Make a stranger smile with a random act of kindness, and inspire faith and foster hope and happiness within yourself and others. Here are 10 ways you can make a stranger smile today.
1. Buy a coffee for the person behind you in line
This random act of kindness will be sure to make a stranger smile, and may encourage them to pay it forward too. Find reusable coffee cups here >
2. Give a stranger a compliment
Focus on the good in people and let them know. A simple, 'your smile is infectious' or 'that colour looks great on you' can really make someones day.
3. Stop and chat to a homeless person
A simple smile and a 'how are you' or 'have you eaten today' is an easy icebreaker. Be prepared to help if they haven't had anything to eat, or provide support.
4. Help an elderly person with their shopping trolley
Push it to their car for them, unpack bags into their car boot or take the trolley back to the collection point.
5. Donate pantry items to a neighbourhood food pantry
According to SecondBite, 4 million people in Australia experience food insecurity at least once during the year. By giving to neighbourhood food pantries, like SecondBite, you can ensure good food gets to those in need and doesn't end up as waste. Find out more about SecondBite at www.secondbite.org. Let others know about neighbourhood food pantries near you by leaving a comment in the comments section.
6. Share your favourite recipe with someone
Do you have a dish that is loved an admired by your friends and family each time you make it? Share the recipe with them and spread that joy far and wide! Find healthy recipe books here >
7. Donate to a charity
Donate some loose change to a charity you support, or choose products that give back, like Conscious Step. A portion of the funds from every pair of Conscious Step socks purchased goes directly to a non-profit organisation, creating a tangible impact for people, communities, animals and our environment. These socks below feed children, for example!
8. Hold the door open for someone
Such a simple random act of kindness that is easy to do and make someone smile.
9. Pick up litter at the beach, in a public park or nature strip
Simply #Take3ForTheSea when you visit a beach, lake, park, or anywhere whenever you are out and about, and you will make a huge difference.
10. Give a stranger your seat on the bus or train
If you're capable of standing for the rest of your journey, offer your seat to someone who might need it more than you, such as a pregnant lady, an elderly person, someone who is injured or who has kids with them.