• Dr. Julie Mclaughlin

Examples of Random Acts of Kindness To Inspire You

Performing random acts of kindness may be new to you, so it’s possible you have no idea how to begin. That’s okay. Coming up with ideas can be tough. That’s why today’s blog post is packed full of things you can do to make someone else’s day a little brighter. Some of the activities will cost you nothing and take only a moment of your time. Others will be more in-depth. Choose whatever fits your comfort level and the occasion.


Enjoy these examples of random acts of kindness to inspire you.


· Hold the door open for the person behind you whose hands are full.

· Allow the shopper in the grocery line to move ahead of you if you only have a few items and their cart is full.


· Check on an elderly neighbor or shut-in.

· Donate your old clothes to charity.

· Tape change to a parking meter or vending machine.

· Give the new employee a tour of your work area or offer to sit with them at lunch.

· Volunteer. At a nursing home, a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, your kid’s school, anywhere.

· Adopt a child or family during the holidays to give gifts to.

· Send a get-well card to someone, or even a card for no reason whatsoever.

· Ask for donations to your favorite charity instead of presents for your birthday.

· Smile at someone on the street.

· Give an unsolicited compliment.

· Pay for the person behind you in line at the fast-food restaurant or drive-through.

· Let the manager of the store know when an associate gives you exceptional service.

· Leave kind notes in the dressing room to encourage body positivity.

· Offer to babysit for parents who really need a night away or to help with the nightly feedings for a new mother friend.

· Clean up the trash in your neighborhood or at your favorite outdoor recreation spots like a park or beach.

· Visit a nursing home just to spend time with those who rarely receive visitors or to bring treats for the residents.

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Send a note of thanks to someone who’s made a big difference in your life.

· Pay for someone’s layaway who hasn’t made a payment in a long while.

· Fundraise by participating in a 5K, walk or other sponsored activity.

· Shovel the driveway for elderly neighbors or those who may otherwise have trouble doing the job themselves. Mowing lawns and raking leaves are also good ideas.

· Mentor a young person entering your profession

· Help someone stranded on the side of the road.

· Take the time to listen to someone who is having a bad day.


Hopefully, this quick list will inspire you to begin sharing random acts of kindness with those around you. Pick one from the list or come up with an idea of your own, then just do it. See how you feel. Chances are you’ll be ready to do another one tomorrow.

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