1. Play, genuinely play, with a little kid.
2. Tell someone you love them.
3. Donate unused computer time to cancer research (and other types of research) with BOINC
4. Use your blinker when you turn.
5. Pick a stretch of highway. Walk along and pick up all the trash you can. (It gets you exercise, money from recycling, and it makes the world a better place!)
6. Smile at someone. Just smile. Saying “Hello” often brightens a day too.
7. Round up a few loose coins. Put them in the next charity box you see.
8. Do something unexpected and artistic that will inspire people and shake them out of the sad mentality of the daily grind.
9. Plant flowers.
10. Search through your cabinets for a few cans of food you’ll probably never use. Donate them.
11. Hold the door for someone.
12. Pay a random stranger a compliment.
13. If you have a car, give people rides.
14. Volunteer your time to a suicide hotline
15. ...or volunteer your time as a mentor!
16. Return your shopping cart to the corral or to the store instead of leaving it loose or propped on a planter in the lot.
17. Offer someone a mint or a piece of gum or candy.
18. Park your car further from the store and walk the short extra distance. This frees up spots closer for people who may need them more than you, and gives you additional exercise too!
19. Take a child to the park or pool.
20. Kiss someone you love.
21. Donate things you don’t use to your local thrift store.
22. Donate time or materials to Habitat for Humanity
23. Bake cookies for someone.
24. Bring donuts to work one morning. (It costs next to nothing and makes everyone happy)
25. Clean house for someone you know who is too busy to keep on top of it.
26. Babysit for couples or single parents who don’t get out much so they can have some time alone.
27. If you see a piece of trash on the ground, pick it up.
28. Take a risk and do something major instead, like adopting a child.
29. Knit, quilt or crochet a blanket and send it to Project Linus
30. Instead of buying new batteries, buy rechargeables.
31. Make breakfast in bed for someone you love.
32. Find something you’re good at and use it to help someone else.
33. Learn a new language, then volunteer as an interpreter.
34. Know someone who is sad and single? Find someone to hook them up with!
35. Bring coffee or baked goods to city workers who might appreciate it.
36. Help someone with a heavy load.
37. Adopt a pet from the humane society.
38. Boost the morale of someone close to you by telling them what you love about them.
39. Hug a teacher, let them know how important they are. (Without them, you wouldn’t be reading this... or anything else, for that matter.)
40. Look for ways to save a few extra bucks a month. Donate it.
41. Remember to splurge a little on yourself once in a while. You’ll feel better.
42. Shop at your local charity thrift store. The money you spend there helps others.
43. Send a gift or a thank you card to the troops in Iraq. Support them even if you don’t support the war.
44. Spend a few clicks of your time at Free Rice
45. Leave an encouraging or positive comment on a stranger’s webpage.
46. If someone is tailgating you, let them pass and wish them well, without the anger.
47. If there’s been an accident or a potentially hazardous situation presents itself on the road (i.e. you see a cow on the wrong side of the fence) dial 911 and tell them about it. Your phone call could save a life.
48. If someone you love really likes something (a meal, a favor, etc.) give it to them when they least expect it.
49. Learn a new skill, then teach it to someone else.
50. Wave to your neighbors.
51. Spend less time watching T.V.
52. Open car doors for your driver or passengers.
53. Give blood.
54. Become an organ donor.
55. Buy books for a library, daycare center or school.
56. Slip a $20 bill anonymously to someone you know who is having financial difficulty.
57. Dance with someone.
58. Organize volunteers to make a bigger difference.
59. Create a public art contest for children.
60. Put a jar full of rocks in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water wasted with each flush.
61. Support activists and people on strike.
62. Share family recipes.
63. Help someone with their homework.
64. Grow your hair out, then donate it to Locks of Love
65. Put a quarter in someone else’s parking meter.
66. Click ads on blogs or articles published by relatively unknown authors. It costs nothing, and even one click will brighten their day. :)
67. Gather up your used batteries and electronics. Donate them.
68. Volunteer some time to cheering people up at your local retirement home.
69. Replace the bulbs in your home with energy saving bulbs. Invest in solar, if you can.
70. If the person ahead of you or behind you in line at the store has only a few items, buy them for him or her.
71. ...or, if you don’t have much money and the person behind you has only a few items, let them go before you.
72. Donate to a cause that helps families in third world countries (consider– the amount of money the average family spends on a birthday in a first world country could feed a family of six for a year in many third world countries)
73. Buy organic food from local farmers (Start by going to your local farmer’s market!)
74. Opt in for electronic billing, statements, etc. and save paper!
75. Drop off your old glasses at your local lenscrafters as a donation to the Gift of Sight program.
76. Don’t smoke near others.
77. Turn the other cheek.
78. Generate money for the charity of your choice by searching with Good Search
79. Make a list of birthdays for people you know. Surprise them with a happy birthday email, card, text, or anything else that lets them know you remembered. It might be the only one they get!
80. Be there for someone. Listen to their troubles.
81. Grow some of your own vegetables, even if only out of a pot indoors.
82. If you have land, invest in livestock. Chickens are a great place to start, and they make great pets, even if you don’t eat them.
83. Stop for a person waiting to cross the street or merge into traffic.
84. Pay the toll for someone behind you.
85. Encourage a friend to reach for their dreams and shoot for the farthest goal.
86. Tape coins to a payphone with a note saying they’re for whoever needs them.
87. Donate cereal box tops to your local school, even if you don’t have kids.
88. Support independent artists by purchasing books by unknown authors from publishers that aren’t in the mainstream.
89. ...and if you enjoyed the book, write the author a note telling them how much you loved it.
90. Cut up the plastic rings on six pack holders so animals don’t get caught in them.
91. Use a clothesline to dry clothes instead of using an electric or gas dryer.
92. Offer free hugs to complete strangers.
93. Forgive a debt
94. Adopt a soldier, inmate or someone who is down on their luck as a pen pal.
95. When you are waiting for service at a deli counter, swap call numbers with someone who is in a hurry.
96. Become a master of setting clocks on electronic devices. Set every one you pass to the correct time.
97. Write a poem, good or bad, and then read it at an open microphone event.
98. Write a nice note to or about your waiter or waitress on the back of your bill.
99. On a hot day, buy someone something cold to drink– on a cold day, get them something warm.
100. Recommend people to friends who might appreciate their services.
101. Look for new and better ways every day to make the world a better, happier, and more pleasant place to live for everyone. If we all did just one thing every day, we could really begin to make a positive difference worldwide.
Johan Smulders from East London, South Africa on March 18, 2020:
It would be a better world if we did just a few. Thanks for the reminder!
realtalk247 on September 11, 2017:
Camille Harris from SF Bay Area on June 10, 2017:
Earl, this is fantastic. Thank you for this article. I'm sure it will help people feel less helpless in this world teeming with endless hurt and chaos. I did #1 this weekend and ALWAYS do #s 4 and 6. I'm going to bookmark this article and try and do more. Kindness gives to us and the people we are kind to - it IS truly better to give than to receive. Cheers to you!
Johan Smulders from East London, South Africa on June 09, 2014:
Great article and so useful!
db on February 16, 2014:
Really enjoyed reading this article ....why don't we all take notes from this and pass it on....
Kianneholt on February 08, 2014:
Loved this! Love the hugging strangers... I'm about to participate in a World Wide Hug Day...and formed a group locally to do it and video it. We are supposed to send in our videos to the website hosting it and tracking all the groups of people who have signed up worldwide.
The res of your list is fabulous as well... Love!!
avi on October 12, 2013:
starships10234 on March 05, 2013:
I am using this list for a project and i love all of these ideas!
kaleb on December 13, 2012:
AWSOME IDEAS THANKS!!!!!!!
Nassir A Kitoto on May 03, 2012:
This is great list and habits that we need to adopt and instil them in us. They add value to our lives and leads us to good path.
zephaniah on May 01, 2012:
thanks 4 this list i really needed this 4 my project and now sense i fould this list i got a A on my homework.thanks........ :)
nargis rahoof on February 07, 2012:
thanks a lot
this is really gr8
this is one of the best articles i have ever read
Ashwin on January 31, 2012:
Dear Author, Thanks a lot for this wonderful list .... Regards, T.C
Salman on January 30, 2012:
thanks for such a febulous ideas
S.Joachim on January 09, 2012:
This is realy great to do something small even for the world.We all should start relationships from the family,in the school,the community and then later the society.
Lisa Sumner from Vancouver on January 03, 2012:
Fantastic Hub, great ideas all. I am particularly fond of #16, #45, #66, #74, #81, #88, #89, #98 and #101. Thank you for putting a positive message out into the world.
Voted up, rated, and shared on FB & Twitter!
Tammy from North Carolina on January 03, 2012:
Absolutley fabulous! The world needs to read and DO more of these things. Bravo!
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on January 03, 2012:
What a fabulous list. Can I add have lunch with a child once a week through Big Brothers Big Sisters. You can do just that and no more. It's a great program.
dipless from Manchester on January 03, 2012:
Nice Article, I will be sure to offer someone a mint sometime soon, just hope they don't think, I think they have bad breath ;)
Mike on January 02, 2012:
Gonna fit this into my everyday teenage life.
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Achayo on December 14, 2011:
thank, those are all what we need to do to make a better world.many are my hobbies but I'm fascinated with no 80.peace and love.
anamika on December 13, 2011:
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person on November 30, 2011:
i luv muffins
ntkcoolboy on November 28, 2011:
that's a great idea! this is true life
Rajan on November 28, 2011:
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riya on November 20, 2011:
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janvi on November 20, 2011:
it is really nice and it helped in my history homework
leo 13 on November 01, 2011:
it was very helpful
O.o on October 20, 2011:
Help someone with their heavy load and splurge on yourself. Yeah... ok
cathy jakson on September 23, 2011:
booo boring but half nice ewwwww i hate love umm cause no one likes me
Beverley on September 20, 2011:
huh........ -sigh- lol
meuo on September 06, 2011:
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jojo on September 06, 2011:
its nice to someone cokey from homework
ryan on September 01, 2011:
i did No.20 to my girlfriend
megan fox on September 01, 2011:
this is sexy just like my boobies
Hamza on September 01, 2011:
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Hamza on September 01, 2011:
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quintin on August 28, 2011:
thank u i really needed this for my speech called how can i make tis place a better place
ata on August 28, 2011:
really good and hope 2 read again
imgreencat on August 25, 2011:
Nice idea for a hub and helpful. Voted up.
27 rules 6m on August 25, 2011:
thank you i needed this for my speech
Hamza on August 24, 2011:
Its the bomb i needed it for my speech
im not telling on August 22, 2011:
this is awesome i need this for my speech
ILY on August 22, 2011:
sammi on August 22, 2011:
most of these things helped me write my speech ILY this website
michelle on August 17, 2011:
whoops im sorrry i misspelt awesome
niki on August 07, 2011:
shake someones hand
michelle on August 06, 2011:
alsome really great for me to use for school
:) :D on July 08, 2011:
this is a great list for me 2 use for skool thanks for making my speech a better one:) =D
dswan9 from Amsterdam and London on May 16, 2011:
an excellent list for me to work on.thanks
cleo on May 15, 2011:
My son weekend homework is on this subject. We need to start with the young people with the list above. If we start now, the young people are the future, and with their parents help along with the list above, we can make this world a better place. By the way, we will use the as a guide line to do his homework.
john on April 01, 2011:
you changed my attitude and so now i agree a little change makes a big difference!
Loi on February 17, 2011:
This is cool! I came here looking for an answer to school stuff too...i didn't really get an answer because its more of a personal thing, but this is still a really good list. I agree that ppl who don't do this kind of stuff must live such sad lives...
abi on February 05, 2011:
theese r all graet idias im going 2 use 10 4 scool
santa on January 25, 2011:
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s.arun on January 13, 2011:
great for young people,s
s.arun on January 13, 2011:
great for young people,s
billie on January 05, 2011:
Anilvk from Dubai on December 12, 2010:
GOOD THINGS TO REMEMBER AND DO
dont care on November 25, 2010:
how can u hug a complete stranger who u dnt no wen look they kill u or rape u come on na yall bussiness givin people good advice not punch of shit smartz nowadays
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Afshan on November 06, 2010:
GREAT.......I'LL TRY TO DO IT TOO.........
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Nicole on September 08, 2010:
Awesome..I'm. Sending this to all my facebook friends..its the common man doing the simple things like this that will make our world a better place. And its the small things that fuel the biggest changes that will heal our world. Thank you for this
healthgoji on August 29, 2010:
Thanks for your hub. I will try to do at least one of these small kindnesses everyday.
equealla from Pretoria, South Africa on August 09, 2010:
Even if people like it or not, it will be good if everybody takes a few tips from you. I am just wondering about those who do not like the article, how sad their lives must be!
I am pro-everything positive, and your article is positive!
Gerno on July 23, 2010:
To me #84 is very original. Lovely article! Not only does it brighten the world for other people in the present, but also in the future. A job well done!
saket71 from Delhi, India on July 18, 2010:
Ekta Jain on July 16, 2010:
Its great and many people can learn habits from this and make the world a better place to live in. Excellent and keep it up.
Fareed on April 28, 2010:
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poop on March 23, 2010:
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nivas from Texas on July 03, 2009:
Hi Earl S.Wynn,
One of the Best and Wonderful Articles I have ever read on Hub Pages. I was always reading so many articles on " How to make world a better place to live". These 101 ways really helped me in improving my horizon. I might have done 5 or 6 things our of your 101 list. I have the attitude of doing these things but your ideas would really help me in improving my attitude. It is an amazing article. Wish you would write so many articles like this in future. Wish you all the very best in all your endeavours.
Sam Grover on June 01, 2009:
I stopped reading at #43. I don't support the war so I don't support people carrying it out.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 25, 2009:
I was born in this earth, so I am enjoy living in this beautiful earth.
HorrorPunk from Kingman, AZ on May 14, 2009:
Again, great Hub & wonderful ideas. The topics you choose to write about are indeed unique and meaningful.
I swear I'm going to print this list and keep it with me wherever I go. Thanks for making this earth a better place to live in.
mike on January 26, 2009:
I like the world you live in. Thanks for the ideas.
noor tony on January 26, 2009:
Really, so great hub to an ethical person.I wish all the persons take it in their mind not just the readers for this hub to live in beautiful world
Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on January 25, 2009:
Wow thi is a fabuoous list--just goes to show you that it is the little things that really count. The only thing I draw the line at is using my blinker signal when I make a turn LOL-- really nice job--I love the way your mind works!
jGaunt from London on January 25, 2009:
Great list, everyone should do number 69. I have already changed all the bulbs in my house. Also it brings your electricity bill down.
Cayenne_Pepper from Lafayette, LA on January 24, 2009:
Very nice hub. I LOVE this list!
Bruce Elkin from Victoria, BC Canada on January 23, 2009:
Great list. Great ideas. You could do one a day for 101 days, and then start over again. I particularly like #88. If anyone would like to do that one, click on my profile. I've got a book that meets the criteria. ;-) Great hub! I came away with great new ideas, and a real good feeling. Best!
Tony McGregor from South Africa on January 22, 2009:
Wonderful, simple ideas.
I have always believed that it is in the simple yet profound things we often call "little" that we can change the world, or at least our little patch of it. Courtesy and care, especially to strangers, go a long, long way.
Thanks for a wonderful list.
Love and peace,
C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on January 22, 2009:
Great List. Maybe some people will read this and say why did i not think of that? Great hub!