Often times when we think of social impact, we think of the grand gestures that are at the forefront of the sector and the most talked about. We think about impact in terms of financial donations, advocacy, and formal volunteering because these are the easiest stories to tell (and the ones our funders usually want to hear about).
As a result, we tend to forget about the day-to-day actions that strengthen and vitalize community, and support our overall wellbeing – random acts of kindness and the simple gesture of paying it forward.
The science of kindness
I came across an article from Random Acts of Kindness that talks about the science of kindness, and how easy it is to make a difference. Kindness is teachable and contagious – we can inspire kindness in others and build up compassion, creating a desire to help others. Simply witnessing an act of kindness can improve your mood and can create a domino effect of good deeds in your community.
So, what do we mean by a random act of kindness?
- Hold the door open for the person behind you.
- Pay a sincere compliment to a stranger on the bus or train.
- Shovel your neighbour’s walkway.
- Buy a person in need a meal or hot beverage.
- Send a “thinking of you card” to someone you haven’t seen in a while.
These are just a few ideas to spark your next random act of kindness. As you go about your day, think of one thing you can do to be kind to a stranger. Together, we can help spread kindness and goodwill across the community.
For resources or to learn more about kindness and ways to improve your overall wellbeing, visit the Random Acts of Kindness website.
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