Performing random acts of kindness do take practice and creativity. I have already shared some ideas for you to get started on your do-gooder practice, but you still may not be convinced. Doing something for others doesn’t have to take much effort at all. It also doesn’t have to cost a dime. Take a look at some ways you can reach out and brighten someone’s day in the most natural way. You can never have too many good examples.
- Smile at a stranger
- Encourage someone who is struggling.
- Give a word of praise to someone whoís least expecting it, like your boss.
- Hold the elevator for someone whoís in a rush.
- Read a child a story.
- Listen to someoneís complaint.
- Say a heartfelt thank you.
- Share a friendís creative work on social media.
- Call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time to say hello.
- Leave a blog comment when you read a post that genuinely resonates with you.
- Offer a homeless person your leftovers from a restaurant or bagged lunch.
- Tell a frazzled parent what a good job they are doing or how well-behaved their child is.
- Hug someone if they say itís okay to do so.
- Offer to return someone’s shopping cart.
- Share a kind word with the customer service representative, either on the phone or in-person.
- Give up your seat to someone standing on the subway or bus.
- Write a short message of thanks or encouragement to a co-worker, your partner, or a random stranger.
- Say hello to a homeless person.
- Introduce yourself to a new neighbor or co-worker.
- Make introductions between your contacts if you feel they could benefit each other or get along well.
- Let someone merge in front of you when driving in heavy traffic.
- Offer to take on someone’s work task if you have time, and they seem swamped.
- Give someone a ride who doesn’t have a car.
- Make amends for past wrongs to someone who was once in your life.
- Agree to an activity you might not enjoy just because someone else will love it.
- Invite someone to your holiday celebration if you know they will be alone.
- Share your expert knowledge with someone who has questions and has asked for advice.
- Write a recommendation on LinkedIn.
- Offer to pick up items for others when you are heading out to grab lunch or run an errand.
- Recognize someone for their excellent idea or contribution during a work meeting.
Ready, Set, Go
Okay, now are you ready to get out there and start performing random acts of kindness? All of these are super-easy, low-effort, and free of cost to brighten someone’s day. You can do it!