Are you having an issue getting started doing Random Acts of Kindness? Well, below you will find a few suggestions to get you going. As you can see, many do not require much, just a willingness to be of service and an open heart. Please REMEMBER that Kindness begins from within ourselves… So, be kind to you!!!
Be the change you want to see in the world! (Pick one or more each day.)
- Smile at a Stranger (keep track of how many times you smile)
- Hold the door open for someone, even if you have to wait a bit.
- Prepare a meal for someone in need. If needed, bring it to a stranger. (Make sure you are protected, go with a friend.)
- Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
- Bring doughnuts (or a healthy treat, like cut-up fruit) to work.
- Get connected with Pay it forward
- While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
- Don’t write the angry internet comment you’re thinking of writing. Instead focus on something good that came out of that angry moment.
- When everyone around you is gossiping about someone, be the one to say something nice.
- Ask a family member how you can support or help them?
- Cook a meal or do a load of laundry for a friend who just had a baby or is going through a difficult time.
- If you walk by a car with an expired parking meter, put a quarter in it.
- Put your phone away.
- Hang out with the person who just moved to town.
- Offer a homeless person your leftovers bag from the restaurant.
- Each time you get a new piece of clothing, donate an old one.
- Don’t interrupt when someone else is speaking. (Surprisingly few people master this.)
- Email or write an old teacher who made a difference in your life.
- Compliment someone to their boss.
- Leave a nice server the biggest tip you can afford.
- Smile at someone on the street, just because.
- Let someone into your lane. They’re probably in a rush just like you.
- Forgive someone, and never bring up the issue again.
- Talk to the shy person who’s sitting by themselves at a party.
- Leave your New York Times, Florida Today or Us Weekly behind for someone else to read at the coffee shop, the doctor’s office, or on a plane.
- Cut someone some slack.
- Make eye contact with a stranger and smile
- Share a meal with a stranger.
- Help a mother with her baby stroller.
- Become a big brother or big sister.
- Let the person behind you at the supermarket checkout, with one or two items, go ahead of you.
- Write someone a letter. Like a real letter, on paper. And mail it!
- Give away stuff for free on Craigslist.
- Make a “breakup playlist” for your friend who’s going through heartbreak.
- Give someone a book you think they’d like.
- Be the person who puts a tip in the tip jar at the coffee shop. (Fewer people tip than you’d think!)
- Bring in fun office supplies to liven up the workday for everyone.
- When you go somewhere to get or do something, ask the people around you if you can pick up anything they need.
- Give someone a hug.
- If you spill cream or sugar on the counter at a coffee shop, wipe it up.
- Call your grandparents. Call them!
- Donate your old eyeglasses, so someone else can use them.
- When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
- Write something nice on that person’s updates who posts on Facebook constantly. They’re probably lonely.
- Sincerely complement your boss, who probably doesn’t often get feedback from her reports.
- Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in restrooms.
- Let them have the parking space.
- Compliment someone.
- Volunteer to read to kids at an after-school program.
- Bring your partner coffee in bed.
- Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
- Stop to talk to a homeless person.
- Answer that email you’ve been avoiding.
- Send anonymous flowers to the receptionist at work.
- Pay the toll for the person behind you.
- Donate or recycle your old laptop.
- Write a nice comment on your friend’s blog.
- Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home. Many of them will never have a visitor during their stay.
- Give someone a tissue who’s crying in the public, and offer to talk about it, but only if they want to.
- Listen intently.
- Babysit for a single mom for free.
- Adopt a rescued pet.
- Adopt a senior. Well, maybe not adopt but visit and become a friend.
- Compliment someone in front of others.
- Hold the elevator.
- IM or email that person you’re afraid to talk to because you don’t want to “bother them.” They’re probably thinking the same thing about others!
- Remind yourself that everyone is fighting their own struggles.
- Leave some extra quarters in the laundry room.
- Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
- Put together a small herb garden for someone.
- Call the Lillian McDermott Radio Show and share your experience during the 90 Day Challenge. 🙂
- Say thank you to a janitor.
- Talk to someone at work whom you haven’t talked to before.
- Frame your friend’s favorite lyric or quote and give it to them with a nice note.
- Send dessert to another table.
- Text someone just to say good morning, good night or wish them the Best Day EVER!
- Help your elderly neighbor take out the trash or mow their lawn.
- Give up your seat to someone (anyone!) on the bus or subway.
- Tell your siblings how much you appreciate them.
- Bring a security guard a hot cup of coffee.
- Plant a tree.
- Purchase some extra dog or cat food and drop it off at an animal shelter.
- If you’re a good photographer, take photos of your friends and make them into a digital album.
- Send mail to someone who is dying.
- Smile when you feel like scowling.
- Wash someone’s car. (Preferably mine! 😉
- Baby, Dog or cat-sit, for free.
- Keep an extra umbrella at work and let someone borrow it on their way home if there’s a sudden downpour.
- Make two lunches and give one away.
- Reduce air pollution by carpooling.
- Say yes at the store when the cashier asks if you want to donate $1 to whichever cause.
- Be encouraging!
- Help someone struggling with heavy bags.
- Take all your change to “Coinstar” and donate your collection to charity.
- Give your friend a hug, touch their arm, or pat them on the back. So many of us are starved for human touch!
- Buy lemonade from a kid’s lemonade stand.
- Give your partner (or anyone) the benefit of the doubt.
- Be kind to the customer service rep on the phone. It’s not their fault.
- Do the dishes even if it’s someone else’s turn.
- Give someone the rest of your pack of gum.
- Be patient.
- Clean someone’s windshield.
- Every night before you go to bed, think of three things you’re grateful for.
- Make plans with that person you’ve been putting off seeing.
- Call your Mom or someone who has been like a mother to you. You can change “Mom” to any family member.
- Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading groceries in their car.
- Have a clean-up party on the beach or at a park.
- Sit with a person eating by themselves at the mall.
Some of these ideas came from Buzzfeed.com and hope they are helpful and inspiring… Be Creative and have fun!!! I would love for you to share your Random Acts of Kindness on:
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