A random act of kindness in a stranger’s day sometimes involves no action at all; it can simply involve refraining from the little things we don’t even consciously think about. Often, the things that bring a person’s day down are the most simple acts or omissions that don’t even cross our minds – because we’re thinking of ourselves. Doing the things on this list may not even make someone smile, but it could prevent a frown on a day where they really don’t need another thing knocking them down.
1. When you’re driving and people let you in front of them: wave.
2. When someone has only one or two items at the supermarket check out: let them go in front of you.
3. If someone is struggling to open a door because they have items/children in their hands: open it for them.
4. When someone drops something in a public place and everyone turns to watch: pick it up for them.
5. If someone accidentally forgets to charge you for something in a store: come back in and pay for it.
6. If you are on public transport and are carrying a bag: don’t put it on the spare seat next to you in while people stand.
7. If someone’s parents have a different attitude to yours: don’t flaw their parenting.
8. When someone is driving at the speed limit: don’t tailgate them aggressively and dangerously dart in and out of cars.
9. When there is a speed limit: don’t drive more than 10km under it in the fast lane.
10. If you feel the need to complain about being ‘too skilled, ‘too good looking’, ‘too wealthy’ or ‘too loved’: don’t.
11. When you are traveling with a group and aren’t enjoying yourself: don’t expect the group to cater their trip to the moments you feel like participating.
12. If you’re in a country where you can’t speak the native language: humbly attempt words as they appear on labels, buildings and signs around you.
13. If someone looks/sounds/acts/dresses differently: don’t nudge your friends and laugh (especially when they can see you mocking them).
14. If someone has food caught in between their teeth or on their face: tell them (privately).
15. When someone brings food to an event or work: don’t eat more than your share without regard for others.