Random acts of kindness challenge
Want to do a little good every day? In need of some good karma? Take the random acts of kindness challenge, and improve the lives of fellow humans.
They say that the best things in life are free, and one that doesn't cost a penny is performing a random act of kindness. It's the perfect way to add a bit of sunshine to your day and someone else's at the same time - and if you believe in karma, you'll definitely be coming back as something great in your next life! Why not try to complete at least one of these simple acts of kindness each day?
1. Send someone a letter or drop a note through their door
Whether it's an elderly neighbour, an old friend you've lost touch with or even your significant other, there's something nice about a hand-written message. Try writing silly limericks for your friends, or list the things you love about your partner; share some memories with an old friend or fill in an older relative on recent news.
2. Offer to babysit for someone you know with young children
An hour for mum to get her hair cut or dad to catch up on his favourite TV will always be appreciated. If you're feeling extra generous, you could take the kids for the evening and let them have a guilt-free date night.
3. Wash a friend's car for them
It's a boring job that takes time and energy and it often gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Give someone's car a shine and tick that job off their list.
4. Let someone in front of you in the queue
If they're in a rush, your small gesture could put a big smile on their face. The same applies to cars merging in traffic!
5. Litter Pick
The next time you see an abandoned crisp packet or a carrier bag blowing in the wind, pick it up and put it in the nearest bin. If you're feeling really selfless, you could take a bag and some gloves out and pick up litter from your nearest public space. Children's play areas and areas of natural beauty might be where your efforts are most appreciated, but anywhere nearby will do.
6. Show appreciation
Show your appreciation for the people you encounter who don't see enough of it. Don't just complain about bad service at restaurants, make sure you praise your serving staff when you have a great experience. Send a card to your local garage to tell them how much you appreciate them fixing your car so quickly, or add a positive review of a great hotel you've stayed in.
7. Share your skills
Whether it's through formal volunteering or in a less structured way. Can you write a killer CV? Help someone you know who's looking for work to hone theirs. Knit like a demon? Teach a friend who'd like to learn. You could show someone older how to use emails or Skype, or sign up to help children learn to read in your local primary school.
There are so many ways to share random acts of kindness with the world, so what are you waiting for?