No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
– Aesop

Why are random acts of kindness important? It improves wellbeing whether you’re the giver or receiver. These acts help neighbors and friends as well as ourselves, and research has proven it’s beneficial for good mental and emotional health. Within a community, kindness builds strong bonds and relationships—and thus it strengthens the community and provides a sense of happiness. Random acts of kindness can be quick and simple, and even a small act can completely change someone’s day.

These are 35 ways you can make a difference through kindness.

35 Ways to Show Random Acts of Kindness

  1.  Give an unexpected compliment
  2.  Let someone in line in front of you
  3. Talk to someone at a party or event who looks like they don’t know anyone
  4. Smile at someone who looks sad
  5. Help someone struggling to unload their groceries from their car
  6. Make dinner for a neighbor who has had surgery
  7. Say something encouraging to someone struggling
  8. Stop to assist someone who looks lost
  9. Plant a tree
  10. Walk a neighbor’s dog
  11. Send an inspiring article to a friend
  12. Slow down so someone can merge in front of you in traffic
  13. Pick up a piece of litter on the street and throw it out
  14. Keep an extra umbrella to give to someone stuck in the rain
  15. Buy a warm meal for someone in need
  16. Send a message to a friend, letting them know you appreciate them
  17. Give a friend or neighbor a book they might like
  18. Leave a great coupon next to that item in the grocery store
  19. Offer to return a stranger’s grocery cart to the front of the store
  20. Reconnect with an old friend
  21. Give drinks out to people walking on a hot day
  22. Make someone a homemade blanket or scarf
  23. Send flowers to someone for no reason
  24. Make a music playlist for someone
  25. Mow your neighbor’s lawn
  26. Leave a nice note on someone’s car
  27. Donate to a friend’s charity
  28. Pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant
  29. Offer to take a photo of a couple
  30. Text someone good morning or good night
  31. Send some nice comments on social media
  32. Be welcoming to a new community member
  33. Leave a positive note in a library book
  34. Take a new acquaintance to lunch
  35. Take 15 minutes to really listen to someone