It doesn’t take a lot of time, or even money, to be thoughtful—and nice to each other. And the smallest things, especially in an unexpected moment or from a random stranger, can make such an impact!
Here are our ideas for random acts of kindness that will most certainly spread a little joy, and perhaps establish a better sense of community as we all bustle through life. We’ve love to hear what surprising acts you may have experienced or witnessed, to add to the list! It takes just one person to spread a little love and start a landslide of kindness.
- Compliment parents on their children’s good behavior.
- Give a smile and words of encouragement to those struggling.
- Write and mail someone a “just because” loving note.
- Invite someone eating alone at a restaurant to join your table.
- Help another car get into or out of a tight parking space.
- Leave an inspirational sticky note message in a bathroom stall.
- Offer to babysit (for free!) someone’s kids, and arrive early.
- Help someone carry their groceries or goods to their car.
- Send a senior in your family a note, or write a stranger via Love for the Elderly.
- Give good feedback about a waiter or service person to their manager.
- Mow your neighbor’s lawn, or shovel their sidewalk/driveway.
- Encourage someone to skip ahead of you in line.
- Write a card to a sick child via Cards for Hospitalized Kids.
- Raise your umbrella a little higher and walk a stranger indoors.
- Buy a lottery ticket and leave it on someone’s car, desk, etc. anonymously.
- Put extra money/time in a parking meter that’s not yours, or you’re leaving.
- Make and deliver a meal to a busy or stressed person/family you know.
- Send someone a small gift anonymously.
- Leave treats out (with a note of thanks) for the custodians at your place of work.
- Buy someone’s coffee, meal, groceries, etc. anonymously.
- Send a care package or letter to deployed service men and women thru Operation Gratitude.
- Pay for someone’s bus ticket or parking meter.
- Offer a comforting beverage to service men and women working outdoors.
- Bring coffee in for a co-worker for no particular reason.
- Leave a surprisingly large tip on a bill.
- Put an extra dollar in a vending machine.
- Leave a copy of your favorite book on public transportation.
- Offer to fill someone’s water bottle if they’re running low and mid-workout.
- Leave a general kind note of encouragement on a machine or someone’s windshield.
- Offer to clean the machine next to you, if you get off yours around the same time.
- Brush snow or ice off other members’ cars in the parking lot.
- Provide your help and assistance to someone struggling with a piece of equipment.
- Offer to spot a stranger lifting weights, if they’re working out alone.
- Let someone breathing hard cut ahead of you to the water fountain.
- Throw your hand up in a high-five to a random stranger.
- Compliment another member on their progress or simple presence in the gym!