The next time you hear about a blood drive in your area, make the decision to go and give blood. Or be proactive and find the local blood bank in your area set up an appointment to donate. Nearly 4.5 million Americans are saved each year by blood transfusions. You can become a part of this powerful way to help others! Donate today.
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.
Thank Your Employees
If you ask most people what makes a good boss, you’d probably get a variety of answers – a good boss is someone with great communication skills, strong ethics and good leadership skills.
Make A Positive Comment On A Website Or Blog
Let someone know how they helped or inspired you with their website or blog. Praise them for their work by leaving a kind comment. So often we are willing to leave a comment if something upsets us; start thinking positively! The next time you read something that really encourages or motivates you, let them know!
Hold The Door Open For Someone
Holding the door open for someone is something they just do in old movies, right? Guess again. Holding the door open is a polite and thoughtful act you can easily do for your family, friends and even strangers, every day. Whether you’re at school, the grocery story, at work, or at home, those around you will certainly appreciate your good manners.
Make A List Of Appreciation
Make a list for your spouse or significant other highlighting all of the different reasons you appreciate them. Spend a couple of days thinking about it and every time a new character trait you particularly love about your spouse pops in your mind, write it down.
Help Someone Move
If you’ve ever moved, you probably know how tiring it can be. Do you know someone who is moving? Perhaps you have some good friends are moving to another city, or a close neighbor who is moving to a different community.
Click For A Cause
Did you know that even if you do not personally have any money to donate, you can still contribute financially to a cause you are passionate about? For some causes, all you have to do is click on their website and they will receive funds.
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.
Cook A Healthy Meal
Next time you make dinner for your family, make it extra special by keeping it healthy. We tend to get so busy in life that we think we don't have time to make a healthy meal; instead we think that it is easier to stop on the way home and grab something, or to throw some snacks together at home. However this is just not true!
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.
Turn Off The Lights
Turn off the lights when you leave the room, and you will be joining millions of other environmentally conscious individuals around the world. While turning off the lights is something you should practice every day, you could also do it simultaneously with the rest of the world when you celebrate Earth Hour. To read more about this global movement, visit their website!
Create A Giant Thank You Card
Bigger is better, right? Well, at least in the world of thank you notes, that phrase rings true! This week is Teacher Appreciation Week--why not let your teacher know how much you appreciate him or her with a giant thank you card? You could buy one at the store, or make one out of poster board. Pass it around to your classmates at lunch or during a free period along with some markers and present it to your teacher at the end of the day!
Team Pledge Of Kindness
Speak with your coach and team captains about enforcing a team pledge of kindness where everyone commits to doing one act of kindness a day for the length of the season.
Visit Someone Who Is Lonely
People can become lonely for any number of reasons, regardless of their age. Some people are alone because they don’t feel like they fit in, while others may become lonely after the death of a close friend or relative. Other people might just suffer from an illness that doesn't allow them to see many people. Children with family troubles will often become lonely as a result of the tough issues they face at home. Offer your companionship to someone who is lonely in exchange for their wisdom or a lifetime of stories.
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.
Take Out The Trash
Take out the trash without being asked. Sometimes the smallest and easiest tasks are the most meaningful.
Bring In Your Neighbor's Trash Cans
Often times an empty garbage container is light enough to be tossed around by the wind. Sometimes they end up in frustrating locations; they roll across the street, or down a driveway blocking the path of the cars trying to drive past or park. On "trash day" in your neighborhood, why not save your neighbor the trouble of jogging down the street to retrieve their empty garbage cans and simply pick it up and bring it in for them?
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.
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.
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!
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.
Be Polite Online
Remember to be respectful of others when you are on the internet. Whether you are writing an email or chatting online or writing on someone's Facebook or My Space page, remember to be kind, as you would if you were speaking to them in person.
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” ~Lewis B. Smedes
We all make mistakes. The next time someone wrongs you, forgive them without hesitation. Carrying anger and resentment with you is bad for your health and your relationships. Learn to let it go and forgive others. Both you and the one you forgave will benefit from this act of kindness. You will be amazed at how much lighter you feel when you forgive someone!
Warm Things Up
Distribute hand warmers, wool socks, or Evac Kits to the homeless, especially in February when the holiday season is over but the need is the greatest.
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.
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.
If you enjoy the company of someone who’s positive, versus spending time with someone who complains, you’re not alone. You have probably experienced how being around someone who complains all the time can be draining and sometimes downright frustrating. But how often do you, yourself complain? If you find yourself complaining constantly, it can be an extremely hard habit to break. But when you do overcome it, you’ll be surprised at how much happier you and those around you will be.
Help Keep Your Classroom Clean
Let your teacher know how much you appreciate him or her by helping to keep your classroom extra clean this week. Make it a habit to always leave a room looking nicer than you found it! Your teacher will appreciate your willingness to help, as will the cleaning staff.
Use Less Paper
Did you know every ton of paper that is recycled will save about 17 trees?
Create Your Family Tree
It is often said that you can't know where you are going unless you know where you are from. Creating a family tree helps you know where you come from. And a framed family tree makes a wonderful gift and life-long possession for loved ones.
Collect Coats To Donate
In many areas of the world, the holiday season is a cold one! Collect coats this winter to donate to a local homeless shelter. If you live in a warm place, you could collect lighter clothing to donate: t-shirts, shorts, sandals, etc. No matter where you live, you can donate something to help make someone's holiday season a little more "merry."
Organize A Teddy Bear Drive
Did you know there are many children in your community without homes, whose families can't afford to buy them toys?
Clean Up Graffiti
Cleaning up graffiti in your neighborhood or a poorer neighborhood near you is a simple way to give back to your community.
Pat Someone On The Back
A pat on the back can express a lot to a person. It can be a way to say “hello” to a friend, or a way to comfort someone who's had a bad day. But most often, it’s a way to congratulate someone for an achievement. Give someone recognition for something they have done with a pat on the back. A teammate who scored a goal, a friend who studied hard for a test. Let him or her know you’re proud of them!
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.
Volunteer At A Food Bank
There are many ways to help your local food bank. Obviously, providing canned goods is a great way. But you can also be a little more hands-on and volunteer to stock shelves, clean the store, or work at the counter.
Help 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.
Return Lost Belongings To The Owner
“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living” - Rudolf Steiner
Thank Your Bus Or Taxi Driver
If you’ve ever ridden on a bus or in a taxi cab, you may have noticed some of the things that make being a professional driver be a stressful job. Drivers are often faced with problems on the road, such as traffic jams or poor weather conditions that are hard to drive in. But one of the hardest parts of being a driver is dealing with rude passengers who don’t appreciate the work they do.
Start A Kindness Journal Or Blog
"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." -Aesop
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.
Do A Household Chore For Someone
Many households develop routines and responsibilities over time. Often those responsibilities are not volunteered for as much as they just "fall" on someone to do. Offer to do a chore or just do it anonymously.
Give Out Free Popsicles
Hand out free popsicles to kids in your neighborhood or on your college campus on a hot day. This is a great way to to spread kindness and to meet new people! You will be amazed at how grateful the recipients will be.
Graffiti can be a constant eye-sore in a lot of communities. Whether you live in the city or suburbs, you've probably encountered your fair share of graffiti, and the majority of the time graffiti is not uplifting or encouraging. Rather than wait for someone else to clean it or paint over it, volunteer to do it yourself.
Put Gas In Someone's Car
The next time you borrow a friend or relative's car, fill it up with gas for them before you give it back. Or if you are on a road trip with your friends and you're taking their car, when you stop to fill it up, offer to pay for the gas. This is a thoughtful and generous thing to do.
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.
Talk With Sales Clerk
When you are purchasing your items in the check out line, take a moment to speak with the employee or clerk helping you.
Paint A Picture
I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'- Vincent van Gogh
Use Reusable Shopping Bags
When you go grocery shopping bring your own reusable shopping bags with you. These can even be plastic or paper bags that you got from a previous shopping trip; when you empty the bags at home save them and bring them with you the next time you go to the store. Or you can buy the canvas or clothe reusable shopping bags. Look for them at the entrance or check out lines at your local grocery store; most are selling them now at quite affordable prices, even as low as a dollar a bag.