6 ways to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day
It’s easy to get caught up in university life, with looming deadlines, endless coursework and busy student schedules. But a little kindness can go a long way. So, for Random Acts of Kindness Day (17th February), we’re sharing a few ways that students can introduce small, selfless acts into their daily routines, put a smile on someone’s face and spread the happiness!
1. Put your phone away while in the company of others
We all know how addictive our phones can be, scrolling through endless social media on a regular basis. One way you can demonstrate kindness is by putting away your phone when you’re around others. For instance, at lunch time or during a break from working, you could make an effort to engage in conversation instead of being on your phone, taking the time to involve those around you, rather than shut them out.
2. Have a clean-up party at a beach or park
The amount of litter in parks and on beaches can be quite disconcerting. So, do the environment, your local council and yourself a favour and organise a litter clean-up to tackle the problem! Getting a few people involved will mean you can have fun at the same time.
3. Donate to a charity
A common gesture that’s easy to make is to donate to a charity. There are hundreds out there, many conducting beneficial and critical research. You could simply pick one that means the most to you and then donate as little or as much as you like.
4. Compliment people
This first one is an obvious one, which we probably don’t do enough. Finding opportunities to give compliments or applaud something that someone’s done is a sure-fire way to strike up a smile on that person’s face. It takes no time and costs nothing but could give someone a huge amount of happiness.
5. Run an errand for someone who needs it
We all have those little niggling jobs that take up unnecessary time, so why not show someone you care by offering to help them out with their errands. Even offering to cook a busy flatmate dinner one evening could really help them out when they’re swamped (and maybe one day they’ll return the favour!).
6. Practice self-kindness and spend time doing something you love
Finally, this last one is an important one. Practising self-care and treating yourself once in a while is the key to a happy life. Alongside helping others on this special Kindness Day, ensure you take the time to look after yourself by doing something you enjoy, whether that’s taking a bath, reading a book, watching your favourite TV programme or giving in to a sweet treat.
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