Completing acts of charity is one excellent way to give back. Your mental health may even improve by completing random acts of kindness! Here are some ways to help people in your life — including strangers.
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- Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids
- Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Work
- Random Acts of Kindness to Try at Home
- Random Acts of Kindness for Your Neighbors, Community, or Everywhere
Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids
There are plenty of resources that teach kids how to complete random acts of kindness for others, but kids deserve to be the recipient of kindness as well. Here are some ideas of things you can do to show kindness to children in your family and community.
1. Leave change near video and arcade games
Do you want to make a kid’s day? Leave change near and around child-friendly video games or arcade games. You will also make their parent’s day as well because all parents love seeing their kids excited and happy.
2. Pay for a child’s book order
Visit a local grade school or contact a teacher to ask if you can purchase books for a child. Book orders are still prevalent in grade schools across America, but some children don’t have extra money to order books.
Offer to buy books for those kids. Of course, this kindness should be completed anonymously.
3. Pay for a child’s yearbook
Some children go through their entire school careers without the opportunity to purchase a yearbook.
Depending on your budget, the size of the school, and the cost of the yearbook, you could consider buying books for all the children who were not able to buy one themselves. You may consider limiting your purchase to the oldest grade level at the school.
4. Buy Girl Scout cookies and Boy Scout popcorn
It’s challenging for some kids to speak to adults. If a child asks you to buy items for a fundraiser, make every effort to do so. You may consider merely donating to the cause if you don’t want the article that the child is selling.
5. Give your bubble wrap found in your Amazon delivery to a kid
There’s no need to explain how a kid would use bubble wrap!.
6. Donate playground balls or board games to a grade school
Playground balls and board games are hot commodities at some grade schools. Consider purchasing a few and dropping them off at the main office at your local school. You may even have some gently-used items in your home that you could donate.
7. Give surprise treats to children you know
Giving treats to children you know (with their parent’s knowledge and permission, of course) would be a great way to perform a random act of kindness for a child.
Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Work
Do something to improve your work environment — complete random acts of kindness at work.
8. Improve your office’s coffee corner
You could improve the life of your coworkers by taking control of the coffee situation at work. You could campaign for the office to purchase good coffee or you could take care of cleaning the machine, making perfect coffee, and making sure the coffee-related items are fully stocked.
Do this act of kindness even if this is not one of your official work responsibilities.
9. Write a thank-you note
Make it your mission to write a thank you note to members of your team periodically. If you send the thank you note as an email, make sure to copy your coworker’s boss on the communication.
10. Leave treats for the cleaning crew
You may have never even seen the crew that visits your office to clean it every night. Whether you have met the individuals or not, leave a well-labeled treat for the members of the custodial staff.
After all, it’s important to show gratitude for everyone who works in your building, not just your peers and boss.
11. Bring in donuts
Leave donuts, bagels, coffee cake, or fresh fruit in the break room. Your coworkers will have a hard time complaining about being overworked and underpaid when their mouths are full of donut holes.
12. Decorate everyone’s work station with fresh flowers
Purchase inexpensive flowers in bulk and leave a few buds on each person’s desk. Flowers do a lot to brighten up a room.
13. Make someone’s job easier
No matter your industry or type of job you perform, there are things that you can do to make your coworkers’ lives easier. Do those tasks without fanfare.
14. Fill up the copier paper, water cooler, or printer ink
Don’t be “that person” who leaves the copier out of paper and the printer out of ink. Even if no one notices this act of kindness, they will complain when it’s not done.
Random Acts of Kindness to Try at Home
Here are some random acts of kindness to try with your family.
15. Buy flowers
Bring home flowers for your wife, husband, or your daughters for no particular reason.
16. Make a special meal
For no reason at all, make a special meal for someone in your family. Put candles on the table when you serve it.
17. Complete an undesirable chore
Does everyone in your family hate cleaning the shower? Or mowing the grass? Complete this dreaded task without comment or bragging.
18. Make a pitcher of fresh-squeezed lemonade
Everyone loves lemonade, and it’s not difficult to make. Perk your spouse and kids up on a summer day by making this special treat.
19. Buy a new game
Purchase a game, puzzle, or other activity that all the members of your family would enjoy. Have a family game night.
20. Organize a picnic
Why is it that eating sandwiches at your kitchen table is boring, but eating them outside is a special treat? Take your meal outside and enjoy the sunshine as you eat.
21. Leave kind notes on the bathroom mirror
Write words of encouragement or inspirational quotes on your bathroom mirrors.
Random Acts of Kindness for Your Neighbors, Community, or Everywhere
You can make a difference in your world. Begin with just a few random acts of kindness. Here are some ideas to make life better for those around you.
Remember, random acts of kindness are done in anonymity. It loses some of its magic when you tell others or post accounts of your acts of charity on Facebook.
22. Stop at lemonade stands
No matter how busy you are, take the time to stop at a child’s lemonade stand. Pay double the price for the drink and compliment the child on how refreshing the drink is.
23. Leave beach balls at hotel pools
Buy inflatable beach balls in bulk, and every time you travel, leave one at the hotel’s pool. You may want to write “hotel property” on the side of the ball to encourage other visitors and staff to leave the item behind for the next person.
24. Leave a happy note in a library book
Write words of encouragement on pieces of paper and leave the unsigned notes in books at your local library. Use acid-free ink, so you don’t spoil the book if the letter is not found for months or years.
25. Compliment someone every day
Add one item to your daily “to-do” list. Compliment someone every day. Tell your coworker that he makes excellent coffee. Compliment someone on their shoes.
Commend someone in your office for filling out TPS reports perfectly. Make sure your compliments are sincere.
26. Smile more and say, “Hello!”
How would your environment change if everyone walked around with a smile on their face? This may be a surprise to you, but people tend to smile when you smile at them. Friendliness is contagious.
Smile at people while going on walks and while meeting in the aisle at the grocery store. Smile at clerks, your delivery driver, and your family members.
27. Park at the farthest parking space
Allow another driver the rock-star parking space by the entrance of the mall. You will receive the benefit of accumulating extra steps when you park farther away and you’ll make someone’s day.
28. Live a life of gratitude
Happiness is contagious. If you are a content, happy person, those who are around you are likely to be content and happy. As you go through your daily life, think about all of your blessings. Consider how you can show gratitude for all the good things in life.
What Goes Around, Comes Around
Life can get stressful and mundane. Sometimes you don’t feel like doing kind things because it seems as if you are never the recipient of those positive acts. But what goes around, comes around! Random acts of kindness just might come your way eventually.
If completing random acts of kindness doesn’t come naturally to you, consider adding it to your list of tasks each day. After you do it often, it’ll become a habit over time.