Imagine the difference you could make if you spend this month spreading random acts of kindness
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” -Scott Adams
Our lives are so packed to the brim finding time to squeeze in a small act of kindness to help someone in need can seem impossible. But imagine this: if the whole world committed to doing one random act of kindness a day for a month, what would the world look like?
As May approaches, consider taking a random act of kindness challenge for the month. Can you do one small thing to brighten someone’s day every day this month? Studies show that each small act of kindness for others does wonders for you, too.
Here are 31 creative random acts of kindness for you to consider adding to your “to do” list this month. Cheers to a month of spreading joy and happiness!
Inspire a stranger
Make a “Take What You Need” sheet: On an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper, write “Take what you need, give what you have.” On the bottom, cut slips of paper for words such as love, courage and strength. Pin it on the bulletin board at a local coffee shop.
Leave a stranger a note: Leave a small note on an index card in your library book before you return it. Write to the next person who opens the book, and let them know that although you haven’t met, you’re sure you’d be great friends given their choice of literature.
Leave a server the biggest tip you can afford: If a waiter or waitress was especially helpful, or you could tell they’ve been having an especially busy night, leave them a big tip with a thank you note. Then, let their boss know they did a great job.
Let someone ahead of you in line: If you are not in a particular rush or have several more items than the person behind you – especially if they have young children – let them jump ahead of you.
Hold the door open for someone: Help the person behind you in a store carry their groceries.
Put sticky notes with positive quotes or sayings on bathroom mirrors: Let the next person to look in the mirror know that he or she is beautiful.
Help someone in need
Give blood: It only takes a few minutes and can save a life.
Give to Amazon Smile: It doesn’t cost anything, and with each purchase, you can help a charity of your choice.
Be extra nice next time someone is mean to you: The next time a store clerk or colleague is rude to you, try to imagine what may have happened that day to make them behave rudely. Maybe they are going through a hard time. Be compassionate, rather than combative.
Collect soda can tabs and donate them to your local Ronald McDonald House: The charity, which houses sick children and their families while they are in the hospital, earns money per pound of tabs they collect.
Become a Big Brother or Big Sister: Help a child in need of a caring adult role model.
Adopt a rescue pet: If you’re in a position to adopt a pet who needs a home, consider adopting or fostering a rescue animal.
Put loose change to use: Take all of your loose change to a Coinstar machine and donate the money to a local charity or person in need.
Help someone who helps you
Leave a gift for the letter carrier: Leave a small Starbucks gift card for your letter carrier with a thank you note, offering one iced latte on you!
Buy a round of drinks for police officers: The next time you see police officers or soldiers at a restaurant or coffee shop, buy them an anonymous round of drinks and thank them for their service.
Ask your child’s teacher if they need supplies for their classroom: Did you know that, on average, teachers spend nearly $500 a year of their own money on classroom supplies? Offer to pitch in.
Mow your neighbor’s lawn: The next time you’re doing some yardwork, offer to take care of your neighbor’s yard, too.
Bring cookies to a local fire station: Bake a big batch of cookies and bring them to your local fire station to thank them for their service.
Help the environment
Donate or recycle your old computer: Give old electronics you don’t need anymore new life and a new home.
Plant a tree: The average tree can clean up 330 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. They clean the air, provide oxygen, provide food, heal and more.
Switch to using a stainless steel bottle: Ditch your bottled water habit for good. 80 percent of plastic water bottles end up in landfills, even if you put them into the recycling bin. It takes up to 1,000 years for every single bottle to decompose.
Bring bags with you: Use reusable bags when you go shopping.
Vote with your dollar: Buy from companies with eco-friendly policies.
Compost: Food scraps and yard waste make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away. Making compost keeps trash out of landfills, reducing the potent greenhouse gases they would release over time.
Show a loved one you care
Share overheard compliments: If you heard someone complimenting your friend, let her know.
Send a thank you note to a friend: Is there someone you think of often but haven’t spoken to in years? Send them a note thanking them for their friendship. Alternatively, send a note to a friend who touches you every day.
On Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, let friends know you are thinking of them: If a friend has lost a mother or father, let them know you are thinking of them on these special days.
Send a loved one flowers: Surprise a loved one with flowers to brighten their day.
Send some social media love: Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to a person you love today.
Offer to pick something up for a friend on an errand: The next time you’re out and about, see if a friend needs something small that you can pick up for them.
Be kind to yourself: Remember, you deserve kindness, too! The next time you hear a negative voice in your head, quiet it and talk to yourself as if you would a friend.
Being kind is good for your health!
Did you know that being kind to others is good for you, too? Just one small act of kindness can reduce your blood pressure and increase your serotonin levels.
Have other random acts of kindness ideas?
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