“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” – Caroline Flack
This week is #RandomActofKindnessWeek. In light of recent tragic events, a week that celebrates spreading kindness could not have come at a better time.
It is important to see kindness as an essential part of our nature and lifestyle, not something completely random, although the following ‘random’ acts are a good way to start. Although some may seem little to you, they will definitely have a big impact on someone else’s day:
1. Donate or gift a form of media that has inspired you.
This could be a song, film or book that has had a positive and uplifting impact on your life.
It’s completely free of cost and not only may it inspire someone as much as it did for you, but it will let the receiver know that you are thinking of them. Can’t think of someone who would appreciate it? Donate it to a library, charitable organisation or second hand shop.
2. Leave a supportive comment on someone’s social media.
Simple! Be nice to someone online today. And next time you think of commenting something negative online, take a moment to question how this will be perceived by others.
3. Journal your gratitude.
Gratitude journaling is a bit of a fancy way of saying write down what you are grateful for. This could be in a diary, post-it, or even your phone notes. Maybe you are grateful for your body (show yourself some kindness!), your dog or a friend. If someone specific pops into your head share the love and let them know. Look back on what you have written if you are ever feeling blue.
4. Prepare someone a home-cooked meal.
It could be someone that you love, or a stranger that you think needs it. Eat with them (no phones or distractions) and enjoy each other’s company as well as the beautiful meal that you have created from scratch.
5. Write a card or letter to someone from the past who impacted you positively.
‘Dear old friend…’ Is there someone who you are sometimes reminded of, that you wish to thank or don’t talk to as much as you should? This is the sign that you should reach out to them. Can’t think of anyone? Write to your younger self and admire just how far you have come.
Let us know if you try any out!
By Lorna Spada