Stay On The Trail
A great and easy way to respect the environment while hiking is to remain on the trail at all times. If you stay on the trail you don't disturb the beautiful nature that surrounds you.
Adopt A Family
There are many families out there that are in need, living week to week and hoping for enough food and money to get by. For these families, every week is a struggle, but the holidays are even more of a struggle. Every parent wants to be able to buy presents for their children, to surprise them with a gift.
Organize A Teddy Bear Drive
Did you know there are many children in your community without homes, whose families can't afford to buy them toys?
Send A Note Of Appreciation
Take a few minutes out of your day today to write a note of appreciation to someone you haven't thanked in a while. You can send it to your spouse, significant other, sibling, parent, child, best friend, coach, teacher—anyone who you feel needs a bit of a pick me up. You can even make a list for your loved one highlighting all of the different reasons you appreciate him or her. Once you’ve brainstormed your thoughts, write them neatly in card you’ve chosen, or just send an email. No matter how you decide to share a note of appreciation, be sure to do it today!
Knit A Scarf
Knit something for a friend, family member, or cause! Scarves, mittens, hats, socks, and sweaters all make great gifts, and even more so when they are knit with love by a good friend. Knitting can be easy or challenging, which makes it a great activity for people of all ages, from kids to grandparents.
Thank Your Employees
If you ask most people what makes a good boss, you’d probably get a variety of answers – a good boss is someone with great communication skills, strong ethics and good leadership skills.
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.
Offer To Work Late
Balancing life is never easy. Family, work, friends, exercise, school, chores, and errands all demand our attention. Everyone has days where we wish we had an extra couple of hours to get everything done. Next time a friend or co-worker is looking pretty frazzled, offer to help.
Take Shorter Showers
The average American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day, according to the 2006 United Nations Human Development Report. For those of us who live in the United States, it’s easy to forget how precious certain resources are. Water is an example of one of the many resources we often take for granted. Preserve the world around you by using less water in your daily life. One way you can do this is by taking shorter showers.
Team Pledge Of Kindness
Speak with your coach and team captains about enforcing a team pledge of kindness where everyone commits to doing one act of kindness a day for the length of the season.
Be A Fundraiser
What cause speaks to your heart? Are you passionate about education? Finding a cure for cancer? Saving animals? Raising awareness for a specific disease or situation? Helping natural disaster victims? It seems these days everyone has a cause they care deeply about. Find yours and do a fundraiser for it!
Praise A Parent For Their Child
There are few compliments more gratifying than when someone praises your child. Having someone tell you that your child has done something above and beyond is one of the best things a parent can hear. When the opportunity arises, compliment someone on the abilities or behavior of their child. It could be a friend or a stranger.
Mentor An At Risk Child Or Teen
"Encouraged people achieve the best; dominated people achieve second best; neglected people achieve the least." - Anonymous
Let Someone Go In Line In Front Of You
With technology becoming more and more advanced, as a society we get used to doing everything as quick as possible and getting everything we want instantaneously. When we’re caught up in the face-paced world of today, we often forget to stop to notice those around us. So next time you’re in a hurry in public, slow down and go out of your way to be courteous to everyone around you. When you’re standing in the checkout line, waiting to pay for your food at the grocery store or waiting to order your drink at a coffee shop, offer to let the person behind you go in front of you.
Adopt A Star
This is a great way to let a loved one know they are special to you: adopt a start in their name! There are numerous organizations that provide this service, but a couple of them are non-profits and the fee you pay to adopt the star will actually go to supporting scientific research on the stars you adopt.
Help Someone For Free
It’s easy to put time and effort into tasks if we’re doing them for ourselves or getting paid to do them. But what about doing work for others when you aren’t getting paid? Why not do a job like mowing the lawn, cleaning the house or babysitting for someone, and surprise him or her by not charging.
Host An International Student
There are numerous international study programs at both high schools and colleges around the world. Some programs last two weeks, others are for a whole school year. While some are summer programs, others are semester-long. If there is an option at your school to host a foreign student, why not volunteer?
Words can heal, they can bless, they can bring comfort and they can transform lives. So choose to be an affirming person. Offer encouragement freely to your friends, co-workers, and family, and without any expectation of anything in return. You can always find something positive to say in any situation, it just depends on your perspective. Be generous with your words of affirmation to all those around you, and most importantly, to yourself.
Be A Welcoming Neighbor
“...A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must git it this soul.” - Pope John Paul II
Help A Coworker
If you know that one of your coworkers has a huge work load or big project to finish, offer to help. Be a team player! You could review and edit the work they've already completed or offer to take some work off their shoulders and help run reports or finish a presentation. You will be amazed how quickly the work will get done with both of you working on it!
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.
Mind Your Manners In Public
Good manners can sometimes take time to learn and take a lot of practice to accomplish, but making an effort to use good manners is a kind thing to do.
Help Someone Find A Job
Looking for a job can be overwhelming and frustrating, which is why when someone offers to help you it means so much! If a friend or colleague recently lost their job or is looking to re-enter the job market after a number of years away, offer to help!
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.
Learn About A New Holiday
Don't know the significance behind a certain holiday celebration? Ask someone! Google it! Take the time to learn about a holiday celebration different from your own this year. Ask you classmates, coworkers, family members, neighbors and friends why the celebrate the holidays they do, and what those holidays mean to them.
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.
Help Someone Learn
Do you have a classmate who struggles in class? Or a younger friend or sibling who might not know how to read or do arithmetic very well? Or a grandparent who doesn't like to use the Internet? Use your skills to help others! Offer to help someone learn something you do well. Maybe there is something they can teach you in return!
Play A Sport With A Child Or Teen
Playing sports or simply just getting exercise outdoors can be an important part of many kids' lives. But for many children, there isn't an adult figure to initiate this in their lives or someone who will teach them the skills necessary to play sports or other outdoor activities.
Become An Organ Donor
In the United States alone there are over 100,000 people waiting for an organ donation. By becoming an organ donor, you can literally help save lives. When you are old enough to get your license, you should think about signing up as an organ donor, and offering multiple people a second chance at life.
Renew A Friendship
Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life." - Dior Yamasaki
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.
Take Out The Trash
Take out the trash without being asked. Sometimes the smallest and easiest tasks are the most meaningful.
Mow A Neighbor’S Lawn
“Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers 'grow, grow.” - Talmud
Maintaining your yard can be a hard task. For people who work long hours or those who have a physical disability, keeping their grass trimmed is often hard to do. Offer to mow a neighbor’s lawn for free. You'll be helping keep your neighborhood beautiful and making a neighbor happy.
Help Your Teacher By Working Harder In School
It’s safe to say that all teachers want their students to be successful and to do well in school.
Wear A Seat Belt
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, seat belts save over 11,000 lives each year.
In addition to being able to save your life, safety belts can also keep you from getting serious injuries in a car accident. The facts related to wearing seat belts are hard to ignore. Wearing your seat belt when you are riding in a car is essential to your safety. It takes you less than 10 seconds to fasten your seat belt, make sure you do it!
Obey Your Parents
Obeying your parents isn’t always easy. It can be hard to stop and do something they have asked you to when you are in the middle of playing a video game or watching your favorite T.V. show.
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!
Share A Snack
Many people have the mindset that sharing is something you only do in kindergarten and grade school. Once you’ve reached a certain age, you no longer need to be generous with your belongings, your food, or your money. The truth is that being able to share with others is a habit you should put into practice for the rest of your life. To remind yourself of the importance of sharing, start with something small, like sharing your snacks with your classmates or coworkers, or even with a homeless person on the street.
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!
Pay Attention In Class
School can be a fun place for you to interact and play with your friends, but the main reason your parents send you to school is so you can learn.
Say Something Nice About Someone
How often do you find yourself in a situation where people are saying mean things about someone else, behind his or her back? It might happen at school, during your soccer or baseball practice, or when you’re playing at a friend’s house.
Return Emails Promptly
Returning emails promptly is a great way to show someone respect. When you return an email right away, that person knows that they matter to you. This is a great thing to do with both work and home/personal emails.
Write A Letter To Someone Who Made A Difference In Your Life
"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -Albert Schweitzer.
Coach A Youth Sports Team
Do you love sports? Volunteer to coach a youth baseball, soccer, or football team. What a rewarding way to practice your patience and help kids have a good time!
Say Something Nice To Someone
“Just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.” –Elie Wiesel
Warm Things Up
Distribute hand warmers, wool socks, or Evac Kits to the homeless, especially in February when the holiday season is over but the need is the greatest.
Smile At Others
A sincere smile is a very kind and meaningful way to make a positive difference in someone's day. Without using words, a smile says to a person “Hi, I hope you have a nice day”. People appreciate being noticed and acknowledged, especially with a friendly smile. Smiling at a stranger is a positive human interaction that seems to be infrequent as people get caught up in their daily tasks. So next time you are at the store, walking down the street, or going to work or school, acknowledge someone with a smile.
"A day without laughter is a day wasted." ~Charlie Chaplin
Laughter makes everything better. Having a sense of humor lightens your burdens, connects you to others, inspires hopefulness and offers a new perspective.
Ask Someone About Their Holiday Traditions
Take time this holiday season to ask someone about their holiday traditions. What do they do on Christmas Eve? How does their family celebrate Hanukkah? Do they travel during the holidays or do they host their family and friends at their home? Is there a particular game they play or food they eat only during the holiday season? Take the time to get to know your friends, classmates and coworkers and ask them about their holiday traditions!
Call A Grandparent
Our grandparents are an important part of our culture and our history. Spending time with a grandparent is a great way to learn about your heritage, your family history and even about yourself.