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25 ways to feel good this February

‘Practise random acts of kindness’ as a motto reads like an 80’s bumper sticker but they are still valuable words to live by. While we know it’s sure to brighten the day of those who need it, research has also consistently shown that the ‘gift of giving’ can also benefit our own mental wellbeing. After the challenging year, we’ve had, there’s never been a better time to spread the love for ‘Feel Good February’. We’ve put together a list of 25 random acts of kindness to help you feel good by making someone’s day.

  1. Leave money in a zip lock bag and sticky tape it to a vending machine at a place where people need a happiness boost like a hospital or airport.
  2. Offer your seat on the bus or train to someone else.
  3. Leave some money at a cafe that uses the Suspended Coffee program www.suspendedcoffee.com.au.
  4. Treat a homeless person to a warm, heartfelt meal.
  5. Donate your old blankets and pillows to a local animal shelter.
  6. Purchase positive affirmation cards and stick them up on the wall of your favourite cafe for people to take.
  7. Give your pre-paid parking ticket to someone who is taking your spot if there is time left on it.
  8. Pay for someone’s ice-cream beside you at the counter on a hot day.
  9. Donate your pre-loved bedroom furniture through GIVIT, Brotherhood of St Laurence, West Welcome Wagon (Asylum Seeker Support), St Kilda Mums (Baby & Children’s Items), Family Life, Sacred Heart Mission and Recycling Near You.
  10. Let someone go ahead of you in the queue at your local supermarket.
  11. Text someone goodnight.
  12. Leave a positive review for a local business via Google.
  13. Run or walk 5K for a cause you believe in.
  14. Leave a surprise gift for your postman in your letterbox to say thank you.
  15. Ship a care package to a friend.
  16. Donate used books to a library.
  17. Hold a Teddy Bear drive and donate to hospitals, police stations or fire departments for children in need.
  18. Foster a pet up for adoption.
  19. Leave a positive recommendation on LinkedIn for an existing or past colleague.
  20. Start a community garden.
  21. Wheel out your neighbour’s bin.
  22. Gift a book that inspires you to someone you love.
  23. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.
  24. Leave a pre-paid gift card at a gas pump at your local petrol station.
  25. Help a stranger load groceries into their car.

While kind gestures are wonderful every day of the year, ‘Feel Good February’, as a movement inspires us to do good for others in need. Practising ‘random acts of kindness’ not only benefits the receiver but boosts the happiness of the giver. So go ahead - bring a smile to someones face with a random act of kindness this month. It’ll make you feel good Snoozers, we promise.

References:

  1. https://epicassist.org/giving-mental-health/
  2. https://i0.wp.com/www.feelgoodfeb.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/22-FGF-ideas-small-cost1.jpg?ssl=1
  3. https://epicassist.org/feel-good-february/
  4. https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-idea
  5. https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/the-kindness-blog/2943-50-kindness-ideas-for-random-acts-of-kindness-day
  6. https://www.naturalbeachliving.com/acts-of-kindness/
  7. https://bucketlistjourney.net/random-acts-of-kindness-ideas-and-examples/

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