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Make Someone’s Day with a Random Act of Kindness

Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? Remember how good it made you feel? Pay it forward to someone else by doing something that will put a smile on their face.

Hands holding a heart, random acts of kindness are great for mental health and overall wellness 

What better day than today to do something kind for someone else? It will lift the other person’s spirits and make you feel good in the process. There are many ways to show appreciation to someone else; it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture to make someone’s day.

And not all acts of kindness require money—giving a friend a compliment requires little to no effort, but the payoff for you and the recipient can be immeasurable. 

“Kind words and actions can seem so small, but their effects are truly endless.” (Author Unknown)


Related: 5 reasons why laughter really is the best medicine 

Here are some simple ways to brighten someone else’s day today:

  • Leave a note on your coworker’s desk
  • Next time you’re at the drive-thru, pay for the food or drink for the person behind you in line
  • Take some homemade cookies to a neighbor
  • Leave change in the vending machine for the next person
  • On a snowy morning, clear off the windshield for a neighbor
  • Visit a relative you haven’t seen in a while
  • Rake your neighbor’s leaves from their yard
  • Pick flowers from your garden and deliver them to neighbors you don’t know
  • Send a pick-me-up card to a friend
  • Hug someone who needs a pick-me-up
  • Leave a small surprise in someone’s mailbox
  • Write a handwritten letter to a family member or friend
  • Reply to a social media post you enjoy
  • Give someone a genuine compliment
  • Offer a child words of encouragement
  • Tell someone what you appreciate about him or her

Related: What happy people know 

While you’re here, check out our other healthy living articles.


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Sandy Patton

Sandy is a Marketing Communications Specialist and has been with SelectHealth for 15 years. Her prior roles include health education and wellness coaching.