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Random Acts of Kindness Don't Have to be Expensive or Complicated

You’re probably familiar with the old adage, “practice makes perfect” right? Well, this can be applied to random acts of kindness as well. The best way to get good at them is to practice them regularly. In my previous article, Random Acts of Kindness: What Are They & Why Do They Matter? I offered a few ideas to help you get started with engaging in random acts of kindness.

However, maybe you’re not completely convinced. It’s important to understand that doing good for others doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Many times, you don’t even have to invest much effort.

Below, are a few easy ways that you can reach out to others and brighten their day. After all, the more ideas you have, the better:

  • Smile at strangers
  • Offer encouragement to loved ones who are struggling
  • Praise someone that isn’t expecting it- such as your boss
  • Hold the elevator for someone
  • If someone needs to vent, listen to them
  • Say “thank you” and mean it
  • Share a loved one’s creative work on social media
  • Call/text someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while just to say hello
  • Comment on a blog post that touches you
  • Offer a meal or snack to a homeless person
  • Tell a parent that they’re doing a good job or that their child is well-behaved
  • Hug someone that seems to be struggling- if they say it’s okay
  • Offer to take someone’s shopping cart and return it to the cart corral
  • Be kind to customer service representatives on the phone or store associates when shopping
  • Give up your seat on the subway/bus to someone that needs it more
  • Write a message of encouragement or thanks to your partner, co-worker, loved one, or a random stranger
  • Read to a child
  • Speak to a homeless person
  • Introduce yourself to a new co-worker or neighbor and let them know that you’ll be there if they need anything
  • Make introductions among your friends, family, and acquaintances if you feel a beneficial relationship could be formed or they might get along well
  • Allow someone to merge in front of you when there’s heavy traffic
  • Offer to help out a co-worker who is swamped by taking on some of their workload
  • If a loved one, friend, or neighbor doesn’t have a car and needs to get somewhere, offer to give them a ride
  • If you’ve done someone wrong in your life, make amends
  • Agree to do something that you might not necessarily enjoy because it brings joy to someone else
  • If you know someone will be alone during the holidays, invite them to be a part of your celebrations
  • If someone has questions about something that you’re an expert in and they want your advice, offer your knowledge
  • Write recommendations on LinkedIn for your contacts
  • If you’re heading out to run some errands, offer to pick up things for others
  • If someone has a good idea or contributes during a work meeting, make sure to take the time to recognize them
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Hopefully, these ideas can help you get out there and start engaging in random acts of kindness. As you can see, these acts don’t always involve a lot of money or effort, and anyone can do them! The point is to make the recipient feel acknowledged and important.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Krista Mounsey

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