Sunflower Fiona BrennanRandom Acts of Kindness

Positive psychology research has illustrated that one of the key aspects to boosting our own happiness levels is by helping other people.

A recent study followed students for six weeks who had carried out random acts of kindness such as, holding doors open, giving blood, offering people lifts etc. At the end of the study, it was reported that the students who had consistently carried out acts of kindness everyday experienced an increase in their own levels of happiness.

This week, focus on helping people in whatever way you can. Make a silent commitment to yourself to carry out three random acts of kindness per day. You will notice a feeling of what psychologists refer to as ‘moral elevation’; we feel more positive when we help people. It is really a win-win situation.

Above all, remember to be kind and compassionate to yourself – particularly at any moments when you feel challenged.