Research has found that regularly being kind to others is good for your own general happiness. But you knew that, didn't you?
Being kind helps to reduce our stress levels by supporting mental well-being and often leads to an increased possibility someone will reciprocate by paying it forward.
Random Act of Kindness Day encourages people to "randomly" be kind to others.
It's great to have kindness recognised on the calendar but I stand by my view - we should be kind every day.
Just the other day, I was in the line at the checkout and a gentleman behind me had one item. I had way more because let's be fair, I couldn't ever shop for just one item. Something is always on special! I let him go in front of me and when I did, he stopped with a look of shock on his face. I wish I'd taken a photo. When I asked if he was okay, he basically told me that he was finding it hard to work out what he was feeling because nobody had been kind to him in such a long time.
All I did was let him go in front of me. Simple.
Moments like this are too rare and need to be a more common occurrence. It's not hard to do If you can't manage to do it every day, at least do one on Random Act of Kindness Day and see how it can impact all involved.