Kindness is something you do

Kindness is not just an excellent idea or a conversation; it’s something you do. It is an action that makes the world a better place for everyone; the person being kind, and the person receiving the act of kindness. Because every time you do a simple act of kindness for someone, your well-being and happiness increase.

Kindness is in our nature. It’s how we are created, it’s who we are, and it’s what we do. “STAY KIND” is a call-to-action for that kindness to be ever-present in our everyday actions and lives.

Most people are suffering

The truth is, most people in the world are suffering. Some people don’t have clean water; others live on the streets; others are in broken relationships, struggling with anxiety grieving the death of a loved one. You name it. Everyone has a whole wave of challenges they go through. That’s why acts of kindness are so important. Because for a brief moment, it lets people know that things are going to be okay.

Like the time when our family was going through a rough time, a family friend was visiting us from overseas. Unaware of our struggles at that time, she brought us a stack of uplifting books with positive messages—a perfect gift, just what we needed to lift our spirits.

Or that time when a loved one passed away, and a cousin organised a family picnic with flowers, shoulder massages and homemade delicacies prepared and beautifully packed with lots of love.

Do you have someone in your life who inspired you to be a better person? Did you witness an act of kindness that left an impression? Share your kindness story with us.

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A hundred more ways to be kind

Kind acts don’t need to be expensive. Even simple gestures can make a difference. Being kind to others help take the focus off your pain and suffering. You won’t believe how helping other people can improve your daily struggles.

Here are some acts of kindness for you to consider. For fun, feel free to score yourself!

95 and above – Well done! You are very sensitive to the needs of others and are being considered as a kind and generous person.

Between 65 and 95 –  Sometimes you need encouragement but usually happy to offer a helping hand.

Below 65 – Needs improvement.

  1. Hold the elevator door open for someone
  2. Leave kind messages on social media posts
  3. Write an appreciation card to your co-workers and friends
  4. Pick up garbage you see on the floor
  5. Help with chores around the house without being asked
  6. Check-in on a new mom or dad every couple of weeks, so they don’t feel lonely
  7. Smile at strangers
  8. Buy a coffee for the person behind you
  9. Convince your work to collect and donate pop can tabs to charity
  10. Bring muffins and coffees to work one morning
  11. Send a thank-you note to your former teacher
  12. Do the thing someone always nags you about
  13. Send a Christmas card to kids in the hospital
  14. Leave extra change in a vending machine
  15. Listen with care to someone’s struggles
  16. 16.Compliment a friend
  17. Buy a food gift basket for the family who recently lost someone
  18. Forgive someone who hurt you
  19. Give a generous tip to those working in the service industry
  20. Call a friend to see how they’re doing
  21. Send positive vibes to your enemy
  22. Throw someone you care about a surprise birthday party
  23. Volunteer at a non-profit
  24. Leave a positive review for a local business
  25. Donate blood
  26. Cheer on marathoners at the sidelines
  27. Visit an elderly relative at a nursing home
  28. Gossip less
  29. Leave your Hotel room tidy with a tip and a thank you note to the cleaner
  30. Speak positively
  31. Love people with your whole heart
  32. Donate your old clothes
  33. Buy lunch for a homeless person
  34. Tell someone who once helped you that you’re doing well now
  35. Show gratitude
  36. Mow your neighbour’s lawn or shovel their driveway
  37. Show up on time
  38. Allow a car to pass in front of you
  39. Bring flowers to a nursing home
  40. Create a 100 Reasons Why I Love You video for someone you care about
  41. Share compliments you hear from other people
  42. Check-in on those who’ve lost parents on Mother’s and Father’s Day
  43. Write a long heartfelt message in a birthday or Christmas card.
  44. Offer your seat to a person in need on the bus
  45. Donate money to your favourite charity
  46. Send a message to your co-workers boss to tell them a kind thing they did
  47. Buy canned goods for a local food bank
  48. Invite someone over for dinner
  49. Spend time with loved ones
  50. Mentor or tutor someone who needs help
  51. Send a care package to a struggling friend
  52. Put a coin in an expired meter
  53. Teach someone something new
  54. Offer to drive the neighbour’s kids to school along with yours
  55. Return something you borrowed
  56. Apologise when you mess up
  57. Offer to babysit for a new parent
  58. Don’t hold grudges
  59. Cook someone’s favourite meal
  60. Encourage a co-worker to go after a promotion
  61. Offer to take care of a friend’s pet when they’re on vacation
  62. Help someone with a project
  63. Be honest to everyone
  64. Give coupons that can be redeemed for your services for free such as pep talk, massage, chores, etc.
  65. Throw a family party so people can make great memories together
  66. Let someone go ahead of you inline
  67. Leave positive messages in your children’s lunch bags
  68. Remind people what they’ve got going for them when they can’t see it
  69. Give someone a high five
  70. Recommend a colleague on LinkedIn
  71. Help an unemployed person get a job
  72. Play with your pet for an extended period
  73. Share the vegetables you’ve grown in your garden
  74. Tell someone “I love you”.
  75. Remove hateful graffiti in your neighbourhood
  76. Offer to fix something that broke
  77. After a wedding donate your flowers to a local nursing home
  78. Send a kind letter to people in need
  79. Rescue an animal that’s in danger
  80. Put your phone away when you’re with someone
  81. Surprise someone with a bucket list activity
  82. Include someone in a conversation
  83. Stand up against someone being bullied
  84. Help pay for a student’s education
  85. Buy someone in need groceries
  86. Surprise someone who can’t afford Christmas presents with gifts
  87. Help someone with anxiety feel safe
  88. Be there for someone struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts
  89. Bring a special snack for a person with severe dietary restrictions
  90. Tell your kids bedtime stories
  91. Make breakfast in bed for your family
  92. Offer to take pictures of tourists struggling to take a selfie
  93. Leave a comment on a blog post you enjoyed
  94. Invite a new co-worker to lunch
  95. Chat up the lonely or shy person in a room
  96. Buy something from your friend’s new business
  97. Be patient with a difficult person
  98. Use reusable bags
  99. Bake cookies for your friends and family
  100. Donate toys to a children’s hospital
  101. Donate feminine hygiene to a homeless woman
  102. Help a domestic abuse survivor feel safe.
  103. Leave positive comments on a YouTube channel that regularly gets a lot of hate
  104. Believe in someone who doesn’t believe in themselves
  105. Hide positive bookmarks in random library books
  106. Plant a tree
  107. Be kind to yourself
  108. Thank your garbage man
  109. Speak highly of others when they’re being gossiped about
  110. Encourage someone to go after their dreams
  111. Give someone the benefit of the doubt
  112. Adopt a pet
  113. Check-in on someone a few months after they’ve been divorced
  114. Buy someone dinner
  115. Ask for the recipe of a delicious meal someone made
  116. Give $5 coffee cards to homeless people around the holidays
  117. Buy lemonade from a kid’s lemonade stand
  118. Donate to a local charity
  119. Give small gift cards to random people for helping you, doing something kind, or who are just awesome
  120. Do volunteer activities as a family to spread goodness at scale
  121. Give stickers to your child to pass out to all of his or her classmates
  122. Get to know someone
  123. Donate positive reading material to the doctor’s office
  124. Message the wife or husband of a newly married friend telling them how lucky they are to have that person in their life and share a heartfelt story of something beautiful they did for you
  125. Drop off a gift basket for fire-fighters or police station with goodies
  126. Turn off the water when it’s not being used
  127. Hand deliver a get well card to a friend in the hospital
  128. Run a marathon for a charity
  129. Create a homemade gift for someone
  130. Give someone who recently moved a tour of the city
  131. Watch someone else’s favourite show with them
  132. Stop complaining
  133. Pay for someone’s bus fare
  134. Show gratitude when someone lets you change lanes, or gives you the go-ahead at a stop sign.
  135. Show respect and gratitude to all the frontline healthcare workers, firefighters, police and teachers.

Thank you to the following sources

150+ Acts of Kindness to Show Compassion, Kindness, and Love – Rachel Sharpe

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