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.
Host An Art Show
Host your own art show and offer to feature artists who would never otherwise have the opportunity to share their work: disabled children, elderly people, those suffering with terminal illnesses. Or offer to host an art gallery for a friend who is an aspiring artist, simply to help them get their name out there and to sell some work.
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!
Whenever you see someone wearing a nice outfit or jewelry, give her/him a compliment. This always brings a smile to their face and gives you a nice feeling. It's a little thing but can really light up someone's day when they are feeling down.
Start A Kindness Journal Or Blog
"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." -Aesop
Adopt A Pet
Have you ever thought of owning a pet? Before visiting a breeder, why not check out your local animal shelters? Cats and dogs of all shapes, sizes and personalities are available, ready and waiting for their forever homes!
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.
Donate Old Sports Equipment
Did you know that some parents won't sign their kids up for youth sport leagues because they know they cannot cover the cost of the equipment their kids will need to have in order to join the team? Think about it for a minute: if your son plays football you have to buy helmet, pads, cleats, jerseys, pants and a football. Or if you daughter plays soccer it's shin-guards, cleats, soccer ball, and uniform. For baseball or softball it is the same thing--cleats, uniform, bat, ball, glove, etc.
Donate Your Vehicle
Do you have a vehicle you don't need or want? Maybe your car just died and it is so old it isn't worth it to pay to fix it. Or perhaps you inherited a vehicle from a relative who can no longer drive. Before you immediately decide to sell it, consider donating it to a local charity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clean Your Friend's House
Offer to help clean your friend's home. Perhaps they are busy with two jobs and three kids and just haven't had time to clean. Make the decision to go over to their home one day and vacuum, do the dishes and laundry, or clean the bathrooms.
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.
Be Polite On The Road
Practice kindness on the road by being polite to other drivers. When a driver tries to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile. Or, if another driver makes you angry, try to let it go, instead of retaliating.
Leave Change In Vending Machine
Next time you pass a vending machine or gumball dispenser, check your change purse. If you have enough change to buy a soda or snack, tape the change to the side of the vending machine with a note saying "Snack's on me!"
Donate Percentage Of Receipts
Merchants have a wonderful opportunity to invite their customers to help them raise money for a charity or cause. If you own a restaurant, cafe, clothing boutique, pet store, convenience store, etc., you have the unique ability to raise far more money than just one person could ever donate.
As important as it is to take care of others, we must also take care of ourselves. A great way to be kind to yourself is to go on a run and give your body some exercise. Running is also a great way to clear your mind.
Thank Your Parents
Have you ever said "thank you" to your parents or another person who raised you for everything they have done? If not, it’s time to do so. Maybe there is a particular situation one of your parents helped you get through, or a financial struggle they helped you overcome. Or maybe you feel the need to tell them how they have inspired you or made a significant difference in your life. Surprise them with a card or letter, to let them know you appreciate them.
Mentor An At Risk Child Or Teen
"Encouraged people achieve the best; dominated people achieve second best; neglected people achieve the least." - Anonymous
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.
Smile At Five Strangers
Smile at 5 strangers today! A sincere smile can really make a positive difference in someone’s day.· Without saying a word you are letting that person know that you see them and that they matter. People appreciate being noticed and acknowledged! ·As Plato once said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Encourage five strangers today by giving them each a smile!
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.
Give A Bottle With Cold Water To A Bus Driver
Give a bottle with cold water to a bus driver. Buses without air conditioning get really hot on summers. When you drive an overheated bus for 8 hours a day, cold water (that can temper your thirst) is all you crave for. Make your station the oasis of the desert. Bring joy!
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.
Let Someone Go In Front Of You
Nearly everyday we encounter a situation where we are required to wait in line. Whether it is at home, school, work or in town, go ahead and let someone in front of you.Waiting in line can often be a frustrating and tedious situation that causes people to become irritable and impatient. Most people experience this while driving. Letting another driver go in front of you when they need to change lanes or make a turn can really make a big difference. Being patient and letting someone in, puts ease to the irksome situation, makes that person’s day a little better, and is simply a considerate gesture.
Write A Thank You Note
When someone does something nice for you, return their generosity with a pleasant thank you note to let them know you appreciated their kindness. In this day of technology many people will send emails or text messages. Be different! Think about sending an old fashioned snail-mail type of thank you note. Dig out your stamps and address book and send a note in the mail! It will be an added delight for your friend or family member to get physical mail.
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.
Smile At 10 Strangers
Any check out line, any person at a cash register, or person behind a customer service desk. Make their day! They are people too, and all to often they are barraged with, irritated, hurried, harried shoppers, with them good things and smile!
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?
Read To The Elderly
Living a long life is a great gift to those who receive it. There are many gratifying things that come along with old age.
Rake Your Neighbor's Yard
Offer to rake your neighbor's leaves, or to mow their lawn. While you are raking your own lawn, don't be afraid to just keep going and rake your neighbor's yard, too! This can be a particularly helpful kind act if your neighbors are elderly, or if they are just really busy and often away from the house. Do it while they are out and think how surprised they will be when the get home to a beautifully raked yard!
Visit An Animal Shelter
There are many benefits to being around pets. In fact, researchers have found that people who have pets are likely to live longer than those who don’t. One reason for this might be because being around a pet can reduce stress in your life, and even help people combat depression.
Pick Up Trash
Beautify your surroundings! Be kind to the environment and those around you by picking up trash when you see it lying around. It doesn't matter who left it there, just pick it up!
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.
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.
Bring A Treat To Your Neighbor Or Your Co Workers
Bring a treat to work, to school, or to your neighbor today! Surprise your coworkers with a homemade treat, coffee, donuts, fresh fruit, or cookies.·Bringing a small treat like homemade bread or cookies for your coworkers, classmates, and neighbors will really make them feel valued and appreciated. ·If you’ve got the time to bake, great! If not, make a quick stop on your way to work or school and pick up some goodies, or invite your neighbor over for coffee!
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!
Obey The Rules At School
Sometimes it might seem like there are too many rules everywhere - at home, at school, in the games we play.
Help Keep Your School Clean
Did you know that how clean your school is can affect how well you learn? Keeping your school clean can actually help you perform better academically, because there will be fewer distractions and fewer germs.
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.
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 Restore A Hiking Trail
There are numerous National Parks and Forests, Wildlife Preserves, State and Regional Parks all over the world. People will often travel from foreign countries to visit some of the more famous parks: Banff National Park in Canada; Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Rocky Mountain National Parks in the US; Lake Victoria in Africa. Occasionally the trails in these parks need some repairs and maintenance: picking up loose trash, moving trees off the trail, restoring rock retaining walls, etc.
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!
Write A Positive Note To A Classmate
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming."- Goethe
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!
Stop Negative Conversations
There is a point in every conversation we have where we make a choice to either engage in gossip and speak badly about someone or something, or to steer the conversation away from gossip and onto more positive things. It doesn't take much to stop negativity, and the first step is always being aware of the sometimes subtle shift in the tone of the conversation. If you sense someone is trying to get you to say something negative, change the subject! Or surprise them and make a positive comment about the situation. Help others see the positive qualities in everything through your conversations.
Use A Reusable Water Bottle
Using a reusable water bottle is an easy way to reduce waste in a landfill and help protect the environment.
Help End Food Waste
At some point or another, we've all heard our parents remind us of starving children in the world, to remind us of the importance of finishing the food that’s on our plates.