Let’s talk about random acts of kindness.
The other day I ordered some patio furniture. On the day of delivery, I was shocked to discover how gigantic these boxes of furniture were. I mean enormous! I don’t know what I was expecting. I guess I just didn’t give it much thought.
The person delivering was a young man who arrived alone in a large white truck. He proceeded to remove each heavy box, there were a total of 4, out of the truck and onto my front yard. This was no easy feat, and he noticeably struggled. I offered to help (even though I knew I couldn’t possibly lift them), and he kindly declined.
According to the delivery policy, the furniture was only to be placed outdoors, not carried into the home. I was well aware of this. But, this sweet young man decided to take these huge boxes up the stairs and into my front door. He did this without hesitation or a word from me.
He explained the policy but said he wanted to make an exception because the boxes were so big and he felt it would be too much for me to do on my own.
I was shocked and touched and utterly grateful. I was the recipient of a random act of kindness. And all I wanted to do was pay it forward. Kindness is contagious, folks!
What is a random act of kindness?
A random act of kindness is a selfless act, commonly for a stranger, although it can also be for friends or family, for no reason other than to make someone happier.
How does kindness affect our mental health?
Studies have shown that practicing kindness can boost our “feel-good hormones” by increasing serotonin and dopamine levels in our brains. These positive effects are true whether kindness is in the form of compassion or gratitude – whether you are the giver or the receiver.
Related: 12 SIMPLE WAYS TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE
There are countless random ways to be kind. But, because life’s stress can get in the way, we often don’t do them enough, or they may go unnoticed. I, for one, want to commit to doing more random acts of kindness. You with me? Let’s create a kinder world together! 🙂
Here are 58 Random Acts of Kindness:
- Hold the door open for the person behind you.
- Let someone cut in front of you in line.
- Send a Thank You note to someone who helped you out recently.
- Make a list of all the things you love about someone and give it to them.
- Buy breakfast for the homeless person you pass each morning.
- Hug someone.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter.
- Shovel the snow for your elderly neighbour.
- Give up your seat on public transit.
- Spend time with residents at your local nursing home.
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
- Donate to a food bank.
- Buy someone flowers.
- Bake someone cookies.
- Give out cold water to strangers on a hot day.
- Walk a neighbour’s dog.
- Pay for the person behind you.
- Send someone a “Just Thinking Of You” card.
- Cook a meal for a family in need.
- Pick up litter in your neighbourhood.
- Wash someone’s car.
- Buy lunch for a co-worker.
- Leave a positive review online for a business.
- Water someone’s garden.
- Share an inspirational quote on social media.
- Help a stranger carry their groceries to the car.
- Prepare a fruit platter for the office.
- Make the morning coffee for the office.
- Give someone your parking space.
- Read a book to a child.
- Babysit a child for free.
- Donate clothing to the Goodwill.
- Compliment a stranger.
- Tell a parent you love them.
- Make someone laugh.
- Bake someone a cake.
- Be someone’s workout buddy.
- Donate books to a library.
- Donate supplies to a local school.
- Be someone’s shoulder to cry on.
- Compliment a co-worker.
- Donate toys to children in need over the holidays.
- Leave a positive comment on someone’s latest social media post.
- Make someone lemonade.
- Support a local mom-and-pop business.
- Help someone grab something from the top shelf at the grocery store.
- Pay for someone’s bus fare.
- Make someone a birthday card.
- Reconnect with an old friend.
- Visit your grandparents.
- Spend quality time with your parents.
- Treat a sibling to lunch.
- Smile at a stranger.
- Say Thank You to the person who held the door for you.
- Help a senior cross the road.
- “Forget” to grab your change at the vending machine.
- Donate food and supplies to a local animal shelter.
- Help a lost animal return home.