week for yourself. Enjoy a treat you love, exercise, eat a healthy meal, or do something you love and rarely have time to do.