14 Random Acts of Kindness


Inspired by Valentine’s Day, here are 14 random acts of kindness and love, from the priceless to the pricier, for any person in your life!

  1. Listening to someone’s worries and problems can be really therapeutic to the other person, as it lets them open up and release their anxieties.
  2. Check in with people who you know have been going through a rough time or who have been feeling lost, so they know they have a support system behind them.
  3. Say thank you to your parents, friends, colleagues, bus driver, barista, random strangers, anyone who helps you.
  4. Smiling goes a long way, for both ourselves and others. It can turn someone’s day around, make them feel more at ease, and pick them up.
  5. Complimenting someone instead of gossiping about someone not only boosts their self esteem, but it brings into focus the good rather than the bad. 
  6. Open the door for someone, give up your seat for someone; they’re simple and effortless, but meaningful.
  7. Buy the meal for the stranger sitting in the same restaurant as you. Just think how their face will light up when they’re told they have nothing to pay on the bill!
  8. Buy a hot drink or hot food for the homeless person you pass by on your way somewhere. Everyone needs it, no matter what their story.
  9. Offer a service, whether it be babysitting the neighbour’s children, walking someone’s dog, reading to the elderly, tutoring a school kid, and so on.
  10. Donate the clothes, the furniture, the knick-knacks you don’t need anymore to your local charity shop. Or donate money to a cause you’re passionate about.
  11. Leave it a little surprise for someone, like some change in the laundromat or a note on the bathroom mirror. Paid for parking longer than expected? Give your ticket to someone just pulling into the car park.
  12. Bake some snacks (or just bring some snacks) into the office or for a group you attend.
  13. Support local businesses or start-ups in your area. We all have a dream and should support each other!
  14. Volunteer. It doesn’t matter what you do, just get out there and do it!

What would you add to this list?

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Speaking ill of others


We’ve all felt the urge to speak ill of others at one time or another. Sometimes we do it to feel better about ourselves. Sometimes we do it to fit in. Sometimes we do it out of frustration and anger. Sometimes we mean it and sometimes we don’t. But it’s still dangerous, for both ourselves and for others. It poisons the air with negativity that gets harder and harder to breathe. People won’t want to be around us and soon we won’t want to be around ourselves. It never does make us feel better, but makes others feel worse. It never does help us fit in, because what goes around comes around. Don’t kick someone down in efforts to give yourself a lift up. You’ll only find yourself further at the bottom somewhere else.

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Surround yourself with love


We cannot travel through life alone. But we need to make sure we choose to be around people who will guide us when we’ve lost our way, give us courage when we’re scared to move forward, and give us strength when we grow tired. We shouldn’t surround ourselves with people who constantly weigh us down or trip us up, no matter what excuses we make for them. You deserve to be surrounded by love. Don’t settle for something less.

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