How do you measure success? Is it the size of your house or your paycheck? Is it the number of friends in your network? Here’s a new idea: try measuring your success with the amount of smiles you inspire!

February 14th-20th is Random Acts of Kindness Week. This holiday encourages people to commit kind acts, no matter how small, and to see and feel the BIG impact. Life can be muddled with stressful work, negative news, and unfortunate circumstances, but spreading kindness through your actions can turn someone’s day around in an instant!

Whether you hold the door for a stranger or help someone with their groceries, you can make a huge difference in someone’s day. Kind acts not only help others, but you can help yourself! Science has shown that performing random acts of kindness can increase your sense of belonging and self-worth, cut down on anxiety, and decrease blood pressure (Behavioral Medicine, 2005).

Try performing a random act of kindness every day this week in celebration of the holiday. You may find that you want to celebrate it every week of the year!

Did you Know?

  • Altruism is the practice of selfless concern for the well-being of others. Random acts of kindness definitely fit within this definition.
  • Acts of kindness lead to the release of oxytocin, a hormone that dilates blood vessels, causing reduced blood pressure.
  • Consistent acts of altruism can lead to self-realization, reduction in depression, delayed mortality, and increased well-being.

Spread the Love:

  1. Smile at a stranger. You never know how their day is going and this simple act could change their entire outlook.
  2. Compliment a co-worker. Don’t let their work-ethic and passion go unnoticed. Show your peers that they are appreciated!
  3. Volunteer for your favorite cause. If time is something you are short on, make a small donation. Taking a little weight out of your wallet could put a lot of joy into your heart.

For more act of kindness ideas, visit Random Acts of Kindness’ website.

Sources: Behavioral Health, Dr. David R. Hamilton, News Center, Random Acts of Kindness. LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.