50 Intentional Acts of Kindness
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale
According to research conducted at Harvard University and the University of California at San Diego, a single act of kindness can extend as far as three degrees of separation, and also spreads laterally to affect an even greater number of people who come in contact with the original “affected” individual.
Can you imagine if every human being performed a single intentional act of kindness every day? Why, it could change the world!
Never underestimate the impact of a single act of kindness.
- Give a compliment about a helpful service employee to his/her manager.
- Let someone jump in line ahead of you at the bank, grocery store, etc.
- Treat a friend to the movies for no reason.
- Hold the train (or elevator) door open for someone rushing to get in.
- Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person.
- Compliment a colleague for their hard work and excellence.
- Recommend a competitor to a potential client.
- Give another driver your parking spot.
- Help an elderly neighbor carry the rubbish out.
- Buy an inspirational book for a friend.
- Skip one unnecessary purchase for yourself and donate the money to Skip1.org.
- Surprise your significant other with breakfast in bed – and do the dishes!
- Repair something for someone.
- Leave a note of gratitude/love laying around for your partner to find.
- Wash the dishes in the sink at work.
- Hold a door open for someone.
- Smile, and say thank you … a lot.
- Offer a couple hours of free babysitting to young parents who may not have the money to pay a sitter.
- Donate used books to a library or your local chapter of Friends of the Library.
- Clean Up Graffiti.
- Read to someone … a child, the elderly or someone who is ill
- Participate in highway clean up day in your area.
- Adopt a soldier.
- Call or visit someone who is sick.
- Collect canned food for a food bank.
- Donate Blood.
- Donate Used Clothing.
- Send someone a hand written note of thanks or appreciation.
- Help someone load or unload their groceries
- Give a phone card. Perhaps you know a poor student or senior citizen who is struggling to pay their bills. Help them out! Give them a phone card so they can keep in touch with their loved ones
- Bring in a neighbour’s trash cans
- Bake goodies and take them with a “thank you” card to the police station, fire station, emergency room, etc., anyone that spends their life helping others.
- Print up some inspiring signs and post them around town.
- Tuck a “because I love you” note in your child’s lunchbox.
- Do a chore that is normally your spouse’s job.
- Volunteer at a hospice or homeless shelter.
- When visiting a hospital spend a few moments with someone who doesn’t have any visitors at that time.
- Send a note with cookies or flowers to a teacher who has dedicated their life to educating children.
- Drop off books and magazines to hospitals, nursing homes and doctors offices.
- Purchase a couple extra bags of dog or cat food and take to the animal shelter.
- Run an errand for someone.
- Offer to pick up a friend or a neighbor’s children from school or daycare.
- Take a neighbors newspaper laying out on their driveway to them or leave it at their front door.
- If your favorite coffee store features a promotion card that is good for a free drink after so many purchases – once the card is filled, give it away. You can ask the cashier to give it to someone of his/her choice, or surprise someone you know.
- Pick up some rubbish in the road which would otherwise be lying around.
- Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter.
- Leave a copy of an interesting book on a train / bus.
- Next time you don’t need something, give it away
- Compliment someone on how they look.
- Donate a new handmade blanket to Project Linus for a child who is ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.
To make a difference is not a matter of accident, a matter of casual occurrence of the tides. People choose to make a difference. ~Maya Angelou
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