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How Random Acts of Kindness Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Updated on March 8, 2017
The simple act of smiling can actually make you and a friend feel better!  :-)
The simple act of smiling can actually make you and a friend feel better! :-)

Can being nice to others actually make you feel better? I believe it can. When you smile and do something kind for someone else, there is a good chance that they will return the favor. I believe it can happen the majority of the time, especially when you least expect it. Or, what might happen is that they will remember your kind gesture, and they will be kind to someone else. Will it happen 100% of the time? The only way to find out is to try it.

Start out with something small. For example, just the act of smiling is something easy to try. Smiling is definitely contagious! A smile is worth a thousand words. So when you walk into a store, restaurant, or workplace, make someone’s day and smile. One of two things can happen: the person may do nothing and keep walking (don’t let that discourage you…they may still appreciate your smile, but they may not want to show it), or the person will be pleasantly surprised and they may smile back at you. Either way, it’s a win-win situation. Try it, not because you want to see what happens, but just because it’s a nice thing to do. When the opportunity presents itself, and you can do something nice for someone else, whatever it may be, you will be happy that you made someone’s day.

Here are some simple random acts of kindness:

  • Open a door for someone and smile at them.
  • If someone drops something, pick up their item and hand it to them.
  • If you find any amount of money on the ground, rather than keep it, donate it to to good will, your local church or community.
  • Leave a love note in your child’s lunch box or backpack and tell them to have a great day! Include a happy face and tell them that you love them (even if they were grumpy and told you to leave them alone when they left the house).
  • Text or email your spouse, family member or good friend, and tell him or her “I love you” for no special reason.
  • Help someone learn something new on a computer.
  • Share your umbrella with a friend, or better yet, offer your umbrella to someone who may need it more than you.
  • Shovel extra snow for a neighbor in winter.
  • Rake your neighbor’s leaves in fall.
  • Bring flowers to someone to brighten their day.
  • Surprise someone with a compliment.
  • Say please and thank you to everyone every chance you get.

You're Invited to Spread Kindness Throughout the World!

I would like to invite you to write a hubpage article about your experience with Random Acts of Kindness. Are you up for the challenge? Maybe you let the car in the next lane move into your lane, or maybe you returned a lost item to someone, or gave your coat to a homeless person. Or, maybe you cooked food for an elderly neighbor on a birthday or holiday and delivered it in person. The possibilities are endless, and the feeling in the end is always the same…a warm feeling that makes you feel better, because you made a choice to be kind to someone today!

I notice there are already quite a few hubbers who have written articles on random acts of kindness, so I’ve listed some links below. Hats off to those of you who are spreading the word about randoms acts of kindness!

The more hubs we create with examples of random acts of kindness and success stories, the more kindness will spread across the world. So spread the word, drop me a line, create a hub or text a friend today and surprise someone with a random act of kindness!

Teach Kids The Random Act of Kindess!

Remember to teach children about randoms acts of kindness too. It’s best to teach by example. If they see YOU being kind to someone, there is a good chance they will remember what they see and in turn, they will be kind to others.

© 2010 Amelia Griggs

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    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks for your comment PegCole17. :-)

      A smile is sure to brighten anyone's day!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I like your ideas on sharing the wealth of having a good day. It is amazing to observe when a shared smile brightens someone's day. Voted up and interesting.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      Wow, what a wonderful poem sunkentreasure! Thank you for your wonderful words and brightening everyone's day!

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      BERNARD LEVINE 

      6 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      LOVE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE By BERNARD LEVINE

      Just one hug

      can touch someone's heart

      Just one smile

      can change someone's day

      Just one flower

      can show you care

      Just one kindness

      can light the way

      Just one compliment

      can bring happiness

      Just one prayer

      can create a miracle

      Your love can make a difference.

      (C) Bernard Levine

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks DFiduccia, glad you liked the hub!

    • DFiduccia profile image

      DFiduccia 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      This is a great hub of common daily acts of kindness that can make a difference in how we perceive each other.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      So true, sabrani44. I totally agree...less is more. And sometimes just a smile will suffice. I appreciate your comment. :-)

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      So true, sabrani44. I totally agree...less is more. And sometimes just a smile will suffice. I appreciate your comment. :-)

    • sabrani44 profile image

      sabrani44 

      6 years ago

      Great hub, every little bit matters and counts. These days sometimes people think the only way to thanks someone is with money but thats just not the case. A simple hug or thank you is priceless.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      A million thanks, sunkentreasure (Bernard Levine), for your wonderful words of wisdom and kindness!

      I appreciate your comment and sharing your thoughts.

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

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      BERNARD LEVINE 

      7 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      BLESS SOMEONE TODAY By BERNARD LEVINE

      Bless someone today with words of kindness

      Do something nice for a friend

      Sow seeds of encouragement into a stranger's heart

      Tell your loved ones you greatly adore them

      Make someone's day precious and beautiful

      Give God praise for His greatness

      Strengthen your companion with fruits of joy

      Add faith to your neighbour's life

      Bless someone today and remember - Jesus loves you.

      © Bernard Levine

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Hi Winsome, yes, true. Glad you enjoyed the hub, and thanks for your comment.

      P.S. I continue to love the pic of John Cusack you selected for your profile picture. :-)

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      Winsome 

      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi ELW, awesome words. I think it's like the Beatles sing: "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love, you make....ahh ahhhhh ahhhhhh ahhhhhh ahhhhhh!" Ok without the ahhh ahhh part. =:)

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks for sharing such a wonderful random act of kindess that you experienced, cariouweneel! That's wonderful to hear. :-)

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      cariouweneel 

      7 years ago

      This is great. One of my favorite stories about random acts of kindness was one morning in a rush, I went through a smoothie drive thru and when I drove up to the window to pay I was told that the car in front of me had already paid for my smoothie! Talk about a pleasant surprise that made stop, smile and feel good throughout the day! I think you can't underestimate the surprise factor in this - so grand!

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks, rachelsholiday! A little kindness will go a long way. :-)

    • rachelsholiday profile image

      rachelsholiday 

      7 years ago

      I will accept your challenge! I actually really appreciate it, sometimes I forget how important it is to go out of my way to help people.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Glad you liked the hub and thanks for your comment, RTalloni. :-)

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      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      :) Nice stuff.

      Started to leave a little note, but I think I'd better write a hub!

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Very true, thanks for your comment, KaylaRose. :-)

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      KaylaRose 

      7 years ago

      Lovely topic, I love random acts of kindness =)

      Everyone should participate in as many acts of kindness as they can on a daily basis.

      The world can only benefit!

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Wonderfully touching comment, Rastamermaid. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for your kindness! Kids may not fully understand our actions, but I believe it will make a difference in their lives and they will remember these things when they are older. Thanks for setting such a wonderful example. :-)

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

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      Rastamermaid 

      7 years ago from Universe

      Awesome hub and so relevant,especially to the kids.

      I was in a store with my son,there was 2 little boys ahead of us.The cashier explained that he didn't have enough for what he wanted he was over a dollar short.

      I told the cashier I got his purchase add it to mine,told him to keep his money.The two just looked at me and kept saying Thank You. My son asked me in the car,"Why did you buy their stuff?"

      I explained for some reason God put me in that spot at that time,so I know if that would ever be you God will do the same for you. He smiled and said I got it.

      Thanks for reminding us it's free to be polite and nice.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Hello bettybarnesb,and thanks for your kind words. I have strong faith in God and that is a good point...showing and receiving kindness is free and has many benefits!

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Very nice and thoughtful story, Rhona Waits. Thanks for sharing your wonderful act of kindness!

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

    • bettybarnesb profile image

      bettybarnesb 

      7 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Hey easylearningweb: Sometimes we look for God in such hugh ways and it is true, He will reveal Himself in this manner but I believe what is so important to Him is that we learn and practice kindness. An attribute of God. It doesn't cost us anything just to show kindness. Excellent Hub!

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      Rhonda Musch 

      7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      A great hub. I always try to do my best and pass on random acts of kindness. I recently saw a homeless man in our city. The man had a dog. I felt very sorry for the man and the dog. I bought the man a sandwich I bought the dog a sweater. The dog was so cold. I can't help out everybody. There are so many out there. I do believe the dog appreciated the sweater. He licked my hand. The man thanked me. Have a Great New Year.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      That's great to hear, Pixienote. :-) I like your quote. I have a quote on my easylearningweb website from Confucius that is similar: "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand." That is one of my favorite quotes that I try to reinforce when I develop computer instructions, and it certainly applies when performing random acts of kindness!

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Very true, instantlyfamily! All it takes is one little smile, or a small good deed, and that will truly make a difference. I hope everyone joins in too!

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

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      Pixienot 

      7 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      It truly is the way to LIVE!

      "Give and forget; receive and remember" I think I quoted it not quite right, but the idea is there.

      We truly give more to ourselves than we could possibly give to others. For in giving - we receive - every time.

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      instantlyfamily 

      7 years ago

      One random act of kindness can change a bad day into a great day! I except your challenge. I hope everyone does!

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