Carry out Random Acts of Kindness Daily

kindness is contagious

As part of Personal Socially Responsibility (PSR), you might want to consider carrying out random acts of kindness on a daily basis.

It is truly a win /win / win situation. The person you are being kind to benefits through your help. You feel good for having helped someone. And the world is a better place through your kindness.

Never underestimate the impact of a single act of kindness. I still remember after all these years, how someone stopped and helped me after I had broken down. Since then, I have stopped on the road myself and helped stranded motorists a number of times. All because of that single act of kindness by a stranger.

Also, it is important to carry out your acts of kindess without expecting anything back.

So where do you begin?

To get you started, I have listed a few ideas below.

Put them into practice and also create your own:-

• Send someone a hand written note of thanks
• Make a card at home and send it to a friend for no reason.
• Buy a lottery ticket for a stranger
• Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter.
• Buy a coffee for the man on the high street selling The Big Issue magazine
• Cut your neighbour’s hedge
• Walk your friend’s dog
• Give a compliment about your waiter / waitress to his / her manager
• Send someone a small gift anonymously
• Stop and help someone replace their flat tyre
• Let someone jump the queue at the bank
• Pay for the drinks on the next table at a café
• Treat a friend to the movies for no reason
• Give a huge tip to someone when they least expect it
• Hold the train door open for someone rushing to get in
• Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person
• Write notes of appreciation at least once a week
• Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation
• Pick up some rubbish in the road which would otherwise be lying around
• Compliment a work colleague for their excellence
• Recommend a competitor to a potential client
• Give another driver your parking spot
• Give a piece of fruit to a delivery person
• Help an elderly neighbour carry the rubbish out
• Tell all your family members how much your appreciate them
• Leave a copy of an interesting book on a train / bus
• Buy an inspirational book for a friend
• Send a thank you note to a person who has helped you in the past
• Smile a lot

What goes around is sure to come around – happy helping :-)

PS – Please do share your own ideas and how you get on with spreading kindness in the world.

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Comments

  1. I love Arvind’s idea of a world where there is more kindness, expecting nothing in return.

    I would like to offer this thought to all my friends out there in business; I try to conduct myself at all times in a courteous, polite and respectful fashion, and sometimes feel like this is not a common attitude! I encounter so many cases of people who do not return phone calls, voicemails, email messages; my view is, even if the message is from somebody who wants to do business with you, it costs very little to return messages and a polite ‘no thankyou’ is not so difficult, rather than waste other people’s time by ignoring them.

    I have also taken to sending friendly, personal-level messages to business contacts, with nothing requested in return (e.g. get well soon messages). Picturing the smile on their face when they read such an email, in a sea of ‘spam’ is reward enough!

    One other suggestion; buy an inspiring book and give it to a business contact… I did this, and the person I gave it too was overwhelmed. The cost was almost nothing, but it really made her day!

    Let’s have more kindness in the world. Good on you, Arvind!
    Paul

  2. Lunar Gaia says:

    Hey Arvind,

    I have an extra way of bringing happiness. I realised that, as I am fortunate to move amongst many people who also wish to bring happiness, I could bring the biggest smiles by letting them know they had succeeded. For example, telling a friend how easy I find it to be honest and undefended in her company, or (in an edgy work situation) letting a colleague know that I felt supported just by her presence.

    Knowing when we succeed is the greatest motivation to carry on.

    Keep smiling people!

    Lunar

  3. Cosmic Oneness says:

    … In Lak’ech Ala K’in … :)

    Thank You for sharing !

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