Today is Random Acts Of Kindness Day. Inspired by a feeling of good will and benevolence this movement to spontaneously carry out random acts of kindness may feel like a new trend but its roots originate in the early 80s. The phrase "practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty" was written by Anne Herbert on a place-mat in Sausalito, California in 1982. Herbert later went on to write a book in 1993 entitled Random Acts of Kindness in which she spoke about true stories of acts of kindness.
So if you would like to take part and carry out your own random act of kindness we've put together a list of 10 easy and simple benevolent acts you could carry out today!
- Leave a note - grab pen and paper and get writing. You could leave a message for a stranger or a friend, whoever it's for write something to make them smile.
- Open the door for someone - take a few extra seconds to help someone out.
- Donate - clothes, money or even your time. Any help is greatly appreciated.
- Be Complimentary - find an opportunity to compliment someone, even the smallest compliment can boost another person's mood.
- Leave a nice comment on a blog/social media account - If someone has inspired you or even shared a useful idea let them know that you valued their input.
- Invite a friend to dinner - cook up their favourite meal and let the night be just about them.
- Give your seat up on public transport - if you don't have far to go or don't mind standing offering your seat up to make someone else more comfortable is an easy act of kindness.
- Pick up some rubbish you see on the street - lets be kind to the environment too!
- Text a friend to say you're thinking of them - a nice little pick me up for your friend is a lovely kind gesture.
- Return a shopping trolley to its proper place - we've all been to the supermarket and seen the lone trolley left deserted in the middle of the car park. Why not roll it on back to its rightful place. A little act like this goes a long way.