Sharing an act of kindness is one of the most powerful ways we can make a positive impact on the world. When we share our time, resources, or talents with others, we create a ripple effect of positivity that can touch the lives of countless people.
When we share acts of kindness with others, we also inspire them to pay it forward and spread kindness themselves. It creates a domino effect of positivity that can continue to grow and spread throughout our communities and beyond, it can also help to break down barriers and bring people together.
It doesn't matter who we are, where we come from, or what we believe - acts of kindness are universal and can be understood and appreciated by everyone.
Share a happy thought on social media
There is a lot of negativity online these days but it’s just as easy to post something positive as it is to be angry or mean. Spread a little bit of joy by posting a happy picture, a funny meme, or a sweet thought.
Do the dishes
A sink full of dirty dishes can make everything feel more overwhelming and depressing. Instead of worrying about whose night it is, take the initiative and get those dishes washed.
Go for a walk with a friend
Enlist a friend as a walking buddy—it will brighten their day and yours. Plus, it will give you both a reason to get outside, get some fresh air and vitamin D, and exercise.
Put your phone away
At mealtimes, during class, at church, at the movies, or any other time you should be focusing on others, put your phone away. Don’t just hold it in your hand where you’ll still be tempted to check it; actually put it in your purse or a different room so you can give the people you’re with your full attention.
Shout out your friends’ accomplishments
Did your best friend start a new business? Did your brother get a big promotion? Did a neighbor write a book? Take every opportunity you can to amplify the successes and accomplishments of others. It will make them feel supported and may inspire others to work towards checking off items on their own bucket lists.
Call your mom
Just because you don’t live with her anymore doesn’t mean she stopped caring about you! Don’t wait for Mother’s Day or her birthday; give her an unexpected call to check in and say hi. Don’t have a mom available? Call your dad or call a person who has been like a parent to you.
It doesn't have to be a grand or elaborate gesture, either. Even small acts of kindness can make a big difference in someone's day. A smile, a kind word, or a helping hand can brighten someone's mood and remind them that they are not alone, here are below some additional acts of kindness:
Smile at someone and greet them warmly.
Hold the door open for someone who is walking behind you.
Offer to help someone who is carrying heavy bags.
Listen attentively when someone needs to talk.
Leave a positive note or message for someone to find.
Donate gently used clothing or household items to a local charity.
Volunteer at a local food bank, animal shelter, or community center.
Offer to babysit for a parent who needs a break.
Donate blood at a local blood drive.
Offer to give someone a ride who doesn't have transportation.
Help an elderly neighbor with yard work or home repairs.
Offer to tutor or mentor a student who is struggling.
Pick up litter in your neighborhood or at a park.
Let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store.
Say "thank you" to someone who has made a positive impact on your life.