One small act of kindness can go a long way. Draper Wellness encourages our community to make an effort to get into the habit of regularly performing acts of kindness. These acts can be directed to anyone - family members, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and strangers. Deliberately making a habit of being kind is a great way to touch other's lives, as well as giving yourself a mental wellness boost. When you do good, you feel good!
Following are some suggestions from our Draper Wellness partner, PEHP, for making acts of kindness a routine part of your life.
Be Kind at Work
- Simple. Smile, say hello, hold the elevator or door, invite a co-worker for a walk break, introduce yourself to someone new, hand-write a letter of appreciation, pick up trash in the parking lot, tell someone that they have done a good job, give a compliment, hang up a motivational poster. Listen to them.
- Planned. Put together a gathering to celebrate a co-worker, take someone out to lunch, give a gift, buy flowers to put in the break room, volunteer to help with a project, bring a fruit bowl to share, invite a co-worker to do something with you on a weekend, take on an extra project for a co-worker who is struggling.
- Random. Clutter someone’s office with sticky notes of their positive traits. Bring an extra coffee to give, leave a treat on a co-worker’s desk, or tape a dollar to the vending machine titled “For you!” Ask them about their day.
Be Kind to a Family Member
- Do a family member’s chore/errand
- Plan and make a special dinner
- Spend time with a family member doing his/her favorite thing
- Send a hand-written letter to family you haven’t seen for a while
- Sneak a note into a family member’s lunch
- Make a family member’s bed
- Forgive a family member who has wronged you
Be Kind to a Friend
- Take the time to send flowers or another gift to a friend who is currently facing challenges. This can be quickly arranged and needn’t cost a lot. It sends a clear message that you’re thinking of the person and wishing them well.
- When you’re with a friend who is struggling to make ends meet, pick up the tab. If they’re uncomfortable, reassure them that they can pay next time.
- Offer to do something in solidarity with a friend or family member to help them meet an important goal. For example, be a gym buddy for a friend who wants to lose weight. Or, start a new weekly art class with a friend who can be socially anxious.
- Babysit for a friend who could really use a night off from childcare. This can make a massive difference for someone who has little time to be with their significant other or tend to their own needs.
Be Kind to a Stranger
- Offer kind words to a customer service person who is trying to help you.
- Let someone cut in front of you at the grocery store.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Give up your seat on public transportation.
- Pay for someone behind you in line.
- Donate blood.
- Tip generously for good service.