You are probably familiar with that warm, fuzzy feeling that flatters you inside after doing something good. Yes, there are annual visits to orphanages and occasional charity galas, but are they enough? To acquire that habit of performing good deeds, do it daily and in a way you know you can maintain. it doesn’t have to be grand. Small, kind acts go a long way in leading you to a happier and more fulfilling life.
To get you started, here are some random acts of kindness you can practice doing on a daily basis:
1. Greet your office security guards “good morning” when you arrive and “goodbye” when you leave.
2. Notice a Facebook photo of a friend that doesn’t have likes? Be the one to like it first, and don’t forget to leave a nice comment.
3. When you come across someone who dropped something, pick it up and return it to him/her.
4. Give your seat to an elder who does not have one, regardless of your gender or age.
5. Bake some cookies and offer your neighbors some freshly baked ones. This will allow you to get to know them more, as well as polish your baking skills.
6. Make a conscious effort to stop yourself from saying mean comments, whether over coffee breaks with officemates or your friends’ Messenger group chat.
7. Send your parents a text message every day. Ask how they’re doing and let them know you love them and that you’re doing fine.
8. When you meet someone new, call them by their name and pay them a compliment. Find something you like about them and say it out loud. It makes them easily remember you.
9. Even just for one day, try to be nice to the person you dislike. Engage them in a small talk and try to see something good in them.
10. If you have a friend, a classmate or an officemate going through a rough time—maybe they’re having family problem, just had a baby or is sick—ask them if they’re okay and if they need help. Offer if they need help picking up diapers or medicines from the drugstore.
11. Hold the elevator doors and wait for everyone to get in. Hearing people say thank you can instantly perk up a gloomy day.
12. Tip generously when availing services from establishments.
13. When you see a litter on the street, pick it up and throw it in the nearest trash bin. If people see you doing this, they might just follow and consider doing the same, too—or at least they’d think twice about littering.
This list could go on and on. There is no limit on the act of kindness you can do to your fellow men. Taking the effort to do small good deeds every day can help create a happier world where people are inspired to do the same.