A small act of kindness can go a long way
Do you get tired of negativity? Does it get you down when you read another angry rant on social media? Do you wish people could just be a little more positive? One way to combat the negativity is to try out some “random acts of kindness.” These ideas are simple activities that can give someone a smile, brighten someone’s day, or inspire someone to spread the kindness on to the next person.
The American College for Medical Careers invites our students to participate in these free and low-cost random acts of kindness. It doesn’t take much to turn someone’s day around, so why not give it a try? Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Leave post-it notes with positive quotes in the school restrooms
- Put a few coins in the vending machine for the next person to find
- Write a thank you note for the custodial staff at your school
- Tell your teacher how much you appreciate his or her class
- Text an encouraging message to a friend
- Post something complimentary about a classmate or teacher on social media
- Thank your parents for all they’ve done for you
- Share a good movie recommendation with a classmate you’re just getting to know
- Buy a coffee for the person behind you in line
- Give an extra dollar in tip
- Pick up trash or litter that you may see around your school
- Invite classmates to start a study group
- Ask someone for their advice or opinion on something
- Buy someone a scratch-off lottery ticket
- Bring cookies or snacks to share with friends at lunch
- Recommend a classmate for an award or special recognition
- Invite a new person to sit with you at lunch
- Show someone how to do something when they need help
- Give out three compliments per day for three days straight
This list is just the beginning. With a little thought, you can come up with many more ideas for spreading kindness in your school and in your life. While these simple acts of kindness may not save the world, they will help to spread a message of positivity to those around you. Why not try it?