57 Ways to Spread Kindness and Brighten a Day

26 Oct

57 Ways to Spread Kindness and Brighten a Day

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ~ Dalai Lama

We’ve all had those wonderful moments where someone “made our day” through even the smallest kind gesture.  As Aesop wisely noted, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”  Perhaps you can be a steady stream of day-making for others?  Here are a few ideas for simple ways to help others, create smiles, and spread kindness.  After all, there’s something quite wonderful about making other people happy.

Have more suggestions?  Please leave them in the comments.  And have a fantastic day!

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”                             Booker T. Washington

1.   Smile at a stranger
2.   Put change in an expired parking meter
3.   Send someone a hand-written card
4.   Hold a door open for someone
5.   Volunteer virtually for a few minutes or hours: Sparked.com
6.   Give a friendly wave to a neighbor
7.   Do a simple, free, quick kindness for a charity – 8 examples here
8.   Tell a friend you appreciate them
9.   Plant a tree
10.  Walk instead of driving and absorb the wonders around you
11.  Teach a group in your community about something unique you do or enjoy
12.  Collect books to give to a school or shelter - like this amazing teenagerl
13.  Drop off dinner or groceries to an elderly friend who can’t get out much
14.  Start an affinity group to share a hobby with others – MeetUp.com
15.  Mentor someone, a child or an adult
16.  Create a blog for someone who loves writing but isn’t technical
17.  Help someone get set up with social media
18.  Call your family just to say hi and find out what they’re doing
19.  Invite a friend you haven’t seen in a while to the movies or coffee or…
20.  Find a fun project to volunteer for:  VolunteerMatch.org
21.  Sign up for an unusual class at a community college and see who you meet
22.  Read a book on something new to gain new perspective
23.  Make a Top 10 (or 25 or 100) List of things you’re thankful for and share it
24.  Give a plant to someone
25.  Ask someone for a recipe of theirs that you love
26.  Ask a wise person for insight
27.  Talk to elderly people and listen to their stories to learn about life
28.  Give a stranger a sincere compliment
29.  Say “Thank You” often
30.  Do pro-bono work for a favorite cause: Catchafire.org
31.  Say “I Love You” often
32.  Organize photos in a virtual or paper album for a host/ess as a thank you
33.  Ask someone how their day was, and listen attentively
34.  Invite someone you admire to lunch to hear their ideas and insights
35.  Speak on a topic you know to a community group who wants to learn
36.  Buy a charitable magazine subscription and send it to a nursing home
37.  See the positives in a tough situation
38.  Sell some cool stuff online and give the proceeds to charity: KarmaGoat.com
39.  Read these 25 amazing social good blogs for inspiration
40.  Share inspiring quotes and stories online
41.   Donate your airline miles

Wherever these is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” ~ Seneca

42.  Pick up an errant piece of trash and throw it away, just because
43.  Offer to babysit for a single Mom or Dad
44.  Run an errand for a busy friend
45.  Donate event tickets to local charity organization
46.  Recycle anything, correctly
47.  Give a gift of housekeeping service to a new parent
48.  Set aside a bit more than last year for charity and add a new one to your list
49.  Tell someone you see regularly at a business how they make your day
50.  Be appreciative and gracious for compliments
51.  Be patient under pressure and use compassion as a guide for disagreements
52.  Smile just because
53.  Dance in your car even (especially!) with people watching
54.  Learn how to tell a few great clean jokes
55.  Create a blog post about a few people you admire and why
56.  Share something without being asked
57.  Compliment a job well done, or a kindness

Those best parts of a good life: little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”                     ~ William Wordsworth

You can follow Amy @CharityIdeas on Twitter for more tips and ideas

15 Responses to “57 Ways to Spread Kindness and Brighten a Day”

  1. Benton January 4, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    I love smiling at everyone. It is a great feeling.

  2. Aysel January 4, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Love this!

  3. Ice January 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Share this page on Facebook, Twitter and/or by e-mail. :-)

  4. Jackie Bigford January 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    Love your philosophy Amy, it mirrors my own! How simple it is to do a small kindness for a complete stranger! How about taking pet treats with you to give to a homeless person with a pet!

    A simple *smile* can send out a ripple effect in the world

    *hugs*

  5. Nik Cherwink January 13, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    Give out anti-parking tickets: whenever you get a parking ticket, take the envelope it comes in and put $5 with a nice note in it (like “have a great day!”) and put it on a random car :)

  6. Christine Baker January 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    All great ideas. We love your page! Please check us out at walk4good.org – we are a non-profit dedicated to inspiring and empower people to practice kindness.

  7. Richard McMahon March 7, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    Thank you for such inspirational and uplifting pics and alike… very cool ;-)

  8. Paula Y May 26, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    Way to go Amy! With everyone being so busy with little time to bake, I like to bake and deliver cookies or brownies or muffins as a surprise.

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