“If there is one habit we encourage everyone to take on board– it is the art of giving to others”.
When you are present in any act of giving kindness or simply offering thanks to others, your happy chemicals in your brain go into overdrive, or in scientific terms those all-important serotonin levels rise. Not only that, but your friend, loved one or the stranger you are complimenting receives a nice big burst of these feel good vibes too, now doesn’t feel all warm n fuzzy. Research has also suggested that your RAK (Random Act of Kindness) can even give off a rush of serotonin to anyone witnessing your act play out, without even knowing it. Talk about spreading the lerrrrvvv!
It might be flowers, a cup of coffee or leaving a little note on a windscreen…whatever it may be YOU have the chance to make someone’s day that little bit more special, which has the ability to let the universe work its magic (pretty powerful stuff). To know you played a part in helping someone be that little bit happier, feeling a little more healthier or walking that bit taller, means you have played your part in making this world a better place, even if it’s for the day.
Some inspiring ideas:
- Pay for the persons coffee behind you
- Smile at a stranger
- Wake up your girlfriend early, motivate her to exercise with you and shout her a brekky or juice after
- Carry groceries to someone’s car
- Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to someone in need. Your old is someone else’s new.
- Mow your neighbours lawn
- Offer to babysit for couples or single parents who don’t get out much so they can have some alone time
- Hold the door open for someone behind you
- Donate blood. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
- Listen intently to people’s stories without trying to fix everything
- Introduce yourself. Make new colleagues, classmates, etc. feel welcome
- Check up on someone who looks lonely.
- Let someone with only a few items cut you in line at the grocery store
- Compliment and shower positivity over whoever crosses your path.
- Give words of encouragement to someone about their dreams, no matter how big or small they are.
- Become a mentor or tutor to someone in need
- Help the weary shopper in front of you who needs that 20 or 50c to avoid breaking a 20 dollar note
- Be a courteous driver. Let people merge in front of you
- Offer your seat to someone when there aren’t any left
- Cook a nourishing breakfast for your family – just because
- Hug a friend. Let them know how important they are
- Bake some healthy treats to share with your colleagues (Here’s some food for thought)
- Clean up rubbish in a park or open space nearby
- Send a nice email or handwritten card to someone you know, unexpectedly
- Leave encouraging post-it notes in library books and other random places
- If you see a couple taking a “selfie”, offer to take the picture for them
And when someone wants to repay you for these kind gestures, just ask them to pay it forward and watch the world become a better place through your rippling actions.