8 simple acts of kindness we can all do today

Today isn’t just Friday the 13th; it’s also – and much more importantly – World Kindness Day. This has been a thing since 1998, and is pretty much what it says on the tin: a day dedicated to being kind to other people.

In a world that so often seems like a very dark place, it’s easy to feel like we as individuals can’t make a difference. But if we all think like that, nothing will ever change. And maybe brightening one person’s day is enough; it might not change the world, but it could change theirs, and that’s what matters.

So here are 8 simple ways we can all be a little kinder, starting right now. Let’s try and make every day World Kindness Day. Because – well, can anyone think of a good reason not to…?

1. Give up your seat

This is just good manners, really, but you don’t only have to give up your seat for elderly people or pregnant ladies. Surprise someone by offering; for all you know they’ve had a really long day at work and taking the weight off their feet might be just what they need.

2. Say something nice

No need to gush, but a simple observation that someone looks nice, or an acknowledgment that they’ve achieved something (however big or small), or just a kind word because they look a bit down, could make all the difference.

3. Buy a suspended coffee

The idea is simple but brilliant: when you buy a coffee for yourself, buy a second one for someone who’s homeless. Cafés all over the world now belong to the Suspended Coffees movement; visit their website to find one near you.

4. Make a donation to charity

Any charity you like. It’s really easy to donate now – you can literally do it anywhere, any time. Or you could do a crazy sponsored event and get other people to do the donating. And if money’s tight, you can donate books, clothes or other possessions you don’t need any more to charity shops.

5. Surprise someone

Today was a bit of a long day at the office, and somewhere along the way, we started talking about chocolate pizza. As you do. So one of the guys quietly took himself off and made one. (And by that I mean he melted some chocolate in a frying pan and stuck some Smarties in it, but it’s the thought that counts.) Surprising someone with a kind gesture – it doesn’t even need to be anything big – is a great way to cheer someone up, and will probably make you feel pretty good too.

6. Smile and say hello

So simple. On the train, in the street, at work – instead of avoiding eye contact, smile and say hello. Not in a creepy way – just a friendly greeting; it could really cheer someone up if they’re having a bad day.

7. Volunteer your time

We all have skills in different areas – whether it’s photography, writing, knitting, cooking, music… – and they can all be useful to different groups and organisations working in our society. There are so many ways to volunteer; visit a site like Do-It for ideas in your local area.

8. Pay it forward

Someone did something nice for you? Pass it on. Pay it Forward isn’t just the name of a movie – it’s a whole movement, and even has its own day every April. The idea is that if we all pass on a good deed, the kindness will keep on going and spreading. (Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something nice for the person who was kind to you, as well.)

Happy World Kindness Day, everyone. Thank you for reading, and may I say you all look lovely today 🙂

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

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6 thoughts on “8 simple acts of kindness we can all do today

  1. I love all of these ideas but my favourite is definitely number six. I’ve been trying to do this more often, but people so often just look away or ignore me so it’s very much appreciated when I get eye-contact and smile back. An awesome post! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for visiting! I agree, it can be tricky catching people’s eye but it’s worth it when it works. My favourite is surprising people 😉 x

    1. Oh yes that’s a good one! It’s so frustrating when you’re trying to get out and everyone avoids looking at you. Thanks for the idea and for visiting 🙂

  2. I really like this post. I too try to do at least one good thing every day, even if it’s something as insignificant as smiling at a stranger. The world could be a much better place if everyone were to follow these rules… x

    1. Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! I agree – there are so many things in life we have no control over but this is one way we can make a difference. I love the idea of doing one good thing every day 🙂 x

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