Can random acts of kindness really change everything? As a Brisbane Life Coach, I really believe it can! Random acts of kindness can be defined as, “Something selfless that you do to help another being that they cannot do themselves, without any expectation of reward and without any fanfare or publicity. Just because you can.” These moments can have the most wonderful ripple effect. It can be as small as a smile and a hello, which can be very contagious!
What’s In It For You With Random Acts of Kindness?
The true reward in carrying out random acts of kindness comes from the feelings of fulfillment and satisfaction you get from helping someone or something. We love those “warm fuzzies” – I encourage people I work with as a Brisbane Life Coach to work towards this. Once you get into it on a conscious level and start looking for people to help, you begin to realize that this is really what life is all about. It’s what we can give to those around us when there is nothing to be gained by it, other than what the other person receives.
As soon as your awareness is activated, you start seeing opportunities for random acts of kindness everywhere. It will make you think differently, right from the get-go, and once you start taking advantage of those opportunities to help, it will change you as a person, for the better. So… how can you get started with random acts of kindness and make it a fulfilling habit?
How Can You Start?
- Start small. Smile at people and say hello at every opportunity. You might be the only person who has acknowledged them that week.
- Look after the environment. Pick up that piece of trash when you see it instead of leaving it to be mistaken by animals as food or blowing around in the wind. This small act can make a big difference.
- Stop and talk with older people. There is so much to learn from older people and talking is one of the things they can still easily engage in. We will all be there one day, and when we do arrive, we will be grateful for the people that acknowledge our worth in the community.
- Volunteer for a charity. There are so many charities in need of volunteers and they would really appreciate your help. If you have the capacity to volunteer, sign up – there are plenty to choose from.
- Write a kind note to someone. Get out your pen and paper or send a text message. Let someone know you’re thinking of them and write something nice about them. Wouldn’t you love it if someone did that for you?
We’ve all really missed out on human contact over the past few years and we all thrive when we have human connection. Making random acts of kindness is a fantastic thing to start incorporating into you life as we make our way out of the pandemic. Take a kind action for no other reason than the fact that you CAN.
Try it…you will get so much out of it too!