Heal Yourself and the World: 9 Random Acts of Kindness

When life becomes a tangled web of negative news, upsetting emotions, and work overload, it can be hard to find ways to feel better. Feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and unappreciated in the midst of some random cycle is truly exhausting. Some days, it feels like the only thing you can do is hang on. I’ve got some good news, there are ways to keep your mind and emotions positive. 

 One way to psychologically heal yourself is to perform random acts of kindness. The really cool thing about doing random acts of kindness is that you feel great and someone else feels blessed, too. By one simple act, two people will feel better about their lives. That's right, you can heal yourself and someone else through practicing kind acts.
When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.
- Harold Kushner
Try some of these suggestions or think of your own lovely favors to do for others. 


Deposit money in a vending machine and walk away. If you work in a setting with food and beverage vending machines, a wonderful, inexpensive way to give someone’s day a lift as well as your own is to deposit money in a machine and leave it for the next person. Whoever approaches the machine will see there’s money “waiting” for someone to make a product selection. They’ll get a free bag of chips or beverage of their choice. 


Help someone carry or load groceries into their car. Step in to help a person tote items from a store to his vehicle. In the event the store has rolling carts for customers to use, offer to help an elderly person move the groceries from the cart into the car. 


Open doors for others. Although there are still some who open doors routinely for others, it seems this simple random act of kindness has widely gone by the wayside. It does raise one’s spirit when someone takes the time and effort to open a door. 


Invite a person who lives alone for an impromptu dinner. Maybe you’ve just prepared your family’s favorite winter stew. Will having one more person at the table be okay? Send your spouse over to invite the person living next door for dinner. You’ll most likely enjoy some interesting conversation and get to know your neighbor better.

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"Snail" mail a letter. Even though you tend to e-mail most people to keep in contact, imagine the delight that a “real” letter or handwritten card would produce. Sending such greetings monthly is one of the most low-cost random acts you can do that will bring a smile to your face as well as to the receiver. 


Pitch in to assist your neighbor who’s washing their car. With a little bit of elbow grease, you and your neighbor will be thrilled with the results of your random act of kindness. 


Give something away that you don’t use anymore. You know that television game system you don’t play? There could be a child right in your neighborhood that would love to have it. Keep your eyes and ears open for what people around you say they want. You might own something you don’t even use that would bring great happiness to others. If you prefer, donate items to a charity.


Utilize your skills by teaching someone how to do something. Maybe it’s that fancy textured wall painting technique you learned how to do last year. Perhaps you’re a whiz using your new smartphone and your friend just bought one and is totally perplexed. There are probably people all around you who would love for you to demonstrate your skills.

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Sharing helpful knowledge with others is a caring thing to do. For example, if you’re an expert small business owner or an experienced poet, imparting knowledge to others brings light to their lives. 


When you engage in caring behaviors toward others, you and the receiver experience a special kind of jubilation. Help heal yourself and the world by practicing random acts of kindness.


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I love your suggestions for random acts of kindness. What a different world we would live in if people adhered to your suggestions! Thank you! You reminded me I need to send a letter to a great niece who’s away at college for her first year!

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Sending letters and cards is a tradition that I would love to help revive.

Angel, you are so right in everything you’re saying! All these suggestions are right up my street, right in line with my core values. I am very strong on donating and have never had a yard sale. I believe in being kind at all times, even when a person is not being kind to us. Often my kindness modulates others’ moods. Good stuff!

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