Small acts of kindness are an easy way to make an impact on others. If you keep an eye out for opportunities, you’ll find small things you can do to help other people every day.
Give someone a smile. For someone who’s feeling down, sometimes all it takes is a small acknowledgement that someone else sees them.
Being kind toward others doesn’t just make them feel good, it can make you feel better too. The next time you’re tempted to say or do something hurtful, try doing something kind for someone else instead.
Positivity is contagious. Compliment people in your friend group more, and try to focus the conversation on positive things like what you’re excited about in the coming weeks, or something really awesome one of your friends did.
It’s hard to see how powerful a simple act can be until it’s been done. If you have an opportunity to do something good for someone, be courageous and give it a try. The ripple effects your act creates might surprise you.
When you see someone being hurt, harmed, or humiliated, do you think, “I want to help, but what can I do?” You’re not alone—there are many who feel just like you. Kindness, support, and hope are things that everyone can give—and your actions matter.
Consider phrases like, “Hey, nice shirt,” “Great job in class today,” or “I love hanging out with you.”