Looking for ways to make our world a bit brighter and healthier? See these ideas, which were gleaned from a list on the website One Kind Act . There are 55 small acts of kindness listed there!

  • Say, “I love you.” to the people you love.
  • Hold the door open for the person behind you.
  • Let someone out in front of you in traffic.
  • Give something to the homeless (blanket, a jacket, a sandwich)
  • Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
  • Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.
  • Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
  • Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
  • Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
  • Tip more than 15% especially when your server seems to be having a bad day.
  • Write a thank you note to one of your teachers past or present and let them know how grateful you are for them.
  • Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  • Put some money in the parking meter for the next person.
  • Let the person who needs the closer parking spot have it.
  • Help the elderly and parents with small children.
  • Smile when you answer the phone.
  • Thank the men and women in uniform.
  • Share your umbrella with someone who doesn’t have one.
  • Smile and say hello to a complete stranger.
  • Be kind to animals.
  • Pick up a check in a restaurant.
  • Volunteer in your community (hospital, soup kitchen, animal shelter).
  • Practice gratitude everyday and simply be kind.
  • Put a coin in an expired meter.
  • Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.
  • Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
  • Take someone’s shift as the car-pool parent.
  • Bring your assistant coffee.
  • Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend.
  • Don’t interrupt when someone is explaining herself/himself.
  • Offer to baby-sit for a single mom.
  • Put your shopping cart back in its place.
  • Call or write a note to a teacher who changed your life.
  • Forgive someone a debt–and never bring it up again.
  • Listen with all your senses.
  • Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.
  • Simply say, “I’m sorry” when you are wrong.
  • Throw away your trash–and someone elses –after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.
  • Encourage someone who seems despondent.
  • Help a friend pack for a move.
  • Ask someone, “How are you doing?”–and then really listen to her/his response.
  • Pass along a great book you’ve just finished reading.
  • Offer to take someone to the Doctor, Dentist, Physical Therapy appointment.

From: One Kind Act


Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.