I admit, I am always seeking good in the world. Just like you, I can get hung up on the hard moments….and don’t believe a simple, ‘turn that frown upside down.’ always does the trick. But seeking to spread kindness and make someone else’s day?
With the added bonus of making me smile with each kind moment, I’m confident this is the way to go when you can.
Of spreading happy.
Of small acts, with great impact.
And they don’t cost you a penny.
Spread Kindness: 25 Easy, Free things you can do TODAY
- Compliment a stranger. And mean it.
- Text an old friend to say hello…let them know you are thinking about them.
- Hold the door open for someone. Or the elevator.
- Send you kid’s teacher a note just to say thank you.
- Do a small favor for someone you love – fold your spouse’s laundry, pack your child’s backpack.
- Make eye contact – let people know you see them.
- Allow someone to jump in front of you in the grocery store line. Or at the bank. Or the coffee shop.
- Call people by name if you can – waiters and waitresses, flight attendants, grocery store clerks.
- Offer words of encouragement to the person you know who needs it most.
- Listen. Being heard is one of the greatest gifts.
- Donate the items in your home that will make someone else’s day. Clothes and toiletries to a shelter. Books to a library or school.
- Send a thank you note.
- Pass on a book you loved to someone who will appreciate it.
- Encourage your small people to join you in spreading kindness.
- Be patient as you drive – let someone cut in front of you or give them your parking spot.
- Offer to help a friend with their errands.
- Turn off technology and devote an hour to something good.
- Send a beautiful photo or funny meme to make someone smile.
- Go old school. Mail a letter.
- Give a new mother a few hours by herself …offer to watch the kids.
- Bring your neighbor’s trash cans from the end of the driveway to the garage.
- Leave a note of kindness or inspiration on a sticky note in a public place.
- Offer to help a parent who has their hands full at the grocery store or getting on a plane.
- Tell your kids you are proud of them.
- Tell en employee’s boss they did a great job.
- Offer to take a photo for a family or couple.
- Leave coupons on items in the grocery store so anyone can grab them.
- Offer to help someone with their bag while flying – putting it overhead or taking it off the carousel.
- Volunteer. At your kid’s school, for a local food bank, for disaster relief.
- Donate your airline miles to someone in need.
- Include yourself – make a list of the things you like about yourself.
A few bonus ideas that include spending just a little cash, but spread goodness just the same.
- Leave a $5 in a library book as a book mark
- Pay for coffee or lunch for the person behind you in line in the drive-through
- Put change in an expired parking meter – or leave some extra for the next driver.
- Send a nursing home a magazine subscription.
- Support your friends who own their own businesses or write their own books