112 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas to Use Today

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Random acts of kindness can really brighten someone’s day. Not only do they make people happy, they make you happy, and they make people want to make other people feel happy. They are also free (or pretty close to it). Happiness for free?  Yes!  A frugal living delight.

Here are 112 easy and simple ideas for random acts of kindness that you can do today (and any other day):

112 Random Acts of Kindness

112 Random Acts of Kindness

1. Take the time to write and mail a handwritten letter to someone you care about
2. Donate some books to the local library
3. Give someone you care about a great big hug
4. Bake a few extra cookies and take them to your neighbour
5. Leave a nice note for your partner
6. Help an elderly person cross the street
7. Move you car forward to make sure someone can park behind you
8. Smile at people
9. Hold the elevator door open and allow others to enter first
10. Tell your co-worker that you like their new haircut (if you really do)
11. If someone comes up with a great idea tell them so
12. Let a driver merge in front of you
13  Pick up some litter and put it in the trash
14. Introduce yourself to someone new
15. Offer to give your partner a foot rub
16. Hold the door open for the person behind you
17. Allow someone to vent.  Just sit and listen.
18. Leave extra time in your parking meter
19. Go to the park and feed the pigeons
20. Give up your seat for someone else on the bus
21. Plant a tree
22. Brush the snow off your neighbour’s car
23. Make an anonymous donation to a charity
24. If you received great service, write a letter to the management saying so
25. Take the time to give directions to someone who is lost
26. Offer to pick up stuff from the store for a less mobile neighbour, especially when its nasty outside
27. When you get a new piece of clothing, donate something old
28. When you are wrong, admit it.  Say “I’m sorry”.
29. Save a spot at the lunch table for a co-worker
30. Let an elderly person or someone with screaming kids go ahead of you in line
31. If you’re tempted to make a negative comment, don’t say anything at all
32. Say “please” and “thank you”
33. Offer to babysit for a friend or neighbour
34. Give your cat or dog an extra long brushing
35. Write a comment and share some ideas/advice on a blog
36. Water your neighbour’s flowers
37. Buy some locally grown food from a local market
38. If someone screws up, tell them it’s “okay”. Help them to fix their mistake.
39. Write a thank you letter when someone is kind
40. Put your phone away when you are talking with someone – give then your full attention
41. If someone drops something, pick it up for them
42. Sign up to become a organ donor
43. Be kind to someone you dislike
44. Share a favourite recipe with someone
45. Loan a favourite book to a friend
46. Support the decision of a loved one, even if you disagree with them
47. Make an old school mix tape of great music and give it to a friend
48. Erase the pencil scribbles that someone else put in your library book
49. Volunteer at a local food bank or soup kitchen
50. Offer to help someone reach something from a high shelf
51. Help someone get up if they fall
52. Help out a friend when they are working on something difficult
53. Help someone carry their groceries to their car
54. Learn to say “Please” and “Thank You” in another language.  Use it with someone who speaks that language.
55. Donate to a local food bank using one of the bins at the grocery store
56. Do the right thing when no one is looking
57. Stand up to a bully
58. Help a parent bring their stroller onto the bus
59. Choose not to eat meat one day a week
60. Give your pet a special treat
61. Rescue a worm from drowning in a puddle after a rainstorm
62. Share some of those beautiful ripe tomatoes from your garden with your neighbour
63. Listen twice as much as you speak
64. Make time for someone else
65. Ask the bus driver to wait for the person who is running to catch the bus
66. Share your umbrella on a rainy day
67. Stand to the right to let other pass you on the escalator
68. Bring coffee from home to reduce waste (and save money)
69. Leave enough milk in the milk jug for the next person
70. If someone doesn’t doesn’t know how to do something, teach them
71. While in the car with your partner or a friend, play their favourite music instead of your own
72. If someone is scared about doing something, do it yourself to show them it’s okay
73. Give the TV remote to someone else. Let them choose what you watch.
74. Share your lunch if someone at work or school forgets theirs
75. Take a short shower to conserve water
76. Take you dog for an extra long walk
77. Move aside when someone with a stroller passes you on the side walk
78. Put a bird feeder in your backyard
79. Save some hot water for the next person
80. Walk to your destination instead of driving to reduce pollution
81. Offer encouragement to someone who is trying to do something difficult
82. Tell a loved one how much you appreciate them
83. Clear the snow and ice off the side walk and your walkway
84. Tell people about any great deals or products you might find
85. Offer to drive a friend/neighbour who does not have a car
86. Cut through your plastic beer can rings to prevent them from choking an animal
87. Lend a good movie to a friend or neighbour
88. Offer to let your neighbour’s friends park in your driveway when they are visiting
89. Help out a new small business in your neighbourhood by buying something
90. Lend your sweater to someone when they’re cold
91. Don’t criticise even though you may think you have every right to
92. Set up a birdhouse in your yard
93. Let someone know when they have food stuck between their teeth
94. Wrap your used bubblegum in a tissue before throwing it into the trash can.  This makes it easier to clean.
95. Treat yourself to something that you really enjoy
96. Buy some lemonade from a kid’s lemonade stand
97. Help someone out by sharing the name of your favourite contractor
98. Pick up the apple that has fallen off the fruit stand at the grocery store
99. Remind your friend about something really wonderful they did a long time ago
100. Go over to your sick friends house and make them some chicken noodle soup
101. Tell your co-worker how much you appreciate working with them
102. Plant some clover in your lawn
103. Put the toilet seat down when you’re done
104. Turn off your car if you will be stopped for a while. Idling is both wasteful and polluting.
105. Pledge a donation to someone who is running to raise money for a charity that matters to them
106. Leave enough toilet paper on the roll for the next person
107. Help someone push their car out of the snow if it gets stuck
108. Stay out of the passing lane unless you are passing
109. Let go of any anger or resentment you may hold against someone. Forgive them.
110. Ask someone how to pronounce their name correctly if you are unsure how it’s pronounced. Pronounce it correctly from that point onwards.
111. Do the right thing, especially when it is hard to do so

112. Share this blog post with other people 🙂

Performing random acts of kindness are a wonderful way to share happiness with others.  Do you have any other random acts of kindness that you would like to share?  Please leave a comment below.

   ” Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

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    • Valia on March 17, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Really lovely post full of great ideas. It is really so simple to be kind. These kinds of positive interactions are energizing and limitless. I wonder why society looks to take advantage of or consider kindness a weakness in one’s character traits. Me? I hope I score high in RAKS every day. Go from conscious action to natural habit! 🙂

    • Jason on March 17, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Hi Valia,

    Thanks. You just proved that random acts of kindness can make someone’s day :)!

    Cheers, Jason

    • Laura Alary on January 22, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    What a lovely collection of thoughtful ideas, ranging from the beautifully simple to the very challenging.

    I just came back from skating at an outdoor ice rink and witnessed the following:

    1. One parent slipping away to buy hot coffee for the other parents
    2. A whole group of adults happily tying the skates of any child who needed help (not just their own kids)
    3. Adults asking (respectfully) older kids to put their hockey sticks away for a while so younger kids could skate, and the older kids understanding and agreeing

    Not so random, perhaps, but definitely kind 🙂

    • Jason on January 24, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Dear Laura,

    Thank you for taking the time to write your comment.

    Acts of kindness (random or not) really are everywhere. We live in a kind world. Sometimes it is just a matter of being mindful of the kindness and caring that are around us.

    Thanks again for sharing your skating rink experiences.

    Kind regards, Jason @ froogalism

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