44 Random Acts of Kindness

Homeless

Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the kick-off to the Lenten season.  Many people give something up for Lent.  This year I think I’m going to add something instead.  I did a little poking around and came up with my favorite 44 ideas to show random acts of kindness.  In no particular order:

  1. Plug someone’s expired parking meter
  2. Deliver treats to a neighbor or coworker
  3. Leave a few quarters behind at the Laundromat
  4. Donate time/money/merchandise to a local charity
  5. Cook a meal for someone
  6. Pay for the coffee of the person behind you
  7. Give a meal to a homeless person
  8. Take someone who doesn’t get out much to the movies
  9. Offer a ride to someone who can’t drive
  10. Cook a healthy and delicious meal for your family, and eat it together
  11. Hand out hand warmers, gloves, hats, scarves, etc. to homeless people
  12. Write an anonymous compliment on a Post It for someone
  13. Treat someone to a gift of fresh fruit
  14. Send a thank you card to someone
  15. Share something you have of value or a personal talent
  16. Start a spare-change-savings-jar for a cause of your choice
  17. Leave change in a vending machine
  18. Organize a pot luck for your child’s teacher(s)
  19. Anonymously send dessert to another table when eating out
  20. Bring flowers to someone at a nursing home or hospital
  21. Leave a big tip at a restaurant
  22. Give a gas card to a young driver
  23. Give a bottle of water or Gatorade to a bus/taxi driver, mailman, garbage collector, etc.
  24. Give cocoa or coffee to crossing guards
  25. Deliver cookies (donuts?) to a local police department
  26. Pay someone’s toll
  27. Send someone a letter, a real letter delivered by the post office
  28. Connect with an old friend
  29. Tell your spouse and family that you love them
  30. Give someone a compliment
  31. Tuck a note in your spouse’s or child’s lunch
  32. Instead of floral centerpieces at meetings, fill baskets with nonperishable food to donate
  33. Do something nice for a fire department
  34. Show your gratitude to a soldier—See how here
  35. Give a small gift to a new mother anonymously
  36. Think back to a time when someone helped you, send them a thank you
  37. Send a note of gratitude to a teacher you remember fondly
  38. Spend time with someone in hospice
  39. Send an email to a business where you received good service and tell them about it
  40. Reach out to a friend or family member dealing with major illness or death
  41. Visit someone who is alone in a nursing home—the staff can tell you who needs visitors
  42. Give someone a night of free babysitting
  43. Brush the snow off someone’s sidewalk or car
  44. Treat a senior to a pedicure

Feel free to borrow any of my favorites. Or come up with your own. There’s one for each day of Lent, but why restrict yourself? Random acts of kindness, especially the anonymous ones, are welcome every day. And they just make you feel good.

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