Random Acts Of Kindness That Families Can Do

Happy World Kindness Day! While it’s important to be kind to others year-round, I love that there is a day devoted to reminding people of this. I wanted to share 35 acts of kindness your family can do. Many of these are something you can get your kids involved in doing with you but, for those things they can’t help with, just watching you be kind to others will have a big impact on them! I encourage you to choose one or two of these ideas each week. Just think of how many lives you can brighten with simple acts of kindness!

1) Leave a kind note in an unexpected place (like the fitting room of a store or a book in the library)

2) Hold the door open for someone

3) Buy a dozen flowers and pass them out to people

4) Rake a neighbor’s leaves

5) Leave something special in your mailbox for the person who delivers your mail

6) Bake someone cookies “just because”

7) Offer to help someone with their grocery bags

8) Send a note to someone telling them what you love about them

9) Buy the coffee/meal for the person behind you in the drive-thru

10) Bring a care package and warm meal to someone who is sick (here are some ideas)

11) Smile at someone who seems overwhelmed and ask if they need help

12) Pay for someone else’s gas when you are at the gas station

13) Leave a couple dollars in the Redbox movie container when you return it

14) Send a gift card to someone anonymously via email (Even a $5 gift card can brighten a day!)

15) Leave a small gift on your neighbor’s porch and then ding dong ditch

16) Offer to babysit a friend’s kids- for free- so they can have a date night or go to the store solo

17) Bring some blankets, hats and gloves to a homeless shelter

18) Leave an extra large tip for the server when you go out to eat

19) Put change in the salvation army bucket

20) Offer to return a cart for someone after they load groceries into their car

21) Leave pennies on the ground (heads up!) for kids to find

22) Let someone in front of you when you are sitting in traffic

23) Shovel your neighbor’s driveway

24) Give up your seat for someone

25) Drop off food at a food pantry

26) Pay for someone else’s groceries

27) Give a genuine compliment to a stranger

28) Visit a nursing home (bringing along a care package if you’d like to)

29) Pay the toll for the person behind you

30) Volunteer your time

31) Say thank you to the folks you come into contact with as you are out and about

32) Drop off needed essentials to an animal shelter (here’s a list of items you can donate)

33) Gather items you don’t need any more and drop them off at Salvation Army or Goodwill

34) When you receive great customer service ask to speak to a manager and let them know

35) Have your child make a card for someone who is going through a hard time

What ideas do you have? I’d love to hear about Random Acts Of Kindness that your family has done! Chat with me on  Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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