Sometimes all it takes is a hug, a touch on the arm, a kiss on the cheek, or a squeeze of the shoulders to make someone's day. So when you are with your loved ones, don't hold back on affection.
Offer Someone A Piece Of Gum
Even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference in someone’s day. And sometimes it’s the smallest gestures that have the greatest impact on someone. Whenever you help yourself to some gum, offer a piece to whoever is nearby you. Whether it be to a classmate you’re friends with, the stranger sitting next to you on the bus or the homeless man standing next to you as you’re waiting to cross the street, give him or her a smile as you hold out a piece of gum.
Do some early spring cleaning today and fill some boxes with gently used toys, clothes, and books to bring to a local donation center. If you've already cleaned house recently, think about donating your time or money to a cause that is dear to your heart this week. Make it a priority to do it today!
Shovel Snow For A Neighbor
It’s easy to get into the habit of not paying attention to those around you, especially if they are strangers. Starting with your neighbors, make an effort to pay more attention to others and try to anticipate their needs. Start with something simple, like shoveling show for your next-door-neighbor while you’re out shoveling your own walk.
Praise Your Boss
Employees often get recognized for putting effort into their job. It is common for companies to offer “employee of the month” awards to improve employee morale and keep them happy, but how many companies do you know that recognize the hard work bosses put into their job? Why not try to boost your boss’s spirits by honoring him or her with a “boss of the month” award?
Help Your Teacher By Working Harder In School
It’s safe to say that all teachers want their students to be successful and to do well in school.
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.
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?
Treat Someone To Fresh Fruit
Most people don’t eat enough fruit, which is a great natural energy source full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. But who can pass up such a delicious and healthy food treat? It’s good for your body and your soul!
Buy Something For The Person In Line Behind You.
We have almost all been in line waiting to pay and get our food so we can eat and get on with our busy lives. Next time you are at the window or in line do the person behind you a favor, or the next three people for that matter. Buy their lunch so when they get to the front their food is free.
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!
Ask Before You Borrow
How you treat others says a lot about you as a person. One way you can show respect to your friends, family, classmates and teachers is by respecting their personal belongings.
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.
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!
Donate Used Clothing
Did you know 23.8 billion pounds of used clothing is put into U.S. landfills each year?
"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
Be a grateful person. Make it a habit to thank the people who touch your life, even for the little things.
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!
Talk With A Homeless Person
The next time you pass someone on the street asking you for spare change, take a moment to talk with them. You can give them change or share any snacks you may have, but also be sure to just say hello and speak with them for a while.
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.
Help Someone With Yard Work
Doing yard work can be a very tiring task, especially for someone who is elderly or has a physical disability. It can also be time-consuming, which might make it hard for someone who works several jobs or who has small children to maintain their yard. Why not help a family member, friend or neighbor with a chore like raking leaves, mowing the lawn, cleaning the deck or doing another task?
Have A Lemonade Stand To Raise Funds
Have a lemonade stand in your neighborhood or at a nearby grocery store and donate the money to children who might need it. Ask someone to help you find an organization that supports homeless or hungry children. Or you can donate the money raised to help fund pediatric cancer research through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. You can help make the world a better place, regardless of your age!
Smile At Others
A sincere smile is a very kind and meaningful way to make a positive difference in someone's day. Without using words, a smile says to a person “Hi, I hope you have a nice day”. People appreciate being noticed and acknowledged, especially with a friendly smile. Smiling at a stranger is a positive human interaction that seems to be infrequent as people get caught up in their daily tasks. So next time you are at the store, walking down the street, or going to work or school, acknowledge someone with a smile.
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.
Clean Out Your Closets
As seasons change and styles change many of us have items in our closet that no longer fit our body or our wardrobe! Make an effort to find unused items in your closets and drawers and donate them to a local shelter or charity organization.
Donate A Book
Help us celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week! Today’s idea will require a bit of investigation…try to secretly find out what your teacher's favorite book is, and then buy a copy to donate to your school library. Surprise your teacher afterward with a card explaining what you’ve done!
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.
Plant A Garden
Want a fun and simple way to give back to the community you live in and the earth that surrounds you? Are you interested in an activity that could bring your family closer together? Are you looking for a new way to relax? Then why not consider taking advantage of the nature in your own backyard by planting a garden?
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.
Drink More Water
Here's a cool fact: Your body is nearly 70% water. The water in your body helps carry nutrients and oxygen into cells, it helps moisturize the air in your lungs, it helps protect your vital organs and helps regulate our body temperature. It is often an easy and quick fix to a headache, too! Headaches often occur due to dehydration. Drink more water and have less headaches! The bottom line is: Drink more water! It is essential to your health. And when you are healthy and energetic it is easy to be kind!
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.
Renew A Friendship
Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life." - Dior Yamasaki
Coach A Youth Sports Team
Do you love sports? Volunteer to coach a youth baseball, soccer, or football team. What a rewarding way to practice your patience and help kids have a good time!
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.
Use Your Vacation Days
Do your friends, co-workers, and family a favor and be sure to use all of your vacation days from work this year. Too often we think work is too important and we shorten a vacation or meet our family halfway through the week so we don't have to take a full week off.
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.
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.
Make Someone Laugh
You’ve probably heard the saying “laughter is the best medicine.” Well, there's a lot of evidence that this saying is actually true!
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.
Give Carepacks To The Homeless
There are so many everyday accessories and toiletries we take for granted - toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant.
Help An Unemployed Friend
If you’ve ever been out of work and had a hard time finding a job, you can probably sympathize with those who are unemployed. Struggling to find a job can often make other things in your life fall apart. For many people, being unemployed means not being able to afford health insurance, child care, or even have the means to provide their family with regular meals.
Invite Someone Over For The Holidays
Invite someone to celebrate the holidays with you! Make them feel welcome in your home. For a lot of people, this is a difficult time of year. Perhaps it brings back painful memories or perhaps they simply don't have a lot of family or friends to enjoy the holidays with. If you know of someone who fits that description, call them today and invite them to celebrate with you. Have them over for dinner, invite them to your New Year's Eve party, or bring them some goodies and stay and chat with them for a while.
Stay On The Trail
A great and easy way to respect the environment while hiking is to remain on the trail at all times. If you stay on the trail you don't disturb the beautiful nature that surrounds you.
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
Pay Attention In Class
School can be a fun place for you to interact and play with your friends, but the main reason your parents send you to school is so you can learn.
Wear A Seat Belt
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, seat belts save over 11,000 lives each year.
In addition to being able to save your life, safety belts can also keep you from getting serious injuries in a car accident. The facts related to wearing seat belts are hard to ignore. Wearing your seat belt when you are riding in a car is essential to your safety. It takes you less than 10 seconds to fasten your seat belt, make sure you do it!
Share A Snack
Many people have the mindset that sharing is something you only do in kindergarten and grade school. Once you’ve reached a certain age, you no longer need to be generous with your belongings, your food, or your money. The truth is that being able to share with others is a habit you should put into practice for the rest of your life. To remind yourself of the importance of sharing, start with something small, like sharing your snacks with your classmates or coworkers, or even with a homeless person on the street.
Help Change A Tire
The next time you are driving and see someone stopped on the side of the road with a flat tire, pull over and offer to help change it. If nothing else you can lend your cell phone or perhaps an extra towel or two to kneel on. Wait with the person until help comes, or help them change it yourself.
Send A Care Package
Everyone loves to receive mail, and especially a care package. Maybe you have kids in college. Maybe you have a friend studying abroad, or maybe your brother or sister moved away to start a new job. These days families are more spread out than ever and people are making friends all over the world. It doesn't take much to stay in touch, especially with email, cell phones, and social media sites. But if you really want to make someone's day, and let them know just how special they are to you, then send them a care package! Don't have time to compile the package today? Spend a few minutes making a list of all the items you'd like to send them, and over the next couple of days put them in a box for your lucky recipient!
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.
Send Holiday Cards
It's never too late to send holiday cards! If you weren't able to get them out before Hanukkah or Christmas, don't despair! You can send some out in January with a "Happy New Year" flair. Don't feel like buying or ordering cards? Try downloading some of our kindness themed holiday cards! You can print them yourself on special paper, put them in an envelope and send them on their way! And don't stop with just your family and friends; leave some on your neighbor's doorstep or send some to your local fire station or post office. Let all those around you know that you appreciate all they do!