I've had a few people ask me for some ideas for random acts of kindness so I decided to kind of compile a giant list of ideas. (And a few just for bloggers!)
The great thing is you only need 52! (Well 51 now that week 1 is done-you can find that HERE by the way).
I've compiled this list from my brain, David's brain and a few sites like this one, and this one and this one and this one, twitter friends, facebook friends, real life friends and on and on and on.
Let me also say this: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SPEND MONEY TO BE KIND.
There are tons of ideas on here that don't require any spending and others that do.
Overall, the whole point of this is to just inspire others to be kind. Be kind, be encouraging, treat people the way you'd want to be treated! Just smile at people, put a smile on someone else's face!
1: Buy someone's coffee.
2: Take someone coffee.
3: Take someone flowers.
4: Call your grandmother just because.
5: Buy someone's groceries.
6: Give something away to someone for free.
7: Leave goodies for your mailman: baked goods, a gift card, even just a "thank you" note.
8: Deliver thank you notes to the local fire department or police station.
9: Go visit a nursing home, just to say hi, just to listen to some amazing stories.
10: Leave change on a vending machine.
11: Leave coloring books & crayons in waiting rooms for children.
12: Donate food to a local food drive.
13: Leave $1 bills around the local dollar store. *Bonus points if you hide em in toys*
14: Write a note. A heartfelt note to someone that you know that could use a pick me up.
15: Treat a stranger to lunch.
16: Tip your waitress a bit more than normal and leave a nice note.
17: Leave coupons around their products/store for others to find.
18: Leave diapers and wipes on a changing table. (As a mother, this one is GENIUS)
19: Pick up trash.
20: Print out notes of encouragement and pass them around.
21: Make mixed CD's and leave them on cars with a note about the random act of kindness.
22: Send a surprise to a stranger in the mail.
23: Send a surprise to a friend.
24: Pass out compliments-those go a long way.
25: Deliver little goodies to friends-base the goodies on each friend.
26: Let someone cut in front of you in line. (I did this at the post office the other day for a not so patient lady and even though I'd waited longer, she seemed in more of a hurry)
27: Change shifts with someone to help them out.
28: Take baked goods to a neighbor.
29: Make blankets or hats for your local hospital.
30: Leave sticky notes of awesomeness in local library books.
31: Leave a hershey's hug with a note that says "sometimes you just need a hug" attached to it in random places.
32: Donate blood if you can.
33: Have an actual conversation with the check out lady.
34: Rake a yard.
35: Help an elderly across the street.
36: Help someone carry groceries.
37: Let your kids stay up a bit later even though it's CLEARLY WAY pasy bedtime.
38: Have more patience.
39: Smile at rude people. - Ever heard that phrase, "Kill em with kindness"?!
40: "Accidentally" drop some money for someone else to find. -You know finding money on the ground is so awesome!
41: Leave a nice comment on someone's blog/facebook/twitter that you haven't talked to in a while.
42: Offer a listening ear.
43: Send a pick me up note to someone going through a rough time.
44: Send a note to some stranger just saying hello & you hope they have a great week!
45: Take your child's teacher a little gift and cute note. (Sometimes teachers need encouraging as well)
46: Make your husband breakfast in bed.
47: Get your kids little gifts just for being them.
48: Treat them to after school donuts or other various treats.
49: Call your mother/father/brother/sister to just tell them that you love them.
50: If you're crafty, make something for strangers.
51: If someone compliments a random thing about you, give it to them. (Or tell them where they can find one)
52: If you have a gift card or something, pass it along to someone else.
53: Volunteer at a soup kitchen. (And not just during the Holidays)
54: Hide FREE bubbles at local parks (with notes that say "free bubbles")
55: BE NICE! Just say hello, smile at strangers, etc etc)
56: Leave a McDonald's gift card at McDonald's, sonic at sonic, etc etc.
57: Go out of your way to help someone out. -It's that simple!
58: Treat a friend to a pedicure.
59: Let your little sisters raid your closet.
60: Leave hand sanitizers in local bathrooms.
61: Round up all the grocery carts and put them where they go.
62: If it's allowed, make goodies for your kid's class just because.
63: Make a donation.
64: Help someone find something they need at the store.
65: Take a homeless man/woman a meal or a cup of hot cocoa.
66: Take someone dinner.
67: Give an umbrella to someone.
68: Send someone flowers--bonus points if you picked them!
69: Be a courteous driver.
70: Leave doggie treats at a local dog park.
71: Put a pack of sticky notes and a pen in your car to leave strangers little "hello! Have a great week" notes.
72: Let someone take your parking spot.
73: Offer to babysit a friend's kids for them to have a date night or just so they can grocery shop or something.
74: Do something nice for one of your siblings
75: Say "thank you"
76: Forgive someone.
77: Leave your spouse a nice note reminding him/her of your love.
78: Adopt a pet!
79: Leave nice feedback when you order something.
80: Buy stamps & tape and leave on the table at the post office for others to use! (I did this once and like 5 people thanked me as I was walking out)
81: Send an email to someone you've been out of touch with.
82: Volunteer at your child's school, local library, anywhere you can.
83: Leave change on the counter for the person behind you.
84: Restack something at a store that's all messed up.
85: Plant a tree!
86: Adopt a soldier. Go here.
87: Get your car washed by some kids and donate to their cause.
88: Participate in a run for a cause.
89: Leave quarters at a laundry mat (and/or dryer sheets/laundry detergent).
90: Donate diapers and wipes to a pregnancy center.
91: Leave an encouraging note and a gift card for your trash men.
92: Pay for someone's gas!
93: Leave a gift card for the store in the store.
94: Make pillowcase dresses for girls in Africa.
95: Leave boxes of chalk at the park for kids to play with.
96: Tape lottery tickets inside a bathroom stall with notes saying, "is this your lucky day?"
97: Leave quarters in the candy machines in grocery stores at walmart or wherever you see them. You'd make some kids day! (probably some parent's too! I NEVER have quarters on me so my kids' hearts just break when I have to tell them no)
98: Sponsor a child.
99: Make a new friend. Reach out to someone new around you.
100: Make someone laugh.
101: Put a coin in an expired meter.
102: Hold a door open a bit longer for someone a bit farther away.
103: Offer someone your seat.
104: Take a box of donuts to work with you! SHARE THEM!
105: Simply help someone.
106: Send a care package.
107: Donate hair to locks of love.
108: Donate to a family in need.
109: Apologize to someone.
110: Thank a vet.
111: Give someone advice.
112: Donate school supplies.
113: Collect Box tops for a local school.
114: Pay someone's toll.
115: Buy a cup of Joe for a Joe.
116: Donate books to a local library.
117: Be kind to customer service!
118: Buy girl scout cookies. (Really this is an act of kindness for yourself as well. haha)
119: Donate a dress to a princess.
120: Become an organ donar! (I am one!)
121: Deliver care packages to a homeless shelter.
122: Spend an entire day complimenting everyone you encounter!
123: Let someone (or a lot of someones) go in front of you.
124: Give money to a street vendor.
125: Pass along Dakbands!
126: Clean up graffiti.
127: Make blankets for the homeless.
128: Be kind to someone you dislike.
129: Coach a youth sports team.
130: Collect cans for a food bank.
131: When asked, "would you like to donate a dollar?", say YES!
132: Give Popsicles out this summer to neighbor kids while yours are out playing!
133: Shovel someone's snow!
134: Put gas in someone's car.
135: Write a "thank you" note.
136: Help someone learn.
137: Mow a neighbor's lawn.
138: Bring in your neighbor's trash can!
139: Clean gym equipment!
140: Pet sit.
141: Take someone to the movies.
142: Buy someone's movie ticket!
143: Encourage a pessimist.
144: Forward on a coupon.
145: Help change a tire.
146: Leave reusable shopping bags in carts.
147: Leave some candies or treats in the cars cart at the grocery store for the next person with kids.
148: Leave some hand sanitizer near the carts (or hand wipes)
149: Go to a local store and leave a $20 taped to some diapers or wipes with a note saying something like "from one mom to another".
150: Clear someone's table for them at a place like Barnes and Noble.
151: Pay someone's bill! I mean like a utility bill, even if you can only pay half of it or put $20 toward it. Every little bit helps.
152: Deliver Lolli-flowers.
153: Offer to reach something up high.
154: If you're a teacher, make a lesson plan to help encourage your kids to pay it forward!
155: Have patience with someone.
156: Give anonymous gift cards to teachers. *Bonus points if it's for coffee or to a teacher's supply store!
157: Take someone cookies, just because!
158: Invite someone over for dinner.
159: If someone you know is in need of something, pick it up for them.
160: Offer to go grocery shopping for a new momma. (I had a friend offer this for me after I had baby O and it just touched my heart that she thought of me and would do this for me!)
BLOGGERS ACTS OF KINDNESS:
1: Give someone ad space for free.
2: Mention them just to mention them.
3: Leave someone an encouraging comment.
4: Send a giveaway winner some extra goodies just because.
5: Biggers bloggers: give tips, help out smaller bloggers.
6: If someone comes to you with a question, answer it.
7:Retweet a tweet for someone trying to promote something or sell something or even if it's just to a good post.
I encourage you to pick a few, do them, change them up to suit you more specifically, etc etc.... JUST DO THEM! Spread the word, pay it forward, just be kind!
You do not have to have money for a lot of these.
You do not even have to leave your house for some of them.
The littlest things go a long way.
If you've ever been on the receiving end of a good deed, you know what I'm talking about.
Just be kind. Spread the love. Encourage others to do the same. Brighten someone's day.
Some free "random act of kindness" printables can be found here and here.
Also, now you have absolutely NO excuse to not participate in the 52 weeks link up.
Also, now you have absolutely NO excuse to not participate in the 52 weeks link up.