KINDNESS IDEAS

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Run Errands in Clusters

Instead of running errands as they come to mind, save time and reduce fuel costs by doing them in a group

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Run Errands in Clusters

Instead of running errands as they come to mind, save time and reduce fuel costs by doing them in a group

This may help you improve your time management skills! Get organized and pick one or two days a week to do all your errands -- make more time for things you really want to be doing!

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Plant A Tree

Make a difference in your environment and life!

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Plant A Tree

Make a difference in your environment and life!

There are so many advantages to having more trees in your world! Most of you may know that trees improve air quality by producing oxygen. But what you might not know is they moderate the effects of sun and wind, and they clean the air by trapping dust, pollen and other pollutants. Do it in your yard to add some shade or maybe even increase your property value.

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When You Write on a Piece of Paper, Use All of It

If you only write on half, rip it up and save it for later

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When You Write on a Piece of Paper, Use All of It

If you only write on half, rip it up and save it for later

Imagine how many people are only using a portion of the paper that they write on. Each piece of paper has two sides - use them both & fill up the page.

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Wheel Out Your Neighbor's Trash Bin

Help out your neighbors when they forget trash day

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Wheel Out Your Neighbor's Trash Bin

Help out your neighbors when they forget trash day

We all get caught up in the busyness of our everyday lives, but it's always nice to know your neighbors are willing to offer a helping hand when you forget to wheel your trashcan out for pickup. This RAK is easy, free & takes about five minutes to complete... show some kindness to your neighbors by doing this simple favor. 

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Use E-Tickets for Concerts or Flights

If you have a smartphone, you should be able to access your tickets from there

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Use E-Tickets for Concerts or Flights

If you have a smartphone, you should be able to access your tickets from there

Not only is it more convenient, but you’ll save paper, ink and/or time waiting in line for your ticket or boarding pass.

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Laugh Often

Start telling jokes, watching cat videos on YouTube, or whatever makes you laugh!

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Laugh Often

Start telling jokes, watching cat videos on YouTube, or whatever makes you laugh!

Laughter should be listed as a super food. We know, it's not a food, but it's got the same number of benefits as all the super foods combined!  It is SO GOOD for your health. Check out this list of health benefits:

1. Laughing relaxes your whole body. (well, once you're done laughing...because, we've all laughed so hard it hurts)

2. Laughter relieves physical tension and stress. 

3. A good belly laugh can boost your immune system. It decreases your stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. What?? Amazing.

4. When we laugh, we release endorphins. You know what those are, right? They are the 'feel good' chemicals our body produces when we...well.. feel good.

5. Laughing improves blood flow, thus protecting yoru heart from heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. 

6. You burn calories while you're laughing. If you laugh 10-15 minutes a day, you can burn about 40 calories. That's enough to lose a few pounds over the course of a year!

7. Laughing helps us live longer. Seriously, a study in Norway showed that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who didn't laugh as often. We're moving to Norway.

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Befriend The New Kid

We all know what it feels like to be in an unfamiliar place

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Befriend The New Kid

We all know what it feels like to be in an unfamiliar place

Next time you hang out with your friends, invite them along. You could even just ask for their phone number and send them a nice text.

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Have A Kindness Coloring Contest

Ask your students to draw examples of random acts of kindness or illustrate what kindness means to them

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Have A Kindness Coloring Contest

Ask your students to draw examples of random acts of kindness or illustrate what kindness means to them

Display all the drawings on a bulletin board or ask the students to vote on a winner.

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Buy Raw, Local Honey

The bees are in trouble and we can help!

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Buy Raw, Local Honey

The bees are in trouble and we can help!

Make sure you read the label when you’re buying honey. Watch out for chemically-treated imported honey. Let’s all send a message to our local beekeepers that we need them! 

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Send an Encouraging Email

A sweet and simple way to boost someone’s spirits is by sending good vibes to someone’s inbox.

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Send an Encouraging Email

A sweet and simple way to boost someone’s spirits is by sending good vibes to someone’s inbox.

Nowadays, anyone with an email address gets dozens or hundreds of emails a day - most of them spam. But, wouldn’t it be great to stumble upon a nice email from someone? Whether it’s a coworker, classmate, family member or friend, find someone in your life that could use a some encouragement. A little kindness goes a long way.

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Use a Travel Mug for Your Morning Coffee

Not only does it keep your coffee / tea hot for longer, you can save some money while you’re saving the planet.

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Use a Travel Mug for Your Morning Coffee

Not only does it keep your coffee / tea hot for longer, you can save some money while you’re saving the planet.

Most coffee shops will offer you a discount when you bring in your own mug! Americans throw out 25 billion styrofoam cups a year.  

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Turn Your Computer Off Overnight

Not only does this help the planet, but your bank account too

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Turn Your Computer Off Overnight

Not only does this help the planet, but your bank account too

You can save an average of $14/year. It may not sound like a lot but it’s better off in your pocket than someone else’s.

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Ship a Care Package

Spread happiness and kindness via post!

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Ship a Care Package

Spread happiness and kindness via post!

Snail mail is always great, but you can go the extra mile by filling a box (big or small) with goodies that will surely make someone smile. From candy to framed pictures, there’s a myriad of possibilities when it comes to filling your care package. Share ideas or items you’ve sent in the comments! 

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Try Something New

Open your heart and mind to the world.

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Try Something New

Open your heart and mind to the world.

Taking risks is vital to developing as a person. Get out there and try something new today! What's stopping you?

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Put a Surprise in a Mailbox

It could be anything from treats to a gift certificate to a kind note that says, “Keep being awesome!”

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Put a Surprise in a Mailbox

It could be anything from treats to a gift certificate to a kind note that says, “Keep being awesome!”

Getting mail other than bills is a massive pick-me-up. Hide something special in a neighbor or stranger’s mailbox. It doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming: as long as it makes someone smile, you’ve done good.

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Ride Your Bike or Walk

Multi-task like a champion: get some exercise on your errands run or daily commute.

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Ride Your Bike or Walk

Multi-task like a champion: get some exercise on your errands run or daily commute.

If you don’t have to drive, then don’t! Walking and biking are not only good for the environment, but good for your health too

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Foster A Pet Up For Adoption

If you’re not prepared to make the leap of adopting a pet, give fostering a try! There are so many animals waiting to be placed, and your kindness can help a lot with their transition.

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Foster A Pet Up For Adoption

If you’re not prepared to make the leap of adopting a pet, give fostering a try! There are so many animals waiting to be placed, and your kindness can help a lot with their transition.

Fostering a dog or cat can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. By taking an animal in need temporarily into your home you're freeing up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another animal. It can be great practice if you’re hoping to adopt a pet one day but aren’t sure if you’ll be able to handle the responsibility. Also, you’re teaching this animal that it deserves love (which can be difficult for animals that come from abusive situations).

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Text Someone Good Morning or Good Night

Kick-start someone’s day and/or make sure it ends on the right note.

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Text Someone Good Morning or Good Night

Kick-start someone’s day and/or make sure it ends on the right note.

It’s a wonderful feeling to know someone is thinking about you. What’s better than starting or ending the day with that simple reminder? Text someone you care about that you’re thinking about them. It’s that easy.

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Don’t Jump to Conclusions

Give someone the benefit of the doubt

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Don’t Jump to Conclusions

Give someone the benefit of the doubt

We all know what it feels like to be misunderstood. So when the opportunity arises, give someone the chance to explain themselves. It costs nothing but a bit of patience.

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Organize A Cleanup Party

We live in a beautiful world! Let’s work together to keep it that way.

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Organize A Cleanup Party

We live in a beautiful world! Let’s work together to keep it that way.

Choose an area that needs attention and collect debris, abandoned items and other materials that have collected in the area. You could even make an event on Facebook, tell your friends to invite their friends and get everyone in your area involved!

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Reminisce

Memories can re-create special moments.

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Reminisce

Memories can re-create special moments.

Reach out to an old friend and reminisce about a time you both shared together. You could send them an old picture or even a text to say hello. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been - just let someone know you miss them!

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Drink More Water

When you’re healthy and energetic, it is much easier to be kind.

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Drink More Water

When you’re healthy and energetic, it is much easier to be kind.

If you didn’t already know, you’re 60% water. So for your body to function at its maximum potential, you need to drink 64 ounces of water a day (or eight 8-ounce glasses, for an easy way to remember). Taking care of your body should be a top priority. Water helps your muscles, mind and everything else that makes you happy and healthy. Ditch the soda and have a nice glass of ice-cold water instead.

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Hang Clothes to Dry

Line drying your clothes is one small step towards making a difference

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Hang Clothes to Dry

Line drying your clothes is one small step towards making a difference

The material will last longer and your clothes will smell and feel fresher. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your favorite shirt shrinking!

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Take a Walk Outside

Day or night, rain or shine, walking can always improve your mood.

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Take a Walk Outside

Day or night, rain or shine, walking can always improve your mood.

Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a study that proved taking group nature walks resulted in several mental health benefits: decreased stress, depression and anxiety, as well as an improved sense of well-being. So if you don’t believe us, take it from science: going outside will make you feel better. It’s free, invigorating and the most underutilized stress-buster of all time. Walking has also triggered a creative boost in thinking for many people; cure your mental block by walking it off.

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Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

If every house in the USA did this, it would be the equivalent of removing one million cars from the road

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Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

If every house in the USA did this, it would be the equivalent of removing one million cars from the road

They may seem more expensive, but energy-efficient light bulbs are a worthwhile investment! An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. Plus, you don’t have to replace them nearly as often!

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Switch to Paperless Mail

Reduce the amount of junk mail you get in your mailbox

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Switch to Paperless Mail

Reduce the amount of junk mail you get in your mailbox

Nowadays, we can get most of the information we need online. For bank statements, bills or anything really, save a tree and view it online.

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Adjust the Thermostat in Your Home

Changing the temperature by just one degree can save you 10% on your energy use in a year

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Adjust the Thermostat in Your Home

Changing the temperature by just one degree can save you 10% on your energy use in a year

Make sure to turn the heater off when you go to work during the day or leave for vacation. There’s no point in heating an empty room!

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Map Out Your Family Tree

Be creative with it! Bring your relatives closer and help them understand a lineage to be proud of

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Map Out Your Family Tree

Be creative with it! Bring your relatives closer and help them understand a lineage to be proud of

Learn about your background and show your older relatives how far your family extends. There is pride in knowing that you are somehow related to people who may have made a significant impact in the community - get inspired! Be creative then gift it to your grandparents or another elderly family member.

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Gift an Inspirational Book

Have you ever read a book that changed the way you see the world? Give someone you care about the inspiration to see things differently.

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Gift an Inspirational Book

Have you ever read a book that changed the way you see the world? Give someone you care about the inspiration to see things differently.

Books are great gifts because there are millions to choose from. Maybe you just read a book on positive psychology and have to share the good juju. Or perhaps you know someone who loves to cook and you just found the perfect cookbook. The options are endless! Find a book that will uniquely inspire a person in your world.  

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Start a Community Garden

Learn more about your neighbors and having a green thumb by sharing vegetables, herbs and the beauty of a garden with those around you!

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Start a Community Garden

Learn more about your neighbors and having a green thumb by sharing vegetables, herbs and the beauty of a garden with those around you!

On average, food travels 1300 miles from farm to fork. You can reduce that by a longshot by starting a community garden. Not to mention all the psychological benefits of gardening -- it improves life satisfaction, helps us cope with and recover from stress, improves our ability to recover from illness/injury and improves productivity!  

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Go To Your Favorite Spot

Make some time for yourself today

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Go To Your Favorite Spot

Make some time for yourself today

Go somewhere that makes you inexplicably happy. Then take at least 20 minutes to do something that matters to you: whether that's reading a book, drawing a picture or just breathing in some fresh air. 

 

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Have a Vegetarian Day

Don’t feel the need to give up meat for life, but do your part by having one meat-free day a week

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Have a Vegetarian Day

Don’t feel the need to give up meat for life, but do your part by having one meat-free day a week

It takes 2,500 gallons of water in order to produce one pound of beef. If you and your family have one meat-free day a week, you could save up to 120,000 gallons of water per year. Not to mention there are countless delicious vegetarian recipes you can find online.

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Help Out in the Kitchen

Whether it’s meal prep, setting the table or doing the dishes, there are a bunch of different ways you can help in the kitchen.

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Help Out in the Kitchen

Whether it’s meal prep, setting the table or doing the dishes, there are a bunch of different ways you can help in the kitchen.

We all have to eat, but there can be a lot of work behind a good meal. If you live with others, you can show respect by doing your part in the kitchen. Ask what you can do to make things easier for the chef, even if that means you get stuck with dish duty at the end of the night.

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Have a Judgment Free Day

Don't try to make yourself feel better by putting someone else down

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Have a Judgment Free Day

Don't try to make yourself feel better by putting someone else down

Make today a day free of judgment - in words, thoughts and actions. The way we judge others is often the way the world will judge us. Don't let your fears or insecurities get in the way of truly getting to know someone. 

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Make A Scrapbook

Create a home for your memories - then gift it to someone or keep it for yourself

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Make A Scrapbook

Create a home for your memories - then gift it to someone or keep it for yourself

A scrapbook doesn’t have to be expensive, cheesy or time-consuming. Think of it like an artful photo album. Sometimes, your photos need a place to live that isn’t in your phone. Plus, making scrapbooks is certain to make you more grateful and reflective.

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Thank Someone Every Week

Write 52 thank you notes each year, one every week to a different person.

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Thank Someone Every Week

Write 52 thank you notes each year, one every week to a different person.

Gratitude improves relationships, physical health, self-esteem, and your mindset. Start an annual gratitude tradition and write 52 thank you notes, one for every week of the year. You’ll feel great. The recipients will feel great. And the world will be a little kinder.

Need a template? Here you go:

Hi [name],

Just a little note to tell you how grateful I am to have you in my life.

Thank you for being who you are. Which (among many other things) is ______,_______, and _______.

You are the person who inspires me to __________________.

Thank you for being so great!
[your name]

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Buy Lemonade from a Stand

Make sure you let the kids know how delicious it is

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Buy Lemonade from a Stand

Make sure you let the kids know how delicious it is

This idea comes from the soft spot in my heart that remembers all those summer days I spent selling lemonade as a kid. A child’s entrepreneurial spirit should be rewarded. A quarter is all it takes to make a smile.  

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Start an Exercise Routine

Taking care of your body is the most important thing you can do for yourself

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Start an Exercise Routine

Taking care of your body is the most important thing you can do for yourself

Whether it's three times a week, once a week or even five minutes a day, taking care of you will help you reach your full potential. Go on a bike ride, a hike, run, play a sport, walk around the block, swim, rollerblade, do yoga, the possibilities are endless.

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Reduce Paper Usage

You don’t have to print out that email, do you?

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Reduce Paper Usage

You don’t have to print out that email, do you?

It is estimated that 50% of items that get printed never actually get looked at. Think about whether it is really necessary to print that email out. Or, take the extra step to only print the pages you need… do you really need ‘page 2 of 2”?

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Visit Your Local Zoo or Aquarium

Not only is it fun and educational, but a great way to support animal conservation in our communities.

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Visit Your Local Zoo or Aquarium

Not only is it fun and educational, but a great way to support animal conservation in our communities.

The majority of zoos and aquariums are nonprofits with a sole mission of caring for the animals. Many of them also participate in animal conservation programs and are vital for animals that would not survive in the wild. Through memberships, ticket purchases, and donations, we can benefit these places and allow animals to thrive in their environments.

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Water Your Plants

Think of your plants like you do your pets - they need nutrients to survive!

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Water Your Plants

Think of your plants like you do your pets - they need nutrients to survive!

Having a plant is a responsibility. Make sure you take care of it by giving it water and sunlight.

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Keep Your Fireplace Damper Closed

Having the damper open is like having a huge window open at all times

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Keep Your Fireplace Damper Closed

Having the damper open is like having a huge window open at all times

Reduce the amount of money you are wasting each year from all the heated air escaping through the chimney.

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Use Cruise Control

It improves your mileage by at least 15% and reduces your car’s emissions!

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Use Cruise Control

It improves your mileage by at least 15% and reduces your car’s emissions!

You paid for it along with the car anyway, so you might as well save some gas, money and the planet.

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Share Your Study Guide

Make studying more enjoyable for a friend or acquaintance or start a study group

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Share Your Study Guide

Make studying more enjoyable for a friend or acquaintance or start a study group

Studying together makes it easier for everyone involved. Use it as an excuse to get to know someone you don’t know that well. You could create a Google Doc for everyone to add their own notes to a master file.

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Plant a Vegetable and Herb Garden

It’s all about sustainability! Plus, green thumbs lead to good health

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Plant a Vegetable and Herb Garden

It’s all about sustainability! Plus, green thumbs lead to good health

Use the herbs and plants in your garden to make some of your favorite dishes that much better. Gardening encourages you to grow and eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs that provide a multitude health benefits. A healthy, well-balanced diet gives you more energy and helps protect you from several diseases. Plus, planting seeds and tending to a garden gets you outside and a little exercise.

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Bring Reusable Bags to the Grocery Store

Somewhere between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are used each year.

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Bring Reusable Bags to the Grocery Store

Somewhere between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are used each year.

While they are only used for an average of about twelve minutes, they remain in landfills, oceans and other places for thousands of years.

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Start Learning A New Skill

No better time than the present: learn something new that you’ve been wanting to try but haven’t.

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Start Learning A New Skill

No better time than the present: learn something new that you’ve been wanting to try but haven’t.

Whether it’s rock climbing, knitting, or anything in between, there are countless opportunities to better yourself. You never know what could become your new favorite hobby. Even if you don’t end up enjoying it in the end, trying new things can help you overcome your fears, stimulate creativity, and get to know yourself better. It’s never too late. Why not give it a shot?

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Write a Positive Comment on a Website or Blog

Read an awesome article or blog post? Send a little love to the author.

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Write a Positive Comment on a Website or Blog

Read an awesome article or blog post? Send a little love to the author.

The internet is full of negative comments. Let’s change that. Next time you see a stellar social media post or read a well-written article, let the person know! Together we can create a kinder world wide web.

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Write Down Someone’s Best Qualities

This can truly make someone’s confidence soar

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Write Down Someone’s Best Qualities

This can truly make someone’s confidence soar

How would you feel if someone handed you a list of all the things they loved about you? Thats right, amazing! Make someone you care about feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Run / Walk A 5K For A Cause

It’s such a great feeling to combine doing something good for yourself and others - help out a charity in need through exercise.

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Run / Walk A 5K For A Cause

It’s such a great feeling to combine doing something good for yourself and others - help out a charity in need through exercise.

There’s a lot of opportunities to run or walk for charity. To find a fur-friendly 5K, for animals, check out your local Humane Society or other nonprofit focused on animal conservation. The money raised goes towards helping homeless animals receive the care they need: including food, shelter, vet bills and more. You could also participate in a race for medical issues, such as Susan G. Komen’s Race For The Cure and the JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes. To learn more about 5K races you can do for charity, check out this list compiled by LiveStrong.

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Leave Quarters at the Laundromat

Doing laundry can be expensive. Surprise someone and leave extra quarters next to a washer and dryer.

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Leave Quarters at the Laundromat

Doing laundry can be expensive. Surprise someone and leave extra quarters next to a washer and dryer.

Collect some quarters, put them in a plastic bag with a note that says “This one’s on me” and head on over to your local laundromat. Way to be a world changer. See what we did there?

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Use Public Transport

Instead of having to focus on driving, use your commute to better yourself!

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Use Public Transport

Instead of having to focus on driving, use your commute to better yourself!

Read that book you’ve been meaning to, email an old friend or play Words With Friends with your grandpa. Plus, you’ll be saving money on gas, so it’s a win-win! This isn’t an option for everyone, but if you live in a city that has a public transit system, then why wouldn't you take advantage of it?

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Buy / Borrow Second-Hand

Hand-me-downs are the way to go! This will save you some money and reduce the packaging materials used to sell something

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Buy / Borrow Second-Hand

Hand-me-downs are the way to go! This will save you some money and reduce the packaging materials used to sell something

This is especially key for children’s items because they have a shorter usage period. You can find items like kid’s bikes and clothes second-hand that are much cheaper and still in great shape.  

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Compliment Drivers on How Well They Parked

See a car that’s parked inside the lines? Show the driver some love.

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Compliment Drivers on How Well They Parked

See a car that’s parked inside the lines? Show the driver some love.

Parking seems to be a difficult thing. Big trucks park in spots designated for small cars. People take up two spots instead of one. And sometimes parallel parkers get so close to your car that you have to pull an Austin Powers to get out.

Recognize the exemplary parkers of the world and leave a kind note on their windshield, “Hey wow, you parked your car like a pro. High Five!”

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Praise a Local Business Online

Positive reinforcement should be shared.

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Praise a Local Business Online

Positive reinforcement should be shared.

Consumers take reviews very seriously, so local businesses rely on members of their community to share the love online! Whether it’s a tasty restaurant in town, awesome hair salon or cool new service, there are plenty of businesses you can help thrive with a simple review.

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Leave Uncarved Pumpkins on a Family’s Doorstep

You could also include kid-friendly tools for safe carving.

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Leave Uncarved Pumpkins on a Family’s Doorstep

You could also include kid-friendly tools for safe carving.

Halloween can take a financial toll on families - buying new costumes, candy for trick-or-treaters, decorations. Pumpkin carving is a great family bonding activity and is an inexpensive way to make a difference for a family you know.

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Make a Handmade Card

Get a bunch of people to sign it for a nice personalized touch.

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Make a Handmade Card

Get a bunch of people to sign it for a nice personalized touch.

Whether it’s for an upcoming holiday or birthday, there are lots of opportunities to show someone you care! Showcase your creativity through a homemade card. Include your favorite quotes, drawings, anything you think will make someone smile. It could make all the difference in someone’s day.

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Pay Bills Online

Save paper, water, gasoline while reducing greenhouse gases!

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Pay Bills Online

Save paper, water, gasoline while reducing greenhouse gases!

The environmental impact of paying bills online is huge. In one year you can save up to 1.9 pounds of paper, 18 gallons of wastewater, 2.4 gallons of gas and reduce greenhouse gases up by 74 pounds. This is the equivalent of 73 miles you didn’t drive in your car, 1 tree planted (and grown for 10 years) and 10 square feet of forest preserved from deforestation. You can check out your impact by going to electronicpayments.nacha.org to calculate your impact.

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Recycle Newspapers

44 million newspapers printed in the USA are thrown away every day

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Recycle Newspapers

44 million newspapers printed in the USA are thrown away every day

Better yet, read the news online and do your part to save the trees. But, if you’re one of those people that enjoys a newspaper with your coffee in the morning, just make sure you make an effort to put it in the right bin when you’re done with it.

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Offset Your Carbon Footprint Whenever You Book a Flight

Flying on a plane isn’t too eco-friendly. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, so in those cases, make it up to the environment!

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Offset Your Carbon Footprint Whenever You Book a Flight

Flying on a plane isn’t too eco-friendly. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, so in those cases, make it up to the environment!

We’re not asking you to never fly again. That would be crazy! But on average, a plane produces a little over 53 pounds of carbon dioxide per mile. So next time you book a flight, make a little extra effort to be kind to the planet. Take a shorter shower, carpool with a friend or check out any other of our ideas for protecting the environment!

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Create Bookmarks

You could give them to the library, place them in books or hand them to readers

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Create Bookmarks

You could give them to the library, place them in books or hand them to readers

A simple reminder to be kind is sometimes all it takes to incite a kind act. Be creative with it! Cut cardstock into strips and decorate to your heart’s content with drawings, designs or your favorite quote.

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Donate Used Towels or Blankets to a Shelter

Animal shelters are always in need of supplies. Help out by clearing out storage boxes filled with old towels and blankets.

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Donate Used Towels or Blankets to a Shelter

Animal shelters are always in need of supplies. Help out by clearing out storage boxes filled with old towels and blankets.

Go above and beyond by donating toys and/or food as well. A popular kindness idea we’ve seen is asking for donations from friends in lieu of birthday or other presents. It’s a great way to get others involved and spread kindness in your life.

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Write a Handwritten Letter

When was the last time you received a handwritten note? Let’s change that.

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Write a Handwritten Letter

When was the last time you received a handwritten note? Let’s change that.

There’s something about a handwritten note that just feels more meaningful than a text or email. It’s personal and something that you can hang on to forever! Next time you want to share appreciation for someone, do it the old school way and get out your pen and paper and start writing. Way to be a world changing wordsmith.

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Reuse or Personalize Gift Wrap

Make a present extra special with your personal touch!

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Reuse or Personalize Gift Wrap

Make a present extra special with your personal touch!

Gift wrap, bows and tags are a major waste of paper and resource, so reuse them. You could even get creative and reuse old newspapers, maps or magazines.

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Start a Piggy Bank for a Cause

Pick a cause, get a piggy bank, and start saving.

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Start a Piggy Bank for a Cause

Pick a cause, get a piggy bank, and start saving.

Do you have a place in your house where you keep loose change? Why not designate it as your “World Change-r Piggy Bank” and make a positive difference with something you already use. You can simply keep loose change there or, if you’re a parent, ask your kids if they want to donate part of their allowance to the piggy bank each month. At the end of every year, count up the change and make a donation!

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Find Out Something New About a Coworker

When you see someone almost every day, it can be easy to get caught in the motions of familiar conversation. Make an effort to learn something new about a coworker.

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Find Out Something New About a Coworker

When you see someone almost every day, it can be easy to get caught in the motions of familiar conversation. Make an effort to learn something new about a coworker.

A sliver of compassionate conversation can be all it takes to show a person how genuine and caring you are. Plus, it may evoke a fascinating chat or new friendship. Give a compliment, talk about something that interests you, and make sure you listen, listen, listen.  

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Compliment a Parent on How Well-Behaved Their Child Is

Parenthood can be overwhelming, and sometimes the kind words of a stranger is all it takes to turn a mother or father’s day around.

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Compliment a Parent on How Well-Behaved Their Child Is

Parenthood can be overwhelming, and sometimes the kind words of a stranger is all it takes to turn a mother or father’s day around.

When you’re in public and you notice a child doing something good, it means the world to a parent to hear that. Whether you’re at a restaurant or the grocery store, make a parent proud with a simple compliment.

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Paint Positive Messages on Pumpkins

What better way to combine the spirit of Halloween and kindness than the power of positivity?

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Paint Positive Messages on Pumpkins

What better way to combine the spirit of Halloween and kindness than the power of positivity?

An easy way to spread cheer in the spooky season is by making a Jack-o-lantern an instrument for optimism. Bust out your paints or Sharpies and get creative. Check out our quote collection for more inspiration!

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Choose Matches Over a Lighter

Because most lighters are disposable, 1.5 billion of them end up in landfills every year

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Choose Matches Over a Lighter

Because most lighters are disposable, 1.5 billion of them end up in landfills every year

Lighters are made from plastic and filled with butane, neither of which are environmentally-friendly. While, wood matches are made from trees, paper ones matches are made from recycled paper, so they cause no harm.

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Fill a Birdhouse with Seed for Your Yard

Not only will you bring more types of birds to your yard, but you’ll help the environment in the process.

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Fill a Birdhouse with Seed for Your Yard

Not only will you bring more types of birds to your yard, but you’ll help the environment in the process.

A bird’s diet is more than seed and nectar - in fact, they also like to munch on insects, worms, snails and spiders. They also assist with flower pollination, which leads to full flowerbeds and less gardening efforts required.

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Leave a Generous Tip

Paying it forward never goes out of style.

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Leave a Generous Tip

Paying it forward never goes out of style.

If you had service that went above and beyond (or you’re just having a good day), you owe it to your server to tip well. Many people in the service industry rely on tips to earn a liveable wage. We all have bad days, even if your service was less than the best, spread your kindness through generosity.

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Adopt, Don't Shop

If you are considering bringing a new pet into your home, there are countless animals waiting for a family to love them.

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Adopt, Don't Shop

If you are considering bringing a new pet into your home, there are countless animals waiting for a family to love them.

Animal shelters and rescue groups are filled with happy, loving pets. Whereas many of the puppies sold in pet stores were born in puppy mills, where the conditions can be so bad that they often result in health problems for the animal. Erase the stigma that rescue pets can be antisocial or aggressive! Most of these pets wound up homeless because of a move or divorce, not because they did anything wrong, and are typically house-trained. Bringing a new pet is a huge decision and not one that should be done impulsively. But if this is something you’ve wanted for awhile, check out the shelters and change a life. 

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Use a Reuseable Water Bottle

Be kind to Mother Nature and stay sustainably hydrated.

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Use a Reuseable Water Bottle

Be kind to Mother Nature and stay sustainably hydrated.

Every year, 38 billion plastic water bottles are wasted and not recycled—and that’s just in the United States! Drinking water is a daily occurrence so using a reusable water bottle is an easy way to be kind every day. Plus, there are some really stylish water bottles for sale these days, so you can be kind and trendy at the same time. Winning.

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Reply To A Post You Enjoy

We all get in the habit of breezing past content on social media, though it’s actually worth the effort of making the Internet a positive and constructive place.

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Reply To A Post You Enjoy

We all get in the habit of breezing past content on social media, though it’s actually worth the effort of making the Internet a positive and constructive place.

Even if it’s just a simple “thank you” or tidbit of good feedback, the person behind the post will appreciate your time and effort. Take an extra moment to show you are grateful for the inspiration, information and/or humor they provide in your life. If you get value out of something, let it be known! Simple as that.

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Be Polite On The Road

Driving can be pretty fun if you're in the right state of mind. It can be a mini vacation where you can relax, listen to music or the news, enjoy the scenery and do some thinking. One of the best ways to enjoy your drive is to be polite to others on the road who may be stressed out, lost or late for an appointment. Let them merge. Share a smile or a friendly wave if they let you in. Use your turn signal and don't get frustrated when others don't. Let pedestrians cross the road and follow the speed limit signs.  Honestly, when you are friendly and polite to others while driving, it makes it so much more pleasant (for everyone) to be on the road!

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Send A Postcard

Getting a heartfelt note will surely make someone’s day - who doesn’t love snail mail?

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Send A Postcard

Getting a heartfelt note will surely make someone’s day - who doesn’t love snail mail?

If you’re on a trip or just living life at home, it’s always a good time to send a postcard. It only takes a few minutes and a stamp and it’s such an easy way to make a person happy. It may even start a ripple effect - because if you didn’t already know, kindness is contagious.

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Be a Welcoming Neighbor

Howdy neighbor!

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Be a Welcoming Neighbor

Howdy neighbor!

It's can be hard to be the "new kid on the block" no matter how old we are so why not be proactive in welcoming a new neighbor? Get permission from your existing neighbors to add them to a contact list with names, address and contact information. Bring that to your new neighbor along with a homemade lasagna or cupcakes! If you aren't a chef, think about a bottle of wine or get creative with a packet of seeds and some gardening gloves. Just make sure they know that you're happy to have them in the neighborhood by introducing yourself and letting them know you're only a few steps away.

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Regularly Maintain Your Vehicle

If your vehicle’s engine is running correctly, with clean filters and inflated tires, it will be more fuel-efficient.

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Regularly Maintain Your Vehicle

If your vehicle’s engine is running correctly, with clean filters and inflated tires, it will be more fuel-efficient.

This reduces pollution and saves you money. It’s worth cleaning out the trunk now and again too – extra weight uses extra fuel!

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Unplug Outlets When You Go To Sleep Or Leave The House

Do you ever consider how much energy you are using when you aren’t even home? Reduce your carbon footprint by saving energy when you can!

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Unplug Outlets When You Go To Sleep Or Leave The House

Do you ever consider how much energy you are using when you aren’t even home? Reduce your carbon footprint by saving energy when you can!

Phantom power is known as the energy used to power appliances and gadgets when they are turned off but plugged in. It is estimated (by HowStuffWorks) that all these ‘sleeping’ products drawing power can take up to 10% of your home’s energy usage. Imagine the money you could save by being a bit more environmentally conscious!

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Use Cloth Diapers

Use cloth diapers

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Use Cloth Diapers

Use cloth diapers

Instead of using disposable diapers that can take a long time to decompose, consider using reusable diapers such as cloth diapers. They take a little getting used to, but are worth the effort.

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Leave A Surprise In A Library Book

Kindness sneak attack! Here’s a great RAK if you’re shy or looking to surprise someone with your same taste in literature.

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Leave A Surprise In A Library Book

Kindness sneak attack! Here’s a great RAK if you’re shy or looking to surprise someone with your same taste in literature.

Slipping a dollar bookmark in between the pages is an easy option, though there are tons of free routes to pursue as well. Write a positive message or draw a picture. Even something as simple as “You are awesome and I hope you have a fantastic day!” will be appreciated by a stranger.

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Be Spontaneous!

Sometimes, random acts of kindness just come to you in the moment!

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Be Spontaneous!

Sometimes, random acts of kindness just come to you in the moment!

Spontaneity can be the best way to show kindness! Whether adding a little change to an expired parking meter as you walk by or picking up trash you see. Sometimes the most thoughtful kindness ideas come to you in the moment!

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Cheer On A Teammate

Cheering on a fellow teammate can have a bigger impact than you might expect...

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Cheer On A Teammate

Cheering on a fellow teammate can have a bigger impact than you might expect...

Who doesn't appreciate a little extra encouragement?! Cheering on another teammate will not only support your team but give additional confidence to your fellow teammates and friends.

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Conserve Energy

Be kind to our planet by being conscious about the amount of energy you are consuming.

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Conserve Energy

Be kind to our planet by being conscious about the amount of energy you are consuming.

By conserving energy, you are saving money as well as being kind to our planet by reducing your carbon footprint

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Bring Someone A Souvenir

Bringing someone a souvenir could be one of the most thoughtful kindness ideas!

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Bring Someone A Souvenir

Bringing someone a souvenir could be one of the most thoughtful kindness ideas!

Bringing someone a souvenir from your travels can be a huge gesture of kindness! It lets that person know that you were on their mind while you were away!

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Respect Wildlife

When you are out in nature, you are imposing on the natural habitat of many species. Be sure to be respectful of all the wild animals you see by observing at a distance, not feeding them, and leaving no trace.

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Respect Wildlife

When you are out in nature, you are imposing on the natural habitat of many species. Be sure to be respectful of all the wild animals you see by observing at a distance, not feeding them, and leaving no trace.

Not only can you put yourself in danger by approaching wildlife, but it could negatively impact the animal as well. You never know if a wild animal has medical issues or possibly even rabies. Plus, loud, unfamiliar noises can stress out an animal, which can cause them to flee from their home. Remember you are a visitor: secure your food, pack in/pack out, and enjoy the natural beauty of wildlife from afar.

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Join An Online Forum

If it’s a topic you genuinely enjoy or are passionate about, share your knowledge: start discussions and answer questions for others.

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Join An Online Forum

If it’s a topic you genuinely enjoy or are passionate about, share your knowledge: start discussions and answer questions for others.

Online forums have turned into incredible digital support groups and have proved very helpful in helping people to feel less isolated. Don’t be shy about joining a new community! Make members feel supported and assist with answering questions or providing feedback. Even “liking” content you enjoy is much appreciated when it comes to interacting with your online community.

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Cook A Meal

Show someone you care about kindness from the kitchen!

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Cook A Meal

Show someone you care about kindness from the kitchen!

A great way to show appreciation to someone you know is by cooking a meal. Bust out your favorite recipe to make someone's day. 

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Clean Your Room

A great way to show yourself kindness is by cleaning your personal space!

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Clean Your Room

A great way to show yourself kindness is by cleaning your personal space!

Cleaning your room is a great way to show kindness to yourself. By tidying up, you are showing respect for your personal space and helping yourself feel more organized and less stressed.

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Complain Less

Being positive in a negative situation makes you a leader

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Complain Less

Being positive in a negative situation makes you a leader

Sometimes it's easy to focus on the things that are bringing us down and making life difficult. But, science shows that when we spend even a small amount of time focusing on the things for which we're grateful, our lives are much better. We start seeing things in a more positive light and find fewer things to complain about. 

It can be as easy as starting your day by thinking of one thing for which you're grateful! There are even mobile apps which remind you during the day to take a moment to be grateful for something. Make it a point to take a deep breath and think of something that makes you happy before you complain. You'll find you feel better.

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Bake Someone A Cake

Mmmmm.. cake.

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Bake Someone A Cake

Mmmmm.. cake.

We've never known a person who isn't happy to see cake! (Well, except those who might have an allergy or those who prefer pie.) Baking is a great way to take some "me time" or bond with a child or family member. And, at the end of the process you'll have a beautiful treat to share with someone who might need a little cheering up! There are about a thousand reasons to bake a cake... forget the birthday and bake a cake for a made up holiday like "You're Awesome Day!"  

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Donate Used Books to a Library

Give the Gift of Literacy

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Donate Used Books to a Library

Give the Gift of Literacy

Do you have some books collecting dust on a shelf? Why not pack them up and take them to the local library? Local libraries can often use the books in their current circulation or sell them during a "Book Sale" to raise money for the library. 

We know it makes you look smart to have a bunch of books on the bookshelves at home, but you'll look even cooler when you're being alturistic. And, you can pick up a new book while you're at the library!

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Give Away Your Parking Spot!

Giving up a closer parking stop to someone else can truly make someone's day!

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Give Away Your Parking Spot!

Giving up a closer parking stop to someone else can truly make someone's day!

When you're attentive to your lack of need for a closer or more convenient parking spot, giving it away may greatly impact someone in need.

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Knit Something

Knit One, Purl One, Give One

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Knit Something

Knit One, Purl One, Give One

Are you a crafty bugger? And super kind? Well, then... you should combine those two awesome things and make cool stuff for those in need!

Knitters and crocheters are well-known for making things for other people. Why not use up some of your leftover yarn to create a warm hat, scarf or a pair of mittens for someone in need? Some cities even encourage you to tag a scarf with a note and tie it around a tree for the homeless letting them know that they can take it if they're cold. Another idea is to create tiny hats for newborns in the NICU. Hospitals often have a 'hat tree' or something similar where nurses or new parents can choose a beautiful hand-knit cap for their little one. And, if you're a knitter/crocheter, you know how quickly you can whip one of those out...so get to it! 

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Give A Gift Card

A generous and personalized way of showing kindness is by giving gift cards...

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Give A Gift Card

A generous and personalized way of showing kindness is by giving gift cards...

Giving gift cards can be one of the most genuine ways to show kindness. Not only are you gifting them with something, you are being attentive to their interests by investing in a place where they usually spend money on products! Another thing you could do is purchase a $5 gift card to a local coffee shop to give to a stranger on the street. 

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Eat Local

Eating locally can be a kind way of impacting local farmers and business!

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Eat Local

Eating locally can be a kind way of impacting local farmers and business!

Eating locally greatly impacts local farmers and business. This seemingly simple act of kindness helps keep local business owners successful and famrers prosperous.

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Endorse a Skill or Leave a Positive Recommendation on LinkedIn

When it comes to job searching nowadays, every little bit helps. Assist a friend with the hunt by leaving your mark.

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Endorse a Skill or Leave a Positive Recommendation on LinkedIn

When it comes to job searching nowadays, every little bit helps. Assist a friend with the hunt by leaving your mark.

If you have a LinkedIn profile, this is a good way to show appreciation for someone you respect and admire. When someone makes a difference in your professional life, they deserve to be noticed for it! This easy, quick act of kindness could make their profile stand out to potential recruiters.

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Write Positive Sticky Notes

A simple and quick way to bright up someone's day

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Write Positive Sticky Notes

A simple and quick way to bright up someone's day

Grab a stack of sticky notes and spend five minutes writing positive statements on them. Then place the sticky notes anywhere that needs a little kindness like an office, a bus stop, a gas pump, a parked car, a hallway, or hidden around your home!

Here are a few phrases to get you started:

  • You know who’s awesome? Read that first word again.
  • Throw kindness around like confetti.
  • Hey, you’re great.
  • One kind word can change someone’s entire day.
  • Be the reason someone smiles today.
  • Psst…you’re awesome.
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Share Your Favorite Recipe

Who doesn’t love food?

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Share Your Favorite Recipe

Who doesn’t love food?

With recipe videos taking over the Internet, if you’re someone that loves to cook, surely you’ve been racking up some delicious new recipes. Share a great one with someone you’ve been thinking about. There are tons of easy (and fun!) ways to do this RAK: cook the dish for a new neighbor, tag a friend in a recipe video on Facebook, or include it in an email to someone you know loves to cook.

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Start a Fundraiser

Fundraise for a good cause and help an organization!

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Start a Fundraiser

Fundraise for a good cause and help an organization!

Helping a business or a charity with a fundraiser is a great way to show kindness. You could donate food or toys to a homeless shelter or raise money for a charity you're passionate about. It can be fun too! There are tons of ways to get started online. There are options for different sites that allow you to create a fundraising page and make it easier for your cause to spread around the globe. Additionally, there are opportunities to start fundraisers within your community. Whether it's at school, the office or a neighborhood gathering, spread the word about the things you care about and make a difference. If you want to test your creativity, offer something (like a personal drawing or craft) to the people who donate to your cause. 

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Clean Gym Equipment

It seems like common sense, but not everyone is aware of 'gym etiquette'. Grab a clean towel and take it along as you move from one machine or piece of equipment to the next. Wipe down where you touched the equipment, even if you don't feel 'sweaty'. Gym equipment can be covered in bacteria from multiple people using it all day long. The kind thing to do is make sure you wipe it down with a towel, or better yet, an antibacterial wipe (many gyms offer these near the machines and weights). You'll feel better and so will the other folks around you!

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Tutor Someone

Helping someone learn can be beneficial to both teacher and student!

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Tutor Someone

Helping someone learn can be beneficial to both teacher and student!

By taking the time to help someone learn, you could be positively impacting the future of their education through simple kindness! This impact could be carried on with the student who could help contribute to spreading kindness in their own life. 

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Ask a Senior About Their Past

Senior citizens have a lifetime of experiences to reflect on. Listen & learn.

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Ask a Senior About Their Past

Senior citizens have a lifetime of experiences to reflect on. Listen & learn.

With years comes wisdom. Elderly people have some of the best stories and give great advice - ask someone to share their story. Whether it’s a grandparent or someone you just met, there is a lot we can learn from those that are older than us.
 

10 questions you could ask to spark conversation:

 

  1. What is one of your happiest memories?

  2. Who has influenced you the most in your lifetime?

  3. What is something you have learned about living a happy life that you didn’t know thirty years ago?

  4. Who were your friends growing up?

  5. Is there anything you wish you could tell the entire world?

  6. What world events had the biggest impact on you?

  7. What was your first job?

  8. What was school like for you when you were younger?

  9. What are some things you enjoy doing now?

  10. Who were your heroes and role models while you were growing up?

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Pick Up Trash Around Town

Garbage isn’t meant for the streets, do your part for your city and community by picking up pieces of trash every now and again.

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Pick Up Trash Around Town

Garbage isn’t meant for the streets, do your part for your city and community by picking up pieces of trash every now and again.

One time, I was picking up trash in the park when a woman walking her dog asked me what I was doing. I told her it was such a beautiful park and a shame to see trash lying around. All she said was, “Well, isn’t that sweet!” and we went our separate ways. Though, when I turned back to grab my bike, I noticed that she started picking up trash and putting it in her dog’s waste bags. Kindness is truly contagious, so lead by example and others will follow.

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Hold A Teddy Bear Drive

Then donate the bears to hospitals, police stations or fire departments for children in need

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Hold A Teddy Bear Drive

Then donate the bears to hospitals, police stations or fire departments for children in need

A cuddly friend could be a huge comfort to a scared child. Schools are filled with kids who have grown out of the need for stuffed animals. Part ways with a few of your furry friends and make an impact in another child’s life.

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Set Goals For Yourself

Whether its for today or the next five years, we all have goals we want to reach.

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Set Goals For Yourself

Whether its for today or the next five years, we all have goals we want to reach.

Create a list of goals for the day, the week, the year. You have an immense amount of potential and can achieve more than you can imagine. First step is reminding yourself of that. 

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Be Kind To Your Server

Introducing: the waiter rule

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Be Kind To Your Server

Introducing: the waiter rule

“How others treat the CEO says nothing, they say. But how others treat the waiter is like a magical window into the soul.” - Del Jones

Have you ever heard of "The Waiter Rule"? Basically it says that the way someone treats the wait staff at a restaurant shows how they often feel about, and treat, those who are perceived to be of a lower status. On the other hand, those who are kind, considerate and appreciative of their wait staff are often happier and more successful in their lives.

Make a little effort to make eye contact with the person serving you. Smile. Ask how they are doing. They are often dealing with many things 'behind the scenes' both personally and in their job that the customer never knows about. Be compassionate if your food doesn't come out as quickly as you'd like. Sometimes that's because they are short-staffed or the cooks are backed up in the kitchen. And, make sure to tip your server (where geographically appropriate). They live on those tips!