When the whole world seems uncertain and out of control, it can feel like nothing we do will make any difference.
It can feel like our tiny actions won’t make any kind of impact on the world.
But really, the opposite is true.
Our little acts of kindness, no matter how small, will put that bit of good into the world which will spread from person to person.
So if you want to do a little something to make a difference to those around you, here are 7 ideas you might like to try.
1. Smile at people you meet
Whenever you’re out at the shops, on the school run, or walking in the park, make a point of smiling at everyone you pass.
It’s such a little thing but it can have a huge impact on someone else’s day.
You might be the only person they see that day, and your friendly smile can give a moment of connection that can make a big difference to how they feel.
2. Believe in people
If someone in your life tells you they’re trying something new, let them know that you believe in them and support them any way you can.
It might be that they’re learning a new language or a new skill. They might be starting a new fitness plan or trying to eat a healthier diet. It could be that they want to change careers or start their own business.
Whatever it is, get behind them.
Give them a boost when things get hard. Offer to workout with them. Send them recipes for healthy, delicious meals you find online. Look out for job opportunities in the field they want to go into. Talk up their new business to everyone you know and share their posts on social media for them.
3. Give out genuine compliments
Any time you think something nice about someone, make an effort to actually say it to them instead of keeping it to yourself.
Tell them their hair looks amazing and that their new coat looks great on them.
Let them know you really enjoyed something they recommended to you.
If you see their child do something kind or thoughtful, tell them what you saw.
It takes so little to say something nice, but it makes everyone involved feel happier.
4. Support a small, local business
Next time you need to buy something, see if you can get it from a small, local business instead of a big chain.
Businesses all over the country are really struggling at the moment, and small businesses especially are fighting to stay afloat.
So wherever you can, try and buy from these places.
If money is tight you can still support small businesses by telling your friends and families about them, liking and commenting on their social media posts, and sharing their content on your own social media pages.
5. Carry out a random act of kindness
Each week try and do a random act of kindness, either by yourself or with your children.
These acts of kindness can be as small as letting someone go in front of you in the queue at the supermarket, but they put so much good out into the world.
If you don’t know where to start then pop over to my post 31 ideas for random acts of kindness which should give you some inspiration.
6. Top up your shop
If you can afford it then pop an extra item or two in your trolley each time you do a food shop, then donate these items to your local food bank.
Some supermarkets have donation stations near the exit so you can pop things straight in as you leave. Or you can keep a box at home where you put a few bits in each week then take it to the food bank yourself when it’s full.
It’s worth asking the food bank what items they especially need before you go shopping, because sometimes there are specific things that are needed that you might not think of like sanitary products.
7. Offer help to your neighbours
If you have neighbours who you think might be struggling at the moment, then see what you can do to help them.
They might have been shielding a few months ago and still feel nervous about going to the shops. So when you head out to the supermarket or to town, ask them if they need you to pick anything up for them.
Or it might be that they live alone and don’t see many people, so might really appreciate you taking the time to have a chat a few times a week.
Being a good neighbour and offering support and help when you think it might be needed doesn’t take much, but can make such a big difference.
None of the things on this list take much time, money, or effort to do, but they’ll all make such a difference to other people’s lives.
There’s a quote that I really love that says,
“No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.”
I love this idea that even the smallest act of kindness can have a huge impact on the world.
How many of these things do you do already?
Are there any other little things you do that make a big difference to the people around you?