“The best portion of a person’s life? The little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”

William Wordsworth

Little things can make a big difference, so with little effort on your behalf, you can make a big difference to someone’s day, and potentially even their life. One in four people are affected with mental health issues, so it is highly likely that a loved one, a colleague, or a stranger has experienced or is experiencing mental ill-health. When someone is suffering from mental ill-health, it can be hard to know what to say or how to help them. However, random acts of kindness are always a good idea, and you never know – you might be able to make a real difference to someone.

5 Examples of Random Acts of Kindness to your family:

  • Send a letter or phone your grandparents
  • Offer to pick up some groceries for your elderly neighbour
  • Help with a household chore at home or for a friend
  • Spend time with your family and tell them how much you love and appreciate them
  • Give up your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person

5 Ways to cheer up your friends at work:

  • Make your colleagues a cup of tea
  • Send them a funny email
  • Put a surprise note or drawing on someone’s desk
  • Take someone out for lunch instead of eating at your desk
  • Bring in some snacks or bake a cake for the office to share

5 Ways to show kindness to your friends:

  • Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Send flowers to a friend
  • Send an interesting article or inspirations quote to your friend
  • Reach out to spend time with a friend who is experiencing loneliness
  • Offer to babysit or do a favour for a friend to take some weight off

5 Ways to show random kindness to the world:

  • Sign up for a charity run
  • Donate some old stuff to a charity shop
  • Volunteer your time: cook a meal for an elderly person, pick up some litter, try and email instead of printing off documents.
  • Donate your hair to a company who make wigs for children experiencing hair loss
  • Ride your bike to work and promote sustainability in your office.

5 Ways to show kindness to strangers:

  • Donate blood
  • Learn how to say ‘hello’ in multiple languages
  • Buy a coffee or lunch for the person behind you in a queue
  • Volunteer for a crisis helpline
  • Join the bone marrow registry

Our experience with kindness at Give A Grad A Go

Random Acts of Kindness day is the perfect opportunity to start sharing the positive vibes, but there’s no need to stop! Put yourself and other people in a better mood by taking 2 seconds to smile, to offer help, or to give someone a hug. Here’s some of our experiences recently with ‘acts of kindness’:

“I went for dinner with my friend for her birthday and although we were celebrating, I didn’t get a drink because I didn’t have enough money. When we went to pay the bill at the end, the waiter told us that the couple next to us had already paid for our meal. They hadn’t spoken to us or made it obvious and sadly they left before we paid so we couldn’t thank them – but it was such a lovely gesture and made my friends birthday unforgettable!”

Ellie Short

“When my two housemates and I moved to our first flat, we went out to a local pub. The bartender asked if we were local and we told him we’d just moved in, and he gave us 20% off our bottle of wine! Later on, a group of colleagues on a work’s Christmas party paid for a bottle of wine to be bought to our table – at this point we knew we’d moved into a great area!’’

Katie Clough

“I walked past a homeless man who asked me for a lighter. His hands were so cold that he couldn’t light his cigarette, so I gave him my gloves.”

Jess Hart

Mindfulness advice

Mindfulness Expert and founder of Step-Inside Charlotte Wiseman, tells us the difference between mental health and mental ill-health, and how to improve and sustain wellbeing in the workplace.

“The main thing I always give in the world health organization talk about health as mental, physical and social wellbeing. Throughout our upbringing, education and the media, we are taught about our health in the physical sense. What is so important to realise is that they are all connected; our physical health affects our mental and social health, our mental health affects our physical and social health, and our social health affects our physical and mental health. We need to maintain an equilibrium of these three things in order to keep in good health.”

Charlotte Wiseman

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