Simple Acts of Kindness That Can Make Someone’s Day

Hello friends! As many of my UK friends may know, it’s mental health awareness week. I am not from the UK, but I’m definitely not going to miss this opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and spread some kindness. The Mental Health Foundation has stated that this year’s theme is kindness, so I thought I would only be fitting to share some easy ways to brighten someone’s day.

Shoot them a text

If you haven’t talked to this person in a while, chances are they’ll smile when they see that they received a text from you. I’m many situations, people want to reach out, but don’t feel comfortable. Making the first step will definitely boost both of your moods.

Related: “Reminder: Check in on Your Friends

Go for a walk with your parents

I don’t know about you, but every single night after dinner, my parents ask me and my siblings if we want to go for a walk with them. Our reply is “no” most nights. I saw a tweet the other day, I don’t remember who it was from, but they were a parent at they said they they do the same thing because they just want to spend time with their teen. Say “yes” to your parents every once in a while (or every day) because it will really make their day, and in the long run, you’ll be glad you spent that time together.

Thank your postal worker

I did this a while ago as a part of the positivity project, which was created by Emily and some other amazing bloggers. I cannot take credit for this idea, but it’s such a great way to show your appreciation! What I did was make a very colorful sign that read, “Postal workers and delivery drivers… thank you for all you do… stay safe!” I then hung the sign on my door, where they could see it, pretty simple, but maybe don’t use yellow marker😬

Compliments!

My absolute favorite thing! I get really proud and happy for random people, and just recently I’ve been sharing that with them. That probably sounds creepy, but it’s not (I think…) I basically just giving a really enthusiastic and heartfelt compliment. I promise you that this will make you feel good as well. Even when it’s over text, or through an Instagram comment, you can feel the happiness and glow from that person.

Contact a grandparent

This is a scary time, especially for our grandparents. My grandmother lives alone and doesn’t really have tons of contacts with others. We started FaceTiming her once a week, and you could tell how happy it makes her! I strongly urge you to text, call, FaceTime, or write a letter to your grandparents.

Smile at strangers

I feel like there’s tension between everyone on the streets. When I’m walking, and cross the street because there’s someone else, it almost feels rude. I’ve also noticed that people out and about have become less social and friendly. Let’s stop some of that coldness and loneliness with a simple smile. It’s possible that you come off as creepy (I always feel weird when I don’t receive a kind look back). Whatever, it’s fine, you’ll probably never them again…

Help your parents

There are so many things you can do to help around the house! Recently, my sisters and I have started making dinner twice a week, and my parents are super appreciative. Other ideas include chores, like vacuuming, taking out the trash, or even baking a sweet for the family to enjoy!

Related: “How to Survive Quarantine with your Parents

Send cards out to your friends

Spend an afternoon drawing up or writing out some cute heartfelt cards for your friends. You can either mail them out or go on a little adventure and drop them off at their houses!

Paint Rocks

I’m always finding brightly colored rocks in my neighborhood! This is such a fun project, and a great way to spread some joy. Recruit a younger sibling to help you paint some rocks and then hide them in your neighborhood! Little kids love finding these rocks!

Repost kind messages

This one is super easy and also really fun! Go onto Instagram and search for some inspirational and kind posts (like the one below)! Share them on your story so others can see!

Credit: grassfedmama

I really hope that you’ll put these ideas to use! If you decide to share your acts of kindness, please tag me on Instagram (@meghans.teen.life)! As much as we want to help others, it’s really important to look after ourselves! For that reason, I’ll be posting an “Ultimate Self Care Day Guide” on Saturday. I hope to see you then!

Published by Meghan's Teen Life

A teen advice blogger hoping to reach and connect with as many fellow teens as I can :)

16 thoughts on “Simple Acts of Kindness That Can Make Someone’s Day

  1. This was such an awesome post, it made me happy! Thanking our postal workers is so important bc their out there delivering mail rn when mail is even more awesome and I appreciate all they do so much! We recently gave our post master a thank you card and coffee gift card to say thanks for all he does and I hope it made him happy 🙂
    Loved this post! ❤️

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  2. Lovely post, Definitely agree with the point about spending time with your parents. My sister and I lost our dad when I was 20 and she was 16. I can definitely tell you like most kids who have both parents we always thought we would have him for another 20-30 years. So make the most of the time you have with them now especially with lockdown.

    My kind deed for this week – I noticed one of my IG followers said they’re taking a break so I messaged because I usually enjoy seeing their posts. They explained that they needed some time to work through some things and I told them to message me if they need someone to talk to. They took me up on my offer today and it turns out what they were going through was something similar to what I experienced years ago. And one of the reasons why I offered a listening ear is because years ago people who I didn’t know offered the same act of kindness towards me.

    Looking forward to more of your content.

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  3. What a sweet lil post! I’ve made an effort to smile more at people when I do go out and it’s brightened my and their mood a lot of the time!

    My grandmother lives alone as well so when restrictions eased in Sydney, I went to stay with her. Still here actually! It’s been almost two weeks.

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  4. I love this post Meghan! It’s so sweet and positive, I just couldn’t not smile whilst reading it 😄 It can really make a difference to someone’s day if you smile when they make eye contact with you and to give compliments. My mum said when she first started working in the city people would compliment each other on their hair, their outfit and the work they’ve done everyday but that’s something I’ve never really experienced in real life, only online, which I think is kind of sad really. So I’m going to try and notice changes and give people compliments in real life too as that can actually be a great way to break the ice and start a conversation 💛

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