52 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness


Sometimes, you just want to give back. It feels good to donate, volunteer, or give, both for those on the receiving end and for you, too. In fact, studies have found that actively trying to be kind can make you a happier person. If you’re anything like me, though, sometimes figuring out what to do is more challenging than actually doing it. So I’ve compiled a list of 52 different acts of kindness to try the next time you’re feeling generous — one for each week of the year!

If you’re feeling extra ambitious, write each act of kindness on a strip of paper and stick it in a jar. Each week, pick a new “act” and commit to making it happen that week. (And be sure to check out the printable version below!)

52 Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Open the door for someone.
  2. Help someone carrying a lot of stuff.
  3. Invite a friend to the movies or dinner.
  4. Put change in a vending machine.
  5. Drop off a toy or game at a homeless shelter.
  6. Send someone a small gift anonymously.
  7. Bring flowers to your friend or a neighbor.
  8. Pay for the person behind you at the drive-thru.
  9. Write encouraging post-its for strangers to find.
  10. Pay someone a compliment.
  11. Text a friend to say you’re thinking of them.
  12. Bring a treat to share with your coworkers.
  13. Let someone merge into your lane in traffic.
  14. Let someone cut in front of you in line.
  15. Loan money on Kiva.
  16. Stop at a child’s lemonade stand.
  17. Return a shopping cart to its proper place.
  18. Tell someone how they’ve impacted your life.
  19. Donate $1 to the next tip jar you see.
  20. Bring someone a coffee, just how they like it.
  21. Give away clothing you don’t need.
  22. Participate in a charity walk/run.
  23. Buy someone a lottery scratch ticket.
  24. Send a card or handwritten note to a friend.
  25. Donate to a table outside of a store.
  26. Spend a morning at an animal shelter.
  27. Give an afternoon to a soup kitchen.
  28. Donate needed items to a shelter.
  29. Leave quarters in gumball machine.
  30. Bring in a neighbor’s trash bins.
  31. Leave a nice comment on a blog.
  32. Spend quality time with a family member.
  33. Take care of the chores your partner hates.
  34. Leave a used book in a cafe.
  35. Tip your restaurant server generously.
  36. Tell someone you love them.
  37. Pick up the tab.
  38. Freely offer your skills.
  39. Give someone you love an unexpected hug.
  40. Make a donation to a cause you believe in.
  41. Introduce yourself to your neighbors.
  42. Show support to an artist.
  43. Smile at strangers.
  44. Make cards and mail them to the senior center.
  45. Support a Kickstarter project.
  46. Send a nice email to someone you know.
  47. Spend some time on FreeRice.com.
  48. Be a courteous driver.
  49. Shovel someone’s walk or driveway.
  50. Rake your neighbor’s leaves.
  51. Donate old electronics.
  52. Exercise patience.

52 Random Acts of Kindness (Printable Version)

52 Random Acts of Kindness via Positively Smitten

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5 responses to “52 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Hey there Crystal, I love this great list of ideas for Random Acts of Kindness! Thanks for the printable version. I printed out some copies and will share them.


    • Glad you like the list, Muzzie! Let me know if you end up trying any of these out. 🙂 I did a bunch a year ago and every time I checked one off my list, I felt really good. Hope it makes you feel the same!


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