Being kind is one of the easiest things you can do to make someone’s day. Simply performing an act of kindness, like smiling at a stranger or baking a cake for a friend, can benefit you just as much as the person on the receiving end.
Even thinking about a time you demonstrated kindness – or vice versa – has been shown to boost your mood and elevate those warm, fuzzy feelings (also known as kama muta, a term with origins in ancient Sanskrit). Kama muta, generosity and kindness all help us connect with others, and do wonders in providing us with a sense of purpose and belonging.
So with benefits like connection, elevated mood, and general feel-good vibes, how can we practice kindness more? And can it actually change our lives? Spoiler: yes.
Here are six acts of kindness you can try today.