50 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Day

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.

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  1. Hold the door open for a stranger.
  2. Donate groceries to your local food bank or homeless shelter.
  3. Bake cookies to give away to friends, co-workers, or neighbors.
  4. Tape quarters to a vending machine or underneath the lid of a washing machine at your local laundromat.
  5. Donate dog food, collars, beds, or treats to your local animal shelter or rescue.
  6. Pay for the next pet adoption at your local animal shelter or rescue.
  7. Pay for the person’s meal behind you in the drive-thru line.
  8. Donate clothes or toys to a woman’s shelter.
  9. Give someone a compliment.
  10. Return a stranger’s grocery cart.
  11. Donate flowers to a nursing home. (You can request to give the bouquet to a resident who may not have family in the area).
  12. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, animal rescue, soup kitchen, or other worthy cause.
  13. Visit a nursing home.
  14. Learn CPR and basic first aid. You never know when you may need this skill.
  15. Mail cards of encouragement to family members or friends.
  16. Make a homemade meal or grab take-out from your favorite restaurant to give to someone in need.
  17. Donate to a person’s GoFundMe page.
  18. Send flowers to your child’s teacher, tutor, or other instructors.
  19. Let someone go in front of you in the checkout line.
  20. Send someone a quick text to simply say, hello.
  21. Post a positive review of a local restaurant or business.
  22. Thank a person for a job well done.
  23. Send cards to the children in your life. Kids love stickers, gift cards, or other mailable trinkets.
  24. Purchase a bag of groceries for someone in need.
  25. Pick up litter and throw it away.
  26. Give your pastor, minister, or other spiritual leaders a gift basket.
  27. Send a care package to a person who is serving in the military.
  28. Pay off a child’s overdue lunch fees.
  29. Plant a tree or flower in someone’s memory.
  30. Paint inspirational quotes on rocks and hide around your neighborhood.
  31. Purchase a hot beverage for a random person, co-worker, childcare provider, neighbor, or friend.
  32. Engage in self-care.
  33. Babysit without charging to allow the parents a night out.
  34. Slow down to allow another driver to merge into traffic.
  35. Leave a coupon next to a product at the grocery store.
  36. Give an extra tip.
  37. Write thank you notes to distribute.
  38. Spend the day being grateful. Try not to complain.
  39. Give blood.
  40. Donate old glasses.
  41. Post sticky notes with inspirational quotes or messages.
  42. Be a mentor.
  43. Call your parents or grandparents just to say hello.
  44. Offer forgiveness to a person who has wronged you in the past.
  45. Buy a book to give away.
  46. Be a good listener to someone who needs it.
  47. Create bookmarks with inspirational quotes or positive sayings to hide at your local library.
  48. Read to a child.
  49. Compliment a social media post.
  50. Shovel snow for an elderly neighbor.

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day! Often a simple simile is enough to make someone’s day better.  

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