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25 Random Acts of Kindness

Updated on July 10, 2013
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Kindness can be found all over if we seek it out but unfortunately it isn’t as common as it should be. We shouldn’t have to look so hard to find it. Kindness toward others is easy to do when we emerge from our own self-involved bubbles and truly notice that we aren’t alone in this world.

The people we encounter everyday are just like us. We all have worries, joys, good times and bad. When we take a moment to remind others that we are all in this life together, everyone benefits.

A random act of kindness can be anything from a simple polite gesture to a grand display and everything in between. Any positive behavior or generous gesture that helps another person or simply renews their faith in others can be considered an act of kindness.

The following are 25 examples of kind acts but there are many opportunities every day to do something nice for another.

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25 Ideas To Make Someone Smile

  1. Open the door for someone
  2. Acknowledge a stranger with a smile and eye contact
  3. Let someone go in front of you at the grocery store because they have fewer items than you or because you can see they are struggling with their load
  4. Mow you neighbor’s grass when you know they need the help
  5. Deliver a meal or some groceries to someone who has been ill or has fallen on hard times
  6. Offer to drive a child to and from baseball practice if you know their parents don’t have the ability to get them there
  7. Deliver an anonymous gift to a family who can’t afford to celebrate a holiday or birthday
  8. Buy the coffee for the person behind you in line at the coffee stand
  9. Listen without judgment when someone is having a hard time
  10. Help someone change their tire when they are stuck on the side of the road
  11. Offer help if you see your neighbors moving something heavy in or out of their house
  12. Shovel another person’s driveway or walkway in snowy weather
  13. Offer to babysit for someone free of charge in an emergency situation
  14. Leave a thoughtful card or note for a co-worker who is feeling down
  15. Stick up for someone who needs support
  16. Give an unexpected genuine compliment to another person
  17. Tell someone you are proud of them
  18. Donate some food to the local food bank
  19. Invite someone to your home for a family dinner
  20. Include others in your family holiday celebrations
  21. Ask a child to join in your family fun at the park or beach
  22. Share supplies or toys with someone who has less than you when camping or enjoying a day out
  23. Send someone flowers (or chocolate) for no reason
  24. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  25. Offer a comforting hug to someone who needs it

What We Give is What We Receive

Random acts of kindness are not completely selfless. Being kind to others helps the person who is preforming the act as much or more than the person on the receiving end.

Doing something considerate for another human being will lift your own spirit and boost humanity.

What we give is what we receive. What can you do today to make someone else smile and remind them that they aren’t alone?

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      Mihnea-Andrei Andreescu 2 years ago from Tilburg

      Your hubs are fantastic,Roxanne.You are a very talented and brilliant writer.congrats

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      Danny Cabaniss 3 years ago from Shawnee, Oklahoma

      Beautiful! Great ideas!

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      thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

      These are all great ideas! The concept of doing random acts of kindness is one that we would like to incorporate more consistently into our lives. It really does bring a smile to your face to share kindness with someone else. The world always needs more!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from Louisiana

      These are great ideas. We get too busy in our lives and sadly forget to be as kind as we should at times.

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      Esther Strong 4 years ago from UK

      A great reminder that a little thoughtfullness goes a long way, and may just make someone's day. Thanks for sharing.

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      That is a wonderful and inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing it with me! Sometimes we get lost in a world of "must have's" and we lose sight of what is right in front of us. Kindness, giving, love and appreciation. Thanks again :)

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      Yves 4 years ago

      I really like #7: Deliver an anonymous gift. I hate the thought of children not having a gift for birthdays or Christmas. I remember reading a Guideposts story of a young mother who had invited some neighbors over for Xmas dinner. She had won a turkey through the local radio station. All of her neighbors were poor as well, so they had a very, very simple meal. When it was over, everyone felt a lot more cheer. But the fun thing is that someone left her either three or five dollars (without her knowing). When she discovered the money, she went out and bought a bunch of candy bars for her three girls & then decorated them with white paper, on which she had drawn snowmen and such. Those tiny gift meant the world to her and her children, who were delighted to have something to unwrap the next morning. I guess this story sounds kind of sappy, but my point is that giving even a little bit to needy people can make a difference - especially if the gift is anonymous. I know. I grew up very poor, and my mom always taught me to appreciate the kindness of others and to try to extend that kindness as well.

      Your hub is a lovely reminder of how we can begin to get creative in lifting up the downtrodden.

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Thank you Dim Flaxenwick! Your kind words mean a lot :)

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Beautiful. Beautiful. Hub. You must be a lovely person yourself to have written it.

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Kind words and actions seem to be rare but they are always enormously appreciated when they are said and done. :)

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      Toni Northern 5 years ago from Williamston NC

      If someone bought some coffee for me or a Starbucks Vanilla Latte, they wouldn't be regarded as kind, they would be regarded as my hero. Seriously, they would. There seems to be less and less kindness in the world. It's great to come across someone and commenters that believe in being kind. Awesome Hub.

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Thank you! Giving kindness to others is easier some days than others but it is important everyday! I have no doubt that you do these and many more. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is a great list for people who are looking for ways to make a different in giving from the heart. I see many on here that I love to do as well. Voted up and sharing!

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful hub Roxanne, showing kindness sure makes us and the other person feel good. Thank you for sharing this.

      Voted up and sharing!

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Kindness is contagious! :)

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Just one or two kind acts would really make someone's day better and you should be really proud of that! ;)

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      Gypsy48 5 years ago

      Nice reminder of the kind things we can do on a daily basis to make someone's day. Voted up.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for sharing your 25 random of kindness. If I could hit at least 10 of them, BOY, I sure will feel proud of myself! Voted up


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