100 Ideas for KindnessPrintable List

  1. Deliver fresh-baked cookies to city workers
  2. Collect goods for a food bank
  3. Bring flowers to work and share them with coworkers
  4. Garden clubs can make floral arrangements for senior centers, nursing homes, hospitals, police stations, or shut-ins
  5. Adopt a student who needs a friend, checking in periodically to see how things are going
  6. Volunteer to be a tutor in a school
  7. Extend a hand to someone in need; give your full attention and simply listen
  8. Merchants can donate a percentage of receipts for the week to a special cause
  9. Bring coworkers a special treat
  10. Students can clean classrooms for the custodian
  11. Buy a stranger a pizza
  12. Distribute lollipops to kids
  13. Sing at a nursing home
  14. Offer a couple of hours of babysitting to parents
  15. Slip paper hearts that say "It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week! Have a great day!" under the windshield wipers of parked cars
  16. Have a charity day at work, with employees bringing nonperishable food items to donate
  17. Serve refreshments to customers
  18. Draw names at school or work, and have people bring a small gift or food treat to their secret pal
  19. Remember the bereaved with phone calls, cards, plants and food
  20. Treat someone to fresh fruit
  21. Pay a compliment at least once a day
  22. Call or visit a homebound person
  23. Hand out balloons to passersby
  24. Give free sodas to motorists
  25. Be a good neighbor; take over a baked treat or stop by to say "Hello"
  26. Transport someone who can’t drive
  27. Move a neighbor’s grass
  28. Say something nice to everyone you meet today
  29. Send a treat to a school or daycare center
  30. Volunteer at an agency that needs help
  31. Wipe rainwater off shopping carts or hold umbrellas for shoppers on the way to their cars
  32. Give the gift of your smile
  33. Send home a note telling parents something their child did well
  34. Adopt a homeless pert from the humane society
  35. Organize a scout troop or service club to help people with packages at the mall or grocery store
  36. Host special programs or speakers at libraries or bookstores
  37. Offer to answer the phone for the school secretary for ten minutes
  38. Volunteer to read to students in the classroom
  39. Write notes of appreciation and bring flowers or goodies to teachers or other important people, such as the principal, nurse, custodian, and secretary
  40. Incorporate kindness into the curriculum at area schools, daycare centers, or children’s classes in faith organizations
  41. Give a hug to a friend
  42. Tell your children why you love them
  43. Write a note to mother/father and tell them why they are special
  44. Pat someone on the back
  45. Write a thank-you note to a mentor or someone who has influenced your life in a positive way
  46. Give coffee to people on their way to work in the morning
  47. Donate time at a senior center
  48. Give blood
  49. Visit hospitals with smiles, treats, and friendly conversation for patients
  50. Stop by a nursing home and visit a resident with no family nearby
  51. Plant flowers in your neighbor’s flower box
  52. Give another driver your parking spot
  53. Leave a treat or handmade note of thanks for a delivery person or mail carrier
  54. Give free car washes
  55. Clean graffiti from neighborhood walls and buildings
  56. Tell your boss that you think he/she does a good job
  57. Tell your employees how much you appreciate their work
  58. Let your staff leave work an hour early
  59. Have a clean-up party in the park
  60. Tell a bus or taxi driver how much you appreciate their driving
  61. Have everyone in your office draw the name of a Random Acts of Kindness buddy out of a hat and do a kind act for their buddy that day or week
  62. Give a pair of tickets to a baseball game or concert to a stranger
  63. Leave an extra big tip for the waitperson
  64. Drop off a plant, cookies, or donuts to the police or fire department
  65. Open the door for another person
  66. Pay for the meal of the person behind you in the drive-through
  67. Write a note to the boss praising an employee who has helped you
  68. Leave a bouquet of flowers on the desk of a colleague at work with whom you don’t normally get along
  69. Call an estranged family member
  70. Volunteer to fix up an elderly couple’s home
  71. Pay for the person behind you in the movie line
  72. Give flowers to be delivered with meal delivery programs
  73. Give toys to the children at the shelter or safe house
  74. Give friends and family kindness coupons they can redeem for kind favors
  75. Be a friend to a new student or coworker
  76. Renew an old friendship y sending a letter or small gift to someone you haven’t talked with in a long time
  77. For one week, act on every single thought of generosity that arises spontaneously in your heart, and notice what happens as a consequence
  78. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading a car
  79. Invite someone new over for dinner
  80. Buy a roll of brightly colored stickers and give them to children you meet during the day
  81. Write a card of thanks and leave it with your tip; be specific in your thanks
  82. Let the person behind you in the grocery store go ahead of you in line
  83. When driver try to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile
  84. Buy cold drinks for the people next to you at a ball game
  85. Distribute kindness bookmarks that you have made
  86. Create a craft project or build a bird house with a child
  87. Give a bag of groceries to a homeless person
  88. Laugh out loud often and share your smile generously
  89. Plant a tree in your neighborhood
  90. Make a list of things to do to bring more kindness into the world, and have a friend make a list; exchange the lists and do one item per day for a month
  91. Use an instant camera to take people photographs at a party or community event, and give the picture to them
  92. As you go about your day, pick up trash
  93. Send a letter to some former teachers, letting them know the difference they made in your life
  94. Send a gift anonymously to a friend
  95. Organize a clothing drive for a shelter
  96. Buy books for a daycare or school
  97. Slip a $20 bill to a person who you know is having financial difficulty
  98. Take an acquaintance to dinner
  99. Offer to take a friend’s child to ball practice
  100. Waive late fee for the week

For these and other ideas, visit www.actsofkindness.org