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52 Random Acts of Kindness for Helping Others Every Day

Linda Crampton is a writer who is concerned about social issues. She hopes to encourage anyone who is able to do so to help people in need.

When someone helps another person, a chain reaction may occur.

When someone helps another person, a chain reaction may occur.

Performing a Daily Act of Kindness

Performing a daily act of kindness is a wonderful way to help others. A kind action not only helps someone else but may also stimulate them to help another person in turn. As a result, a ripple of kindness may develop and spread through a population. The more often a person is kind, the more ripples they will be able to create, either directly or indirectly. The thought of kindness spreading through a population like a virus is awesome.

Social and political problems, natural disasters, and poverty are widespread in today's world. Major undertakings, like volunteering to help aid agencies and donating to multiple charities, are important. Some people don’t have the time or the money to participate in these activities, however. Others may feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the problems on this planet. They may think that unless they are helping in a major way, their aid is insignificant. This definitely isn’t true. Every little act of kindness can be meaningful for an individual who either needs or would like help.

If you like to bake, make a few extra muffins for a friend.

If you like to bake, make a few extra muffins for a friend.

Some Ideas for Being Kind

I follow many of the suggestions for being kind listed below. Some of the suggestions describe ways in which I have been helped myself. A few aren't applicable to my life right now but may be one day.

Acting on just one idea from this list or from a list of your own creation can be very helpful for someone in need. Performing regular acts of kindness can be even more helpful. A kind act can be short and simple or time consuming and more complex, depending on what's possible at the time. Both types of kindness are very worthwhile, especially when performed frequently. Aiming to help others on a daily basis is a great goal.

If a neighbour or friend can't walk their dog because they are injured or ill, volunteer to take the dog for a walk yourself.

If a neighbour or friend can't walk their dog because they are injured or ill, volunteer to take the dog for a walk yourself.

Donate or Supply Items

1. If you subscribe to a newspaper or magazine, give an edition of the periodical to someone else to read when you’ve finished with it. Make a collection of reading material that you know interests a friend and give it to them once you’ve read the material.

2. Pick up free community newspapers and magazines that might interest someone who has trouble leaving their home and give the items to them.

3. Volunteer to get library books, magazines, or DVDs for someone with mobility problems and return the items to the library by the due date.

4. If you have a bountiful crop of fruits or vegetables in your garden, distribute some of the produce to your neighbours or work colleagues.

5. If you bake items such as cookies or muffins or if you prepare canned food, give some to a neighbour or friend.

6. If you have young children's clothing in good condition that your family has outgrown, offer it to a friend who needs it.

A charity donation bin near my home

A charity donation bin near my home

Help Friends, Relatives, and Acquaintances

7. If you have friends or relatives that you communicate with only once a year, such as at Christmas time, send them a letter, email them, or phone them at another time of year as well.

8. Give a friend or relative an occasional gift on a non-celebration day. This can be either a material item or a gift of service.

9. Buy or make a greeting card for a family member, friend, or acquaintance, even if it's not a special day. Your card could express your love, friendship, or gratitude.

10. If a friend or relative has mobility problems, lives nearby, and has a dog, volunteer to take the dog for a walk (perhaps with your own dog).

11. Volunteer to mow a friend's lawn if they are unable to do it themselves. In the fall, clear fallen leaves from their garden or from areas where people walk. In winter, volunteer to clear their driveway of snow.

12. If a good friend or a relative needs an item to complete a home or garden project and you have the item, consider lending it to them temporarily.

13. If you have your own vehicle and a friend or neighbour doesn't, consider doing an occasional job for them that would be difficult or impossible to accomplish by public transport.

Some tact may be needed when performing the last two activities described above in order to avoid an equipment loan becoming permanent or a transportation job becoming too demanding or too frequent.

Help People at Home and at School

14. If your spouse, partner, housemate, or roommate traditionally does a household job such as making supper, occasionally volunteer to do their job (in addition to your own).

15. Surprise a family member or friend by washing their car.

16. Secretly add a loving or cheerful note to a spouse or child's packed lunch container.

17. Make sure that you make time in your schedule to do at least one fun or interesting activity with your children or family each day.

18. If your children's school is holding a bake sale for charity, make something that can be sold.

19. If an event such as a potluck meal is being held at school, contribute an interesting dish.

20. Contribute to charity fundraising events at your children's school, such as bottle and penny drives.

If you've just bought a new electronic device and your old one still works, give it to someone who would like the device but can't afford it.

If you've just bought a new electronic device and your old one still works, give it to someone who would like the device but can't afford it.

Support Charities

21. Whenever you declutter your home, think about whether a charity could use the items that you no longer need.

22. If there are charity collection bins near your home, such as bins for donated clothing or toys, regularly deposit items that are in good condition but are no longer used. Making a donation on the first day of each month might be a suitable goal. If your children are old enough to understand what a donation is, let them decide whether or not to donate a toy that they don't use.

23. If you have an electronic device that works but that you are discarding because you’re buying a new device, give the old device to someone who can’t afford to buy their own.

24. If you enjoy knitting, crochet, or another craft, consider using your hobby to support charities in some way.

In the video below, researchers discuss their studies of the science of kindess and its possible effects on the brain.

Help Others While Shopping

25. If you buy something at the supermarket that is on sale for a “two for one” price, give the second item to a friend or the food bank. (For those who aren't familiar with the organization, a food bank is a facility that stores donated food and distributes it to those in need.)

26. Every time you do a major shopping trip to a supermarket, pick up one non-perishable item to give to the food bank. Deposit this item in the store's food bank container if there is one, or save it at home and visit the facility when you have a collection of food.

27. When you buy your own groceries, also pick up groceries and other items for a friend or relative who has difficulty leaving their home.

28. Make a friendly comment to the store cashier or other staff member, especially if they seem harried or depressed.

29. Take other chances to help people in a store, such as by holding a door open, helping someone reach for an item (if you’re tall enough), and depositing change in a charity collection box.

Canned fish is a good source of protein to donate to the food bank. It's nutritious food and stays fresh in a sealed can for a long time. Canned fish such as sardines is also inexpensive.

Donate Money While Shopping

30. Make a goal to put coins in every charity collection box that you see, even if the amount of money placed in a box is small.

31. If a charity is raising funds outside a supermarket or in a shopping centre, consider making a donation as you pass by.

32. If children or teens are selling chocolate bars or other items to raise money for a good cause, buy one. You could donate the item to someone else if you don't want it. You could also donate the purchase price without buying the item.

33. Leave money in the tip jar at a coffee shop (or in a blogger's virtual tip jar) in appreciation for a job well done

34. If you are comfortable financially, when a supermarket cashier asks you if you want to make a donation to a specific charity by adding the donation to your grocery bill, consider saying "Yes".

"Pay it Forward" refers to a situation in which someone does a good deed for you and in response you do a good deed for someone else. It's a nice way to create a chain of kindness.

Help Others While You Are at Work

35. Occasionally take a box of doughnuts, home baked goods, or other treats to share with your co-workers on a normal workday (as well as on a celebration day).

36. If you leave work to buy lunch or special coffee, ask people staying in the office if they want anything and volunteer to get it.

37. Try to say something pleasant or encouraging to every co-worker that you meet each day.

38. If you are in a position where you have to supervise other people and need to make a criticism or ask someone to change their behaviour, try to make the criticism constructive and also try to give a compliment of some kind.

39. If it's appropriate at your place of work, collect donations of items or money for a charity.

40. Consider participating in an event that is designed to raise money for charity, such as a walk or a run. Training and participating in the event will probably be a fun and healthy activity for you. In addition, you will be able to donate money to a charity by taking part in the event. If you feel awkward about asking individual co-workers to sponsor you, post the sponsor form on a noticeboard and perhaps announce its presence in a staff meeting.

Consider participating in a walk or run to raise money for charity.

Consider participating in a walk or run to raise money for charity.

Some More Ideas for Helping Others

41. Say hello to a person that you pass on the street or start a conversation with someone on public transit. (These actions may not be suitable for a daily act of kindness, however. Always be aware of your personal safety and of another person's right to privacy if they don't want to participate in a conversation.)

42. If you regularly see someone on the street who needs help, a daily greeting, a short conversation, or a food item of some kind may be appreciated. The food could be something simple such as a muffin that you've bought or made. It could be more elaborate if you wish. If you regularly take a packed lunch to work, for example, you could also create one for the person that you see.

43. Assuming you can afford it, pay for your friend's coffee or meal as well as your own when you're visiting a coffee shop or restaurant together.

44. Buy two cups of coffee or two treats that you like—one for yourself and one for someone else.

45. If you're given money in exchange for depositing cans and bottles in a recycling depot, donate the money to someone else if you don't need it yourself.

46. If a major disruption occurs in your neighbourhood, such as a long power failure or a severe snowstorm, check on neighbours with mobility or health problems to see if they need any help.

Visiting a coffee shop could be a chance to help others.

Visiting a coffee shop could be a chance to help others.

Other Acts of Kindness

47. Make a mental note (or better still, a physical one) when you encounter unexpected opportunities for kindness. For example, an annual 10K run/walk event in Vancouver holds a "Shoe Renu" program in conjunction with the event. Various types of shoes are donated, cleaned, and distributed to those who need them.

48. Do some research to discover organizations in your area that accept donated goods and uses them to help others. You may be surprised at what types of items are accepted. Books, magazines, furniture, old cars, and used printer ink cartridges are accepted by various facilities and organizations, for example.

49. Investigate ways to use your computer activities to perform a daily act of kindness for people, animals, or the Earth. Some websites help a charity when a person does something on the site. The "something" might be searching the Internet via the website or watching certain videos, for example. You should investigate the details carefully before you use this method of helping others.

50. Let someone else have the parking spot that you were aiming for, assuming you aren't facing an emergency.

51. Giving up a seat on a public transit vehicle to someone who needs it more than you can be greatly appreciated. Based on my observations, this action is not performed as often as it should be.

52. A range of organizations and facilities appreciate the actions of volunteers. Though some volunteer work may take longer than a simple act of kindness, it can be very valuable for the people in the facility.

Pets can be helped with acts of kindness, too. Consider donating food to animal shelters, volunteering to take dogs for a walk, or doing other jobs to help the shelter animals. If you'd like to perform an act of kindness for the Earth, look for group environmental projects in your area, such as the cleanup of trash. (Make sure that safety precautions are used in this situation).

A Wonderful Habit

Acts of kindness are beneficial for both the recipient and the donor. It often feels good to help others, as many volunteers know. Helping others on a daily basis or a semi-regular basis is a wonderful habit to form.

Many other ideas for helping others exist besides the ones listed in this article. You probably have some great ideas yourself, which I'd be happy to hear about in the comments section below.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2012 Linda Crampton

Comments

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 11, 2020:

I hope the assignment goes well, Bapak.

Bapak lu on August 11, 2020:

I got this for a school assignment thx

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 26, 2017:

Thank you, Yves. You are so right—we do need more kindness in this world.

Yves on April 26, 2017:

Little things mean a lot. Nearly, if not all the ideas you've suggested are easy to do and inexpensive. We need more kindness in this world. Any little thing we can do is all that's needed to make someone's day a bit sunnier. Wonderful article.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 09, 2013:

Thanks for the link, Susan. It is a great challenge!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on December 09, 2013:

I didn't realize that Bill had this challenge going 11 months ago. I've added a link from my hub to yours and just wanted to let you know.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 04, 2013:

Thank you for the comment, mylindaelliot!

mylindaelliott from Louisiana on May 04, 2013:

Wow, that's a great list of ways to help people. I had seen some of them but a lot are new ideas.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 08, 2013:

Thank you so much, sunilkunnoth2012! I appreciate your comment and visit.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on February 08, 2013:

Your deserve a big clap for writing such nice text. May God bless you.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 05, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment and the votes, Vickiw. It's nice to meet someone else from British Columbia!

Vickiw on February 05, 2013:

Loved your Hub, and it is so good to know that I have a kindred spirit in BC, making the world a kinder place in small daily increments. Voted up and A

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 25, 2013:

Thanks for sharing your great suggestions for helping people, johnooo! I appreciate your comment and votes very much.

John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona on January 25, 2013:

This is such a wonderful lists of ways to help others. We volunteer help at our local food bank in a number of different ways. Making posters, delivering food, signing folks up who cannot ambulate so well, and maintaining lists are all ways to help. Now I want to help a neighbor who on occasion cannot walk her dog due to illness. I had not thought of this until reading your piece. Will hit the good buttons on this article. Thank you!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 22, 2013:

Thank you very much, maggs224! I appreciate your lovely comment and all your votes!

maggs224 from Sunny Spain on January 22, 2013:

What a wonderful idea and hub. It was a joy and a delight to read and to watch the videos that you included in your hub.

Such a positive, uplifting and inspirational hub with lots of ideas supplied to help us readers to go out and do the same.

I loved it I will definitely vote this hub up and hit the relevant buttons on my way out.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 15, 2013:

Thanks for the comment, Rolly. Your advice is excellent - we should never stop performing random acts of kindness!

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on January 15, 2013:

Hi AliciaC... thanks for writing this and sharing with us some ways you make a difference. Even though there are days when we fill we have not made a difference we do make a profound statement through random acts of kindness... my advice... never stop...

Hugs from Canada

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 01, 2013:

Thank you, Deb. Yes, simple acts of kindness can be so important in our lives and in the lives of other people!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 01, 2013:

These are fantastic. Every simple kindness can make a difference if the life of someone.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 01, 2013:

Hi, bravewarrior. Thank you very much for the comment. I liked that video scene too! The man's gesture was lovely, and it was very applicable to real life.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 01, 2013:

These are all great tips and effortless to accomplish. The videos were awesome, too. I particularly liked the gentleman in the grocery store who paid for the new mom's groceries. Great hub!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 01, 2013:

Thank you so much, drbj. I appreciate your kind comment! I hope you have a great day today and a great 2013.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 01, 2013:

You just accomplished in a very big way, Alicia, one of your very first acts of kindness in action. You provided your readers with all these wonderfully kind tips. Thank you and Happy New Year, m'dear.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 31, 2012:

I think it's great that you take your children with you when you volunteer, LaThing! What a wonderful opportunity for them to see kindness in action. Thank you for the comment and the votes.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 31, 2012:

Thank you very much for the comment, the vote and the share , Eddy. I hope you have a very happy new year!

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on December 31, 2012:

Wonderful list of ideas for helping others, Alicia! I volunteer a lot and take my children to help out too, because I want them to learn to give to the community also. Your list has given me some more ideas to work with..... Thanks for sharing, voting up and useful :)

Eiddwen from Wales on December 31, 2012:

Great ideas here Alicia and I vote up,across and share all around.

Here's wishing you a wonderful 2013.

Eddy.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 31, 2012:

Thank you for the comment and the votes, janshares. It's great to see how many people are writing H.O.W. hubs!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 31, 2012:

Hi, shorty72. I agree - a smile and a hello are often very helpful! Thanks for the visit.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on December 31, 2012:

Hi AliciaC, this is fantastic, excellent ideas. I do some of these already, just wrote a hub on the benefits of volunteering and a H.O.W. hub on running a breakfast program for the needy. All of this is so awesome. As a popular gospel song says, we can "alter the atmosphere" with all that we're doing. Voted up and useful.

shorty72 on December 30, 2012:

It is amazing how a little gester goes a long way even helping someone if they are struggling makes a difference no matter how small. Sometimes just a smile and a hello goes a long way. Great hub :)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 30, 2012:

Thank you for the visit and the comment, Martin, and thanks for sharing the very interesting observation about kindness!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on December 30, 2012:

Thank you so much for this. In my charity work I noticed kindness can be addictive.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 30, 2012:

Thank you so much, Mark! I appreciate your comment.

Curiad on December 30, 2012:

Simply awesome!

Great Ideas, great ways to share the love.

Mark

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 30, 2012:

Thank you very much for the comment, the votes and the share, Dahlia Flower. When I'm interested in a topic, such as acts of kindness, I don't have any problem thinking of things to write!

Dahlia Flower from Canada on December 30, 2012:

This is really a great list. I don't know how you thought of so many ideas.

Voting up, useful and sharing.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 30, 2012:

Hi, Victoria Lynn. Thanks for the comment and the votes! I agree - just a small act of kindness could have a big effect. Kindness is so important!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on December 30, 2012:

This is great! I think just being kind to the people around us makes a difference, as they in turn will also do that! Just small gestures help. I like your idea of buying just one non-perishable item each time we go to the grocery store. That won't hurt our budgets but will make a difference to others. Great hub! Many votes and sharing!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 30, 2012:

Thank you very much for the comment, Bill, and thank you for being the catalyst for the program! I hope that you have a wonderful new year.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 30, 2012:

What a great list of ideas, Alicia! Thank you so much for contributing this hub to the cause. You are greatly appreciated by me. Happy New Year!