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25 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today

February 17th, 2017

Random Acts of Kindness Day is upon us again, a great reminder that a simple kind act can change someone’s entire day. I find this holiday such a thoughtful and wonderful way to celebrate the small things we can do to make someone else feel great. No matter what it is – from buying a stranger a cup of coffee to opening the door for someone when you would normally rush right through – it’s a lovely feeling to do something nice, just because.

“Observed on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness. It is a favorite day to many, as people everywhere are enjoying doing these acts of kindness.” (via National Day Calendar)

Who else is ready to do something completely uninhibited and kind? Here are 25 ideas to get you thinking about random acts of kindness you can do on this nationally celebrated day or every day.

25 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today
  1. Buy a cup of coffee for the stranger behind you in the drive through line.
  2. Open the door for someone when you’re headed into a building.
  3. Bring donuts to the office.
  4. Give someone a compliment.
  5. Bake your neighbor a cake.
  6. Just smile.
  7. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
  8. Give your parking spot to someone else in a crowded parking lot.
  9. Give up your seat on the subway or bus.
  10. Leave a little extra in your server’s tip the next time you eat out.
  11. Send someone a thank you note.
  12. Pay for the toll fee for the car behind you.
  13. Introduce yourself to the passenger next to you on an airplane.
  14. Donate slightly used clothing to a clothing drive.
  15. Say good morning to your coworkers rather than walking right by.
  16. Be the person who writes something positive on social media during these strained political times.
  17. Shovel your neighbor’s walkway the next time it snows.
  18. Forgive someone for a grudge you’ve been holding on to.
  19. Call an elderly relative, just to chat.
  20. Bring your partner coffee in bed.
  21. Walk your neighbor’s dog.
  22. Give your partner a love note, just because.
  23. Make dinner for a friend.
  24. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen for just a single meal.
  25. Give someone a hug!

With all these ideas, there’s no excuse to skip out on Random Acts of Kindness Day. What random acts of kindness are topping your to-do list this year?

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