Random Acts of Kindness- 50 Ways to Show You Care

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”
-Dalai Lama


Happy World Kindness Day! What a wonderful holiday to remind us all that the world can always use more kindness. World Kindness Day was established in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement and is celebrated every November 13th.

Dalai Lama quote "Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible."

We live in a day and age that’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and schedules. Not to mention the constant pressure of living up to unrealistic standards of the perfect social media facade. It’s easier now than ever to criticize and put down others while hiding behind a keyboard. With the negativity that has come along with technological advancements  it’s so important to choose to be kind to others. We’ve put together 50 random acts of kindness that you can do to celebrate.

  1. Make someone’s morning by sending them a good morning text.
  2. Give 5 strangers a genuine compliment today.
  3. Leave extra change in a vending machine.
  4. Get to know a coworker that you don’t know very well.
  5. Pay for the car behind you while grabbing coffee or going through a drive-through.
  6. Write a letter or email to an old friend or family member you’ve lost touch with.
  7. Leave a positive review for a small business you love.
  8. Ask your child’s teacher is they need any supplies for the classroom.
  9. Pick up litter
  10. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
  11. Wheel out/in your neighbors trash can.
  12. Donate gently used clothes and toys to your local homeless shelter
  13. Hold the door open for someone.
  14. Offer to return someone’s cart at the grocery store.
  15. Donate to your favorite charity.
  16. Bring a dessert or sweet treat to your neighbors.
  17. Pass out a few care packages to the homeless with winter essentials and non-perishable food.
  18. Leave an inspirational note or quote in your favorite books at the bookstore.
  19. Offer to babysit for a stressed-out parent that could use a break.
  20. Write someone that you love a letter with all of the things you love and admire about them.
  21. Let go of an old grudge.
  22. Leave positive sticky notes in public places
  23. Volunteer your time at a senior center.
  24. Add change to someone's parking meter that is almost expired.
  25. Make your family or significant other a home cooked meal
  26. Leave quarters at the laundromat.
  27. Make your server's day by leaving a nice note and a generous tip.
  28. Go an entire day without criticizing anyone.
  29. Write someone a positive message on social media.
  30. Make a payment on someone’s layaway bill.
  31. Start a fundraiser for a cause you’re passionate about.
  32. Help a neighbor unload and carry in their groceries.
  33. Bring donuts or another treat to work to share with coworkers.
  34. Hold the elevator door open.
  35. Let someone go ahead of you in line whether that be at the store or a restaurant.
  36. Send a care package to a soldier.
  37. Tell someone's boss how great of a job they are doing.
  38. Support a small business by shopping local.
  39. Donate gently used linens to a homeless or animal shelter.
  40. Take time to really listen to your loved ones with no distractions.
  41. Encourage your children to be kind to everyone.
  42. Encourage someone who is feeling down.
  43. Introduce and recommend someone for a job opening.
  44. Give your pet an extra long belly rub or walk.
  45. Thank someone you normally wouldn’t (mail man, bus driver, janitor, crossing guard)
  46. Donate blood.
  47. Offer to help out a stressed out coworker with the project they’re working on.
  48. Buy a homeless person a warm meal.
  49. Gift a book that changed your life for the better to a friend.

There you have it! Being kind doesn’t always have to be a grand gesture, a friendly smile or wave can make all the difference in someone's day!