Make yourself happy and make the world a better place by doing kind things for strangers. It does not necessarily take any money, just a little time and effort. Pay it forward by helping others, and you will reap the rewards.

Random Acts of Kindness

  • Help people carry groceries or packages to their car.
  • Clean out your closet and donate clothing you no longer wear to goodwill.
  • Buy refreshments or snacks for the people sitting near you at a ball game.
  • Carry spare change with you and add quarters to a parking meter that is running low or has run out of money altogether.
  • Hold the elevator for anyone you see approaching.
  • Pick up litter and trash you see on the ground throughout the day and throw it in the garbage can.
  • Get an organ donor sticker for your driver's license.
  • Always say "please", "thank you" and "hello" to others.
  • Send a card and care package to military overseas.
  • Let someone go ahead of you at the bank.
  • Leave items to be used where they are needed such as umbrellas when it is raining or bottles of water at parks where runners frequent.
  • Offer to pay for a meal, beverage or dessert for someone you see eating out alone.
  • Cut out interesting articles from the newspaper (or email a link) and give them to people who would enjoy them.
  • Write a note to the parents of a child who is going a great job in class.
  • Pay for the bridge toll for the car behind you.
  • Donate blood to the local blood bank.
  • Lend a hand to a single parent by offering to watch their children free of charge.
  • Leave anonymous notes of kindness on your neighbor's doorsteps.
  • Create a handmade gift such as a craft or painting and give it to someone.
  • When you buy food for your pet, purchase an extra bag of food and bring it to an animal shelter.
  • Let a friend know when a song, TV show or movie reminded you of them.
  • Visit a senior center in your community and donate your time to helping out.
  • Pay for the groceries of the person in front of you in line.
  • Give away balloons or flowers to your neighbors for free.
  • Send thank you notes to employees and staff at your doctor's office or dentist office.
  • Offer to let the person behind you go first at the store or supermarket.
  • Place a flower from your garden on your neighbor's porch or patio.
  • Volunteer to work at a soup kitchen.
  • Compliment your cashier or sales clerk to their superior.
  • Send kind gifts, cards and phone calls to bereaved people.
  • Volunteer your time and services for local non-profit organizations.
  • Visit a person who is homebound, bring a gift or meal and spend time with them.
  • Be patient with others when you would normally not be so.
  • Sing a song to someone else who enjoys music.
  • Send an old memorable photo to a friend.
  • Offer to run errands for a neighbor who keeps a busy life.
  • Offer free car washes to friends and neighbors.
  • Volunteer your time at a youth center and mentor the kids in need.
  • Buy extra movie tickets for the people behind you in line.
  • Plan a special day trip with your children as a surprise.
  • Offer extra physical contact to friends and family.
  • Bring a hot, homecooked meal to a friend without being asked.
  • Have a drawing at your school or work to bring small gifts to classmates or co-workers.
  • Create "kindness coupons" for friends and loved ones.
  • Offer to take pictures of couples and families who are visiting your area.
  • Help a neighbor bring their bags into their home.
  • Leave spare change in public pay phones for the next person who needs it.
  • Ask your friends to make a list of random acts of kindness and exchange the lists with others.
  • Buy flowers at the grocery store and give them to your cashier.
  • Volunteer your time at a local hospice.
  • Make bookmarks with kind, inspirational quotes and deliver them to strangers you meet.
  • Invite your neighbor over on occasion for coffee and conversation.
  • Contact your local garden club to make flower arrangements for senior communities and shelters.
  • Surprise your family during a random night to cook their favorite meal.
  • Wave back to everyone who waves at you.
  • Purchase a magazine subscription for local medical offices and hospitals.
  • Get involved in your youth community by mentoring children and teens.
  • Organize a clean-up party at your local park so the community can help keep your parks clean.
  • Listen to the problems of someone who is suffering and offer a helping hand.
  • Leave a box of treats on your doorstep for the next delivery person to receive.
  • Offer your help to someone in a financial bind.
  • Offer to walk and play with your neighbor's animals.
  • Donate money or items to your local charities.
  • Help an elderly neighbor with household chores.
  • Pick up a neighbor's newspapers when they are out of town.
  • Contact community programs in your area for a list of charities you can provide help to.
  • Write kind notes on sticky notes and put them around your neighborhood for people to find.
  • Buy lottery tickets and offer them to passersby.
  • Offer your time at your school such as helping the office staff or putting away books in the library.
  • Offer to do the doorman's job for a specific amount of time.
  • Invite a friend out to eat or to go to a movie and pay for them.
  • Share a list of what and who you are grateful for with your friends and family.
  • Offer to drive others who are unable to drive or do not own vehicles.
  • Start doing chores around the house you wouldn't normally do and without being asked.
  • Get involved in a carpool to reduce air pollution.
  • Leave a copy of an interesting and inspiring book on a bus or train.
  • Bring together a group of people to pump gas for each customer at a local gas station.
  • Send e-cards often to let people know how much you care about them.
  • Send lottery tickets anonymously to someone you know.
  • Write down a list of random acts of kindness and place it on bulletin boards in your community.
  • Bring together a group of children to sing a concert at a senior center.
  • Act on your thoughts of generosity as they come such as complimenting someone when you think of it.
  • Look through the "wanted" ads in the newspaper and provide these people with the items they request.
  • Tell jokes often to your friends, co-workers and family members.
  • Mail a love letter to your partner.
  • Send gifts or cards to your siblings anonymously.
  • Buy a food item, beverage or dessert and give it to a stranger.
  • Purchase extra coffee at the convenient store and offer it to people who come in the store.
  • The next time you purchase stamps at the post office, leave some of your stamps near the stamp machine for the next person to use.
  • Stop what you're doing to provide others assistance.
  • Listen intently when others speak to you and acknowledge you care about what they have to say.
  • Acknowledge a person's greetings to you with one that is equally as kind.
  • Drop off teddy bears and other stuffed animals to the fire department for them to give out to children.
  • Save leftovers after you finish dinner and bring them to a homeless person.
  • Bake cookies or other goodies and bring them to your neighbors as a kind gesture.
  • Hold the door open for the person coming behind you.
  • Buy new or used books and donate them to a local school or daycare facility.
  • Smile and say "thank you" to cashiers and sales clerks.
  • Put money on a random gas pump for the next person.
  • Acknowledge your previous teachers, letting them know how much of a difference they made in your life.
  • Give up your seat on the bus to someone else who needs it more than you.
  • Buy an extra umbrella on a rainy day and give it to someone who does not have one.
  • Offer to give a friend or family member a massage.
  • Hand out bottles of water and hydration beverages to cyclists.
  • Hand out reusable shopping bags to other customers at the grocery store.
  • Make a mix CD for a friend with songs that remind you of him or her.
  • Keep your neighborhood clean by picking up any trash you see.
  • Visit a friend, neighbor or family member who you know lives alone and would appreciate the company.
  • Send small bouquets of flowers in vases to random people in the phone book.
  • Give a gift certificate to a friend or family member when it is not a holiday or special occasion.
  • Leave anonymous notes of kindness for your teachers.
  • Have a kind coversation with a homeless person.
  • Bring a newly purchased toy or game to a children's hospital.
  • Show your mail carrier your appreciation with a handwritten thank-you note left in the mailbox.
  • Offer to cut your neighbor's bushes and hedges for free.
  • Ask people what they are thankful for, write down the responses and hand them to other people to read.
  • Bring a positive point into every conversation.
  • Drop off baked goods at random businesses in your area.
  • Befriend new students or co-workers at school or work to lend a helping hand and make them feel more comfortable.
  • Write notes of appreciation to members of the community who are helping others.
  • Put extra change in the washer and dryer at your laundromat.
  • Purchase extra tickets at a sports game or concert and offer them to the people behind you in line.
  • Ask neighbor's kids if they want to go along with your kids to a movie or ball game.
  • Donate your time to others for special occasions such as babysitting, doing housecleaning or running errands.
  • Volunteer your time at a local animal shelter.
  • Show your appreciation for your teacher by giving him or her a plant, flower or small gift.
  • Email your friends and thank them when they help you go through hardships in your life.
  • Host programs at your local library such as having people read to children.
  • Organize an eye surgery sponsorship for someone in another country who cannot afford it.
  • Drop loose change in areas where children play to allow them to find them.
  • Give positive praise and compliments to everyone you meet during any given day.
  • Give up your place in line to someone else who needs it, such as a mother with children or someone in a hurry.
  • Always drive courteously, being aware of others around you. Let other drivers pass the lane in front of you or pull over to let a faster driver go ahead of you.
  • Offer to take over carpool every day for a week or month.
  • Purchase bouquets of flowers and ask a meal delivery service to deliver them with the meals.
  • Help your elderly neighbor with cooking, errands and cleaning.
  • Offer your parking spot to another driver.
  • Volunteer to help out at your child's school.
  • Open the phone book to a random page and send a gift to the first address you find.
  • Smile and say hello to passersby.
  • Offer to help your neighbors with special projects such as gardening or painting their house.
  • Greet your doorman every day with a smile and tell him to have a good day.
  • Give your child the benefit of the doubt when he or she misbehaves.
  • Send handwritten cards and notes to friends and loved ones without needing a reason.
  • Always clean up after leaving any given place and try to leave it better than you found it by tidying up before you leave.
  • Knit or crochet hats and blankets for shelters and hospitals.
  • Include a handwritten note in your child's lunch box every day.
  • Bring prepaid phone cards to a local homeless shelter so they can call their families or friends.
  • Set up a community garden where neighbors can plant flowers and crops.
  • Choose to adopt a pet from your local homeless shelter to give the pet a good home.
  • Make extra food when you prepare your dinner and bring the leftovers to a neighbor.
  • Purchase a roll of stickers and hand them out to children you see during any given day.
  • Avoid being the first person to pull away from a hug or a handshake.
  • Choose one of your favorite possessions and donate it to a shelter.
  • Donate new and used clothing items to a local shelter.
  • Cut out positive news stories and leave them in the break room for everyone to read.
  • Bring flowers to the hospital and ask the staff to give them to anyone who has not had visitors.
  • Send homebaked goods to schools and daycares.
  • Show your parents you care by holding their hands, even if you're an adult.
  • Use your server's name when addressing him or her and be kind throughout your stay.
  • Offer a parking spot you were saving to someone else and park in a further spot.
  • Bring a newly purchased toy or game to a local children's shelter.
  • Have a pleasant conversation with other people in line.
  • Offer your leftovers to the homeless.
  • Give a very generous tip to a waiter that has been especially helpful.
  • Leave a stack of positive stickers on the desk of a local business.
  • If you manage a business, offer to donate a percentage of your sales to a local charity organization.
  • Wave a poster at a street intersection with a positive message on it.
  • Send a thank-you card that is handwritten to someone who has helped you out in the past to show your genuine appreciation.
  • Clean the graffiti from your school or buildings around your neighborhood.
  • Invite someone you know lives alone to your home for dinner and a movie.
  • Send flowers to the staff of a hospital who took good care of you during your visit.
  • Make hot meals and baked goods to be delivered to a local homeless shelter or food bank.
  • Leave kind notes in unexpected places throughout town.
  • Acknowledge youth in your neighborhood by asking them for their opinion on any given subject, and listen to what they have to say.
  • Give one of your favorite books to a friend or family member.
  • Give new or used toys to a children's shelter.
  • Be kind to the environment by volunteering for park and beach clean-up days.
  • Show your appreciation for life's gifts openly and publicly to allow others soak in this positivity and appreciate life themselves.
  • Offer to run errands for other people.
  • Ask your students to help clean the classroom so the custodian doesn't have to.
  • Be generous with your smile and laughter.
  • Remember people by name when you are introduced to them.
  • Set up a lemonade or iced tea stand for your neighbors on a hot day.
  • Cheer up a friend who has been feeling down by taking him or her out to eat and spending quality time.
  • Introduce yourself to a new student at your school and offer your friendship.
  • Cook a meal for another family as a surprise.
  • Spend quality time with each of your children individually on a regular basis.
  • Purchase a roll of "Have a Nice Day" stickers and hand them out to strangers.
  • Offer to buy the tickets for the people in line behind you at the movie theater.
  • Purchase a computer for someone who is homebound and teach them how to use it.
  • Compliment every person you meet for an entire day.
  • Leave books you have read in public places where someone else can find it and read it.
  • Give flower seeds and other gardening items to shelters.
  • Bring a vase of flowers or potted plant to the workplace to be shared by your co-workers.
  • Help an elderly person with his or her pets.
  • Invite neighborhood kids over to teach them how to do crafts or cook.
  • Help your neighbor take out the trash.
  • Donate flowers, plants or baked goodies to a public service organization.
  • Offer to babysit for a friend, family member or neighbor to give them a chance to go out.
  • Show children the importance of kind acts by incorporating them into your school's curriculum.
  • Pay for the drinks of the table next to you at a restaurant.
  • Plant flowers in your neighbor's empty flower box.
  • Push other children on the swing the next time you're at the park.
  • Purchase a copy of your favorite book and donate it to a local library, shelter or hospital.
  • Write a note that says "Pass it On" and hand it to a stranger with a smile.
  • Donate items to your local animal shelter such as food, toys and accessories the animals need.
  • Bring gifts to a nursing home they can use such as a gift basket with writing materials to write to their families.
  • Send employees notes or recognition and encouragement.
  • Share your lunch with someone who forgot to bring theirs.
  • Leave funny jokes on pieces of paper for your co-workers to find.
  • Pay for someone else's coffee when you pay for yours.
  • Pull out someone's chair at the dinner table.
  • Distribute positivity and hope to everyone you meet today.
  • Renew old friendships with cards and gifts sent to them.
  • Go the extra mile to help someone in need.
  • Wheel out your neighbor's trash and recycle bins on trash day if they have forgotten.
  • Read to your children often.
  • Make handmade items like scrapbooks or other crafts for friends and loved ones.
  • Donate your used books to the local library.
  • Anonymously leave a plant or bouquet of flowers on someone's doorstep.
  • Tell a potential client about your competitors who provide good service.
  • If you offer professional services to the community, do so for free on occasion.
  • Help strangers with purchasing or loading their groceries.
  • Open the car door for your passengers.
  • Pick up the lunch or dinner tab for another table at the restaurant anonymously.
  • Leave a kind and anonymous note for a friend or loved one where they will find it.
  • Send anonymous gifts to friends and loved ones.
  • Distribute lollipops and other goodies to children as a special treat.
  • Make breakfast in bed for a loved one.
  • Organize a food and clothing drive to a local shelter.
  • Hand out balloons to everyone who walks by.
  • Give a generous tip to the next person who provides you a service.
  • Give a hug to a good friend the next time you see them.
  • Treat a friend to dinner and a movie for no reason.
  • Spend a day cleaning up all of the trash and litter in your neighborhood.
  • Scrape ice off someone else's car in the morning before they leave for work.
  • Recycle all of your paper, plastic, glass and aluminum products.
  • Leave bowls of cat or dog food in parking lots where strays frequent.
  • Surprise your friends and neighbors with a bouquet of flowers.
  • Buy a bag of non-perishable groceries and give it to a family in need.
  • Leave a flowers and a positive note for a co-worker who you have not befriended in the past.
  • Leave extra coupons you did not use at the grocery store register for others.
  • Take pictures of family members at parties and print the pictures for them.
  • Leave chocolate or other treats on co-workers desks anonymously.
  • Surprise your employees by allowing them to leave work early.
  • Buy candy or magazines from children who solicit you.
  • Wipe rainwater off other shopping carts at the grocery store.
  • Surprise neighbors by delivering gifts to their doorstep early in the morning.
  • Offer to cook dinner for your family when your parents are having a hectic day.
  • Bring books to the park and read to the other children.
  • Acknowledge the cashier who has assisted you with a genuine compliment on his or her work performance.
  • Offer to watch your neighbor's children so they can go out and enjoy themselves.
  • Leave sticky notes with kind words on bus windows.
  • Ask the nursing home staff is anyone does not get visitors, and spend time with them.
  • Spend more time with your pet and give it a special treat.
  • Do yardwork for a neighbor without being asked.
  • Offer to return someone else's shopping cart for them to save them the trip.
  • Give a small gift to your mail carrier to show your appreciation.
  • Inform the manager or supervisor of your waiter of what a great job they did.
  • Introduce yourself to someone you see often but have never met.
  • Bring treats to school or work to share with your classmates or co-workers.
  • Collect items from your neighborhood to donate to a food bank or shelter such as food, clothing and toys.
  • Go through your day with a positive outlook, as if the glass is half-full to spread your positivity around to others.
  • Always speak kindly and gently to others.
  • Avoid passing along gossip you happen to hear as often as possible.
  • Call your grandparents and let them know how much they mean to you and have affected your life.
  • Donate a box of groceries to your local food bank.
  • Give a compliment to someone else at least once a day.
  • Pump someone else's gas and offer to pay for it.
  • Pay another guest's tab at a bar or restaurant.
  • Give a mixed CD with positive music to the next person who needs to be cheered up.
  • Call your parents to tell them you love and appreciate them.
  • Give away items in good condition on Craigslist for free.
  • Offer to let the other driver go first at a stop sign.
  • Surprise a co-worker with a handwritten note and treat left on their desk.
  • Join other people's sports games in the park.
  • Pull over to the side of the road and help someone change their tire.
  • Provide members of your community with goods to show your appreciation such as the police department, fire fighters, cashiers and waiters.
  • Buy a coffee for people selling newspapers or magazines on the street early in the morning.
  • Always maintain eye contact with speaking with someone.
  • Offer your services to Habitat for Humanity and help build a home for the less fortunate.
  • Send anonymous flowers to your office staff.
  • Place pieces of paper on cars that state "Random Acts of Kindness, Pass it On."
  • Be kind to the environment by turning off lights and unplugging appliances not currently in use.
  • Buy a cup of coffee and give to a homeless person.
  • Bake a variety of cookies and brownies and deliver them to city workers.
  • Plant flowers in the yard of an elderly neighbor.
  • Get rid of old things you no longer have a use for a donate them to charities and organizations in need.
  • Give a loved one your undivided attention.
  • Compliment a co-worker on his or her outstanding work performance.
  • Keep umbrellas and blankets in your car and pass them out to homeless on cold and rainy days.
  • Offer to do a task for someone else in school or at work.
  • Invite an acquaintaince over for dinner with your family.
  • Donate flowers, potted plants or baked goodies to your local police and fire department.
  • Send money to a friend in need anonymously so the friend appreciates the gesture without feeling the need to pay you back.
  • Send friends, neighbors and loved ones gifts anonymously.
  • Help a friend who is struggling by giving him or her an inspirational and hopeful book.
  • Offer your assistance to elderly people at the store with choosing groceries, reaching high shelves and loading their car.
  • Buy an inspirational book and give it to a friend who can benefit from it.
  • Call a distant relative who you have not spoken with in a long time and promise to keep in touch.
  • Provide your mail delivery person with a care package.
  • Give fruit or goodies to the next person who delivers something to your door.
  • Mow the neighbor's lawn without being asked.
  • Write a letter to someone you admire and let them know of the impact the had in your life.
  • Hold the train door open for the next passengers.
  • Organize a charity driver at your school or workplace.
  • Call a friend you have not spoken to in a while and let them know you are thinking of them.
  • Stop your car and wait for a pedestrian to walk across the street.
  • Offer to help someone else who is trying to carry something heavy.
  • Volunteer at a nursing home to spend time with the patients.
  • Post positive comments on other people's blogs.
  • Do nice things for your family without having to be asked.
  • Teach a child how to do fun and easy craft projects.
  • Organize a group of people to help out at a mall or grocery store with packages.
  • Invite a friend who lives out-of-town to your home for dinner.
  • Offer free hugs to friends and strangers.
  • Introduce one of your friends to your other friends.
  • Donate money, supplies and your time to local causes and charity organizations.
  • Acknowledge a good job of someone else at school or work.
  • Fill a vending machine with change so the next person can get a treat.
  • If you own a business, waive all late fees for an entire week.
  • Buy an extra meal when you are at a restaurant and offer it to the homeless or someone in need.
  • Mail baked goods to friends and loved ones that live far away.
  • Play music for a local senior community if you know how to play an instrument.
  • Deliver freshly-baked goodies like brownies, cookies or cupcakes to your local fire station to show your appreciation.
  • Make a fruit basket and give it to a neighbor.
  • Post inspirational notes and signs around town.
  • Shovel the snow off your neighbor's driveways after a snowstorm.
  • Show your students how to be kind to others by making a list of kind acts with them.
  • Tell a sincere compliment to a stranger to brighten his or her day.
  • Say "thank you" to bus and taxi drivers.
  • Throw a pizza party for all of the kids in the neighborhood.
  • Get an item off a high shelf for someone else.
  • Offer to help neighborhood children with homework and school projects.
  • Greet everyone you pass by with a smile.
  • Give your child the option to do chores for neighbors such as washing cars or mowing lawns, and pay them an allowance once they are finished.
  • Pay for the car's meal behind you at the drive-thru.
  • Keep non-perishable food items in your car and offer them to people in need.
  • Cuddle with your children longer and more often.
  • Visit a friend or loved one who is ill to bring them soup, magazines and offer your time.
  • If someone in the line in front of you is struggling to find cash, offer to help them out with their purchase.
  • Surprise your parents by treating them to a nice dinner.
  • Write down your favorite recipe and distribute it to family and friends.
  • Tell your family you love them every day.
  • Send money anonymously to someone in financial need.
  • Show your children the importance of kind acts by involving them in helping others.
  • Send flowers to teachers who have made a difference in their student's lives.
  • Ask a friend, neighbor or co-worker how they have been and mean it. Listen to them when they answer with avid interest.
  • Forgive people who have asked for it and you feel can benefit from your forgiveness.
  • Tell your children why you love them every day.
  • Put all of your spare change in charity change trays at grocery stores.
  • Plant trees and flowers in your front yard.
  • Visit a senior center and read to the seniors.
  • Remove debris blocking a road or path.
  • Leave a handwritten note of thanks with your tip.
  • Offer to tutor children for free.