I’m participating in the 26 Random Acts of Kindness in honor of the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary.
In trying to come up with ideas to ensure my acts of kindness are indeed random, I made a list of ideas. I was hoping sharing these with you could perhaps make the task seem a little less daunting and encourage you all to participate.
Keep in mind, too: some is always better than none. Why not start with one today and see where it takes you? Share your acts of kindness on Facebook. Maybe it’ll encourage your friends to participate, too.
- Compliment a stranger
- Buy the groceries of the person behind you in line
- Leave candy on someone’s windshield
- Buy the coffee of the person behind you in line
- Volunteer — anywhere — even if you only have an hour to spend
- Give up your seat for someone
- Give some food to a homeless person
- Purchase something from a stranger’s registry
- Lend something to someone. Tell them they can keep it.
- Cover someone’s bill (if you work somewhere that allows it)
- Leave a gift card anywhere — in a classroom, in a drive-through window, in a conference room
- Buy lunch for a stranger
- Bake cookies for a neighbor you’ve never met
- Give up an outlet to someone who needs it (at Starbucks, etc.)
- Help a stranger carry things to his or her car
- Leave cash in a stranger’s mailbox
- Leave a (still packaged) present in a public place
- Pay a toll for the person behind you
- Leave a “You’re awesome” note on someone’s desk
- Give a hot drink to the person ringing the Salvation Army bell
- Take flowers to an area nursing home or hospital
- Give a gift card to an employee at the store who helps you find something
- Pay for a stranger’s gas
- Give a gift to your mailman
- Take a trip to the dollar store for gifts for any neighborhood kids
- Leave extra money in a vending machine
I’m including a note with my 26 Acts of Kindness. I want to not only brighten someone’s day, but I want them to remember the lives lost a week ago today. Hopefully, it will give them a smile, and maybe they will even pay it forward.
Now, go make someone’s day. And feel free to share some more act of kindness ideas here in the comments section!