Random Acts of Kindness for Kids
“Mama, do you know what day it is on Wednesday?”
Jansen, with his toothless grin looked at me with suspense in his voice. He’s our first grader. Our old soul. He’s the kid who gives me a well-timed hug when I am having a bad day or he picks yellow flowers on the school playground, because he knows I love the color yellow.
“I don’t know, honey. I guess it’s Wednesday!”
“No MOM! It’s my teacher’s birthday! Can I bring her one of the plants you just bought for our house? They are so cute and I know she will love it!”
This kid! Without prompting, he knew that giving his teacher a gift for her birthday was a kind thing to do. Out of all four of our boys, he’s the most thoughtful. He has a genuine desire to make people happy with “small gestures.”
This kid has a natural affinity for the true meaning and importance of a “random act of kindness.”
Raising kind kids is one of THE MOST important parenting goals we as parents can set ourselves. Success, intelligence and prosperity truly mean nothing if the person behind them isn’t kind, empathetic and thoughtful.
Raising kind kids starts with us! These 100 awesome random acts of kindness are perfect for the whole family.
20 Everyday Random Acts of Kindness:
This category is my favorite, the ideas are simple and FREE. They are really just attitude adjustments. Instead of going through life thinking: “me me me”, try to broaden your horizon. Find opportunities to make someone else smile, remind them that others care and that they aren’t alone. You only run the risk of making someone else’s day!
- Let someone go in front of you in line.
- Say “bless you” when someone sneezes.
- Compliment a stranger – sincerely.
- Let the car next to you merge into traffic.
- Hold the door open for the people behind you.
- Genuinely ask the person helping you at the bank/ doctor/ store/ restaurant how their day is going.
- Be on time.
- Call an older relative to see how they are doing.
- Scroll through your phone and send a kind text message to contacts # 23 and # 36.
- Send a handwritten birthday card to the next Facebook friend with a birthday.
- Offer to help someone.
- Forward an email with a money saving coupon to a friend.
- Be kind to someone you dislike.
- Help a fellow shopper at the grocery store.
- Offer to host a playdate for a friend’s child, so the parents can have a date night.
- Speak kindly of others – all the time.
- Return the shopping cart to the store – all the way inside.
- Give a stranger a coupon for an item they are buying.
- Talk to a stranger in an elevator instead of looking at your phone.
- Warmly hug the next friend you see.
20 Family Random Acts of Kindness:
Let’s not forget the people in our lives who matter the most. Taking our loved ones for granted is the biggest mistake we can make – ever… so pay CLOSE attention to this list – it’s can truly change a relationship/ marriage/ friendship.
- Hug the person next to you.
- Drop everything you are doing and play with your kids.
- Read a book out loud to someone.
- Rent a movie, buy popcorn and plan an movie night.
- Schedule a babysitter and make reservations for dinner.
- Send your spouse a sweet text.
- Leave a note with a knock-knock joke in your child’s lunch box.
- Clean your spouses car.
- Bring flowers to a relative’s house.
- Leave homemade cookies on your neighbor’s door step.
- Share your family’s holidays with someone who would otherwise be alone.
- Be a designated driver.
- Remember an important appointment for a friend, and ask them about it.
- Thank your parents.
- Thank your children.
- Play a board game.
- Take out the trash.
- Bring groceries to a sick friend.
- Make dinner for an elderly relative.
- Kiss a boo-boo. (But don’t do this to a stranger, it could be viewed as awkward!)
20 Workplace Random Acts of Kindness:
We spend most of our waking hours with our fellow coworkers, so it is important for the atmosphere to be positive otherwise you will quickly feel drained and tired. Your attitude carries a lot of weight and can change things very quickly, either positively or negatively. These tips may cost a few dollars, but sometimes extending the olive branch to a coworker you don’t care for is the best investment in your own sanity and happiness – and career.
- Give credit to someone else.
- Bring snacks into the office.
- Share a funny article with your coworkers.
- Thank a client for their business.
- Ask the person next to you if you can take one thing off their to-do list.
- Water the plants in the office.
- Clean the dishes in the sink.
- Throw away old food in the refrigerator.
- Compliment your boss. (Done right, this can be very beneficial)
- Pick up lunch for everyone.
- Fill the copier and printer with paper.
- Put flowers in the common area.
- Bring soup to someone who is home sick.
- Write a letter of recommendation for a job seeker.
- Let someone park in your parking spot.
- Donate to a coworker’s charitable cause.
- Take work home to complete after hours.
- Come in early.
- Offer to drive your colleague to the airport.
- Compliment a team member on their report.
20 Community Kindness:
Perhaps the world would be a better place if we all walked through life thinking: “a stranger is a friend we haven’t yet met!” I know life isn’t all cotton candy and unicorns, but we often times view the world and strangers with hardened hearts. My husband often tells me to control my “inner Oprah” – but if you were to unleash your “inner Oprah” you would do some of the following things – and love every minute of it!
- Put money in a parking meter.
- Ask someone about their heritage.
- Celebrate a holiday that is foreign to you, in honor of a friend.
- Talk to others while waiting in line.
- Pay for someone’s coffee in the morning.
- Donate magazines and books to a hospital waiting room.
- Pray with someone, regardless of their religion.
- Make a care package to someone in need.
- Leave quarters in the candy machine.
- Order dessert for the table next to you at the restaurant.
- Give a gift card to a complete stranger.
- Donate your used clothes to a woman’s shelter.
- Adopt a family, not just during the Holidays.
- Read to the elderly.
- Drive someone without transportation to an appointment.
- Host a charity event for a local family in need.
- Send flowers to the oldest person you know.
- Deliver a handwritten note to a local business who treated you well.
- Leave a big tip.
- Complete a survey and compliment someone.
Be Kind to Yourself:
Remembering to be good to yourself is as important as making nice with friends and strangers. We can’t fully love someone else if we don’t love and appreciate ourselves. It may sound like a cheesy Hallmark card, but when your outlook is positive, the days are brighter, your sleep is sounder and the world seems more beautiful. So don’t forget to be kind to YOU too!
- Learn a new skill
- Buy yourself something new.
- Schedule an appointment to be pampered.
- Laugh more.
- Have a good cry.
- Allow yourself to be bored.
- Read a book.
- Drink a new tea.
- Try on clothes you wouldn’t normally wear.
- Keep a daily gratitude journal
- Write a letter to yourself.
- Go for a run.
- Bake your favorite cake.
- Become an organ donor.
- Introduce yourself to a stranger.
- Forgive an old friend.
- Smile when people expect you to be upset.
- Plan a vacation.
- Start a new hobby.
- Volunteer your time.
How will you spark joy in someone’s life today? (I can’t wait to hear your creative and thoughtful ideas!)
What a personal and sincere reason you’re doing this, Tove. I was just thinking about gratitude today and how little things we do in life is all about ‘me, me, me.’ I wanted to be more conscious of doing things for others as well. Obviously we’re parents so right there, we do things for our kids all the time with no expectation of anything in return, but it’s amazing how quickly it can shift to everything else being me-focused. I have a similar list on my blog about random acts of kindness here, though not 100! 🙂 http://sleepingshouldbeeasy.com/2013/11/15/random-acts-of-kindness-35-little-things-to-brighten-anyones-mood/
Mama in the Now says
I loved your post – such great ideas of things to do for your spouse. Thank you for sharing your link as well.
These are such great things to do. We should all practice this every day of our life. It would make us feel better and the world would be much improved. Thank you for sharing
Mama in the Now says
Thank you! It really takes such little effort to make someone’s day – especially when you catch them off guard.
Tricia Hope says
This is such a powerful post,thanks for sharing!