Random Acts of Kindness

Today, 13 November 2017, is World Kindness Day.  We’re all too aware of the terrible news that’s been hitting the headlines recently with various ‘celebrities’.  There’s always some kind of ‘drama’ on Twitter with other bloggers tearing down other bloggers which, in my mind, is completely unnecessary.

Make today the day you perform at least ONE act of kindness to either a loved one, friend or just a complete stranger.  You never know what other people are going through so just a small thing might completely change someone’s day.

Be kind to others by…

  • A super simple one – hold the door for the person behind you
  • Buy a homeless person a meal – it doesn’t have to be anything super fancy but a warm cup of tea and a sandwich might be the only thing they have that day
  • Take a pile of unwanted things to the charity store – you can read about my minimalist approach here
  • If you’re a keen reader of blogs, share a post that you’ve enjoyed or leave a comment
  • Buy it Back – pay for the coffee for the person behind you in your coffee shop

  • Visit an elderly relative or neighbour to see if they need anything from the shop
  • Pay a compliment to someone, if you love their coat, tell them!
  • Spare an hour or two to do some volunteering
  • Catch up with a friend you haven’t seen for a while

Don’t forget to be kind to yourself…

  • Take a bath using some of your favourite products
  • Read your book
  • Get outside and take a walk in the fresh air…but leave your phone at home so that you can appreciate your surroundings
  • Enjoy 5-10 minutes of mindful meditation
  • Treat yourself!  No matter how big or small…a bar of chocolate, a bunch of flowers or that handbag you’ve been eyeing up!
  • Every evening, write down 3 things you’ve been grateful for that day (this is something I’ve been thinking of doing recently)

pink roses in a vase

Of course, there are LOTS of things you can do – these are just a few that immediately sprung to mind!  You can also read my Thinking of Others post for more ideas over the festive season



  1. Beauty Bag Secrets
    13/11/2017 / 9:01 am

    Lovely post. If only everyone could be kind to other people everyday! X

    • happywiseowl
      13/11/2017 / 9:17 am

      Agree! There’s so much negativity around it doesn’t take much to be kind x

  2. Issy Fox
    13/11/2017 / 3:48 pm

    I love this, little acts of kindness can make a huge difference to someones day

    • happywiseowl
      13/11/2017 / 3:58 pm

      They certainly can – it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture either x

  3. prettifulblog
    13/11/2017 / 3:59 pm

    This is such a great post, and a gentle reminder that being kind doesn’t cost you anything, but will mean the world to the receiver!

  4. Alice Spake
    13/11/2017 / 4:50 pm

    Such a lovely post for today, I think people forget how simple it really can be xx

  5. Megan McCoig
    13/11/2017 / 5:00 pm

    Thank you for highlighting this day. This is the first I’ve heard of it! This is so beautiful and I’ll certainly take this on board. And a good pamper tonight is needed xxx

  6. Beautylymin
    13/11/2017 / 5:29 pm

    Lovely post! Kindness makes the world a better place xx

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  7. Erin
    13/11/2017 / 6:12 pm

    That is such a lovely post! Filled with lovely gestures, I love all the ideas 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  8. Mel
    13/11/2017 / 9:05 pm

    I really love this post.
    I believe whole heartedly in everything you’ve said.
    Kindness is free, yet it’s beconing more of a rarity. So sad.


  9. Lady Writes (@LadyWrites_Blog)
    14/11/2017 / 9:14 am

    I love this! I’m a big fan of pay-it-forward and paying for the person infront/behinds coffee etc. Loved reading this Em! x

  10. terriheckley
    14/11/2017 / 11:29 am

    Such a lovely post! I love the idea of paying for someones coffee in the queue xx

  11. BeautyAndTheBlouse (@BeautyAndBlouse)
    15/11/2017 / 9:28 am

    I loved this post – It’s so important to do an act of kindness a day even if it’s just a compliment. You never know just how much a compliment can mean to someone!x

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