Start A Piggy Bank For A Cause
Keep your spare change in a piggy bank and when it is full, donate it to a cause or charity of your choice.
Offer The Handyman A Drink
At some point in time, we've all had to call the handyman to help us out. The kitchen sink backs up, or a leaky faucet gets worse; a window needs to be reinforced or the furnace needs replacing. The next time someone is at your house fixing something, offer them a drink or a snack. Let them know you appreciate the work they are doing for you.
Volunteer At A Food Bank
There are many ways to help your local food bank. Obviously, providing canned goods is a great way. But you can also be a little more hands-on and volunteer to stock shelves, clean the store, or work at the counter.
Help A Child Learn
When you look back at your own childhood, you can probably name several key people who taught you some of the most important things you know today. You too, can be an influential force in a child’s life by spending time helping him or her to learn. You can help a child master a subject he or she is struggling with in school, teach him or her to play a sport or learn another skill.
Cheer On A Teammate
Sometimes we all need a little encouragement! Especially athletes during a difficult practice or challenging game. Whether you are on the field with them or sitting the bench make an effort to cheer your teammates on. Tell them they are doing a great job! Encourage them and motivate them to try their best and applaud them when they do.
Donate Used Books To A Library
Many children in your community don't have access to books because of financial reasons, or because their families don't value education. That's why libraries are a great resource. Anyone can sign up for a library card and enjoy thousands of books for free.
Help Someone Load Or Unload Their Groceries
As people grow older, their body begins to slow down and they become less mobile and lose their muscle strength. Simple tasks like carrying groceries or walking up and down the stairs often become a struggle for them.
Be Kind To Your Neighbor
Be kind to your neighbor today! Stop by your neighbor's house or apartment and bring them a treat or some flowers. This is a great way to meet a neighbor you might not know yet, or to chick in with one you haven't seen in a while! You could even invite them to celebrate random acts of kindness by bring two of whatever you give them and tell them to pass the extra on to someone else.
Help Someone With Their Job Search
Trying to find a job can be extremely challenging, especially for someone who has been out of the job market for a while. If you recently found a job yourself, you might have some great insight for a friend who is out of work.
Promote Tranquility At Home
Whether you have a tiny studio apartment, a cabin in the woods, a dorm room, a house in the suburbs or a large home with plenty of rooms to get lost in, work hard to make your home a peaceful and tranquil place. Everyone needs somewhere to go where they can be themselves and relax after a long day of work or school.
Bring In Your Neighbor's Trash Cans
Often times an empty garbage container is light enough to be tossed around by the wind. Sometimes they end up in frustrating locations; they roll across the street, or down a driveway blocking the path of the cars trying to drive past or park. On "trash day" in your neighborhood, why not save your neighbor the trouble of jogging down the street to retrieve their empty garbage cans and simply pick it up and bring it in for them?
Do A Household Chore For Someone
Many households develop routines and responsibilities over time. Often those responsibilities are not volunteered for as much as they just "fall" on someone to do. Offer to do a chore or just do it anonymously.
Give The Elderly The Gift Of Music
Schools and churches commonly visit nursing homes during the holiday season to sing carols, but during the rest of the year, nursing homes often don’t have a lot of visitors.
During the evening or night, tape coins to various places on a playground, and let the kids discover the hidden fortunes the next day.
Talk With Sales Clerk
When you are purchasing your items in the check out line, take a moment to speak with the employee or clerk helping you.
Give Directions To Someone Who Is Lost
New cities and towns can be confusing. We've all been lost before! Whether you've just moved into a new neighborhood or you are visiting a city for the first time, it is easy to get overwhelmed and confused. So when someone stops you to ask you for directions, take a minute to help them out. Even if you are busy or running late, at the end of the day you won't regret taking an extra minute to help someone in need.
Pet Sit For Free
For pet-owners, one of the most stressful things about planning a vacation is the ever-present question "What are we going to do with the pets while we are gone?" There are many boarding facilities that offer wonderful accommodations for pets but they can be expensive, especially if you are planning to be gone for a week or more.
Keep an extra dog leash in you car and when you see (and you will) see someone looking for their dog or trying to get their dog home without a leash, stop an give them your spare. They will truly feel like a miracle has just happen.
Talk With A Homeless Person
The next time you pass someone on the street asking you for spare change, take a moment to talk with them. You can give them change or share any snacks you may have, but also be sure to just say hello and speak with them for a while.
Clean Out Your Closets
As seasons change and styles change many of us have items in our closet that no longer fit our body or our wardrobe! Make an effort to find unused items in your closets and drawers and donate them to a local shelter or charity organization.
Send A Handmade Card To Someone
Sometimes the simplest gift will also be the most treasured one.
Be Generous With Compliments
You’ve probably experienced what it feels like when someone else says something nice to you or compliments you. Even a very simple compliment can brighten your day, and make you feel better about yourself.
Embrace Your Mistakes
"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." ~John Powell
Does it frustrate you when you do something wrong? Next time you make a mistake, instead of being hard on yourself, ask yourself what you can learn from it. It won't help anyone to dwell on your mistake and feel guilty about it. Acknowledge that it happened, make amends if necessary, and move forward!
Share Inspirational Quotes
Have you ever been in a situation where you were unhappy or discouraged? Sometimes all it takes to be revived is a little encouragement from someone who recognizes that you need it, someone that can help you get away from whatever is bringing you down.
Introduce Yourself To A New Classmate
Have you ever been new at a school? Then maybe you know what it's like to be in a new environment, around new people. Being the new kid can often be stressful or even scary. Some kids have a hard time adjusting to new schools because they are shy or aren't very good at making new friends.
Bring Your Coworkers A Special Treat
Small surprises and tokens of your appreciation spread throughout the year help the people in your workplace feel valued all year long. Surprise your coworkers with donuts, cookies or a homemade treat.
Pay Someone's Toll
We've all been there: waiting in a long line of cars at a toll booth, sometimes for up to an hour or more, simply waiting to pay our toll so we can get on to our destination. Traffic on a summer weekend or during the holidays can be awful. Why not make someone's experience a little more pleasant and pay their toll for them?
Pat Someone On The Back
A pat on the back can express a lot to a person. It can be a way to say “hello” to a friend, or a way to comfort someone who's had a bad day. But most often, it’s a way to congratulate someone for an achievement. Give someone recognition for something they have done with a pat on the back. A teammate who scored a goal, a friend who studied hard for a test. Let him or her know you’re proud of them!
Sometimes all we need in life is a little spontaneity. Make a conscious effort to act on every single thought of generosity that arises in your heart. Being kind is being happy!
Be Kind To Someone You Dislike
"Knowing what paint a painter uses or having an understanding of where he was in the history of where he came from doesn't hurt your appreciation of the painting." -Jodie Foster
Make an effort to be polite to someone you don't get along with. Go out of your way to say hello or have a conversation with them. Getting to know and understand him or her better might help you appreciate your differences. Before you know it you might actually have a new friend!
Include Others In Decisions
The next time you need to make a decision make a conscious effort to include all those who will be affected by the outcome in the decision-making process. Whether your decision is something small, like what to have for dinner, or something big, like which neighborhood to move to, be sure to ask everyone involved if they have an opinion and would like to help you make the decision.
Ask If You Can Help
Many people find it quite difficult to ask someone for help. They feel that they are inconveniencing the other person or "unloading" on them. The next time you see someone who looks down or frustrated, offer to help them. Simply ask how you could help make a situation better.
Rub A Loved One's Back
After a long day at work or tiresome load of homework or housework, being able to relax with another person is often the best thing that can relieve you. Just making contact with someone else can be relaxing, whether that is simply having a conversation with someone, giving them a hug, or even taking the time to rub their back.
Spend Time With Someone
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away” -Unknown
It’s easy to just let time to fly by, without stopping to realize that your life is happening right before your very eyes. If you have the tendency to work extremely hard or commit yourself to many activities outside your family and friends, you may not even realize you’re not spending as much time as you’d like with the people you love. Take some time every week to spend with your loved ones, no matter how busy your life is.
Host A Toy Drive
This holiday season collect toys and donate them to children in need. You can help a local charity, youth program, a family in need, or an orphanage tremendously by bringing them gifts to give to children. Simply choose an organization that resonates with you and host a toy drive for them!
Attend An Event
Attend an event important to your loved one. Even if it is something you are not remotely interested in, go out of support for your friend, spouse, child, brother, sister, or parent.
Be A Friend Who Listens
If you have a friend who's going through a rough time, offer to talk about it with them over a coffee. Think of all the times you've wished you had a friend to talk to--be proactive and be that friend for someone else.
Bring Someone A Souvenir
When you take a trip, bring a souvenir home for someone who doesn't expect it. Even the smallest trinket will remind them that you care about them.
Create A Giant Thank You Card
Bigger is better, right? Well, at least in the world of thank you notes, that phrase rings true! This week is Teacher Appreciation Week--why not let your teacher know how much you appreciate him or her with a giant thank you card? You could buy one at the store, or make one out of poster board. Pass it around to your classmates at lunch or during a free period along with some markers and present it to your teacher at the end of the day!
Start A Kindness Club
What if you could help make the world a friendlier, safer place to live? Well you can, just by sharing kindness with your friends!
Share A Music Playlist With A Friend
It’s not always easy to express how you feel with words. Sometimes music can say so much more than you can.
Transport Someone Who Can't Drive
Those of us who have cars often take for granted that we can drive anywhere we want, whenever we want.
Measure Your Carbon Footprint
Do you know how your personal choices can influence how the environment behaves? Do you have habits you can change in order to help the environment?
Shovel Snow For A Neighbor
It’s easy to get into the habit of not paying attention to those around you, especially if they are strangers. Starting with your neighbors, make an effort to pay more attention to others and try to anticipate their needs. Start with something simple, like shoveling show for your next-door-neighbor while you’re out shoveling your own walk.
Make Kindness A Priority
No matter how old you are, where you live, or what you do, we all have the opportunity to make kindness a priority: to see the positive in a difficult situation, to encourage others, to listen to our friends and family, to treat others with respect and to volunteer our time, energy, and resources to help make this world a better place.
Surprise Your Coach
Being a coach is often a thankless job. Coaches put in numerous hours behind the scenes that many athletes don't know about watching film, researching techniques, planning out practices, and creating plays. If you are an athlete, be sure to thank your coach for their commitment to you and your team every once and while.
Bring Flowers To Someone
"Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity" -John Ruskin
Are you part of a garden or craft club? Make floral arrangements for a senior center, nursing home or hospital. You don't have to know someone to bring them flowers, beautiful flowers will brighten anyone's day!
Pick Up Your Toys
If you’ve ever stepped on a LEGO that was left on the floor, or tripped over a Barbie doll, you know how something as simple as putting away a toy can make a big difference.
Pick Up Groceries For A Neighbor
Picking up groceries can be an especially kind act for an elderly neighbor who isn't able to get out much. Simply knock on their door and see if you can pick something up for them while you are at the store. This is most helpful to do when you know bad weather is approaching. Pick them up a couple of things that will help tide them over until a storm has passed so they don't have to venture out in the middle of terrible weather to get some dinner.
Be A Designated Driver
Drunk driving is a tough subject that many of us don't like to discuss. But it's an important topic, because one drunk driver could change the lives of many people. Maybe you know someone or know of someone who has been injured or killed by a drunk driver. Keep your friends safe by offering them a sober ride home when they need it. Before you go out with your friends make it a habit to always discuss who will be driving home. Volunteer to be the designated driver to ensure that you and your friends will make it home safely !