20 Ways To Be A Kind Human (P.S. It’s Good For Your Health)

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Did you know that kindness is beneficial for your health and happiness? According to a Japanese study, happy people are kinder than those who aren’t happy…and when people counted their acts of kindness their happiness increased. Why? Because kindness promotes empathy and compassion which leads to a sense of interconnectedness with others. And a strong sense of community and belonging is a predictor of resilience, satisfaction, and happiness.

If that wasn’t enough, according to this Psychology Today article, compassion and kindness can actually decrease feelings of stress, anxiety, anger, and depression. Try one of these random acts of kindness and see what happens…maybe you’ll make it a new habit!

  1. Leave encouraging notes for others to find: in your partner’s car, your kid’s lunchbox, on your co-worker’s computer, a random stranger’s car windshield, on a bathroom mirror, on the break room fridge at work…I bet you can think of more!

  2. Buy crayons and coloring books at the dollar store and donate them to a family shelter.

  3. Randomly send someone flowers to brighten their day: a coworker, friend, parent, elderly neighbor.

  4. When you park at a meter, check the other cars’ meters nearby and refill any that have expired.

  5. When saying “thank you” to service people, look them in the eye and use their name from their name tag.

  6. Compliment a service person to their boss. Compliment a co-worker to your boss. Compliment your boss!

  7. Leave quarters behind at the laundromat.

  8. Help an elderly neighbor: shovel their driveway, rake their yard, or offer to help carry their groceries from the car.

  9. Clean the break room microwave at work.

  10. Pay for the person behind you in line at the coffee shop.

  11. Smile at strangers when you pass them.

  12. Leave a copy of your favorite book on the subway with a little note.

  13. Welcome the new neighbor by going over and introducing yourself. Introduce them to other neighbors. Invite them to your next BBQ.

  14. Rescue a lonely person at a social event: go talk to them or include them with your group.

  15. If you borrow someone’s car fill up the gas tank and/or take it through the car wash.

  16. Write a nice review for a small local business.

  17. Tidy up: bus your table at the lunch cafe, straighten the magazines in a waiting room, pick up litter on your street, throw away trash at the park.

  18. Let someone cut in front of you in line, especially if they look rushed.

  19. Buy whatever the neighbor kid is selling.

  20. Mail your friend a card or letter just because.

What random acts of kindness have you done? How did it make you feel? Share in the comments!

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