Today, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day! Every day millions of people go about their daily lives without little notice to the people surrounding them. But perhaps, today, be a little more aware of the people around you. Promoting small Random Acts of Kindness has a ripple effect. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Day.
- Hold the door open for a stranger.
- Donate groceries to your local food bank or homeless shelter.
- Bake cookies to give away to friends, co-workers, or neighbors.
- Tape quarters to a vending machine or underneath the lid of a washing machine at your local laundromat.
- Donate dog food, collars, beds, or treats to your local animal shelter or rescue.
- Pay for the next pet adoption at your local animal shelter or rescue.
- Pay for the person’s meal behind you in the drive-thru line.
- Donate clothes or toys to a woman’s shelter.
- Give someone a compliment.
- Return a stranger’s grocery cart.
- Donate flowers to a nursing home. (You can request to give the bouquet to a resident who may not have family in the area).
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter, animal rescue, soup kitchen, or other worthy cause.
- Visit a nursing home.
- Learn CPR and basic first aid. You never know when you may need this skill.
- Mail cards of encouragement to family members or friends.
- Make a homemade meal or grab take-out from your favorite restaurant to give to someone in need.
- Donate to a person’s GoFundMe page.
- Send flowers to your child’s teacher, tutor, or other instructors.
- Let someone go in front of you in the checkout line.
- Send someone a quick text to simply say, hello.
- Post a positive review of a local restaurant or business.
- Thank a person for a job well done.
- Send cards to the children in your life. Kids love stickers, gift cards, or other mailable trinkets.
- Purchase a bag of groceries for someone in need.
- Pick up litter and throw it away.
- Give your pastor, minister, or other spiritual leaders a gift basket.
- Send a care package to a person who is serving in the military.
- Pay off a child’s overdue lunch fees.
- Plant a tree or flower in someone’s memory.
- Paint inspirational quotes on rocks and hide around your neighborhood.
- Purchase a hot beverage for a random person, co-worker, childcare provider, neighbor, or friend.
- Engage in self-care.
- Babysit without charging to allow the parents a night out.
- Slow down to allow another driver to merge into traffic.
- Leave a coupon next to a product at the grocery store.
- Give an extra tip.
- Write thank you notes to distribute.
- Spend the day being grateful. Try not to complain.
- Give blood.
- Donate old glasses.
- Post sticky notes with inspirational quotes or messages.
- Be a mentor.
- Call your parents or grandparents just to say hello.
- Offer forgiveness to a person who has wronged you in the past.
- Buy a book to give away.
- Be a good listener to someone who needs it.
- Create bookmarks with inspirational quotes or positive sayings to hide at your local library.
- Read to a child.
- Compliment a social media post.
- Shovel snow for an elderly neighbor.
Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day! Often a simple simile is enough to make someone’s day better.
Did you know November 13th is World Kindness Day? Started in 1998, the annual international holiday promotes all acts of kindness, no matter how small. Are you ready to spread kindness in your small area of the world? Here’s a list of ideas for inspiration. Simple acts of kinds create a ripple effect, never underestimate the power of a smile or small gesture.
- Hold the Door: When going into the bank, restaurant, or other business, hold the door for the person behind you.
- Offer to Help: Is there an elderly person or someone holding a baby standing in line behind you at the checkout? Offer to help unload the grocery cart.
- Pay at the Drive Thru: Buy the person’s order behind you in the line at the drive thru.
- Pay the Tab: Do you notice a young family with children, a person in uniform, or an elderly person sitting along at a restaurant? Pick up their tab.
- Pay for Someone’s Gas: When paying for your gas, pay for another customer’s gas too. This is a great gesture of kindness with the gas prices continuing to rise.
- Go to Lunch: Offer to take an elderly neighbor out to lunch or to the grocery store.
- Buy Flowers: Pass out flowers to neighbors, co-workers, teachers, friends, or family members.
- Volunteer: Offer to be a dog walker at your local pet rescue. Or help at your neighborhood women’s shelter or baby pantry.
- Donate Groceries: Buy a bag of groceries to donate at your local food bank.
- Start Cooking: Do you know a person or family who could use a home cooked meal? Cook a healthy meal for a neighbor, relative, or a friend.
- Bake: Pass out cookies or other treats.
- Call: Reach out to a family member or an old friend just to say hello.
- Extra Wash: Tape quarters (place in plastic bag first) under a lid at the laundry mat to give someone a free wash.
- Be Kind to Yourself: Engage in self-care to focus on your spiritual, physical, and mental well-being.
- Write Thank You Notes: Has someone recently made a kind gesture toward you? Write a thank you note to show appreciation.
Just smile! When out in public, a simple smile goes a long way in brightening the world around you. Happy World Kindness Day!
Happy Sweetest Day everyone! May we all be like the founders and spend the day being kind to one another.
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August marks the end of summer. School will be starting soon. Whether virtual or in-person, school and work schedules take up a lot of your time. Finding time to relax and care for yourself is essential to your overall well-being.
Self-Care Ideas for August
- Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water.
- Get enough sleep! If possible, take a nap or sleep in for an extra half hour.
- Go for a hike. Do not forget to bring the dog.
- Go for a nature walk with your kids.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Pamper yourself with an in-home spa day. Paint your nails or give yourself a facial.
- Take a long relaxing bubble bath.
- Write a letter or send out thinking of you cards.
- Call or chat online with a friend.
- Do yoga or other exercises.
- Meditate or pray.
- Read a book.
- Binge-watch your favorite television series or find a new one to enjoy.
- Have a movie marathon, complete with popcorn or other treats.
- Make a gratitude list, at least 10 things.
- Try a new recipe or cook an old family favorite.
- Listen to your favorite music, turn up the volume, sing along, or dance.
- Order pizza or another type of take-out to give yourself a break from cooking.
- Buy one new item to try at the grocery store. Your pick doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, buy a new type of fruit to try or a candy bar.
- Do crafts.
- Do not be afraid to say no.
- Listen to a Podcast or watch YouTube videos.
- Declutter your space.
- Go on a virtual tour of a museum, art gallery, or the zoo.
- Make a visual board or a mood board.
- Keep a journal.
- Spend a day in your pajamas.
- Invest in a high-quality weighted blanket.
- Buy your favorite scented candle to burn.
- Make lists.
- Be kind to yourself, always.
Did you know today, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day? Every day people go on with their daily lives with little notice of the world around them. But promoting small Random Acts of Kindness has the potential to positively impact a large number of people.
40 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Day
- Donate food to a homeless shelter
- Bake cookies or other goodies for an elderly neighbor, co-worker, friend, or loved one
- Tape quarters on a vending machine
- Pay for the vehicle’s meal behind you in line at the drive-thru
- Donate clothes or toys to a women’s shelter
- Volunteer at a nursing home
- Mail cards of encouragement to friends
- Send a quick text to someone
- Walk a dog at your local shelter or rescue
- Make a meal for a family in need
- Let someone in front of you at the checkouts
- Use the day to show gratitude instead of complaining
- Purchase a movie ticket for the person standing in line behind you
- Call an old friend
- Send flowers to your child’s teacher
- Babysit without charging
- Spend time with your grandparents or other elderly relatives
- Post a positive review of a local business
- Check for a wish list at your local animal rescue and send needed supplies
- Hold the door open for someone
- Thanks a person for a job well done
- Send cards filled with stickers, gift cards, or other small items to your nieces, nephews, or other small children in your life.
- Buy a bag a groceries for someone in need
- Help a neighbor with yard work
- Take a plate of treats to your local police or fire station
- Pick up litter at a local park, beach, or other natural areas
- Send a care package to a person serving in the military
- Make a gift basket for your pastor
- Pay someone’s library fees
- Pay off a child’s overdue lunch fees
- Make a special afterschool treat for your children
- Spend some extra time with your dog
- Paint small rocks to hide around the community.
- Offer to drive someone to a doctor’s appointment
- Tip your waiter or waitress above the average amount
- Plant a tree in the memory of someone
- Make and deliver homemade cards
- Read to someone
- Purchase a cup of coffee or latte for a random person, co-worker, neighbor, or friend
- Engage in self-care
Media bombards you with negative posts and stories daily. Showing Random Acts of Kindness is a small way to spread positive gestures.