- Help someone to get the groceries out of their car.
- Have a baking session and share the delicious goodies with the people in your street (remember to list all the ingredients in case of food allergies).
- Offer to mow your neighbour’s lawn.
- Give someone a book that you have read and enjoyed.
- Leave a bowl of water the end of your driveway for any dogs being walked in your street.
- Take cuttings from your garden, pot them up and share around your neighbours.
- Cook a meal for a neighbour – this could be a family with a new baby or an elderly person who needs a helping hand (make sure you include a list of ingredients).
- Smile at everyone you see and say hello.
- If you walk past a beautiful garden, leave a note telling the owner how lovely it is and thank them for brightening your day.
- Bring in a neighbour’s bin after rubbish collection.
4 unexpected side-effects of being kind
Kindness begins when you do something good for someone without expecting anything in return; but there are also many unintended benefits for the person being kind.
- Practising kindness helps your body to release a chemical that is good for your heart health. It can also reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mood.
- Kindness strengthens relationships and boosts emotional well-being.
- It’s contagious! People who witness acts of kindness are more likely to try it themselves.
- Being kind can boost self-esteem.