How we treat others really does make our world a better place. And right now in a world that feels more divisive and angry than ever, being kind to each other is imperative. But being kind isn’t just about helping others feel better or have a better day. According to the latest research, even performing the smallest acts of kindness make us happier, too.
It’s the ultimate win-win situation.
The more you focus on being kind to others, the happier you are. Yep, it’s that simple. So, instead of chasing happiness through expensive habits or unattainable goals, why not just be a little kinder to others?
According to a study done by Oxford University, participants who performed small acts of kindness every day for just one week had much higher levels of happiness than those who didn’t. And it doesn’t take much to start feeling a whole lot happier. The researchers complied a list of easy-to-do things in order to help people wondering what an “official” act of kindness might be. Below is their list (and they don’t require a lot of money or time)…
- Give a book, some art, or music — and include a note of kindness
- Ask someone if you can help them with a problem
- Meditate on kindness
- Buy coffee for someone
- Send a handwritten note or thank you card to someone
- Share a positive newspaper or magazine story
- Give a plant
- Spend time with someone who is lonely
- Pick up litter from around your home or office
- Do a favor for a neighbor (i.e. water their garden or trim their hedges)
- Invite someone to watch a film with you
- Bake a treat and give it to someone
- Donate useful items
- Leave a generous tip
- Write a positive comment on a blog