On World Kindness Day, we are reminded to try and include acts of everyday kindness in our lives. Here are five easy acts of kindness that you can do every day...
Help an elderly neighbour
Pop in on an elderly neighbour to see if they need anything picking up from the shops. This is often greatly appreciated, especially in bad weather conditions, such as snow and ice.
If you know someone who lives alone, you could spare a few minutes a week having a chat and a cuppa with them. This small act of kindness could brighten up their week.
Say hello to a stranger
When waiting for a bus, or in a queue at the shop, say hello and have a chat about the weather with the person next to you, ask how their day is going. This can be awkward at first but if the person you talk with welcomes it, then it can be a very rewarding act of kindness, helping you both to feel more connected and happy.
Remember to say "I love you"
Many people take others for granted, often without realising it. It's good to remind our loved ones how important they are to us.
Make a phone call to a member of your family or a friend who you haven't spoken with for a while. Or, next time you speak with family and friends, remember to tell them that you love them and that you are grateful to have them in your life.
Buy food and a hot drink for a homeless person
You might not be able to do this every day but even once a month - imagine if everyone did this. Next time you see a homeless person on the street, buy them a sandwich and cup of tea. This can make a huge difference to their day - it may even be saving their life.
If you have a lot of clothes, and there are some you haven't worn for a long time, then get into the habit of taking them to the charity shop. You could start a rule that you donate an item of clothing each time you buy a new one.