50 Easy Acts of Kindness

To wrap up Be Kind week, I though I’d make a list of ideas for 50 easy acts of kindness.  You don’t have to spend money.  You don’t have to go too far out of your way.  All you have to do is see things from someone else’s viewpoint and think of something that might help them or make make them feel good.  It was surprisingly easy to come up with this list.  What are some easy kind acts that you can think of?

  1. kindesssmallHold open a door for someone whose hands are full
  2. Help someone put their groceries in their car
  3. Write a thank you note to your child’s teacher or instructor.  Be specific about what you appreciate or give an example of why they’re so awesome.
  4. Call your mom
  5. Bring in your neighbor’s trash cans
  6. Send a note to your dad recounting a happy memory of your childhood
  7. Make your spouse their favorite treat or dinner
  8. Offer to watch a friend/family member’s kids so that they can catch a break.
  9. Leave coupons that you’re not going to use for someone else at the grocery store.
  10. Send a package to a deployed soldier
  11. Make an extra dinner portion and give it to someone who could use a little help
  12. Bring a snack to share into the office (or to the office of your kids’ school)
  13. Return the shopping cart to the cart corral for a mom/dad with young kids OR if you see a parent getting out of the car with two little kids, offer them your cart if you’re done with it .
  14. Offer a hot chocolate to someone at the bus stop on a cold morning
  15. The next time you bake a treat, bake extra and give it to someone whom you appreciate
  16. Write a positive review on yelp if you think someone did a good job.
  17. If you receive particularly good service on the phone, ask to speak to the agent’s supervisor and let them know about your experience
  18. Collect box tops for kids who are collecting them for school
  19. Collect toiletries from hotel amenities and donate them to a women’s shelter
  20. Take your kids to visit the elderly at a retirement homediana
  21. If someone (anyone!) smiles at you, for god’s sake, smile back!
  22. If you have a bunch of items to purchase at the grocery store and the person behind you doesn’t, let them go first.
  23. If you see someone drop something, pick it up for them.  Bonus points if it’s an elderly person, pregnant woman, or parent with a baby in their arms.
  24. Compliment a coworker on a presentation or communication well done.
  25. Put your crummy day behind you and meet your spouse with a smile when they or you come home.
  26. Leave an encouraging comment on someone’s blog.  We love that.
  27. Invite a single friend over for dinner on a weeknight just because.
  28. Offer a cold drink to someone who is working on your home
  29. Leave extra coins on the machine at the Laundromat
  30. Make eye contact and smile at the person at the drive-thru
  31. Leave a large tip for good service
  32. Give a gift card or a thank you note to someone who regularly provides service to you
  33. Clean the windshield of the car next to you while pumping gas (ask first!)
  34. Leave a flower in a coworker’s cube to brighten their day
  35. Write a note with sidewalk chalk on a neighbor’s driveway
  36. Bring in your neighbor’s garbage cans
  37. Pick up trash at the park
  38. Let your doctor know what you appreciate about their care
  39. Make a list and rattle off why you’re proud of your child
  40. wildeMake a list and rattle off why you’re proud of your spouse
  41. Make a list and rattle off what you admire about your parents
  42. Thank a soldier and explain to your child (in front of the soldier) why he’s/she’s a hero
  43. Leave a treat for your mail carrier in your mailbox
  44. Offer to take a picture for someone who is clearly trying to get a picture but can’t get the selfie to work
  45. When you see a mom with kids going crazy, give her a smile and let her know it gets easier
  46. When you like something about a stranger’s appearance, tell them
  47. Introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t know anyone at a party you’re attending
  48. Open your home to a friend – no need for a fancy meal or scrubbing the house top to bottom – just tell them to come over
  49. Recycle, reuse and reduce – being kind to the earth counts too!
  50. Accept kindness graciously.  It allows others to feel good too.

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