50 Random Acts of Kindness

Looking for something nice to do to brighten up your day and the lives of those around you? Here are some ideas of simple random acts of kindness that can be done by almost anyone with much time, money, or preparation. As a fun challenge, see how many you can do in a single day, then let us know about it in the comments.

  1. Leave a note of appreciation for a friend or family member
  2. Smile and say hello
  3. Return someone’s shopping cart for them
  4. “Heart Attack” someone by writing kind notes on paper hearts and taping them to their front door
  5. Let someone cut in front of you in line
  6. Slow to let someone merge into your lane
  7. Let someone else have the best seat or parking space
  8. Thank a cashier for their assistance
  9. Make a family member’s bed for them
  10. Wash the dishes
  11. Take a treat to a neighbor
  12. Go through a drive-thru and ask to pay for the car behind you
  13. Put coins in an expired parking meter
  14. Say something kind and encouraging to a parent struggling with rowdy kids
  15. Give bottles of water to people working outside on a hot day
  16. Take the time to write a review for a book, products, or place you enjoy (especially if it is for a small, independent author or company)
  17. Buy something from a kid’s lemonade stand
  18. Bring treats to your local fire or police station
  19. Write a thank you note for your mail carrier
  20. Donate unwanted items to a good charity or thrift store
  21. Write letters to people serving in the military
  22. Tell your boss something you appreciate about them
  23. Call someone just to say “I love you”
  24. Give directions to someone who is lost
  25. Forgive someone who has wronged you
  26. Hold open the door
  27. Put a note of encouragement in your child’s lunchbox or backpack
  28. Do someone else’s chore around the house
  29. Walk a neighbor’s dog
  30. Let someone else pick the TV show to watch
  31. Avoid complaining and say something positive instead
  32. Play with a sibling or neighbor
  33. Give your mother flowers
  34. Help a neighbor bring in their groceries
  35. Be on time
  36. Help clean up after a party or event
  37. Volunteer at a local pet shelter
  38. Tell a joke to cheer someone up
  39. Babysit for free
  40. Donate a book to the library
  41. Listen careful when someone needs to talk
  42. Invite someone over that you haven’t seen in a while
  43. Give a sincere compliment
  44. Give out free hot chocolate on a cold day
  45. Donate activity books to a children’s hospital
  46. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen
  47. Leave an extra big tip
  48. Run an errand for someone
  49. Offer to mow your neighbor’s lawn
  50. Pick up litter at the park or on the street

What other acts of kindness have you done?

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