I’m no saint. In fact, I’m not even sure that I’m a good person. However, I make a point of practicing random acts of kindness every day. These simple acts of altruism help to make the world a better place to live– for me and for everyone around me. Many people want to practice random acts of kindness, but can’t think of any random acts of kindness ideas.
After you’ve started making random acts of kindness a part of your life, it should be easy to think of ideas. But, while you warm up to the practice, here are 25 random acts of kindness ideas to get you started. All of these are things that I’ve done and have found to be fulfilling, both to myself and to the people whose days I’ve brightened.
1. Think of a family member who you don’t talk to very often. Call her and tell her how much you love and appreciate her.
2. Buy a pack of 50 blank cards and envelopes made from recycled paper. It will cost about $10. Now make a list of 50 loved ones, and send them each a card explaining why you care about them.
3. Buy a pack of biodegradable diapers. Put them in the trunk of your car. The next time you see a pregnant woman, give them to her.
4. Go to your local Red Cross and donate blood.
5. Go vegetarian for a day.
6. Go to your local Animal Shelter and play with an adult dog. They are less likely to be played with and adopted.
7. Buy or pick some flowers. Go to a nursing home and leave them in the room of someone who has none.
8. “Adopt” an endangered animal from Defenders of Wildlife or the World Wildlife Fund in the name of a child you know.
9. Go to Wishuponahero.com and donate to someone in need.
10. Weed your neighbor’s garden.
11. Leave a bag of inexpensive toys at the house of a neighbor with children.
12. If you see a woman who doesn’t fit a conventional beauty standard– for example, she has a conspicuous scar or is very overweight– tell her that she’s beautiful, even if you don’t know her.
13. Buy a meal for a homeless person.
14. Add quarters to someone else’s low parking meter.
15. Leave your change in a vending machine.
16. Slip a quarter into a gumball machine. You’ll make a child’s day!
17. Park at the far end of the lot. This leaves room for people in a hurry.
18. If you hear that someone in your town is struggling financially, slip a $10 bill in their mailbox.
19. Send flowers to a teacher, librarian or firefighter in your town from a “secret admirer.”
20. Write a card that says, “Everything will be okay.” Then leave it in a random public place.
21. If your waiter or waitress seems flustered or upset, leave a note on her napkin saying, “Have a wonderful day.”
22. Visit Chemoangel.net to be an Angel for someone undergoing chemotherapy.
23. Spend an hour picking up litter in a local park.
24. Think of something good that’s happening in your city– library events, recycling programs, education. Call your mayor’s office and thank them.
25. Buy a toothbrush, an Ensure drink, a razor, a travel-sized toothbrush tube, and a bar of soap. Next time you see a homeless person, give him this simple and inexpensive care package.