50 Ways To Show A Random Act Of Kindness

By Marilynn McLachlan
24th Feb 2017

50 Ways To Show A Random Act Of Kindness

Life can get pretty damn hard sometimes. With life seemingly more stressful every single day, it can feel isolating and as if it’s one against the world!

But, fear not, as there’s one little secret that will help make your days and nights that little bit brighter. And nope, it’s not about winning the lottery or becoming an overnight success. It’s about kindness—not the sort where other people show it to you, but you show it to them. You’ll receive a smile, that smile will fill you up and on and on it will continue in a cycle of warm fuzzies.

And so, just to prove how wonderful life can be, we’ve come up with a list of 50 really easy ways you can show a random act of kindness to brighten up your life as well as those around you. Nawwww.

  1. Take your granny some treats from Little & Friday.
  2. That friend who has just had a baby? Go directly to her house, do the laundry, clean the house and then leave.
  3. Even better, make her a meal and a cuppa at the same time.
  4. Pass your parking ticket with loads of time on it onto the next person.
  5. Go to a café and slip your waiter/waitress the biggest note you can afford.
  6. And then tell their manager how wonderful they were.
  7. Leave kind post-it notes in random public bathrooms.
  8. Or how about on windscreens in a car park?
  9. Let someone into your lane. Driving’s not a competition, you know.
  10. What about letting someone into a parking space ahead of you?
  11. Become a Rag Fairy at the SPCA. Those animals need you. 
  12. Make a donation to Duffy Books In Homes. Anything you can afford will help. 
  13. Go and give someone an honest-to-goodness hug. Only let go when they do.
  14. Make your loved one breakfast in bed.
  15. Choose not to say anything negative about anyone behind their backs.
  16. Stop and buy something from the kids selling on the side of the road.
  17. Give a compliment.
  18. Go and spend some money at Trade Aid
  19. Offer to buy a homeless person outside the supermarket anything they’d like.
  20. Send a ‘thinking of you’ text to someone who you haven’t seen in awhile.
  21. Call or visit that friend who’s going through a hard time and listen. Really listen.
  22. Volunteer to do something extraordinary. 
  23. Give up your seat on the bus or train.
  24. Leave a love note in your partner’s current book or magazine.
  25. Smile. At anyone and everyone…even if it does make you look a bit strange.
  26. Order a week’s worth of lunch and feed a hungry child at the same time. 
  27. Offer to carry someone’s groceries to their car.
  28. Become an organ donor
  29. When you overhear something nice about someone, pass it on.
  30. Choose one of your favourite items and donate it to the local Hospice.
  31. Too much? Then give some of your quality gear that you no longer use.
  32. Hold the elevator for someone.
  33. Send a random email to your boss thanking them for what they do. They don’t hear that enough.
  34. Buy yourself some lovely new stationery and at the same time give away an exercise book to a child in need. Noice. 
  35. Don’t wait for a formal invite to clean up a beach—grab some friends and pick up 50 pieces each. You good Kiwi, you.
  36. Offer to take a photo for some tourists when they’re struggling with selfie mode.
  37. Have an actual conversation with your Uber driver. You’ll be surprised by their stories.
  38. Write a letter—an actual letter—to a child you know.
  39. Put away your phone when you’re with friends and family.
  40. Know two single friends who may be compatible? Arrange for them to ‘meet’. Go cupid!
  41. Use your manners. It’s basic, but a goodie.
  42. Buy a Lotto ticket and give it to a stranger. Ouch, bet that hurt!
  43. Call your mum. She loves you, you know.
  44. Let your partner choose what to watch on Netflix.
  45. Mow your neighbour’s berm, too.
  46. Leave a compliment on a friend’s pic on Facebook.
  47. Offer to babysit or dogsit for a friend.
  48. Is it raining? Offer to share your umbrella with someone getting wet.
  49. You know those people living next door? Bake something and go and introduce yourself!
  50. Share the love and tell people that kindness is life. 

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