Being kind is one of the simplest things you can do; it’s free, it’s easy, and it will boost your mood. Whether it’s buying a coffee for the person in the queue behind you, holding open a door for a stranger, flashing a smile at someone as you walk down the street, or simply asking, “are you ok?” – there are plenty of ways that you can practise random acts of kindness. On today’s Random Acts of Kindness Day, take a moment to be kind for no other reason than to bring joy to others around you.

Part of Random Acts of Kindness Week, which runs from 16-22nd February, Random Acts of Kindness Day is a whole 24 hours dedicated to the art of being nice – and a little niceness goes a long way…

As #RandomActsOfKindnessDay trends around the world, Twitter has been telling the tales of everyday people doing heart-warming deeds; from paying for other people’s petrol, to cutting their hair for charity, and simply embracing others around them in a big hug.

Whilst today is aimed at promoting kindness to one another, many people do not need a reminder to be kind to others – instead most people need a reminder to be kind to themselves. And Random Acts of Kindness Day is the perfect opportunity to check in with yourself and do something perfectly and unapologetically selfish.

When was the last time you pressed the pause button and carved out some time for yourself? Drawing, colouring, journaling and writing are proven ways to practice mindfulness and improve our emotional wellbeing.

Go for a walk, bake a cake, watch your favourite film, phone a friend, visit your family – just taking some time for yourself today – and every day – goes a long way to taking care of the most important relationship in your life – yourself.

But, we know that some days can be harder than others, and nobody should feel the pressure to act a certain way just because it’s trending on social media. If you’re having thoughts of suicide, or are concerned for a young person who may be struggling; we offer a free, confidential helpline – HOPELINE247 – where our team of suicide prevention advisors are ready to support you.

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