26 Random Acts of Kindness

December 21, 2012 · 34 comments

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.

  1. Compliment a stranger
  2. Buy the groceries of the person behind you in line
  3. Leave candy on someone’s windshield
  4. Buy the coffee of the person behind you in line
  5. Volunteer — anywhere — even if you only have an hour to spend
  6. Give up your seat for someone
  7. Give some food to a homeless person
  8. Purchase something from a stranger’s registry
  9. Lend something to someone. Tell them they can keep it.
  10. Cover someone’s bill (if you work somewhere that allows it)
  11. Leave a gift card anywhere — in a classroom, in a drive-through window, in a conference room
  12. Buy lunch for a stranger
  13. Bake cookies for a neighbor you’ve never met
  14. Give up an outlet to someone who needs it (at Starbucks, etc.)
  15. Help a stranger carry things to his or her car
  16. Leave cash in a stranger’s mailbox
  17. Leave a (still packaged) present in a public place
  18. Pay a toll for the person behind you
  19. Leave a “You’re awesome” note on someone’s desk
  20. Give a hot drink to the person ringing the Salvation Army bell
  21. Take flowers to an area nursing home or hospital
  22. Give a gift card to an employee at the store who helps you find something
  23. Pay for a stranger’s gas
  24. Give a gift to your mailman
  25. Take a trip to the dollar store for gifts for any neighborhood kids
  26. 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.

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Now, go make someone’s day. :) And feel free to share some more act of kindness ideas here in the comments section!

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