Infusing your day with acts of kindness not only helps others, it can provide a healthy distraction from your own challenges and boost your mood. Here are 10 suggestions for simple acts of kindness you can do from home.
- Write to a friend. Getting a thoughtful note in the mail is sure to put a smile on their face. If you choose to go the virtual route, you can always text or email someone who could use some cheering up.
- Check in on a family member. Call a relative with whom you’ve fallen out of touch. Start the conversation with a memory that means something to you both.
- Plant a tree. Do something kind for the planet by planting a tree or a garden in your backyard.
- Give someone a compliment. Whether it’s in person to someone you live with, or an online comment on social media or your favorite blog, a compliment can go a long way.
- Tip your delivery person extra. If you have food delivered, add a couple extra dollars to what you would normally tip.
- Share your favorite recipe with a friend. Even if we can’t get together to break bread, it doesn’t mean we can’t share a part of our kitchen inspiration.
- Do a chore that is normally done by your spouse, child, or roommate. Everyone could use a little break, and if you’re lucky maybe they’ll return the favor some time.
- Give your closet a thorough clean-out. Next time you declutter, donate your unwanted clothes to charity or a friend who is in need.
- Leave positive sticky notes around the house. Write down words of encouragement and post them around the house for you or your significant other to find.
- Send virtual letters to military personnel or hospital patients. Look online for ways to send virtual mail to those overseas or in hospitals to brighten their day.
Source: Ochsner Health