Random Act of Kindness Day: 10 Ways to Celebrate

It’s Random Act of Kindness day, so what healthier way to celebrate this February than by completing some random acts bound to make someone’s day. During the pandemic, lots of people have suffered from low mental health, so now more than ever for yourself and for others, lets get kind and celebrate this day with a bang.

Here are 10 ways to be more kind this day, that will fit everyone’s budget and may take you a little bit out of your comfort zone. People may not expect you to be kind, so may be a little confused at first, but in all honesty, it’ll make them that little bit happier. It can be daunting, but spreading the love is the best way to improve everyone’s mental health.

  • Pay someone a compliment

This is a small way that is both free and something everyone loves to hear! On your daily walk, if you see someone with cool hair, a great smile, a nice coat, pay them a compliment and watch their smile grow.

  • Message a friend

This can either be a friend you know is struggling or a friend you maybe haven’t spoken to for a while but send them a text message! It’s easy, quick, and sometimes just gives that person a quick boost during the day. Maybe you’ll find a close friendship with that person again, who knows?

  • Leave money at a vending machine

This one is something so easy. Get a little bit of change, pop it on an envelope and leave stuck to a vending machine. It’s a little treat for a stranger without breaking the bank and is guaranteed to make that person feel good afterwards.

  • Pay forward

Kind of similar to three, if you find yourself at a drive through, pay it forward for the person in the queue behind. There’s nothing better than having free food, and if you find yourself with the funds and are maybe in a position to do this – the person is guaranteed not to expect it.

  • Buy someone flowers

This is something everyone looks forward to, a fresh bunch of flowers that will simply make that person feel amazing. It doesn’t have to be an expensive bouquet, but it could be as simple as some eucalyptus or carnations, that will look beautiful on anybody’s counter.

  • Send someone a letter

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get shocked or enjoy a good letter. Fill it with stickers, drawings, pictures, and annotations and really make their day. It could only take you about 20 minutes, cost next to nothing, but it will really make that person feel as special as they deserve to feel.

  • Make a handmade card          

This one is similar to the last one, but drawing and making someone a card, just for them being them, is a really beautiful idea. You can fill it with cute quotes that remind you of them or little memories. It can be high quality, or homemade as your creative juices flow, just go with the flow and see what happens.

  • Surprise an older person with a homecooked meal

This one is something they really wont expect – find a nice older person that you are good friends with and make them a dinner they would really like. Whether this be a little pasta dish, or a three-course meal, its nice to be able to cook for someone and take the weight off their shoulders for the day. Remember to stay safe if they are shielding; you can always drop your gift off at the door.

  • Buy someone a coffee

Whether this be a colleague, a close friend or a family member, head to your local coffee shop and pick them up something nice. This can be a coffee and a pastry, a cake, hot chocolate and keep it socially distanced by dropping it off at the doorstep. Guaranteed to be a winner especially if a brownie is in the mix.

  • Collect litter that’s in your local area

This one is both free and benefits your local area. If you’d noticed an area that is looking a bit run down with litter, head out with your trusty bin bag, and start cleaning. Cleaning not only helps the local wildlife thrive, but also makes you feel like you’ve done something for the community and that’s what random act of kindness day is all about.

Published by Heather Dalgleish

21-year-old journalism student. Author and illustrator for In Full Bloom Magazine

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