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Examples of Random Acts of Kindness for Inspiration
by Angelie Kapoor

Performing random acts of kindness may seem like it's new, so it’s possible you may feel like you have no idea how to begin. That’s totally okay. Coming up with ideas can be tough. That’s why this blog post is packed full of suggestions you can do to make someone else’s day a little brighter. Some of these activities will cost you nothing and take only a moment of your time. Others will be more in-depth. Choose whatever fits your comfort level and whatever the occasion may call for. I hope you find enjoyment and inspiration in these examples.

  • Hold the door open for the person behind you who has their hands full.
  • Allow the next shopper in the grocery line to move ahead of you if you only have a few items and their cart is full.
  • Check on an elderly neighbor or shut-in.
  • Donate your old clothes to charity.
  • Tape change to a parking meter or vending machine.
  • Give the new employee a tour of your work area or offer to sit with them at lunch.
  • Volunteer. At a nursing home, a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, your kid’s school, anywhere.
  • Adopt a child or family during the holidays to give gifts to.
  • Send a get-well card to someone, or even a card for no reason whatsoever.
  • Ask for donations to your favorite charity instead of presents for your birthday.
  • Smile at someone on the street.
  • Give an unsolicited compliment.
  • Pay for the person behind you in line at the fast food restaurant or drive thru.
  • Let the manager of the store know when an associate gives you exceptional service.
  • Offer to babysit for parents who really need a night away.
  • Clean up the trash in your neighborhood or at your favorite outdoor recreation spot like a park or beach.
  • Visit a nursing home just to spend time with those who rarely receive visitors or bring treats for the residents.
  • Send a note of thanks to someone who’s made a big difference in your life.
  • Pay for someone’s layaway who hasn’t made a payment in a long while.
  • Fundraise by participating in a 5K, walk or other sponsored activity.
  • Shovel the driveway for elderly neighbors or those who may otherwise have trouble doing the job themselves. Mowing lawns and raking leaves are also good ideas.
  • Mentor a young person entering your profession
  • Help someone stranded on the side of the road.
  • Take the time to listen to someone who is having a bad day.

Hopefully, this quick list will inspire you to begin sharing random acts of kindness with those around you. Pick one from the list or come up with one on your own, then just do it. See how it makes you feel. Chances are you’ll be ready to do another one tomorrow.

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