As many of us await the start of the ever-unpredictable British summer, you\u2019re probably feeling the need for a proper break and some time away from the stresses of the daily grind.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re feeling a little tired or de-motivated, there\u2019s always the tried and true methods of self-care: sleep, diet, exercise. But there\u2019s one other proven tactic that people often ignore: acts of kindness.\r\nChange your outlook\r\nFinding a way to inject some good into the global melting pot is a great way to get a quick pick me up. We often tend to focus on ourselves as a path to happiness: our own fitness, our own mindfulness, or our own success at work. But by making ourselves the sole focus, we miss out on the positive benefits of helping others.\r\n\r\nHelping those around you can change your outlook and improve your mood. A simple act of kindness, such as giving up your seat up on public transport or even paying for someone\u2019s coffee can be just the unexpected tonic you\u2019re looking for.\r\n\r\nSonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside says, \u201cPeople who engage in kind acts become happier\u202fover time. When you\u2019re kind to others, you feel good as a\u202fperson\u2014more moral, optimistic, and positive.\u201d\r\nWhen you do good, you feel good\r\nYou can engage in acts of kindness in your community through local initiatives, or spread your goodwill even further by participating in organisations with a global reach.\r\n\r\nJust as with an act of kindness, making a donation has a similar mood-boosting effect.\r\n\r\nBy donating regularly to a charity you feel connected to, you can harness those positive feelings on a more long-term basis.\r\n\r\nAccording to the Cleveland Clinic, \u201cduring gift-giving behaviours, humans secrete \u201cfeel good\u201d chemicals in our brains, such as serotonin (a mood-mediating chemical), dopamine (a feel-good chemical) and oxytocin (a compassion and bonding chemical).\u201d\r\nKindness in the future\r\nWhether you\u2019re young or old, making a Will is something that will protect your assets and ensure that things are handled exactly the way you want. It\u2019s not always the most pleasant thing to think about, but a lot of people have the incredible power of being able to leave something behind that will help others.\r\n\r\nWe all want to make sure friends, family and loved ones are looked after, but the altruism of including a charity in your Will is a way of \u2018future\u2019 giving. And knowing that you\u2019ll leave something so useful behind for others is another way to bring more kindness to the world in the future\u2013 and a sense of happiness right now.\r\nA little goes a long way\r\nThere you have it: a short and sweet answer to a low mood. Want a pick-me-up? Then just look outside yourself and do something for someone else.\r\n\r\nWhether it\u2019s through a random act of kindness, volunteer work or a gift in your Will - it may surprise you how good it feels to help out a fellow human.\r\n\r\nEsha Thaper, The Fred Hollows Foundation\r\n\r\nA non-profit that aims to reduce avoidable blindness around the world.