Easy Random Acts Of Kindness To Practice Today

If you are one of those amazing people who volunteers regularly to make people’s lives better or who decides to remedy a particular ill by starting a foundation or a charity, more power to you! But even we ordinary mortals can make the world better in small ways.

Here are 8 suggestions you might decide to act on, from the ridiculously easy to the slightly more challenging:

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1. Practice courtesy: Holding the door and saying “please” and “thank you” are easy ways to recognise the feelings and situation of another person. Smile.

2. Offer to return a supermarket cart to its rack for a busy parent or a senior. This little gesture is a great time-saver for someone.

3. Put a coin in an expired or expiring meter for a stranger.

4. Write a gratitude letter to someone who has been a positive force in your life. Or just tell someone how much you appreciated something he or she did.

5. Call a relative or friend to see how they’re doing.

6. Offer to pick up shopping or medications for someone who is ill.

7. Buy a cup of coffee for a stranger.

8. For five minutes, listen to someone without interrupting.