Random Acts of Kindness Day
Many of you may know that today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. This year I am all about spreading happiness and being kinder, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share with you all 5 Random Acts of Kindness.
1. Send A Card
Sending someone a card can be a great way to be kind. It can be someone you've not spoken to in a while or someone just because! I recently sent a card to a friend because of "Send a Friend a Card Day" this month and they loved it. It surprised them, made them feel happy and overwhelmed by the gesture. Doing this simple act can really brighten someone's day and besides, writing is a lost communication method with texts and social media now, so it's nice to go back to the roots!
2. Buy a Pay It Forward coffee or meal
When I was in Brighton last summer, we stopped in a food place called Bagelman, partly to shelter from the rain and also because we were hungry. As I was paying, I noticed a sign up on the counter that said I could buy either a coffee or a coffee and a sandwich bagel for someone who needed it in the future. I thought it was a great initiative, meaning that a homeless person would be able to have a hot drink and some food because I had already paid for it for them.
This is something I encourage any food businesses to do and any person that comes across an initiative like this to partake in.
3. Acknowledge a Homeless person
In the same vein as the post above, simply acknowledging a homeless person can make a world of difference. Often people choose to ignore them sat on the street and I imagine that would be one of the hardest parts - not even being recognised as a human being. I recently asked a homeless guy sat outside my local shop if he wanted anything from the shop. He seemed genuinely surprised that I had started talking to him and he seemed confused as he tried to think of what he needed. He settled on a packet of crisps but when I asked him what flavour he wanted, he was again confused as he hadn't had the luxury of choice for a while. He eventually settled on chicken crisps. Inside the shop, I bought a 6 pack of meat flavoured crisps, some chocolate chip cookies and a drink. He seemed so happy at this and the fact that I had bothered to actually talk to him, that he was very grateful.
Regardless of whether you buy them something or not, just acknowledging them and perhaps even taking the time to talk to them and find out a bit about who they are and what led them to be homeless can really help them feel worthy.
4. Volunteer time at an animal shelter
This is something I am going to do when I start university as I love animals and it makes perfect sense. Most animal shelters are run on donations or limited income, where they rely on the kindness of strangers and volunteers. Being able to commit to a couple of hours a week can really help out, plus you get to spend time with animals and help get them ready for their forever homes. Also you will be able to use the experience and skills you have learnt on your CV too.
5. Genuinely Compliment Someone
Finally, giving someone a genuine compliment can really make them feel great and it will make you feel great too. Seeing the smile on someone's face can really help brighten both of your days and help increase someone's confidence.
There you have it! 5 simple ways to spread a little bit of kindness and make everyone's day a little bit brighter.