Let’s get started – Acts of Kindness
Acts of Kindness benefits the giver, the receiver and anyone watching. They all get a oxytocin hit. Oxytocin is associated with empathy, trust, sexual activity, and relationship-building. which causes us to form bonds.
The Love Hormone
Let’s spread the positive vibes by doing our own acts of kindness.
Here are some ideas below:
Smiling or saying hello as you walk past someone in the street or in a store. We can get so caught up in our own world, to take the time to acknowledge another person can bring us back into the present. We never know what someone else is going through and being acknowledged, seen or heard by someone else can mean a lot.
Buy the person behind you in the cue their cup of coffee.
Give someone flowers from your garden or some vegetables/fruit if you happen to grow those.
Doing a kind act may be not only be for a person it could be for an animal or the planet
– take part in a climate change protest
– volunteer at your local SPCA
Ask someone how their day is going and stop and really listen so they feel heard. We so often ask “How are you?”and don’t even wait to hear the answer. I have sometimes noticed myself saying I’m fine thanks and then realising that isn’t even the question.
Stop, slow down and give someone the gift of your presence.
Leave some change by the parking meter or vending machine for the next person.
Give a stranger a compliment in real life or on social media.
Help someone you see struggling with their groceries or return a trolley for them.
Hold the lift (elevator) for someone
Give up your seat on public transport for someone.
Let someone go in front of you in the line (cue) or when merging lanes in traffic.
Try and go one full day without complaining.
Don’t write the angry comment on social media you’re thinking of writing.
How could you do more acts of Kindness so instead of them being random they become the norm?