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Performing small acts of kindness can increase Oxytocin, which helps to lower blood pressure and improve heart health. So when you do something kind for someone else, you are also doing yourself a favor.
Being kind in small ways throughout your day to day life is a great habit to form. Believe it or not, your small act of kindness could really make a difference in someone’s life.
Keep reading for some ideas about what you can do for others!
Small Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today
1. Buy Someone Coffee
Pick a random coworker who seems like they are having a rough day. Then swing by the coffee shop during your lunch break and get them a latte. Or, show up at a friend’s doorstep on a Saturday morning with coffee.
You can even tell the barista at the window that you want to pay for the coffee of the person behind you in the drive-through. Maybe your act of kindness will inspire them to pay it forward.
2. Choose a Cause to Support
If you find yourself with a little extra money, you could treat yourself…or you could use that money to make a real difference in someone’s life.
Try browsing through these Brain charity appeals and choosing one that interests or excites you. Or, scroll through GoFundMe pages and pick someone who really needs help. Then support them financially!
3. Welcome People to the Neighborhood
Bake a dozen cookies for your new neighbors when you spy the moving van next door. You can even pen a little note for them with your number in case of emergency. This is something that older people will especially appreciate so that they have access to help close by if they need it.
Being a good neighbor is an easy thing to do to make people feel welcome where they live. Consider having a get-to-know-you gathering for the neighborhood.
4. Make a Care Basket if Someone is Sick
You can include classic items that people need when they’re sick, such as tissues, canned soup, pain relievers, or cough drops. And feel free to get creative to fill out the rest of the basket. You could include a book you enjoyed reading, a stuffed animal, or even your Netflix password.
5. Plant Some Flowers
This is something simple you can do to brighten someone’s day and potentially help the environment at the same time. If there is a community garden in your area, planting flowers along the borders of the garden will be a lovely surprise when they start blooming.
Or, just plant some seeds in a small pot and give it to a friend. They will think of you when it starts blooming in their windowsill. You will brighten their space while improving the air quality at the same time.
Pay It Forward
These small acts of kindness are easy to accomplish in your everyday life but they can make a massive impact on someone’s mental health and mood. Imagine if everyone performed one act of kindness every day. Be that for someone else today.
Keep doing what you can to improve the world for people. And keep browsing for more lifestyle tips!