Sometimes, a small act of goodwill towards someone else can change everything. A free cup of coffee or a well-timed “thinking of you” text has the power to turn around an entire day. Random Acts of Kindness Week is Feb. 11 through Feb 17, ending on the official Random Acts of Kindness Day.
Do you want to celebrate but don’t know where to start? Here’s a list of random acts of kindness to carry out this week. These are little things that are guaranteed to spread happiness and improve your day as well.
Little random acts of kindness
- Clean out your linens – but don’t throw them away! Donate old towels and clothes to your local humane society.
- Donate blood to help someone. According to the Red Cross, someone is the US in need of blood every two seconds.
- Let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store or traffic.
- Volunteer to spend time at a local nursing home. According to the National Institute on Aging, participating in productive activities may lower the risk of dementia and other health problems in older people.
- Write a note to an old teacher or mentor that impacted you.
- Get to know your neighbors. A University of Michigan study found that having close community ties can reduce the risk of heart attacks in people over 50.
- Catch up with an old friend by getting outside and going on a walk.