RANDOM ACTS OF PEACE (KINDNESS) IDEAS
We've gathered some "random acts of PEACE (kindness)" ideas for you from various sources online.
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The ideas that would make good ideas to use with our Drops of Peace™ cards are in blue and underlined.
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We've gathered some "random acts of PEACE (kindness)" ideas for you from various sources online.
More ideas can be found through Google - "Random Acts of Kindness".
The ideas that would make good ideas to use with our Drops of Peace™ cards are in blue and underlined.
Images have a small, round BLUE DOT next to the idea.
FROM LOVE IS THE WORD...
Big thank you to LoveIsTheWord.org, HelpOthers.org and DareToBeAnAngel.com for many of these ideas :)
FROM ANNA @ THEN WE SAVED...
Here are some ideas to help you spread the kindness. Not everyone is bad. Don’t lose your faith in humanity.
Let’s do what we can, right now, today.
134 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness…
1. Befriend the lonely person
2. Introduce yourself to your neighbors
3. Compliment a stranger
4. Sing Christmas Carols at a nursing home - Then have everyone over to your house after for cookies and cocoa
5. Adopt an animal from the pound
6. Donate your talents
7. Send paper thank you notes
8. Pay for the coffee, the toll, or the bus fare for the person behind you
9. Let the person who seems rushed cut in front of you
10. Hold your tongue - Pause before speaking or writing when you are mad, agitated or doubtful
11. Be empathetic - Really try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes
12. Be thoughtful - Did your co-worker have a bad day today? Bring her a coffee tomorrow morning.
13. Hold the door open for someone
14. Play cupid - You know those two people who would totally be great together and they just haven’t met yet? Get them in the same room together and let nature take it’s course. Helpful hint from a wannabe match-maker (me) don’t tell them you want to set them up and then sit there and watch them all night long to see how it’s going and if you were right (been there, done that, totally doesn’t work. All I’ve got to say about that is, hello awkward!). Introduce them and then bring up the common ground that they share. “Betty Sue, you’re from New Orleans just like Tim Bob here!” (you like those names don’t you). They just might be a match, and then, at their wedding (we’re going full-on optimist here) you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Told you so!”
15. Give your boxes to someone who is moving
16. Be thankful
17. Be encouraging
18. Let people merge-in during traffic
19. Help people move
20. Say “Thank you”, a lot - Everyone works hard. Thanks are especially important to the postal worker, the government employee, the DMW clerk, the bus driver, the grocery store cashiers (especially when you bring up all that produce and they have to look-up every single code) and baggers
21. Call your parents and tell them you love them
22. Let your partner watch their show - And don’t roll your eyes or huff and puff about it
23. Don’t be annoying - Make a conscious effort to avoid doing the things you know annoy your spouse (or roommates)
24. Send your friend a letter
25. Volunteer at a department of corrections or juvenile hall
26. Spread your skills - If you have a skill (photography, outfit styling, cooking, website programming, etc.) and you know someone who has expressed an interest in what you do offer to teacher them what you know
27. Give freely - Go through your things and give freely to those in need
28. Have a shirt that your friend always compliments you on? Why not give it to her?
29. Offer to get groceries for your friend or relative who has a broken leg or other mobility problem
30. Make extra copies of photos and send them to the people who are in the images
31. Offer to help your friend unpack
32. Call everyone you know and tell them you love them
33. Give warm clothes, shoes, and boots to the homeless
34. Help someone whose car has broken down
35. Connect people to each other
36. Walk the cart back to the front of the store
37. Reach out to a person who has made a difference in your life
38. Send a care package to a solider
39. Listen when no one else wants to
40. Be patient
41. Try to find goodness in the person you don’t like
42. Ask someone if they’ve lost some weight or tell them that they’re “just glowing”
43. Know someone who just had a baby or other major life event? - Bring a meal, offer to clean up their house or do a load of laundry for them.
44. Do you know that your partner hates doing the dishes but you don’t really mind doing them? Do them.
45. Don’t nag - Even if you really, really, really want to
46. Be kind to yourself - Make peace with your past mistakes. Use that knowledge to help others who might be going through the same thing.
47. Let it go
48. Be someone’s cheerleader
49. Already sweeping leaves or shoveling the snow off your sidewalk? - Do your neighbors sidewalk too (or snow off the car).
50. Do nice things and don’t tell anyone about it
51. Notice a kid being well-behaved? - Tell their parents how good they are while the kid is standing there. It will encourage the kid to continue being good, and will make the parents feel good.
52. (Along the same lines as #51) Compliment people in front of others - For some reason compliments hold more weight when they’re done in front of others.
53. Bring donuts or other delicious sweets to work
54. Give chocolate generously and often;)
55. Tell your boss how much you like working for them and how much you’ve learned from them over the years
56. Bake a cake for the birthday person
57. Don’t complain
58. Be the eternal optimist of the group
59. Recognize the good in others
60. Look for the best in the situation
61. Leave nice comments on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook
62. Stand up for the underdog
63. Come to the rescue of someone in need
64. Smile easily and laugh - Even at the so-so jokes
65. Share - Even if you don’t really want to
66. Let someone else have your seat on the crowded bus, light-rail or subway
67. Rather than throwing away obviously lost items turn them into the “Lost and Found” desk
68. Do the task no one else wants to do
69. Create a happy book - Gather all your good memories and thoughts into 1 spot
70. Keep a pen on hand - Lend it to people when needed
71. Don’t leave others waiting for you - Be on time
72. Fill up the gas tank and/or wash the car for your partner and then leave a treat on the dashboard for them to find in the morning before work.
73. Tell your partner how amazingly “hot” they are
74. Tell your partner what a good hair/butt day they’re having
75. Tell your partners parents how talented your partner is at something
76. Tip generously
77. Say “Hi” to strangers
78. Smile at people
79. Help lost people - See tourists wandering around lost? Help them out. Be their new local friend. Someone did this for us once and we were so, so thankful.
80. Offer a ride to someone who is car-less
81. Help that stressed parent by offering to babysit
82. If the work-day is running late and you know your co-worker has somewhere they have to be offer to stay late so they don’t have to worry about figuring it out
83. Thank your co-workers for doing a good job, for getting extra supplies, for thinking ahead, for being easy to work with
84. Donate your old car and clothes to charities
85. Go to your friend’s kid’s event
86. Buy the stuff the neighbor kid is selling - Moderately, of course;)
87. Stop at the neighbor kid’s lemonade stand and make a purchase
88. Create a “Dress-Up” box for a kid
89. Skype or FaceTime with the kids in your life - My nieces and nephews LOVE FaceTiming and I love to see them smiling and showing off their latest creation or other things that they’re prod of :)
90. Pick up the tab - Go up to the waiter and pay when no one is watching (of course only if you’re in the financial situation to do so)
91. Avoid gossip - No need to spread any negativity
92. Give the painter, electrician, or handyman a glass of water or offer them a pop
93. Be understanding - Assume the best in others. If someone is running late or has called in sick don’t assume they’re trying to get out of something.
94. Go to your friends art opening
95. Spread the word - If you know someone who takes pictures, paints interiors, is a super nanny, a wonderful accountant, etc. Let others know. People who work for themselves needword of mouth referrals more than anyone else.
96. Be inviting - Ask people to do something with you
97. Leave extra time in the parking meter
98. Don’t write the complaint letter that you’re thinking about writing
99. Hang out with the person who just moved to town
100. Drop quarters on the sidewalk for people to find
101. Leave a whole bunch of pennies heads-up for kids to find on the sidewalk or other public places - Kids love finding heads-up pennies (sometimes adults too!)
102. Be understanding of traveling parents with the grumpy or noisy kids
103. Pack extra snacks and offer them to your co-workers or friends
104. Leave good books (or other nice stuff) for your fellow apartment dwellers to take from your shared common spaces
105. Compliment people on their homes
106. Forgive the person you used to hate back in the day
107. Make amends for the wrongs you have done
108. Respect your partner and don’t make decisions without their input
109. Let someone else have their way without putting up a fight about it
110. Donate your vacation or sick days to a person at work who is struggling with cancer or another horrible illness
111. Participate - The people who organize events always worry that no one will take part. That ugly sweater contest or bake-off needs you!
112. Respond timely – Even if you have to say, “Hey, just wanted to let you know I got your email and I’ll get right back to you.” People like to know they’re not being ignored.
113. Don’t leave people hanging - If you’re not into something someone suggests just tell them so (especially in a professional or work-related situation – don’t act like they’re a date that you want to stand-up/avoid- not professional or cool, at all. Be kind.)
114. Lend your expertise - Know intellectual property law? Help out a friend who really needs that assist.
115. Give CD’s to your friends that have your favorite songs on them
116. Send a surprise book to someone from an online retailer
117. Don’t let your friends (or co-workers or acquaintances) be alone on the holidays
118. Listen to someone’s life story - Yes, the whole thing
119. Be friendly on public transportation
120. Keep your bad attitude to yourself
121. Decorate for the holidays
122. Be happy for others
123. Be super enthusiastic when people have good news!
124. Don’t butt-in or give advice when you’re not asked for it - Have confidence in others; trust that they are fully capable of being in charge of their own lives.
125. Mind your own business
126. Selflessly help (and promote) others
127. Give a glowing recommendation
128. Tell the person who is looking for a job when you hear about an opening
129. Know that someone was Valedictorian, Homecoming Queen, or Prom King in high school? Tell others because they can’t tell people themselves (without it sounding like they’re bragging)
130. Call your in-laws
131. Help people out who might be feeling awkward
132. Generously give your knowledge
133. Have you discovered something that has changed your life? - Share what you know and inspire others to change their lives too
134. Spread the goodness - Let others know you are on a mission to spread kindness and they will be inspired to do the same
You can be the change you want to see.
Let’s do what we can, together.
IDEAS FROM OPRAH...
1. Say "Good morning" to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
2. Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
3. Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you're rushing.
4. Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
5. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
6. Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
7. Say "I love you" to someone you love.
8. Put a coin in an expired meter.
9. Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.
10. Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
11. Take someone's shift as the car-pool parent.
12. Bring your assistant coffee.
13. Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend.
14. Say "please" and "thank you"—and really mean it.
15. When you're on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.
16. Don't interrupt when someone is explaining herself.
17. Let a fellow driver merge into your lane.
18. Offer to baby-sit for a single mom.
19. Put your shopping cart back in its place.
20. Call or write to a teacher who changed your life.
21. Bring a box of doughnuts to share at the office.
22. Forgive someone a debt–and never bring it up again.
23. Listen with all your senses.
24. Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.
25. Simply say "I'm sorry" when you're wrong.
26. Throw away your trash—and someone else's—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.
27. Encourage someone who seems despondent.
28. Volunteer to take care of a friend's dog while he is vacationing.
29. Help a friend pack for a move.
30. Ask someone "How are you really doing?"—and then really listen to her response.
31. Offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short.
32. Before a friend moves away, give her your favorite recipe or quote and a photo of the two of you together.
33. Leave a generous tip for a pleasant waiter.
34. At work, offer to transfer a caller who needs help from another department.
35. Pass along a great book you've just finished reading.
FROM KRISTINA GRUM...
1. Pay for the person behind you in a drive-thru or at a coffee shop.
It not only makes the person receiving the free food or coffee feel special, it also brings the cashier into the kindness loop by being the bearer of good news.
2. Instead of getting defensive or angry the next time someone is rude or inconsiderate to you, express compassion for their situation.
You never know what others are going through. In his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey tells this story:
One Sunday morning on the New York subway, people were sitting quietly reading newspapers, lost in thought, or sitting with their eyes closed and resting. It was very peaceful. Then a man and his children entered. The children were so loud and rambunctious the entire climate changed.
The man sat there with his eyes closed, oblivious to the situation, as his children were throwing things, knocking people’s newspapers, and yelling. Everyone became irritated quickly. Still the man did nothing.
I couldn’t believe he could be so insensitive to let his children run around like that and do nothing. Finally, I turned to him and said, “Sir, your children are really disturbing everyone. I wonder if you couldn’t control them a little more?”
The man lifted his gaze as if to come to a consciousness of the situation for the first time and said softly, “Oh, you’re right. I guess I should do something about it. We just came from the hospital where their mother died about an hour ago. I don’t know what to think, and I guess they don’t know how to handle it either.”
3. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Let them know that you have been thinking about them and that you’re sorry you haven’t been in touch.
4. Leave small gifts for strangers in random places.
On a rainy day leave an umbrella at a bus stop, or leave coupons scattered around the grocery store for others to find.
5. Shop for someone who is homebound or ill.
Even if your neighbor isn’t homebound, when you’re running to the store, ask if they need anything, especially if the weather is bad.
6. Let someone into traffic who looks like they are in a rush.
Even if they don’t look like they’re in a rush, let them in anyway.
7. Donate your used books or magazines to your local library.
8. Praise someone at work for doing a good job.
To make it even more meaningful, do it in front of others, especially the boss.
9. Offer help to an elderly or handicapped person struggling with something at the grocery store.
So many people treat the elderly or handicapped as if they are invisible. Acknowledge them, get an item off a high shelf, smile, and offer some small talk.
10. When you finish mowing your lawn, mow your neighbor’s lawn.
11. Leave money in a public place for someone to find.
Don’t just drop a few pennies. Leave a five or ten dollar bill. Don’t think about where the money will be spent, it is about spreading kindness, not controlling how your kindness is used.
12. Stick up for someone who is being wrongly treated or bullied.
13. Make amends with someone you have wronged.
Be genuine with your apology. Even if you feel you did nothing wrong, apologize anyway. It’s not about being “right”; it is about the other person’s perception of the situation. Send an apology note.
14. Give a homeless person food and/or gift card to a restaurant.
Most people don’t feel comfortable giving homeless people money due to concerns over whether the money will be spent on drugs. Giving a gift card to a restaurant close by not only gives the person food to eat, but the dignity of choosing what they want to eat.
15. Leave a treat for your mail carrier in your mailbox.
On a hot day, freeze a bottle of water and leave it in your box with a note. By the time your mail is delivered, the ice will have melted into a cold, refreshing drink.
16. If you walk by an expired parking meter, put a quarter in it.
You will save someone from walking out to a parking ticket. You could also put a quarter in the meter before you leave, if you see someone is waiting for your spot.
17. Be an active listener.
When someone is talking to you, instead of thinking of what you will say next, really listen to what they are saying.
18. Let someone go ahead of you in line.
(especially if they only have a few items or it’s a mom with young kids)
19. Have good manners.
Say “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome”, and “excuse me”. When people are treated with respect, they will respond in kind.
20. Go a week without using sarcasm.
This is tougher than it sounds. Although we have no ill intent when we use sarcasm, it does breed negativity.
21. Volunteer your time to a charity.
Giving money is helpful, but giving your time requires taking a personal interest.
22. Send a card or flowers to someone going through a tough time.
22. Talk to a shy person who is sitting alone at a party.
23. Plant trees or flowers in a neglected area of your neighborhood.
24. Greet people with a smile and an enthusiastic hello.
When you begin with kindness, it sets the tone for the encounter.
25. Know the names of people you encounter every day.
Everyone is important and should be treated with respect. “Shop Girl” and “Grocery Dude” are not their real names.
26. Sincerely compliment someone every day.
If you don’t know the person, the compliment will go farther. We expect the people we know to say nice things, but when a stranger says that our hair looks nice, we tend to believe it more.
27. When you receive good service, tell the person’s manager or boss.
Take it a step further by leaving a positive comment on the company’s website or other sites, such as Yelp. Remember to mention the person by name.
28. Acknowledge people when they walk into the room.
This is especially important to do with your children. It only takes a moment to stop whatever you’re doing to say, “Hello”. It shows the person that they are important to you.
29. Always keep your word.
When you are late or don’t follow through with something you said you would do, it sends the message that you don’t care.
30. Take the time to leave a nice comment on a blog you enjoyed.
It only takes a moment and we really, really appreciate it! :)
31. Organize a carpool.
Carpools are not just for soccer moms. Carpool for work, a night out with friends, or for a road trip. Not only is it good for the environment, it’s more fun.
32. Leave a newspaper or magazine for someone else when you’re finished.
If you’re reading at the coffee shop, doctor’s office, or on a plane, leave reading material for someone else to enjoy.
33. Give up complaining for 21 days.
Visit A Complaint Free World for more information on this movement.
34. Leave kind notes for people.
Put small love notes in random places for your loved ones to find, or “Good job!” notes on someone’s desk at work.
35. Teach your children to be giving.
Gather any toys they’ve outgrown, and go together to donate them to children in need. Let them see how their actions positively affect other people.
36. Help a friend in need.
It’s sometimes difficult to ask for help when we really need it. If your friend is going through a divorce and struggling with finances, bring groceries to her house. She may be too proud to accept money, but won’t be able to turn away something you put time and effort to do for her.
37. Ask people what they need.
Some situations are difficult to know how to handle, such as death or illness. When someone you know is dealing with a catastrophic life event, ask what they need, and let them know you are there for them. What we may think is helpful, may cause someone else more stress.
38. Use less plastic or none at all because it’s kind to the environment.
39. Write thank you notes.
When someone has done something nice for you, take the time to write them a proper thank you note, and mail it to them. Not only is it good manners, people enjoy finding something other than bills in their mailbox.
40. Be forgiving.
This not only applies to someone who has wronged you, but also when you have done something wrong. Forgiving yourself is the kindest thing you can do for yourself.
41. Be kind to someone you dislike.
You don’t have to be kind to someone because they are a good person. Be kind to them because you are a good person.
42. Donate blood.
43. Help someone who is broken down on the side of the road.
44. Donate your expertise to someone in need.
Lawyers are not the only people who can do pro bono work.
45. Tolerate a loved one’s behavior a little more than usual.
If you know your husband isn’t a morning person, don’t get upset when he’s grouchy.
46. Adopt a pet that needs rescuing.
47. Help a new co-worker.
48. Help elderly neighbors and relatives maintain their homes.
Do small repairs and chores that are difficult for the elderly to do for themselves.
49. Mentor someone who needs support.
Volunteer to tutor at your child’s school or take a young person joining the workforce under your wing.
50. Take a moment to help someone who is lost, even if you’re in a rush.
51. Help a mother with a baby stroller.
Hold the door or help her carry it up the stairs.
52. Bring coffee to your assistant.
53. Write a letter to a child who needs extra attention.
Children love getting mail.
54. Put your cart away when you’re done shopping.
55. Call or write a teacher who changed your life.
56. Help a friend move.
57. Forgive a debt and never bring it up again.
Also, when you give someone money, give it with no strings attached.
58. Throw away your trash, and someone else’s, after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.
59. Volunteer to take care of a friend or neighbor’s pet when they go on vacation.
60. Offer to babysit for a single mother.
61. Start a neighborhood garden.
This is an excellent project with multiple facets of kindness. It will bring your neighbors closer, provide healthy food, and helps the environment.
62. Shop at local businesses.
Support your community. More of your money will stay closer to home: supporting the parks, recreational centers, libraries, and other things that make your community great.
63. Pick up clothes in a department store that others have dropped.
64. Volunteer at a food bank.
Help prepare and deliver food to those in need.
65. Adopt a soldier.
Send letters and packages to provide support to the brave men and women who protect your country.
66. Give blankets and coats to the homeless.
67. Have a “kindness” competition.
Start a competition with a group of friends to see who can commit the most acts of kindness in a month. (Everyone wins!)
68. Say hello and give a smile to a passersby, even if you don’t know them.
69. Give an inspirational book to someone who needs uplifting.
70. Be kinder to yourself by embarking on a self-care campaign.
You must take care of yourself to be able to care for others.
71. Throw someone a surprise party.
72. Invite someone new to your house for dinner.
Whether it’s a co-worker or new neighbor, expanding your circle of friends is always a kind thing to do.
73. Give a child a balloon.
74. Be grateful for everything you have.
By having an attitude of gratitude, you will have an overall better disposition.
75. Out of the blue send flowers to your friend.
76. When you’re on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly person or pregnant woman.
77. Bring a treat for everyone in your office.
Place a fruit tray or basket in the break room for everyone to enjoy.
78. Tell someone you love that you love them.
79. Give your spouse or significant other a foot massage… without expecting anything in return.
80. After you shovel snow off your driveway, shovel your neighbor’s driveway.
81. Enter someone in a competition who you think deserves the recognition, such as “Teacher of the Year”.
82. Volunteer at a senior center.
83. Give a presentation on your occupation or an area of interest to a classroom of students.
84. Mentor an at-risk child or teenager by becoming a big brother or big sister.
85. Help someone you know who is looking for a job.
Write a referral or help them network.
86. Donate stuffed animals to police and fire departments.
They use them during emergencies to help calm frightened children.
87. Donate items to emergency pet hospitals, such as blankets and towels.
88. Learn CPR. You could end up saving someone’s life.
89. Help a friend or neighbor who is caring for an aging parent.
People think of babysitting to give new parents a break, but rarely think of people who have an elderly parent living with them.
90. Grow your hair long and donate it to Locks of Love.
91. When you buy new clothes, donate your old ones.
92. Have integrity.
Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is looking.
93. Have an abundance mentality… live a selfless life.
94. Accept other’s kindness.
Some people are great with helping others, but have problems accepting help or kindness from other people. This is a selfish way of existing and breaks the cycle of kindness.
95. Be patient.
Everyone’s lives are very busy, but being impatient isn’t going to make the line go faster, the red light change, or remove cars from traffic.
96. Bring a care package to a sick friend or someone in the hospital.
97. Re-direct gifts.
On special occasions have people donate to charities in lieu of giving you gifts.
98. Use GoodSearch as your internet browser.
Money is donated to the charity of your choice with every search.
99. Be a philanthropist.
100. Be cooperative.
When your client or boss asks you to go the extra mile, follow through with enthusiasm instead of animosity.
101. Resolve to live an authentic life.
Keep it real. No one appreciates a fake or phony person. It is off-putting, and closes people out instead of letting them in to know the real you.
Most people are not intentionally trying to be assholes. Give others the benefit of the doubt, and if you still can’t seem to get through, kill them with kindness. By committing random acts of kindness, we create a tangible flow of positive and loving energy. As we learned in physics, energy never dies, it transfers. Stop to think about that before deciding whether you are going to perpetuate never-ending negativity or generate a cycle of on-going kindheartedness.
FROM MAMA'S ON A DIME...
FROM GOOD HOUSEKEEPING...
1. Leave a bouquet at the hospital — the nurses will know who needs it the most.
2. Make a struggling family's summer by buying them a season pass to the municipal pool.
3. Help a friend see today in a wondrous new light: Hand him or her a kaleidoscope.
4. If you are in a long line, invite the person behind you to go first.
5. Shower the pediatric wing of a hospital with $1 coloring books and $2 boxes of new crayons.
6. Hang a sign on a bulletin board that says "Take What You Need" — with tear-off tabs at the bottom for Love, Hope, Faith, and Courage.
7. Bring courtesy back in an instant: Hold the door open with a flourish.
8. Drop off combs, toothbrushes, and toothpaste at a shelter or a soup kitchen.
9. Curb road rage: Let other cars merge onto the highway.
10. Leave your neighbors a note that tells them how much joy you find in admiring their garden.
11. Put sticky notes with positive messages (e.g., "You look gorgeous!") on a restroom mirror.
12. In low-income families, a baby can spend a day or longer in the same diaper, and laundromats often don't allow cloth diapers to be washed in machines. Help out a mom and a baby by donating diapers (find a directory of diaper banks atdiaperbanknetwork.org).
13. Send a thank-you note to the brave officers at your local police station. (Given how we carry on about parking tickets, it's important to acknowledge the daily risks taken by the men and women on the force.)
14. Share the wealth: Ask the grocery clerk to apply your unused coupons to another customer's items.
15. Arrange to pay anonymously for a soldier's breakfast when you see him or her dining alone.
16. Slip a $20 gas card or public-transportation pass into someone's shopping bag.
17. Rekindle your Girl Scout spirit: Pick up trash at a park or a playground.
18. Donate your old professional clothes to an organization, like Dress for Success (dressforsuccess.org), that helps women jump-start their careers — and up their confidence.
19. Carry someone's groceries.
20. Offer your mail carrier a glass of iced tea or a $5 Starbucks gift card.
21. Bake bread or cookies and deliver the food to a nearby fire station or group home.
22. Be the bigger person: Cede the parking space.
23. Check "yes" when asked if you wish to become an organ donor — and tell your family.
24. Lay your neighbors' newspaper at their front door along with a plate of blueberry muffins
25. Donate old cell phones to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ncadv.org), which will use the proceeds for programs that protect families from abuse.
26. Sing an employee's praises to a manager or on a comment card — a little recognition goes a long way.
27. Share happy memories. Stick an old photo in the mail to a friend and write a note about the day it was taken on the back.
28. Send an ooey-gooey dessert over to another table at a restaurant.
29. Leave a copy of a book you love, with a note for the next reader, on the train or the bus.
30. Send valentines in August.
31. Load extra change into the vending machine to buy the next person a Coke.
32. Send somebody an e-card, just because. The funnier, the better.
33. Name a star after someone (starregistry.com).
34. Forgive someone. Repeat as necessary.
35. Resolve to refrain from negative self-talk (you deserve your kindness, too!).
36. On trash day, wheel your neighbor's can out to the curb.
37. Relay an overheard compliment.
38. You don't have to send every disadvantaged child to college, but you can buy one of them a life-changing book: Try booksforkids.org.
39. To melt away her blues, send a friend a funny video from YouTube.
40. Volunteer to read to kids at an after-school program.
41. Give your mom a shout-out on your birthday — after all, she deserves some credit for your life.
42. Pause and give people the benefit of the doubt. E-mail, especially, can cause unintentional feather-ruffling.
43. Bring your spouse coffee in bed.
44. Treat someone you know with a gift certificate, to a $30 pedicure. Bonus points if you can do so anonymously.
45. Dedicate a song on the radio to someone you know is listening during his or her long commute.
46. Take kindness on the road: Pay the toll for the car behind you.
47. Slow way down when you drive past a pedestrian — 35 mph can seem like the Indy 500 to a woman walking her dog.
48. Rescue a wallflower! Strike up a conversation with someone who's standing alone at a party.
49. Leave extra umbrellas in vestibules with notes that say "Use this to stay dry!"
50. Ask others — sincerely — what you can do to help.
FROM PROJECT CHANGE...
FROM RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS...
These magnets are all over our house!
My daughter made one of these and put it on the fridge.