Brighten someone’s life on Random Act of Kindness Day!
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Next week is Random Acts of Kindness Week, and February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day!
Kindnesses can come in many forms – doing a good deed for family, friends, strangers, even yourself. Even taking extra care of the environment is an act of kindness.
Being purposefully kind is one of the values I am continuously trying to teach to my children. My oldest even had “do a kindness” on his allowance chart in the past as a reminder! So I for one am really excited for an entire week full of opportunities to brighten someone’s day!
Here is a list of simple and inexpensive things you and your family can do on Random Act of Kindness Day to put a smile on someone’s face!
Smile at a stranger
Bake treats for a neighbor
Pick up litter at a park
Pay for someone’s coffee
Compliment someone sincerely
Donate old towels to an animal shelter
Hold a door open for someone
Call a friend or family member
Give someone a pep talk
Send a care package to a soldier
Download the Forest app. It’s designed to keep you focused on your work and off your smartphone. The longer you’re off your phone, the more credits you will earn towards real trees being planted by Trees for the Future.
Tape a dollar to a vending machine
Let someone get in line in front of you
Pay for a stranger’s library late fee
Make a bird feeder
Prepare a special meal for someone you love
Donate to a fundraiser
Bike ride or walk to do errands
Leave a positive sticky note on the bathroom mirror
Sign up to be an organ donor
Make a purchase from a local small business
Talk to an older family member or friend about their memories
Make someone a handmade card
Write down the 5 things you like the most about you
Plant a tree
Take a family hike
Leave a generous tip
Plant an herb garden
Make simple bookmarks and leave them in books at the library
Conserve energy at home
Donate your used books
Be kind to someone new at work or school
Buy second hand to conserve resources
Tell a joke
Be a courteous driver
Send a card to a sick child through Cards for Hospitalized Kids. My family made some as a service project for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and my children really put a lot of thought and care into their cards. I was so proud!
Invite someone to dinner
Visit a local farm and buy some produce
Practice good listening
Pass out hand warmers to crossing guards
Leave a treat in your mailbox for your mail carrier
Text someone a funny meme or GIF that will brighten their day
Pass along a coupon that you’re not going to use
Leave a kind comment on a blog or Facebook post
Visit or send letters to the elderly at a senior center
Send a thank-you note to a nurse, police officer or firefighter you know
Donate blood, if you’re able
Cook your family’s favorite meal
Sit with someone who’s having a hard time
Paint a positive message on a rock and leave it for someone to find. Visit The Kindness Rocks Project for more information.
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For more ideas, check out Random Acts of Kindness. The site is filled with ways to make the world a little better because kindness is contagious! Maybe turn the idea into a fun family activity to write out an entire month’s worth of kind acts and to one each day!
What can you do as a random act of kindness this week? I’d love some new ideas!