Random Acts of Kindness

Stress Relief Tool – Random Acts of Kindness

A simple message saying you were thinking of someone works wonders for relieving stress.

This is a simple yet very rewarding and effective form of stress relief. At the start of each day, take one minute to write an email or send a text praising or thanking someone you know for something they did.1 What you are thanking them for doesn’t have to be anything big: the fact that you noticed and thanked them for it can go a long way to making that person’s day. This also works for friends and family you haven’t connected with in a while. A simple message saying you were thinking of them works wonders.

If you have a little more time, master networker Adam Rifkin suggests his five-minute rule: every day we should do something selfless for someone else that takes under five minutes. The essence of whatever you do should be the difference it can make to the person receiving the gift. Usually these favors take the form of an introduction, reference, feedback, or shout-out on social media.2 It can also be something like helping someone carry boxes or offering to pick up lunch or coffee for somebody who is stuck working at their desk.

Here’s the caveat: don’t expect a response. If you set expectations, you set yourself up for disappointment. Instead, send the thank-you note just because you want to. And if you do get a response, consider it the cherry on top of your ice cream sundae and enjoy a jolt of positive energy to soften any difficulties you might be experiencing.

  1. Olson, J. – The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
  2. Barker, E. – Silicon Valley’s Best Networker Teaches You His Secrets

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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