7 random acts of kindness

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13th. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organizations. In honor of World Kindness Day, here are 7 random acts of kindness.

Perform a small act of kindness for random strangers, without the intention of being recognized. A simple act of kindness can make someone's day, often at little to no cost. You never know the effect that you can have on someone. Here are 7 random acts of kindness that don't require much effort and can make someone else's day.

· Smile

A smile is the easiest thing to give; it doesn't cost us a thing, and it can do so much good.

· Compliment Someone

Give someone else a confidence boost and see how it makes you feel.

· Listen

Truly listen. Pay attention to what people say when you ask, “How are you doing?” This can actually be quite challenging and yet, it can be a catalyst for deeper connection.

· Pay it Forward

Some ways you can pay it forward include: paying the tab for someone you don’t know at a coffee shop, gas station, or grocery store; writing a recommendation letter; letting another driver get in front of you while waiting for the red light; donating money or time to a cause you believe in; giving someone a caring smile and/or a hug to show them you care.

· Holding the door

It's such a simple thing to do, but we’re often so rushed, focused on getting from point A to point B, that we don’t pay attention to those around us. The next time you head into a store or out of your office building, hold the door open to let others through too.

· Show Gratitude to a Stranger

Simple actions of kindness can go beyond the divisions created by language or appearance. This can be someone who went above and beyond in terms of customer service, helped you with a flat tire, or gave you a coupon. Express gratitude with a warm thank you.

· Tip extra — just because

A really good tips can change someone's whole day. Show them some kindness and leave a generous tip. Maybe even include an encouraging note on a napkin or a receipt to go along with it. It’ll brighten their day and make them feel appreciated.

It's easy to become blind to the people around us—to their problems, their lives, to the fact that they are even people, who struggle the same that we do. A simple act of kindness doesn't take much time—just a few seconds, maybe a few minutes. Spread love, kindness and positivity. Don't be afraid to be kind just for the sake of being kind. You never know the effect you can have.