Sustainability

World Kindness Day – 40 Random Acts of Kindness.

Sustainability

World Kindness Day – 40 Random Acts of Kindness.

Friday the 13th of November was World Kindness Day, but since every day presents opportunities to be kind, here’s 40 to see you through til just after Christmas!

These aren’t prescriptive; these are just to get your gears grinding. Let us know what random acts of kindness you can think of. 

  1. Send a letter to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. 
  2. Make a birdfeeder to help the local wildlife – Read how to make them here
  3. Donate to a food bank. Next time you go shopping, pick up an extra pack of rice or pasta to donate to a local food bank.
  4. Post a good review about a local business
  5. Call a loved one for no reason in particular—just to say hi
  6. Cook for someone. You could cook for a neighbour, elderly relative or partner. This would also reduce food waste.
  7. Remembering to be kind to yourself and recognise that it’s okay to be stressed or afraid during these uncertain times.
  8. Search the web using Ecosia to plant trees in Africa.
  9. Carry an extra umbrella for when it rains, to keep someone dry
  10. Reach out to spend time with a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness
  11. Give a stranger a compliment
  12. Text someone good morning or goodnight
  13. Send some nice comments on social media, share those likes around!
  14. Take 15 minutes to really listen to someone
  15. Make someone laugh 
  16. Put your spare change in a charity pot
  17. Undertake a sponsored Couch to 5K for a good cause
  18. Donate old clothes to a charity shop
  19. Reconnect with an old friend
  20. Offer someone a cuppa 
  21. Organise a Netflix party 
  22. Send a cute animal video to a friend to cheer them up
  23. Give praise to your colleague for something they’ve done well
  24. Offer to send someone a takeaway or a meal
  25. Have a conversation with someone who is experiencing homelessness
  26. Engage in conversation with a shop assistant when paying at the till
  27. Plant a vegetable and herb garden and share the fruits of your labour
  28. Hold the door open for someone while running errands
  29. Notice what people do for you that you take for granted, and say thank you
  30. Buy from local and small vendors 
  31. Change light bulbs to energy efficient ones to be kinder to the planet
  32. Become an organ donor
  33. Donate blood
  34. Post thank you cards to your local hospital to let the staff know they are appreciated
  35. Offer to wheel your neighbour’s bin out on bin day 
  36. Offer your place in queue to the person behind you
  37. Stand up for a cause you believe in
  38. Ask others – sincerely – what you can do to help.
  39. Pick up litter
  40. Forgive someone. Repeat as necessary.

by Amy Bayliss-Fox, SGO Project Officer #livingwell

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