Everyone benefits from a random act of kindness. The person you’re helping benefits by the act alone, your community benefits because we’re all in this together, and you benefit simply by taking that extra step of doing something good. Plus, as a side note, studies have shown doing something good helps your immune system and reduces stress, anxiety, and anger. It might seem small, but being kind is one of the most beautiful traits a person can have. Not only that, but acts of compassion and kindness give off positive energy. People can see the joy in your heart. They might even want to emulate it, caring it forward to someone else. It’s important to be kind to everyone around you. You don’t know what another person could be going through. Ready to be inspired? Here are some remarkable random acts of kindness that’ll inspire you.
Nominate someone for a love letter
Reach out and write someone a love letter or nominate someone you know to receive love letters from all over the world. More Love Letters is a website where love letters get delivered to strangers in need of a pick me up.
Volunteer at a local animal shelter
Animals need love, too. Spending time at an animal shelter can be rewarding for you, the animal shelter, and the animals you work with. Who knows, it might be something you’ll want to do more of?
Help someone change their tire
If you’ve ever gotten a flat tire before, you know the feeling of helplessness and frustration it can bring. So, if you see a neighbor with a flat tire, consider pulling over and asking to help. It’ll easily make their day.
Cook an extra meal for a family in need
Many families go day to day not knowing if they’ll have food on the table. Some have to stretch out meals and leftovers, rationing the food the best they can. As anyone can imagine, this can be stressful and hard. Think on the neediest around you and consider making an extra meal for them. Such a simple gesture can do a whole lot of a good.
Become a big brother or sister
Volunteer your time by becoming a big brother or big sister to someone in your community. While mentoring, talking and hanging out with a child you will help them on their path to success.
Pay the toll for the person behind you
Tolls are never any fun. Sometimes people just don’t have the extra cash to pay the toll or need that money for something else. If anything, paying a toll for someone else gives them a break this time around. You never know, such a simple act could mean the world to someone else.
Clean up litter in your community
No one wants to see litter in their neighborhood. At the same time, few take action and clean it up. You could easily be the change in this situation and take an hour to clean up the litter around your community.
Mow your neighbor's yard
Mowing a yard can sometimes take hours and be a pain on a hot summer day. If you it looks like your neighbor hasn’t been keeping up on their yard mowing, why not help them out and do it for them?
Record yourself reading a book
Record yourself reading a book found on Librivox. This non-profit organization allows volunteers and readers all over the world find public domain audiobooks to read and to listen to. It may not seem like much, but many find great comfort in listening to people read.
Give the gift of life and donate blood at a local blood bank. Hospitals desperately need blood every day to treat patients. By donating blood, you could be helping save someone’s life.
Make care packages for the homeless
Rather than giving homeless people money, go to the store and put together a care package. This doesn’t have to be elaborate. Buy some socks, underwear, travel toiletries, and trail mix, or whatever you think works best.
Send postcards to children in the hospital
Make a child’s day and send them some snail mail! There’s nothing like getting a card in the mail to brighten your day. It’s a small gesture, but for a child stuck in the hospital, it could mean the world.
Leave a surprise in a library book
Whether it be a few dollars, words of encouragement, a flower, or a lottery ticket, leaving a surprise for a stranger to find will always leave them with smile on their face. Just be sure it’s in a book that’s frequently read.
Start a community garden
Community gardens have become a big hit over the past couple of years. They’re a great way to grow food and get to know your neighbors in the process. If you’ve got a green thumb, consider trying this out.
Adopt a grandparent
Thousand of elders all over the world are living lives in isolation. By adopting a grandparent, you will give them a second chance at having a family. Your support, care, love and compassion will help a senior live a longer happier life.
Plant a tree
Trees help the environment by providing oxygen and improving the quality of air. Planting a tree not only will help you, but will help generations to come.
Visit an elderly home
If you don’t want to adopt a grandparent but still help the elderly, going to an elderly home is the next best thing. Visit their rec room and pull out the Checker’s board or start up a conversation with one fo them. You could learn a lot.
Send care packages overseas
Whether it’s too a family member in the military or a friend working across the pond, send them a little care package to give them a taste of home.
Keep an extra umbrella so you can lend it out when it rains
It might seem cumbersome to have an extra umbrella, but it could mean a real difference for someone else. If it’s rainy season and you’re standing in the street while someone is out in the cold rain, pulling out an extra umbrella for them will be like having a superpower.
Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump
You might be surprised how many people just can’t afford to fill up the gas tank all the way. Some have to just put in a few gallons to get them through. If that someone just struggling to get by saw that gas gift card sitting on top of the gas pump, you know it would be something special to them.
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