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Project: Little acts of kindness

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Chiaki Creates - Project Little Acts of KindnessAbout two months ago, I started a new project.

The idea is simply to act on those little opportunities to spread kindness by doing nice things. It’s scientifically proven that helping others promotes positive physiological changes in the brain. After the initial rush comes a longer period of calm and eventually it can improve your overall well-being. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Now, I’m interested in seeing how well this really holds up and I intend to regularly report on my little acts of kindness here on the blog.

Here are a few little acts of kindness that I’ve carried out lately:

○ Donated several bags of clothes that I don’t wear anymore to charity.

○ Accepted my neighbours’ parcels on their behalf when they were out.

○ Passed along great books to dear friends.

○ Sold my spare ticket for American Psycho: The Musical to an American theatre student.

○ Took a minute to help a tourist who was lost even though I was in a rush.

○ Complimented a stranger on her gorgeous vintage dress.

○ Donated books that I’m never going to read again to the local cat charity bookshop.

○ Gave up my seat on the train to an elderly man.

○ Let someone who was in a rush go in front of me in a queue.

○ Made a card wishing a dear friend well for her move to Australia.

○ Helped a mother carry her buggy off the bus.

I really hope you fancy joining this experimental project. If you blog about it, please leave a link to your post in the comments as I would love to see what little acts of kindness you carry out. Also, make sure you check out the ever so lovely Kate Gabrielle‘s new weekly feature Try a little kindness.

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13 thoughts on “Project: Little acts of kindness

  1. I mentioned you on my blog today nominating you for a Sunshine blogger award : )

  2. Wow! That is truly inspiring! Will try it some time

  3. Lovely project and lovely actions! I love what Kate Gabrielle does on her blog as well, blogging definitely is a good place to foster this kind of positive message, everyone loves reading happy posts and getting enthusiastic about them :)
    Little Acts of Kindness are my routine since I started meditating two years ago. It made me question my attitudes and I realised that stress was ruling my life (running down the streets, in the metro, being angry at slow cashiers, etc. what most people living in cities do basically) and that all this did not help me through daily chores at all but in fact made everything harder for me and others. So I started being patient, now I always take the time to say “hello”, “thank you”, “have a good day” and SMILE! I try to beam empathy and sympathy and response is 99,99% positive :) (there’s always 0,01% that are too deep in a bad phase to see the positivity). Let’s hope more and more people adopt these behaviour in cities!
    My next goal is to get out of my comfort zone and make efforts towards my neighbours, I’m a little shy with people that can potentially get to know me ^_^

    • Thank you so much, Nol! It is indeed a good place to foster kind messages. :)
      I’ve done it on and off for years but I’m getting serious about it again. That’s the attitude I try to have as well and I agree, big city life can do horrible things to your stress levels.
      That’s a great goal! I got to know my neighbours on New Year’s. I think I actually find it comforting knowing that if there’s anything I need or there’s a problem of some sort, I would feel perfectly fine talking to them about it.

  4. That’s a wonderful idea! I might try it myself.

  5. Aww, this is such a lovely post! I agree that it’s so important to take the time to do something for someone else, even if it’s just a small gesture. If everyone did this the world would be a much better place! xx

  6. This is such a lovely idea. Going out of your way to do something little can make such a huge difference. I know there have been times where a simple gesture or kind word has completely turned my mood around.

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