Do something kind for a stranger (or someone you know!) this February and spread the FGF (Feel Good February) vibes! There is research to prove that acts of kindness not only spread a cascading effect throughout social and professional networks – kindness breeds kindness – but also that generosity and acts of kindness are great for your own mental health, and for those around you.
The silly season is over (phew) and it’s back to work and school – so let’s inject some fun and kindness into February!
Life gets so busy that we often forget our good intentions. Feel Good February will encourage us to stop and think about our community and people who we do not know. If you participate in FGF your one act of generosity can make a real difference to someone who is having a tough time, or even just bring a smile to the face of someone who may be having a bad day.
So have a read of these random act of kindness suggestions – perhaps it will inspire you to do one or invent one of your own!
- Smile at someone you don’t know at work, or just during your day or within your personal environment
- Let someone skip the queue at the supermarket if they only have a few items
- At the supermarket give your trolley to someone who is about to put a coin in a new one
- Volunteer your time at a dog shelter – they are always needing dog walkers
- Volunteer at a local charity – think soup kitchen, hospital, charity store or one of our other aged care facilities
- Give an honest compliment to a resident or co-worker – it will brighten their day!
- If you see someone who is upset, approach to offer them a tissue – human contact is so important
- Leave a favourite book in a resident’s room, your staff room or just on an undercover bench somewhere out in the world
- Write funny sayings on post-it notes and leave them on mirrors in bathrooms
- Ask a new co-worker or a new resident to join your lunch group. Remember what it was like to have to eat alone?
- Praise your co-worker to their manager who may not realize how hard he or she is working.
- Offer your seat to someone older, or less mobile than you, on the train, bus or ferry
- Clean someone’s windscreen at a shopping centre carpark
- Offer to help carry the groceries of an older person, or a parent with toddlers and/or a pram
- Pay for a surprise treat to be added to the order behind you at the drive through
- Leave some money at a café that uses the Suspended Coffee program suspendedcoffee.com
- Buy a bunch of water bottles from the supermarket and give them to homeless people in the city
- Buy some herb/vegetable seed packets and pop them in letterboxes around your neighbourhood
- Pick some flowers from your garden, tie them with a ribbon and leave it somewhere in the facility (or your workplace) for the next person who comes along to enjoy
- Treat a homeless person to a hot meal
- Send a quick note or a text message to show someone how thankful you are for what they do
- Bring your co-worker a cup of tea or coffee when they seem in need of a late day pick-me-up
- Praise your co-worker for a job well done… because people rarely complain about getting too many compliments!