Random acts of kindness spread small moments of happiness in your neighborhood, community, and even throughout the world. Acting kindly doesn’t just spread joy outwards, either - doing good actually improves your life, too. It has been “safely confirmed that a loving and helpful life is more likely to be a happier, healthier, longer one.” 1
So, if you’re looking for a little inspiration to help you bring joy to others (and yourself), then look no further! We’ve put together 10 fun, easy acts of kindness that promise to spread smiles from ear to ear.
1. Place kind notes in random places
Try writing some words of encouragement and kindness on some sticky notes, and then place them in unexpected places! This can go a long way to brighten up someone’s day.
2. Start a conversation with a stranger
Some people don’t have the opportunity to converse with as many people as they would like, so you never know what kind of impact you can have when you start a conversation with someone you don’t know. Don’t give up if the first person you talk to isn’t receptive - not everyone will be open to talking, and that doesn’t reflect on you!
Even a casual smile as you’re walking by can help spread positivity into the lives of those around you. Remember to be safe and only engage in conversations when you feel comfortable doing so.
3. Create a ‘giving chain’
This is a classic! Next time you’re in line to buy a cup of coffee or even at a toll booth, offer to buy the order of the person behind you. This is a great one if you have the money, but be prepared to pay for an order that’s not the same price as yours.
4. Let someone go ahead of you in line
This is an easy way to bring a little joy into someone else’s life, and yours! Next time you’re waiting in line, let the person behind you go in front...it may just make their day!
5. Pick up some trash
Give mother nature a hug and pick up litter next time you see it. Bonus points if you’re not close to a trash can!
6. Give up your seat
This doesn’t have to just apply to pregnant women and the elderly. If you see someone who looks like they could use a little kindness, try offering them your seat!
7. Leave a great review for a business you love
Do you love your local bodega? Coffee shop? Dentist’s office? Make sure to leave them a review! Google reviews can make or break a business, so if you really love a place, make sure to let other people know about it!
8. Complement a service worker to their supervisor
Working in the service industry is taxing, and oftentimes service workers don’t get the thanks they deserve. Next time you have a really great interaction with a service worker, let their supervisor know!
9. Put coins in an expired parking meter
Next time you walk by a parking meter that’s flashing red with a car still parked at it, if you have a quarter clanging around your pocket, slide it in. You could be saving someone quite a bit of money, and even if they never know you helped them out, you will! Anonymous acts of kindness are arguably the most sincere.
10. Make more food than you can eat, and then give it away
Sharing food is a great way to make others feel good, while also taking care of yourself! If you’re planning on baking a batch of cookies or a sheet of lasagna, make some extra so you can give it to a neighbor or friend. It’s the little things that make a big difference!
‘Karuna’ is a Sanskrit word that means the compassionate and selfless desire to remove suffering. It is this central concept of compassion that is the heartbeat of our work here at karuna. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to remove suffering from this world. That’s why we started the karuna happiness foundation, where we’re working to empower women, youth, and children by breaking the vicious cycles of poverty and abuse.
If you’d like to join us in spreading this wave of compassion - the karuna movement - to those who need it most, there are many ways you can get involved. Come join us in the completely free reimagine happiness™ community, where you can become part of a vibrant network of karuna warriors and discover the transformational tools and resources we have waiting for you. When you join, you'll also empower marginalized women, youth, and children through the karuna happiness foundation.
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1 Post, Stephen G. n.d., IT’S GOOD TO BE GOOD: 2014 BIENNIAL SCIENTIFIC REPORT ON HEALTH, HAPPINESS, LONGEVITY, AND HELPING OTHERS. https://unlimitedloveinstitute.org/downloads/ITS-GOOD-TO-BE-GOOD-2014-Biennial-Scientific-Report-On-Health-Happiness-Longevity-And-Helping-Others.pdf