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.

More Ideas

  • 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!

Earlier Posts on Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Why Do Random Acts of Kindness Matter
  2. Examples of Random Acts of Kindness to Inspire You
  3. Did You Do a Random Act of Kindness Today