Undertake a Random Act of Kindness today!

Make someone else smile today - and you'll smile too!

Make someone else smile today - and you'll smile too!

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A wave of good deeds is expected to sweep across the Western Isles today (Thursday, October 10th) as residents are encouraged to undertake a Random Act of Kindness.

To help celebrate World Mental Health Day today, NHS Western Isles is encouraging its very own Random Acts of Kindness Day.

People all across the Western Isles are being encouraged to take a moment to perform a random act of kindness – to a stranger, neighbour, friend or family member – and see the positive effect it can have.

It doesn’t have to take much time or cost any money, and hopefully it will inspire the recipient to do something good as well, creating a giant ripple effect of kindness.

Acts of kindness could be helping someone struggling with their shopping, giving up a seat on the bus, letting someone go in front of your in a queue or paying for the coffee of the person behind you.

A number of secondary schools and colleges across the Western Isles have pledged to perform random acts of kindness on Thursday as part of their curriculum around health and wellbeing.

Research has shown that doing good things for others can reduce stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and even benefit your physical health. It feels good to give and doesn’t have to be a grand gesture or even cost you money.

Why not see for yourself what a difference carrying out a random act of kindness can make? It can be simple things that make all the difference.

And perhaps if you do someone a good turn they might be encouraged to pay it forward and perform a random act for someone else.

NHS Western Isles would like to hear of all the Random Acts of Kindness that take place today.

You can share your kindness ideas and stories for others through Twitter @NHSWI using hashtag #WIRAK or on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NHSWesternIses