101 random acts of kindnessA while ago I wrote about my revelation that life wasn’t about being happy all the time… it’s about noticing and savouring the little moments of joy. Something else I’ve come to realise is that probably 99% of my moments of joy are caused by someone else being happy. Tickling my children and watching them laughing uncontrollably. Being surrounded by my wonderful family. Laughing about something silly with my work friend. So that’s my conclusion… if you want to be happy, make someone else happy.

One way we can consciously create moments of joy each day is through spreading kindness. The dictionary defines kindness as:

“The quality of being friendly, generous and considerate”

Kindness comes from the heart, when you give to others without expecting anything in return. Kindness is the act of looking at the needs of others and filling those needs in ways that empower the receiver.

If every one of us chose to be kind to all others in this moment, can you imagine the shift that would happen in the world? If we all were to choose kindness in this moment, the impact would be felt throughout the universe.

While there are tons of little things we can do every day (like hold the door or smile at a stranger), there are other things we can do that may have never crossed our mind.

So here’s my carefully and lovingly curated list of 101 acts of kindness.

1 / Put change in a vending machine
2 / Write a thank you note for your postman
3 / Leave a letter in a library book
4 / Leave happy notes around town
5 / Compliment someone every day
6 / Hold the door open for someone
7 / Bake a cake for a neighbour
8 / Check in on an elderly neighbour
9 / Buy a coffee for a stranger
10 / Tell a manager how good your service was at a cafe or restaurant
11 / Give a lottery ticket to a stranger
12 / Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello
13 / Tell someone how much you love them
14 / Make a get well card for someone
15 / Take care of someone’s pet while they’re away
16 / Send dessert to another family at a restaurant
17 / Collect money or items for your favorite charity
18 / Ask for donations instead of birthday gifts
19 / Make a homemade gift for someone
20 / Smile at everybody. It’s contagious!
21 / Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now
22 / Bring treats to work for no reason
23 / If you notice a child being well-behaved, compliment them and their parents
24 / When everyone around you is gossiping about someone, be the one to comment with something nice
25 / Cook a meal or do a load of laundry for a friend who just had a baby or is going through a difficult time
26 / Offer a homeless person your leftovers bag from the restaurant
27 / Each time you get a new piece of clothing, donate an old one to the charity shop
28 / Listen intently. Don’t interrupt when someone else is speaking
29 / Smile at someone on the street, just because
30 / Let someone into your lane. They’re probably in a rush just like you
31 / Talk to the new person at work and ask them about themselves
32 / Leave your newspaper or magazine behind for someone else to read at the coffeeshop, doctors or on public transport
33 / Help a mother with her pram
34 / Let the person behind you at the supermarket checkout with one or two items go ahead of you
35 / Write someone a letter. Like a real letter, on paper. And post it!
36 / Give away stuff for free on freecycle
37 / Be the person who puts a tip in the tip jar at the coffeeshop
38 / When you go somewhere to get or do something, ask the people around you if you can pick up anything they need
39 / Give someone a hug
40 / Call your grandparents. Call them now!
41 / Take the time to leave a nice comment on a blog you enjoyed
42 / Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in ladies room
43 / Don’t give into road rage. Give up a parking spot or let someone pass in front of you on the road
44 / Relay an overheard compliment
45 / Bring your partner coffee in bed tomorrow
46 / Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included
47 / Stop to talk to a homeless person
48 / Answer that email you’ve been avoiding
49 / Send anonymous flowers to a friend or relative
50 / Write a nice comment on your friends facebook page

101 random acts of kindness

51 / Offer to house sit for a friend while they’re on holiday
52 / Babysit for a parent friend for free
53 / Adopt a rescue animal
54 / Compliment someone in front of others
55 / Write your partner a list of things you love about them
56 / Talk to someone at work who you haven’t talked to before
57 / Frame your friend’s favorite lyric or quote and give it to them with a nice note
58 / Send dessert to another table
59 / Text someone just to say good morning or good night
60 / Help your elderly neighbour take out their bins or mow their lawn
61 / Give up your seat to someone (anyone!) on public transport
62 / Tell your siblings how much you appreciate them
63 / If you’re a good photographer, take photos of your friends and make them into a digital album
64 / Smile when you feel like scowling
65 / Keep an extra umbrella at work and let someone borrow it on their way home if there’s a sudden downpour
66 / Make two lunches and give one away
67 / Help someone struggling with heavy bags
68 / Take all your change to Coinstar and donate your collection to charity
69 / Do the dishes even if it’s not your turn
70 / Every night before you go to bed, think of three things you’re grateful for
71 / Make plans with that person you’ve been putting off seeing
72 / Offer to return a shopping trolley to the supermarket for someone loading groceries in their car
73 / When you hear that negative, discouraging voice in your head, remember to forgive yourself — you deserve kindness too!
74 / Shovel the snow off a neighbour’s drive or path
75 / Leave a review for a restaurant/cafe/hotel you’ve enjoyed
76 / Leave a book you’ve finished on public transport
77 / Bake a cake or cupcakes for someone’s birthday
78 / Give blankets or a coat to a homeless person
79 / Donate blood
80 / Teach and remind your children to be kind, respectful, and considerate
81 / Gather any toys or clothes your children have outgrown and take threm to the charity shop together
82 / Treat a friend to the cinema, a concert, festival, etc
83 / Volunteer to be the designated driver and make sure your friends get home safely
84 / Be nice to someone you don’t necessarily like
85 / Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru
86 / Write a note and put it in your child’s lunchbox
87 / Buy an extra cup of coffee in the morning and give it to a colleague
88 / Give an umbrella to a homeless person
89 / Offer a ride to someone who doesn’t have a car
90 / Collect boxes for someone who is moving house
91 / At the supermarket, buy something extra to donate to a food bank
92 / Send paper thank you notes for gifts you receive
93 / After a party, wash the dishes for your host
94 / Leave a thank you note for your window cleaner
95 / Tidy up the staff kitchen at your office
96 / Talk to the checkout person at the shop about their day
97 / Praise someone at work for doing a good job
98 / Have good manners. Say ‘please’, ‘thank you’, ‘you’re welcome’, and ‘excuse me’
99 / Give up complaining for 21 days
100 / Throw away your rubbish and someone else’s, after a movie, picnic or visit to a park
101 / Give your random acts of kindness ideas to a friend

If you are feeling inspired I encourage you to try an Act of Kindness, or tell me in the comments below what Acts of Kindness you have spread today.


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