“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James
Random Acts of Kindness are powerful ways to brighten someone’s day or help them out in a difficult situation. Because the acts are random, they demonstrate the power of humanity to understand and be good to each other. And, because kindness is contagious (yup, it’s true), your kind deeds will likely inspire their recipients to pass on kindness to others as well.
- Leave a pile of pennies next to a fountain so everyone can make a wish.
- Donate games and activity books to a children’s hospital- check the hospital’s website or call to see what they may be in need of.
- Walk around your neighborhood at night and write positive messages in sidewalk chalk for people to see on their way to work/school/the bus in the morning: “Good morning, sunshine!” “Today is going to be a great day!” “You’re awesome!”
- Shy? Recruit a friend to join you in committing your acts of kindness. They’ll probably be touched by the idea.
- Put change in an expired parking meter to save someone a ticket.
- Write a letter to someone who needs it through the cool org More Love Letters.
- Carry change and snacks in your purse so you’re prepared the next time someone asks you for money to buy a meal.
- Send a letter or care package to a deployed soldier.
- Anonymously pay someone’s tab at a restaurant. Maybe like this, but possibly less expensive.
- Buy a few $5 Starbucks gift cards and leave them in study carrels in a campus library during finals week.
- Say “Good morning” to a stranger standing next to you on the bus or in the elevator.
- Have some funds to spare right now? Loan money to an aspiring entrepreneur through Kiva. As little as $25 can make a difference in helping someone start their business, and 99% of loans are paid back.
- Knit (or buy) scarves and hats and leave them on statues for cold people to find- like this.
- Hang “Take What You Need” flyers around town.
- Buy (or pick!) a bouquet of flowers and present them to a deserving stranger.
And some not-so-random ones:
- Get to the office early with a box of treats to share and an anonymous note saying “Help yourself and have a great day!”
- Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
- Write positive Yelp reviews for small businesses in your neighborhood. (A lot of business comes from online reviews.)
- Post a positive comment on a friend’s Facebook page.
- Send an overdue thank you note. Did grandma make you a quilt that you’re using on your bed? Send a picture of the quilt being used, thanking her and letting her know how much you love it.
- Bring something special for the birthday person.
- Save some cute jars, pick a few bouquets, and leave them on your roommates’ or co-workers’ desks, or friends’ doorsteps.
- Buy a Street Pulse newspaper in front of Walgreens on State Street. Street Pulse is a nonprofit cooperative serving to raise a voice for homeless and social issues and provide income to its vendors, who are experiencing homelessness. Carry a dollar with you the next time you walk that way and show your support by stopping to buy a paper.
- Think of five friends who you know are going through something challenging and send a sweet text message checking in to see how they’re doing.
- Make little gift baskets for holidays and give them to the kids in your neighborhood, co-workers, or anonymously drop them off at friends’ houses.
Real-life kindness to inspire you:
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” ― Khalil Gibran
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