Sarah Hazelwood

Random acts of kindness

When life is so busy, it can be easy to forget that sometimes it’s the little things that really matter.

If you’re anything like me you’ve probably got a to-do list as long as your arm, but it never seems to get any shorter, so I’m very reluctant to keep adding things to it.

While I have every intention to do something that will help others, another day has passed me by and the cycle continues. If this sounds familiar, then listen up because now is the perfect time for us all to stop and take a minute to revaluate that list.

Why now, you ask? Well, from 12th-18th February it’s International Random Acts of Kindness week, so there’s no better time to start making things happen.

Over the coming days people around the UK will be increasing their kindness levels and pulling out all the stops to do something that will make someone’s day. The event aims to help people realise that being kind isn’t something you need to plan – you can do kind things all year round and in turn your small gestures can hopefully inspire others to do the same.

If you’re not quite sure what you need to do to take part, then check out these ideas to kick-start your quest to kindness. It’s a lot easier than you might think!

  • When waiting for your morning coffee, why not buy the person’s behind you too?

  • Send a text message to at least three people to show how much they mean to you.

  • Surprise a neighbour you’ve not seen for a while and go and say hi.

  • Recognise a colleague’s efforts. Saying thank you really can go a long way.

  • Smile at everyone you see – happiness really is contagious.

  • Having a clear out? Don’t throw it away; give it to charity instead.

  • Pay someone a compliment – they cost nothing.

  • If you see someone in need, don’t assume someone else will help, go ahead and lend a hand.

Watch this video to see how we celebrate at HomeServe:

Small gestures make a big difference

Being kind really isn’t hard to do and the affects it can have on someone can be huge. Unless it’s a close friend or family member, behind every person is a life that we know nothing about. So, in just a few words or short minutes a kind deed really can help raise someone’s happiness levels, and go as far as easing someone’s pain, even if only for a short while. I’m not one for clichés, but from personal experience I can vouch that an act of kindness, no matter how small, is never wasted.

It’s amazing to see how this annual event continues to grow in popularity and every year it’s celebrated by individuals, groups and organisations around the country. What random act of kindness will you be showcasing? We’d love to hear your stories, so join the conversation and leave us a comment below…