Random acts of kindness week

How are you honoring Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 9-15)? Most people would agree that kindness has many benefits. Did you know it’s good for your health? It’s true: Kindness relieves stress. Kindness also improves mental health, test scores, and behavior. It’s contagious: Kindness leads to more kindness.

So what are some simple acts of kindness you can do every day? Try these:

  • Walk a dog for a local senior (especially if it’s snowing, wet, or icy)
  • Hold the door open for someone
  • Pay it forward when buying coffee, donuts, or lunch
  • Tell people how great they are
  • Collect jeans for homeless youth or cell phones for domestic abuse survivors
  • Let someone in line in front of you
  • Be warm and supportive online
  • Donate used textbooks and sporting equipment
  • Become an organ donor
  • Smile at strangers
  • Don’t litter (and pick up other people’s litter)
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Brandy Reeves is a health educator at the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. She received her undergraduate degree from Miami University, a master of public health from Ohio State University, and a master of higher education from the University of Kentucky.