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BE KIND: It’s Contagious!

If you knew that a random act of kindness was more than just a small drop in the ocean would you be willing to do it more often? What if you knew that it was going to create a ripple effect of happiness? “Doing unto others” could also be doing more for you and your overall health!

Being kind and performing altruistic (selfless) tasks can result in positive social interactions, enhance a feeling of purpose, promote a more active lifestyle, and increase feelings of positivity and remove negative and harmful thoughts.

Research suggests that there is a strong connection between practicing kind and helpful behaviors to longevity, well-being, and health. Even the smallest acts can create a big wave.

10 Ways to Practice Random Acts of Kindness:

  • 1. Pay for the person behind you at the drive-through
  • 2. Help load someone’s groceries
  • 3. Send a Sailor snacks from “home”
  • 4. Donate money to your favorite charity
  • 5. Give blood
  • 6. Volunteer for The Wounded Warrior Project
  • 7. Buy someone who is homeless a warm meal
  • 8. Pick up trash on the street
  • 9. Be the person who says “hi” first
  • 10. Compliment a stranger

In the summer of 2014 one woman decided to “pay it forward” by buying a coffee for the car behind her at a drive-through at 7 a.m. This ripple effect of kindness and generosity passed through 378 people as they each bought the person behind them coffee. One random action turned into 378 positive interactions, 378 changed days, and 378 other random acts of kindness. Spread the wealth, warmth, and words, and encourage everyone you know to do the same! ​