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Random Acts of Kindness

Updated: Feb 8

Giving and Receiving Kindness Feels Good

Janick Hickman, MS, is a Mental Health Counselor with the Center for Hearing and Communication in Broward County, Florida.


Janick Hickman of CHC-FL is a mental heath counselor
Janick Hickman, Mental Health Counselor

February 11th through the 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Week. This week, I encourage you not only to show kindness to others, but to yourself as well.

The Science

Did you know that being kind and receiving a kind gesture can trigger chemical reactions in our brains. According to researchers at Cedars-Sinai, these processes are what give us those familiar warm and fuzzy feelings. Our brains are in a “feel-good” state. When that happens, our mood, anxieties, depression, physical health (e.g. blood pressure), and overall well-being are positively impacted. Acts of kindness can improve self-esteem, decrease blood pressure and reduce stress levels.

Random Acts of Kindness for Others

Feel good about sharing these random acts of kindness:

  1. Send a “Good morning, I hope you have a great day” text or email to someone on your phone or contact list.

  2. Smile at someone.

  3. Purchase a pack of hearing aid batteries and donate them to CHC-FL or CHC-NY for someone who cannot afford them.

  4. Learn five new signs (American Sign Language) to surprise your deaf or hard of hearing family member, friend, or colleague.

  5. Surprise your neighbor with some baked treats.

  6. Try to make sure every person with hearing loss in a group conversation feels included (e.g., take turns speaking, look at the person when speaking, use transcription apps, hire an interpreter for your friend/loved one at the next holiday get together).


Random Acts of Kindness for Yourself

And don’t forget to be kind to yourself:

  1. Tell yourself “Good morning, I’m going to have a great day!”

  2. Treat yourself to a goodie (e.g., a baked good, a cup of coffee/tea, French fries, a dessert, a slice of pizza).

  3. Give yourself permission not to do the dishes tonight.

  4. Have a chat with a friend or family member you have not connected with in some time.

  5. Watch a movie or read a book that is just for fun—not for work, not for learning life lessons, not for school.

  6. Lay in bed an extra five minutes in the morning and just Breathe!

The positive boost that comes from giving and receiving kindness is reported as lasting between 3-4 minutes. By making kindness a practice rather than a one-time event, we can play an active role in our overall mental, physical, and emotional wellness.




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Alva Emma
Jun 06

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Madam Sara
Madam Sara
May 31

When performing acts of kindness, the brain releases chemicals like oxytocin and serotonin, which increase feelings of happiness Suika game and reduce stress.

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