Sunday, September 28, 2014

110 Random Acts of Kindness


I have 110 Random Acts of Kindness for you today. Why 110? Well it was going to 100 but then I thought off ten more and I couldn't leave them out.


"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again."

Og Mandino
Inspirational Author





110 Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Smile. It is contagious. I try to remember to do this as much as possible. 
  2. Be kind to cashiers. Customers are more likely to take their frustrations out on the cashier. You would be amazed how grateful a cashier is when you are patient and kind. 
  3. Say thank you, mean it and look the recipient in the eye when you say it. If you can, give the reason you are thankful. 
  4. Out of the blue, give a genuine compliment to someone. I use to think things like, I like her hair, or her shoes are cool - now I don't keep it to myself - I share it. 
  5. When thinning out your wardrobe, give some clothes to a friend or donate to charitable organizations like the Salvation Army. I always do this one.
  6. When you no longer want items in your home, offer them on Freecycle. Someone will respond to your ad then go to your home and pick it up. I love Freecycle. I have given away some very saught after items like bunkbeds, children's clothing, and lamps. On the other hand I received a very nice refrigerator for my friend who was in desparate need for one.
  7. Offer to help someone. Sometimes your offer is all that is needed to make someone feel good.
  8. Pay for the order in the car behind you in the drive through. This happened a few times to a friend and she has now started doing the same.
  9. Send out birthday cards and Christmas cards. It's always fun to receive unexpected snail mail.
  10. Send out thank you notes.
  11. Put a bookmark in a library book that has an inspirational quote on it or something fun for the kids.
  12. Tip generously. 
  13. Say hi to strangers instead of awkwardly passing them on the street.
  14. Pick up the tab - Go up to the waiter and pay when no one is watching.
  15. Avoid gossip - No need to spread any negativity.
  16. Give the painter, electrician, or handyman a glass of cold water or warm cup of coffee/tea.
  17. Be understanding - Assume the best in others. If someone is running late or has called in sick don’t assume they’re trying to get out of something.
  18. When you are shopping, pick up a non perishable item to toss into the store's food bank bin.
  19. Help someone whose car has broken down.
  20. Help clean up your neighborhood by picking up garbage.
  21. When your neighbors are going away for a while, offer to watch over their house and collect their mail.
  22. When a store has a donation drive and the cashier asks if you would like to donate a dollar to ..... say yes.
  23. When drivers try to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile.
  24. Visit a sick friend.
  25. Offer to babysit for friends and family.
  26. When parting from a loved one, always say "I love you." It may be the last thing you ever say to them. My family does this - even when we are angry with each other. No regrets.
  27. Randomly grab your kids, hug and kiss them. I do this all the time with my granddaughters. 
  28. When you pay someone back money, give more than you borrowed to show your appreciation.
  29. Send a care package to someone who is sick.
  30. Mow your neighbors lawn.
  31. Shovel your neighbors sidewalk and drive-way.
  32. Write a thank-you note to a mentor or someone who has influenced your life in a positive way.
  33. Give blood.
  34. Be an organ donor.
  35. Donate your hair.
  36. Surprise your parents by cleaning the house when they are out. 
  37. Put a sweet note in your child's lunch bag.
  38. Volunteer. There are so many volunteer opportunities out there that you can find something that interests you and fits into your schedule.
  39. Hold the door open for someone.
  40. Let someone know they have toilet paper stuck to their shoe or their skirt is stuck in the top of their pantyhose or wore your shirt inside out. Has one of these happened to you? Sadly my shirt was inside out for most of the day at work. The general manager was kind enough to let me know.
  41. Spend time with your parents and tell them how much you love them and appreciate them. 
  42. Lend a good book or movie to a friend.
  43. If you find something that is not yours, return it to the rightful owner.
  44. Offer someone to go ahead of you in the check out line. I've done this. The person behind me only had a few items but my cart was overflowing so I let them go first.
  45. Offer your seat on the bus or train to someone who might need it more than you.
  46. Pay for a strangers meal at a restaurant. This actually happened to me when I was out with my three daughters and three grand daughters. It was a very pleasant surprise for sure.
  47. Drop off stuffed animals at the children’s hospital or magazines for patients to read.
  48. Offer some perennials to a neighbor. I did this last summer. She was very happy and planted them right away.
  49. Put a coin in an expired meter.
  50. Apologize when you accidently bump into someone. I like this one. I don't how many times I've been given a dirty look for bumping into someone. I apologize and smile.
  51. Give a glowing recommendation.
  52. Slip a $20 bill into the pocket of a person who you know is having financial difficulty.
  53. Bring some baked goods to work to share with your coworkers. My coworkers are really good for this. There is always something yummy available in the lunch room.
  54. For one week, act on every single thought of generosity that arises spontaneously in your heart, and notice what happens as a consequence.
  55. Give someone fresh produce from your garden. Most people grow more than they can eat.
  56. Help someone move.
  57. Offer a piece of gum.
  58. Make a positive comment on a blog.
  59. Make someone laugh who looks like they really need one.
  60. Share a positive blog post.
  61. Make a wish come true.
  62. Donate a percentage of your tax return.
  63. Help other shoppers - reach items, or find items
  64. Help change a tire.
  65. Collect coats to donate.
  66. Give a bottle of cold water or warm cup of coffee (cream and sugar on the side) to a bus driver.
  67. Donate your hair.
  68. Knit or crochet for a cause.
  69. Take someone new under your wing.
  70. Make a care package for someone you know is going through a rough patch.
  71. If you are baking, make a second batch to give to a neighbor.
  72. If you have nothing else to offer, offer your support.
  73. Buy someone a treat when you are at the store.
  74. If you see someone drop something, stop and help them pick it up.
  75. Sponsor a child's sport team.
  76. You don't always have to win (a fight or game). Sometimes the other person's feelings are more important than being right.
  77. Sponsor a child.
  78. Put change into a vending machine.
  79. Leave a gift for a friend or neighbor on their porch.
  80. Be a designated driver.
  81. Stay after a party and help clean up.
  82. Wave to your neighbors while walking or driving by.
  83. Be a big brother or sister.
  84. Say please and thank you.
  85. Host a toy drive.
  86. Set up a fundraiser for someone in need.
  87. Offer a shoulder to cry on.
  88. Be a good listener.
  89. When no one is looking, secretly drop loose change in the grass at a park and watch the children run around happily picking it up.
  90. Donate books to the local community center. Children in our community go to the center on their birthday and receive a book.
  91. Send flowers to someone just because.
  92. Treat a friend to a movie.
  93. Like someone's facebook page.
  94. Offer blogger advice when you see someone needs help.
  95. Buy items from your neighborhood children when they are fundraising.
  96. Pick a child from the wish tree to purchase a Christmas gift.
  97. Drop off a home warming gift to someone who has just moved in next door.
  98. Give away your unused tickets at the carnival.
  99. Praise children when you see them doing something nice.
  100. Be a good listener - pay attention when someone is speaking to you.
  101. Give a gift to a friend or family member just to say I was thinking about you.
  102. Let someone vent - to get it all out without interrupting or judging.
  103. Ask the person next to you how their day is going and be sincere.
  104. Tell the cashier to have a nice day before she/he has a chance to say it to you first. Say it with a smile.
  105. Share a funny joke.
  106. Stick up for someone who you know will not stick up for themselves.
  107. If you're angry, don't have an outburst. Keep calm. It is better to say nothing at all than to hurt someone's feelings out of anger. Once it is said, you can't take it back.
  108. Prepare or pick up a meal for a new mom, someone who is grieving, or someone who is sick. 
  109. Donate old eyeglasses to an organization that recycles them for people in need.
  110. Donate a tweet at: http://justcoz.org/.

It is important to remember that each and every person you meet is a daughter or son, a brother or sister, a mother or father, an aunt or uncle, or grandparent. They are precious, loved and irreplaceable. They deserve our patience and kindness.

What would you add to this list?





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26 comments:

  1. I'd add call someone who is lonely. Everyone is so busy these days they don't take the time to actually make a phone call these days. My 78-year old mother had a difficult year health-wise this year and loves too have people check in on her. It is sad who feel people do. I know she tells the same stories over and over, but talking to her for 15 minutes would really brighten her day.

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    1. I whole heartedly agree. Its these types of things that would make their day.

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  2. this is AMAZING! One day when I was going through the Mcdonalds drive through getting coffee I paid for the person behind me..it is a great feeling and I can only imagine how much it brightened their day! THis is a great thing to do and karma comes back 10 times!! THanks for sharing it with me at http://liverandomlysimple.com/totally-terrific-tuesday-linkup-party-1/
    keep coming back to see who else links up and please help me spread the word :)
    Jess

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    1. It does feel great when we give to others. And I have already tweeted and pinned this week. I'll resend for sure.

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  3. what a lovely list! I am happy to say I am already doing a lot of them - but plan to work on the rest. Love the quote. I found this at the #TurnItUpTuesday Linkup.

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    1. Hi Susan, I do a lot of them too and I have to work on the others. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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  4. I love your ideas!! If we all did just a few of these little things the world would be a better place! I was the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness just a few months back... I was so impressed with it I blog it...check it out...http://www.cookinandcraftin.com/random-acts-of-kindness/

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!! Loved it!!

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    1. I read your post - what an awesome thing to do - you must have been very surprised to receive such a random act of kindness.

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  5. A wonderful list! I was raised to live with Aloha, which in a nutshell is everything you have listed here :). The only thing I would add is to leave a place more beautiful than when you arrived~from reading your post I can see you do that on a daily basis.
    With Aloha,
    Limeade Gal

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    1. That is a wonderful addition to the list. It reminds me of a lovely book I read to my granddaughter a few months ago called the Lupine Lady. “You must do something to make the world more beautiful.”

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  6. Hi Darlene - I am always in love with posts about kindness. Thanks so much for sharing at our What's Scarier linky party! Hugs, Holly

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    1. Hi Holly. Me too. I love reading about something positive and uplifting. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Such a wonderful post, Darlene, as always! So many of these things are so quick and easy to accomplish! Thank you so much for sharing on Meandering Mondays! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Stacey. You're so nice! I have to read over my post to remember a few more random acts of kindness so I can include them in my day. Best wishes to you, Darlene

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  8. Stopping by from LiveRandomlySimple Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Up Party! Thanks for linking up last week! Party is NOW live, hope you can make it back and link up some more awesome content!!
    Jess http://www.liverandomlysimple.com

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    1. I've already linked up - tweeted and pinned the party. Thanks for hosting.

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  9. Beautiful list, Darlene! Thanks for sharing at Project Pin-it!

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  10. I love this list! so fun to practice random acts of kindness in the day - people are always surprised and sometimes suspicious so you can be nice and laugh at the same time!

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  11. Darlene, I'm always looking for more ideas to do Random Acts with my family. You have some great ideas here. Thanks so much for sharing your list!

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  12. I see this post is over 18 months young, it is an evergreen post. What a wonderful list of kindness that melts barriers and hearts.

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  13. What a great list, Darlene! Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone who reads this made it a priority to carry out even just a few of these each day!

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  14. Everyone should live by these kindness acts - I know the world would be a better place! Too much hate and turmoil exists today!

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  15. I. LOVE. THIS. I just really do, Darlene! Thank you for sharing this! I think I'm going to print it out in groups of 10, and put a different 10 in my planner each week and focus on doing as many as I can! Have a GREAT day!

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  16. These are perfect rules to live by!

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  17. Wow ! Really ,This is a wonderful post. I enjoyed the information lot. I will bookmark this page. Thanks for sharing this important information.Thanks. Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

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