30 Ways to Show Random Acts of Kindness

Did you know that February 10-16 is Random Acts of Kindness Week? I’m pretty excited to share with you what that means. I’m also excited to share with you a bunch of great ideas to show Random Acts of Kindness to others!

What is a Random Act of Kindness? It is a spontaneous or planned, selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people.

We could totally do this, right? I mean, one week isn’t a very long time to do something. Imagine the smiles we could bring to the faces of unexpected recipients of kindness. Young and old. Man, woman or child. Let’s ALL carry out some Random Acts of Kindness this week! I bet at the end of this week you’ll want to continue showing kindness to others. It’s addicting!

Here’s a list of ideas to get you started. But, know that the list can go on and on!

Random Act of Kindness Label for a Cookie Bag


Box full of sunshine Random Act of Kindness Surprise

  • Send a “Box Full of Sunshine” to brighten someone’s day.
  • Clean out your closet and give what you no longer want to the local homeless shelter or thrift store.
  • Hide a $5 bill and/or bookmark in a popular book at the book store.
  • Leave a larger tip for your waitress than you normally would. Better yet, leave your her a 100% tip!
  • Take a flower arrangement to your local hospital for the staff to enjoy.
  • Put a quarter in all of the gumball machines at the front of the grocery store.

Send a Hug - Random Act of Kindness Inspirations

  • Send a Hug through the mail.
  • Find someone unloading groceries from the cart and stop to help them.
  • Take coffee to your children’s teachers before school. Or, send the kids with a gift card to the local coffee shop.
  • Bring your neighbors trash cans up from the curb.
  • Take a dozen {or three} donuts to your local police station.
  • Make and deliver a meal to an elderly person or a new mommy.


Snacks at the Door - Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

  • “Ding Dong Ditch” someone with some fun snacks.
  • Leave anonymous notes of encouragement on a few cars in a parking lot.
  • Pick up the tab of the table beside you at the restaurant.
  • Return grocery carts that are “running free” in the grocery store parking lot.
  • Take diapers and wipes to the local Women and Children’s Shelter.
  • Leave clipped coupons on the shelf in front of the same item at the store.

Treats in the Mail - Random Acts of Kindness Month

  •  Mail a box of theater candy to a kid. Or, a kid at heart. {Check USPS rates for postage amount. As long as it’s less than 13 ounces, you CAN mail it.}
  • Leave boxes of sidewalk chalk at the playground for kids.
  • Tape a baggie of quarters to the front of a vending machine telling folks that they can take what they need.
  • Visit a nursing home to volunteer or to see someone who doesn’t get visitors.
  • Take coloring books and crayons to the hospital waiting room.
  • Mow your neighbor’s front yard.

 Let’s go show some kindness, you guys! Will you share with us on our Facebook page if you choose to participate? I can’t wait to hear YOUR ideas on showing Random Acts of Kindness!

About Melissa Hillier

Melissa lives in Florida with her husband and five kiddos. She writes about her family life at jonahbonah. When she isn’t chasing children you can find her behind her sewing machine or her camera. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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  1. 1

    Thank you for this lovely list. Though since most suggestions require pre-meditated time or spending money, I wanted to add a few more easy, free, things to the list:
    1. Let someone cut in front of you at the check out lane because they have fewer items then you do.
    2. Uplift a stranger with a compliment. Announce how beautiful they look as you pass them by (compliment their hair, dress, shoes etc) – In my experience this his seems to have the most meaningful impact when the person is overweight, or of lower socioeconomic status, or an awkward teenager.
    3. Send an email to a friend, thanking them for their friendship. Name specifically what you appreciate about who they are or what they do for you.

    Blessings to all!