Did you know giving and receiving random acts of kindness can actually cut your risk of heart disease? Research shows that kindness releases oxytocin, a hormone that has a powerful and beneficial effect on your cardiovascular system.
In honor of Heart Health Month, here are some easy and fun ways you can share kindness in February.
Brighten your co-worker's day with a thank-you card.
Give someone a book you think they'd like.
Call your parents or grandparents.
Give something away for free.
Talk to the shy person who's sitting by themselves at a party.
Put sticky notes with positive messages on the mirrors in restrooms.
Let someone else have the parking space.
Give someone a hug.
Pay the toll or bus fare for the person behind you.
Babysit for a single mom for free.
Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home.
Write a nice comment on someone's blog or social post.
Invite the new person at work or school to join you for lunch.
Bring your partner coffee or tea in bed.
Be kind to your body! Bring a healthy treat to work.
Compliment someone to their boss.
Donate clothing or food (or both) to a donation bank.
Email a teacher or friend who has made a difference in your life.
Do a load of laundry and dishes for a friend going through a tough time.
Compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
Shovel an elderly neighbor's driveway or mow their lawn for free.
Put a surprise note in your spouse's or kid's lunch.
Drop off flowers at the hospital nursing station—for the nurses.
Listen to someone without interrupting.
Introduce yourself to your neighbors.
Give boxes and packing tape to someone who is moving.
Offer to help someone carry their grocery bags.
Use reusable bottles, bags and plates to help reduce waste.
Kindness is (literally) good for your heart! 29 ways to share it in honor of #HeartHealthMonth @deliciousliving
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