Thank Your Police or Fire Department

Thank Your Police Or Fire Department

Stop and take a minute to think about all the work our police and fire departments do in your community. Every day, hundreds of men and women risk their lives to make sure that we are safe. How impressive is that? Why not tell these people how thankful you are for their services?

Send Someone an Ecard

Send Someone An Ecard

Not only is technology a great information resource, it can be a wonderful communication tool. Computers and the Internet have made it easy for you to remind someone you are thinking of them with a click of a button!

Be a Friend Who Listens

Be A Friend Who Listens

If you have a friend who's going through a rough time, offer to talk about it with them over a coffee. Think of all the times you've wished you had a friend to talk to--be proactive and be that friend for someone else.

Donate your time or money to a local charity

Donate Your Time Or Money To A Local Charity

Today, pick out a local charity and make a donation to them. Even a small amount will make a difference. If you can, volunteer your time to help them with whatever they need. Better still, sign up as a steady volunteer where you help them each month. You'll feel great knowing you've helped them with their work and they will really appreciate your time and money.

Adopt a Pet

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!

Share Inspirational Quotes

Share Inspirational Quotes

Have you ever been in a situation where you were unhappy or discouraged? Sometimes all it takes to be revived is a little encouragement from someone who recognizes that you need it, someone that can help you get away from whatever is bringing you down.

Be Spontaneous

Be Spontaneous

Sometimes all we need in life is a little spontaneity. Make a conscious effort to act on every single thought of generosity that arises in your heart. Being kind is being happy!

Beat the Heat Wave with Fruit

Beat The Heat Wave With Fruit

On a hot afternoon, bring a nutritious summer-time snack like watermelon or fruit juice to your local park or to a less fortunate neighborhood's park near you!

Let Someone Go in Front of You

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.

Let Your Teacher Know You Appreciate Him or Her

Let Your Teacher Know You Appreciate Him Or Her

“Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award.” - William Prince

Call or Visit Someone Who is Sick

Call Or Visit Someone Who Is Sick

Being sick is no fun. It can be frusterating because you are not able to do the things you normally do. Not being able to socialize with people you normally see can also make being sick very lonely. Call someone who you know is sick and ask them how they are. Or, surprise them with a visit and bring flowers or a card. Knowing that someone cares about you is often the best medicine!

Give Event Tickets

Give Event Tickets

Be generous to both friends and strangers. Give someone a pair of tickets to a baseball game or concert. It will make their day a memorable one! Or invite someone to go with you for free. If you have two event tickets and someone else backed out at the last minute, call up a friend or co-worker and see if they can go with you. Sometimes spontaneity leads to the best times with friends and family.

Start a Piggy Bank for a Cause

Start A Piggy Bank For A Cause

Keep your spare change in a piggy bank and when it is full, donate it to a cause or charity of your choice.

Mentor an At-risk Child or Teen

Mentor An At Risk Child Or Teen

"Encouraged people achieve the best; dominated people achieve second best; neglected people achieve the least." - Anonymous

Visit an Animal Shelter

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.

Offer to Work Late

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.

Start Now!

Start Now!

Procrastination is killer. Literally. Putting off an upcoming task only makes the task itself grow and grow in your mind until it gets beyond bearable, beyond tackling. Sometimes it is even something we are looking forward to, or excited about: pursuing a new career or visiting a long lost friend.

Volunteer at a Food Bank

Volunteer At A Food Bank

There are many ways to help your local food bank. Obviously, providing canned goods is a great way. But you can also be a little more hands-on and volunteer to stock shelves, clean the store, or work at the counter.

Clean Your Friend's House

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.

Start a Kindness Journal or Blog

Start A Kindness Journal Or Blog

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." -Aesop

Use Less Paper

Use Less Paper

Did you know every ton of paper that is recycled will save about 17 trees?

Mow a Neighbor’s Lawn

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.

Spend Time with Someone

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.

Share a Toy or Game

Share A Toy Or Game

"Sharing is caring." This phrase may sound a little silly, but there's a lot of truth to it! Sharing can be a very simple act of kindness, but it will really make the person you share with feel valued.

Say "Good Morning"

Say "Good Morning"

Saying hello to someone, even if you don't know them, is a common courtesy. It means you are acknowledging their presence; you are saying that they are a person, too, and that they are important enough for you to say hello to.

Offer a Couple Hours of Free Babysitting to Parents

Offer A Couple Hours Of Free Babysitting To Parents

Many parents of young children can’t afford to go out as much as they like because they don't have time, or can't afford the added expense of a babysitter.

Pet-Sit for Free

Pet Sit For Free

For pet-owners, one of the most stressful things about planning a vacation is the ever-present question "What are we going to do with the pets while we are gone?" There are many boarding facilities that offer wonderful accommodations for pets but they can be expensive, especially if you are planning to be gone for a week or more.

Make A Wish Come True

Make A Wish Come True

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead

It is amazing what a group of people working towards a common goal can accomplish. Harness this power and make someone's wish or dream come true. Find someone, or a family, in need. Get to know them, listen to their hopes and dreams. Find something you can help them accomplish.

Share a Music Playlist with a Friend

Share A Music Playlist With A Friend

It’s not always easy to express how you feel with words. Sometimes music can say so much more than you can.

Be a Positive Person

Be A Positive Person

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
~Winston Churchill

Wash a Car

Wash A Car

Wash a car for a friend or family member for free! Has a friend of yours recently returned from a long trip with a filthy car? Offer to wash it for them! Or surprise your parents by washing their car for them while they are out of the house. Do you know someone who is trying to sell their vehicle? Offer to wash it for them to help them sell it.

Adopt a Star

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.

Cook a Meal for Someone

Cook A Meal For Someone

Cook and deliver a meal to a friend who needs it. Perhaps you have a friend who is busy with a new baby or sick child. Or maybe you have neighbors across the street who just moved in--they might not have had time to go to the grocery store! Bring someone a meal and save them the time; it will be a huge stress reliever!

Be a Designated Driver

Be A Designated Driver

Drunk driving is a tough subject that many of us don't like to discuss. But it's an important topic, because one drunk driver could change the lives of many people. Maybe you know someone or know of someone who has been injured or killed by a drunk driver. Keep your friends safe by offering them a sober ride home when they need it. Before you go out with your friends make it a habit to always discuss who will be driving home. Volunteer to be the designated driver to ensure that you and your friends will make it home safely !

Organize a Lunch

Organize A Lunch

Organize an appreciation lunch for your child's teacher. Have all of the parents chip in for a gift card to a local favorite lunch spot and present it to your children's teacher as a way of saying thank you for all they do for your children each day.

Send a Note of Appreciation

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!

Teach Someone a Language

Teach Someone A Language

Do you have a friend neighbor or classmate who is from another country and doesn’t speak very much English? Or perhaps you are from another place and speak a language other than English. Offer to help someone else learn to speak or read in your language. Meanwhile, you'll be able to learn a little of their language or more about the culture they come from.

Give Away Your Parking Spot

Give Away Your Parking Spot

Next time you are in a crowded parking lot and you spot a great parking space close to the entrance of the building, let it go. Let someone else have that parking spot.

Make a Bird Feeder

Make A Bird Feeder

"How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!" - Emily Dickinson

Become an Organ Donor

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.

Compliment Someone

Compliment Someone

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.

Bring Your Coworkers a Special Treat

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.

Write a Poem For Someone Special

Write A Poem For Someone Special

Sometimes it’s hard to put into words how much we care about someone. A poem can be a great way to express just how you feel.

dog leash

Dog Leash

Keep an extra dog leash in you car and when you see (and you will) see someone looking for their dog or trying to get their dog home without a leash, stop an give them your spare. They will truly feel like a miracle has just happen.

Arrive on Time

Arrive On Time

Whether you're at school, at home or at play, using good manners will make people enjoy being around you! And what better way to display good manners than arriving on time wherever you are meant to be?

Give Your Seat to an Elderly Person

Give Your Seat To An Elderly Person

The next time you are traveling by bus or in a public place, offer your seat to an elderly person. This is a great way to show your respect for the elderly, and because you are in a public place your actions will highly visible to many bystanders. This is a great opportunity to set a kind example for all those around you.

Give a bottle with cold water to a bus driver

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!

Adopt a Soldier

Adopt A Soldier

Raise a soldier's spirits and make a friend by adopting a soldier as a pen pal. Showing your encouragement and gratitude for the hard work they do will be appreciated.

Call A Grandparent

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.

Thank Your Mail Carrier

Thank Your Mail Carrier

In most of our lives, there are at least a couple people who we see on a daily basis, but don’t necessarily acknowledge because they have become so much a part of our everyday routines.