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Sometimes it’s easy to feel that we don’t have the time to make the world around us a better place, but the thing about kindness is that it only takes a second, and the effects can not only be long lasting, but create a ripple effect. It’s part of human nature that when we see someone helping another, it gives us a good feeling which in turn spurs us to do something altruistic ourself. The feeling of moral ‘elevation’ and proudness we feel after spreading kindness is rewarding, and can drive us to want to be a better person and help others. This means one good deed can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!

Why do a random act of kindness every day?

Research has shown that by performing random act of kindness a day, your levels of serotonin, endorphins and oxytocin will be increased, making you calmer, healthier and happier, and in turn reducing stress, anxiety and depression.

Kindness in the workplace goes a long way towards creating a happy and harmonious environment; leading to greater job satisfaction for everyone involved. So why not try doing one of these nice things for someone in your workplace:

Send an encouraging email

Sending good vibes to someone’s inbox is a great way to lift their spirits; send someone a quick thank you, or well done for a recent achievement or job well done. A few words of encouragement for a new team member or someone needing a boost could go a long way. Or keep it simple – just leave them a post-it note with a few friendly words.

Learn something new about a colleague

When you see someone almost every day, it can be easy to get caught in the motions of familiar conversation and never find out much about them. Ask them a question or spark up a conversation, it may evoke a fascinating chat or new friendship.

Write a positive comment on an article, blog or email

The internet is full of negative comments, next time you see an inspiring post or read a well-written article, let the writer know. With kindness being contagious, your words can help create a happier and more positive world wide web.

Be kind to the environment

“Reduce, reuse, recycle” means taking a second to think about everything you use. Do you need to use all of those paper towels? Do you need to print out page 2 of 2? Small acts carried out by everyone can lead to big changes for the environment.

Be kind to yourself

When you’re healthy and energetic, it is much easier to be kind. Water helps your muscles, mind and everything else that makes you happy and healthy. Ditch the soda and have a nice glass of ice-cold water instead. Take a walk outside and get some vitamin D, and make sure you get enough sleep to stop the mid-afternoon drowsiness setting in.

Pay a compliment

Try to pay a compliment to somebody every day. Highlighting something great about a person will help to lift their mood, confidence and could make their day.

Help de-stress

Work can be stressful at times for everyone, which is why a little pick-me-up can work wonders. Bring your co-worker a hot drink or cup of their favourite beverage when it looks like they may need it. Or perhaps run an errand for them if you know they don’t have the time themselves.

Volunteer

Getting involved with a cause that is close to your heart can be hugely beneficial for both the cause you are supporting and your own sense of wellbeing and achievement. Recent studies have suggested that those who volunteer have less aches and pains, and are likely to live longer! Learn more about microvolunteering here!

Share the love

With mobile phones and the Internet at our fingertips, it is easy to engage with those we don’t see regularly. Take a moment to text, call, or email someone and see how they are. Send them a picture of something that reminds you of them, or send them a link to something they would be interested in reading. A general ‘long time no speak’ message or coffee invite can reignite a friendship with someone you’ve lost touch with.

Live in the moment!

Thinking outside the box with unexpected acts of kindness in your day-to-day life can be the best way to spread happiness. It could be taking plastic bags back to the supermarket, planting a tree or donating a book. Sometimes the most thoughtful kindness ideas come to you in the moment; so be spontaneous!

Random Acts of Kindness Day is taking place on 17th February 2020; for more details on how you can spread kindness visit https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/.