Spread a little kindness

Today is National Kindness Day – 24 hours dedicated to showing a little bit of kindness to those around you. Ahhh.

It’s from the Diana Award, the charity set up in memory of Princess Diana, and it’s all about being a little nicer, friendlier and helpful. Because, let’s face it – there’s no harm in putting a smile on someone else’s face.

The Award are looking for the public to register any act of kindness they carry out today on their website, with a target of 20,000 random acts of kindness taking place today. If you want to spread a little joy, we’ve got some inspiration to get you started…

1. Buy a homeless person a coffee.

2. Give someone a compliment.

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3. Send someone a surprise gift (your mum won’t say no to a bunch of flowers).

4. Bake a cake to share with friends.

5. Leave anonymous positive notes on your classmates’ desks.

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6. Help an elderly neighbour cross the road (but only if they want to cross the  road – don’t just drag them over).

7. Remember to say ‘thank you’ when you buy something in a shop.

8. Teach someone something new.

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9. Send a friend something in the mail. Just because.

10. Go through your wardrobe and donate anything you don’t wear any more to charity.

11. Sign up to volunteer with a local charity or organisation.

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12. Send a Facebook message to that pal who really needs a friend right now.

13. Put some money in that busker’s guitar case. Even if they aren’t very good.

14. Don’t get involved in that gossip session – say something nice about the person instead.

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15. Hold the door open.

16. Leave a generous tip in a restaurant.

17. Top up a stranger’s parking meter for them.

18. Make up a playlist for a friend full of songs that spark great memories.

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19. Pay someone’s bill for them in a café.

20. Wash your parents’ car for them. And don’t demand money for it.

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