If you’ve ever had a really crappy day, or a difficult time in life in general, you know that a random act of kindness from a stranger can make all the difference. Some people have reported that an act of kindness from a stranger has helped change their entire perspective in life. Some have said that the random kindness of a stranger has helped to make livable once again.
We all want to live in a better world. Doing small acts of random kindness can be your way to help make this world better.
10 Simple Random Acts of Kindness
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1. Pay for Someone’s Drink at the Coffee Shop
This simple gesture of paying for something small for someone else may actually help that person feel wanted and loved, even though you’re a stranger.
2. Leave Flowers at the Hospital
You don’t need to know someone who’s ill to give flowers to someone needing some cheer. Buy a bouquet or two and bring them to your nearest hospital.
Approach a staff member, and ask for a nurse. Let the nurse know you’d like to give the flowers to someone who’s struggling, or doesn’t get a lot of visitors. They’ll know who most needs the bouquet.
3. Take Coloring Books and Crayons to a Children’s Hospital
Kids at the hospital are usually struggling with boredom. If you run to the nearest dollar store and spend even $50 on $1 coloring books and boxes of crayons, you could make the challenging experience of spending days, weeks, or even months in a hospital a little easier for a terminal child.
4. Give Essentials to a Homeless Shelter
Most people who live on the streets do not have the opportunity to obtain toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, dental floss, mouthwash, combs, or other toiletry essentials.
Go to a budget store, like Dollar Tree or Dollar General, and load up on these items. Bring them to a shelter and help to make someone’s dental and basic hygiene care a lot more doable.
5. Change the Subject
Not all random acts of kindness need to involve spending money.
If you notice someone is being bothered at a family gathering, in an online chatroom or forum board, or any other venue, butt into the conversation and change the subject. Or, better yet, speak words of kindness and affirmation to the person being bothered or bullied by others.
6. Open a Door
Very few people can remember the last time someone held open a door for them. Try it with a smile. Even if there’s a long line of people coming and going, just stand at the door for a few minutes, holding the door for people.
You never know how that single moment of simple kindness may change someone’s attitude for the day, or even life.
7. Offer to Babysit
All parents, whether single or married, need breaks from their kids. We all need to be adults, and have a night off from the responsibility of caring for the needs of everyone else around us.
If you’ve got a friend who’s got little ones, try offering a “night off” by babysitting. Plan some fun activities for the kids, know how the routine for bedtime works, and then send the parents off with promises of texts or calls if anything happens, but the confidence to know everything will be fine.
8. Hold the Train
If you’ve ever rushed for the train, and missed it by 10 seconds, you understand the kindness in this act. Catching that train on a rough morning could be the difference between keeping a job and getting fired because of too many tardy arrivals at work.
9. Change Someone’s Tire
If you notice someone who seems to be struggling with a flat tire, stop and help. That person may not be able to afford calling AAA, or may be headed to a family emergency. You could be the answer to someone’s overstressed prayers.
10. Pay for the Groceries of the Person Behind You
Spending fifty dollars today on the groceries of someone in need could make the difference between that struggling single mom making rent this month and preventing her from having to take her kids to a shelter.
What seems like only a little bit of money to many is a world-changing amount for many others.
Random Acts of Kindness Change the World
You may not be able to afford to buy someone’s entire grocery cart full, but anything you do makes a difference. In our individualistic, “me first” society, even the smallest random acts of kindness can change the world. Maybe not for everyone, but for that one person who you showed humanity to, a random act of kindness could mean a world of difference.