“College is the time to be selfish,” says everyone. This statement is half-true in the sense that you should be selfish by not letting anyone//anything come between you + your journey to becoming the happiest + healthiest version of yourself. On the other hand, it doesn’t hurt to #DoTheKindThing every day, week or month!
Helping change other people’s day [or life!] only pushes you further along to the happiness train. When you give to others selflessly with no expectation of returning the favor you will receive endless positive vibes. Do you want to do the kind thing more often, but don’t think you have the time? Don’t sweat it – the following acts of kindness only require a small portion of your day! ++ remember, the smallest acts of kindness are the acts that can change people’s lives.
#1] WRITE THANK YOU NOTES [FOR EVEN THE SMALLEST OCCASIONS]
Thank you notes are great for any occasion — send them after receiving a gift, getting great advice from a friend, or spending the weekend with your parents. Thank you notes are old-fashioned, but show an immense sign of respect for others.
#2] SEND A *GOOD MORNING* TEXT TO YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS EXPLAINING HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU
Girls melt for a sweet *good morning* text – especially from your bestie! Sending these first thing in the morning to your best girlfriends//fellow CHAARGies will show them how much they mean to you ++ its a great way to start their day.
#3] CONTACT YOUR #FITFRIEND//WORKOUT BUDDY TO MEET FOR A WORKOUT + COFFEE
You don’t always know how hectic your favorite workout buddies schedule is, but checking in with them for a quick coffee chat + workout could be just what they needed.
#4] RECOGNIZE *THAT PERSON* WHO IS ALWAYS UNDER-APPRECIATED
There always seems to be *that person* who does so much, but is never appreciated as much as they should be. Whether they are a giving person, but never receive or work really hard in school, but no one notices — they deserve to feel appreciated, no matter their circumstance! Send them an edible arrangement, or flowers. Take them to dinner, or coffee. Get them a small gift to show how much you appreciate them. Whatever you do that person will feel overwhelmed with appreciation + #PositiveVibes.
#5] SMILE + SAY GOOD MORNING//AFTERNOON WHEN YOU MAKE THAT AWKWARD EYE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHILE WALKING TO CLASS
You never know what a stranger is going through -– they might be having a stressful week, or they may need a friendly smile to boost their spirits. Sending them that smile + *hello* could make their day, or even their week.
If you want to make a physical//life long impact on someone’s life + have extra time this semester//winter break skim through the list below for ideas on how to spend your time helping others.
#6] DONATE BLOOD
Donating blood is something you can do on your campus – usually once or twice a semester. This process is quick [30 minutes max] + easy if you qualify. Blood donation banks are always in high need of donors, so reach out to your nearest Red Cross//local donation facility to see if you qualify.
#7] DONATE BONE MARROW
Donating bone marrow is a huge step in helping change other people’s lives. This process starts with a swab of your mouth, then you’re entered into a database until your bone marrow is a close match with someone else’s. Finding a match could take days, weeks, months, or years, but you are taking a huge step in helping someone else’s life just by getting swabbed.
#8] DONATE CLOTHES
Donating clothes is a great way to impact someone else’s life in a non-physical way for you. Clothes are needed at places like Dress for Success, Goodwill + local clothing donation centers. As long as your clothes are in decent shape + can be worn again donation centers are happy to take them off your hands + share them with people who really need them.
#9] SUPPORT SOMEONE WHO GENUINELY NEEDS YOUR MOTIVATION + INSPIRATION
This could be a friend, family member, or someone you just met. If you know someone who genuinely needs support + motivation right now be the one to give them the inspiration they need. They could be struggling to meet their fitgoals, scoring a passing grade in a class, or are having problems at home — your kind words + inspiration could change their outlook on their issue // get them through their struggle.
#10] VOLUNTEER AT A SOUP KITCHEN
Volunteering at a soup kitchen on your Saturday morning, or during the holidays is a mind blowing experience that puts life into perspective. Helping people less fortunate than you is one of the most selfless acts of kindness that you can perform. Flashing a smile, greeting the people you are serving + listening to their stories could truly change their day, or their holiday season.
Regardless if you have set a goal to make someone else’s day everyday, or you want to make a large impact on someone’s life, you are doing #TheKindThing. The smallest acts of kindness can make the largest impacts – don’t underestimate the power of a hand written thank you note, or flashing a smile to a stranger.
+Delaney [@delaney_inchaarg] // UC CHAARG
+ Photography // Kaitlyn Bowman [@kaitb_inchaarg]