Random Acts of Kindness

If we can all do one act of kindness a day, we can make a huge difference in the lives of people.

Imagine hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of us all collectively combining our energy to help the victims of social and physical attack. If we all help one person feel better, help one person feel that they matter, then we have not just saved one life, but the lives of all those that they might have hurt if pain and sadness pushed them too far.

We could prevent school shootings and suicides all over the world. It doesn’t take a cape and a secret identity, or a military uniform to be a hero. It takes just a few kind words, a helping hand, to pick someone up and dust them off. Together we can save the youth of America, and maybe even the world.

“I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been different. Everyone is different from each other. We have to accept that. We have to live with it.”
Anonymous

  • Help The Homeless: Donate your professional clothes to an organization that helps people get back into the workforce. G…
  • Valentine’s Day in September: Don’t wait until February to recognize the impact they make in your life. Celebrate Valentine’s Day …
  • Lend a Hand to All Parents: Baby sit. Deliver a cooked meal for the entire family. Let their children spend the day with you or …
  • Reachout to the Homebound: Reach out to the homebound — seniors, ill or incapacitate children or caregivers committed to carin…
  • Crafts of Kindness: Ask a creative crafter to help you with acts of kindness. Knit a hat for a homeless person this wint…
  • Corporate Compassion: Plant seeds of kindness in the corporate world. Find the office of your CEO and leave a thank-you ca…
  • Gift of Generosity: Next time you give a gift, deliver it in a context of generosity. On your friend’s birthday, sponsor…
  • Healing Kindness: Express kindness to those who are healing. Leave a stuffed animal for a child in a hospital. Plant a…
  • Long Distance Kindness: Reach out to far away lands, with long distance kindness. Ask your penpal to do something kind in hi…
  • Honor Your Heroes: Honor your heroes with kindness. Dedicate a small act of kindness to your hero by writing them a let…
  • Kindness Towards Environment: Practice kindness towards the environment. Participate in beach or park cleanups. Reduce air polluti…
  • Globs of Gratitude: Appreciate someone who has done something kind for you. Send a ‘Thank You’ card to someone who’s hel…
  • Five Bucks And Under: What can you do with five bucks to make someone’s day? Tape the exact change for a soda to a vending…
  • Spring Forward: Clean out your closet and take the extra clothes to a local nonprofit organization. If you have flo…
  • Community Kindness: Appreciate a community worker. Give a thank-you card to a bus driver who is driving off-peak hours, …
  • Tag the Ones Closest: Do something kind for those closest to you. Give your housemate a hug in the morning, for no reason….
  • Public Transportation: Before you get off the bus or train, leave an inspiring book on a seat with a Smile Card. Give a flo…
  • Lending An Ear: Sometimes kindness is as simple as listening. Lend an ear to someone going through a tough time. N…
  • Connect with Seniors: Connect with seniors in your community. Visit senior centers or nursing homes. Walk or visit with …
  • Public Places: Beautify public places in your community. Clean graffiti on public walls. Have a clean-up party at …
  • Family Kindness: Surprise your family with an act of kindness. Send flowers (or a plant) to your mom or dad. Have e…
  • Hear the Homeless: It’s been a long winter. Make some soup or sandwich for a homeless person in your neighborhood and d…
  • Gift of Books: Never underestimate the power of books to expand minds. Give an inspiring book to a friend in need. …
  • Volunteer Wonders: Volunteering often provides a good opportunity to be exposed to people who may be in need of an anon…
  • Restaurant Uproar: Tag someone at a restaurant. Buy someone dessert. Pay for the person behind you at a drive-thru. Pic…
  • Kindness With Children: Get children excited about kindness. Have a child deliver a hand-made card to your neighbor. Gathe…
  • Halloween Happiness: Volunteer to take a child trick-or-treating. Teach a kid about safety while out at night; give them …
  • Flowers of Kindness: Send unexpected bouquet of flowers to the hard-working receptionist in your office building. Plant …
  • The Small Things: Share your umbrella with someone who doesn’t have one. Write a thank-you note to a mentor or someo…
  • Pen is Mightier Than the Sword: Pen is mightier than the sword, they say. Write a note of appreciation to someone. Send an inspirat…
  • Giving Thanks: Give thanks. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Invite someone for dinner who would otherwise be spendin…
  • Winter Warmth: As December approaches, the heaters turn on and jackets are zipped up, be mindful of the less fortun…
  • Gift of Inner Transformation: Restrain from criticizing or saying anything negative to anyone this week. In a challenging situatio…
  • Seven Greatest Gifts: Gift of service: donate to a cause, as a holiday gift for your best friend. Gift of affection: be g…
  • New Year’s Resolutions: Make a New Year’s resolution about giving. Do one small act of kindness every month, whether it is …
  • Give of Yourself: Prepare a nutritious sack lunch for a homeless person and hand it to him/her saying “have a great da…
  • Kindness With Youngsters: Get kids excited about kindness! Setup a ‘lemonade’ stand on a busy street corner in your neighborh…
  • Be Vocal In Times of Beauty: Create beauty, in the spirit of kindness. Draw the feeling of kindness and send it as a postcard to…
  • Ideas in Five Words or Less: Read to a child. Make a wish come true. Rake someone’s yard. Smile at a stranger. Be a courteous dr…
  • Stop Negative Comments: Create change one conversation at a time. Stand up for a woman who is the target of a sexist remark…

OTHER IDEAS:

  1. Send someone a hand written note of thanks.
  2. Make a card at home and send it to a friend for no reason.
  3. Buy food for a stranger.
  4. Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter.
  5. Buy a coffee for the bus driver who drives your kids to school each day.
  6. Cut your neighbor’s hedge or grass.
  7. Walk your friend’s dog.
  8. Give a compliment about your waiter / waitress to his / her manager.
  9. Send someone a small gift anonymously.
  10. Stop and help someone replace their flat tire.
  11. Let someone jump in front of you at the bank or in a store.
  12. Pay for the drinks on the next table at a café/restaurant.
  13. Treat a friend to the movies for no reason.
  14. Give a huge tip to someone when they least expect it.
  15. Hold the train door open for someone rushing to get in.
  16. Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person.
  17. Write notes of appreciation at least once a week.
  18. Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation.
  19. Pick up some rubbish in the road which would otherwise be lying around.
  20. Compliment a work colleague for their excellence.
  21. Recommend a competitor to a potential client.
  22. Give another driver your parking spot.
  23. Give a piece of fruit to a delivery person.
  24. Help an elderly neighbor carry the rubbish out.
  25. Tell all your family members how much your appreciate them.
  26. Leave a copy of an interesting book on a train / bus.
  27. Buy an inspirational book for a friend.
  28. Send a thank you note to a person who has helped you in the past.
  29. Smile a lot.

What goes around is sure to come around – happy helping 🙂