What are some examples of random acts of kindness?
Random acts of kindness are things you do spontaneously to bring joy to another person, like paying for the coffee for the person behind you at the coffee shop. Other times these acts of kindness are more planned out, like when donating clothes to a local women’s shelter.
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I was searching for blog post ideas because contrary to belief bloggers don’t always know what they should be writing about. A fellow blogger suggested looking at Reddit for ideas. I have actually never looked at Reddit before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. At first, I didn’t think I would find anything good… then I came across “This morning I found an envelope with this note and $25 tucked under a parking ticket on my truck.” with this picture!
This really got me thinking about random acts of kindness.
Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? I have!
When I worked in the banking world (what seems like forever ago) I frequently grabbed a coffee from the local McDonalds, no Starbucks. #smalltownproblems
I ordered my coffee like any other morning. However, when I got to the window to pay I found out someone had already paid for my coffee!!! It brought me SO MUCH JOY!! It happened on several occasions and each time it brought me just as much joy as the last.
Have you ever been the giver of a random act of kindness?
And, let me tell you, if you think it brings joy to be on the receiving end of a random act of kindness, then you just wait until you are on the giving end!
Most of our random acts have been through money. Not that we have ever been overflowing in that department, it just always seemed like that was the need that came up and we happened to have a little extra at the moment.
Somehow, God always knew when to present us with the right opportunities. I mean, He is our heavenly father and creator of this universe, so it doesn’t surprise me he opened those doors when he did.
What Does The Bible Say About Kindness
The Bible is the manual for your life, if you ever need to know how you should respond or react to a situation, the Bible has you covered. We are commanded to love others as the Lord loves us. So, it is no surprise I was able to find verses about kindness.
Titus chapter 3 reminds us that kindness isn’t given just to those who deserve it or have earned it through their own righteous actions. We are reminded to spread his love and kindness to others as he has done for us. We do these kind gestures because of the love in our hearts, not because we expect to get anything back in return. In Luke chapter 6, it says we are to love our enemies and lend a helping hand without expecting anything in return.
Random Acts Of Kindness Ideas To Do For Strangers
Paying for the meal/drink of the person behind you in a drive thru-line.
Grabbing someone’s tab when eating out at a restaurant.
Paying for someone’s groceries at the grocery store.
Paying for someone else’s gas at the gas station.
Leaving a note of encouragement on someone’s car windshield.
Giving someone a compliment!
Holding the door open for someone behind you when entering a building.
Handing out cards and flowers to ladies in a nursing home.
Complete yard work for neighbors or the elderly in the community.
Watch a single mom’s kids while she enjoys a night out with friends.
Random Acts Of Kindness Ideas To Do At Work
Place kind and encouraging sticky notes all over your coworkers’ computer/desk area.
Make a coffee run for you and a few coworkers, and pay for it.
Offer to cover a shift for someone needing to take time off.
Send a weekly email with inspirational quotes.
Grab lunch with a coworker and cover the tab.
Decorate a coworker’s desk area who has been going through a hard time. Decorate with balloons and fun notes to show you care and are thinking about them.
Put in a good word with the boss for a fellow coworker when you see them doing their job with excellence.
Go above and beyond for a customer/client and thank them for their loyalty.
Offer to take a task off a coworker’s to-do list for the day when you can see they are overwhelmed with “all the stuff”.
Share a favorite book you have read with a struggling coworker.
Random Acts Of Kindness Ideas To Do For Family Members
Watch your sister’s (brother’s, in-law’s) kids for an evening so they can enjoy a night out with their partner or friends.
Make and deliver a meal to someone in your family.
Offer to help clean their house when they are going through a hard time (sick, working late hours, new baby, etc.)
Send a care package to those who are away at school.
Have “dates” with your kids or nieces/nephews.
Send a “thinking of you” card the old snail mail way.
Offer to sit and talk, SPEND TIME with each other.
Surprise them with their favorite drink/snack.
Create a coupon book with things they can redeem at any time (free back massage, free get out of a chore coupon, free stay up an extra 30 minutes past bedtime). This is good for both kids and spouses.
Make their favorite meal (even when you may not like it)!
Random Acts Of Kindness Ideas For Kids To Do
Help bring in groceries for a neighbor (or their mom/dad).
Write a note to someone in school needing an encouraging word.
Give a small gift, like a $5 gift card, to their teacher just because!
Sit with a kid at lunch who doesn’t have anyone to sit with.
Do a chore without being asked by a parent.
With an adult, go to a city park and pick up trash.
Mow an elderly neighbors yard.
Draw pictures and write notes for men and women in a nursing home.
Sharing a toy with a friend.
When a friend is sad they can help them and tell them “everything will be OK”.
Random Acts Of Kindness Ideas For Teachers To Do
Place encouraging notes on students’ desks or lockers.
Send notes home (or email) to parents praising the student.
Have a fun dance party for the kids on a rainy day when they can’t go outside.
Let the kids have an extra recess when it is nice outside.
Picnic lunch outside when the weather is nice.
Random Acts of Kindness Ideas To Do For Teachers
Pick a teacher every month to spotlight and gift with much-needed tools for the classroom (crayons, markers, tissues, etc.) or themselves (Starbucks or a massage gift card, etc.)
Don’t forget your children’s teacher on their birthday, send a birthday card and a treat!
Place thoughtful and encouraging notes on teachers’ windshields letting them know how important they are in your children’s life.
Make it a point to let your children’s teacher know when your child comes home telling them about a fun project, experiment, activity, etc. they did in class that day.
Have your children write a note to their teacher pointing out something they enjoy about them.
Random Acts Of Kindness Kit Ideas
Something else to think about is creating care kits for special individuals. This definitely requires a little more planning but it is still such a wonderful and kind gesture.
Care Kit Suggestions
Homeless Care Kits
Military Care Kits
Samaritan's Purse (Operation Christmas Child)
Teen/Single Mom Care Kits
College Student Care Kits
Food Kits (For local families in need.)
Random Acts Of Kindness Day
Every year there is a Kindness Day! In 2019 it was February 17th! If you missed it, as I did, don’t you worry. ANY DAY is a good day to be kind to others.
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