A little kindness can go a long way! A random act of kindness is defined as giving to someone without being asked and without an expectation to receive anything in return. Be inspired to spread kindness with our list of 20 random acts of kindness. Try some of these in your day-to-day life and we’re sure you’ll make someone else’s day!

  1. Donate a book to a little library. Little libraries are a great way to share free books and feel connected with others in the community. Be sure to grab a book while you give a book!
  2. Send someone a letter you haven’t spoken to in a while. Letters are a more personalized way of showing someone you care since they take more time and effort than an email or text message.
  3. Offer to cook a meal for someone. If you have extra time in your schedule, offer to cook a meal for someone who can’t cook for themself and enjoy the food together.
  4. Make someone laugh with a joke. Something as simple as a good joke can truly brighten someone’s day!
  5. Send flowers to someone. A coworker, a family member, a friend, you can send flowers to anyone you know to show you’re thinking of them. Make their day a little brighter!
  6. Pay for someone else’s coffee at the coffee shop. Paying a few dollars for someone else’s coffee in the morning is simple but so meaningful.
  7. Participate in a fundraiser. You don’t always have to commit to endless hours of work when participating in a fundraiser. It can be as easy as volunteering for a couple of hours in the afternoon to collect tickets. Fundraisers are always looking for volunteers!
  8. Send words of encouragement to a friend. A positive message for a friend going through a hard time offers love and support when they need it most.
  9. Run or walk in a race for a good cause. Races are held all the time in support of various charities and organizations. Join one as a runner or walker and encourage others to do the same.
  10. Lend your favourite book or movie to a friend. Share your favourite book or movie with a friend by lending it to them. It might just become a new favourite of theirs!
  11. Offer to help someone. We could all use a little help sometimes! Helping someone when they need it the most shows that you care. Goshenite Seniors Services can help you help someone else! They offer many helpful services including Home Care Services, Driving Seniors, Move Management, Care Companion Services, and so much more. You can set up a meeting with Goshenite Seniors Services to discuss the best options for compassionate, personalized care.
  12. Bring a treat for your coworkers on a Monday. We all know how tough Mondays can be in the office! Cheer your coworkers up by bringing in a treat you baked or bought from a local business.
  13. Spend quality time with someone. It’s easy for us to get caught up in life as things get busy, but making time for someone is incredibly meaningful. Taking the time out of your day to spend intentional, quality time with someone shows that you care.
  14. Make someone something homemade just because. You don’t always need a reason to make someone something! If you’re feeling particularly crafty, make someone a homemade goodie and give it to them just because you love them.
  15. Carry an extra umbrella to lend out to others. It’s never fun being caught in the rain! Carry an extra umbrella in your vehicle or bag to lend out to others who get caught without.
  16. Volunteer at a community centre or library. Programs at community centres and libraries are always looking for volunteers to help. Donate a couple hours of your time.
  17. Let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store. If you’re not in a rush, let someone go in front of you at the grocery store. You never know people’s schedules and letting them go ahead might allow them to be on time for something else!
  18. Smile or say hello to others when out and about. It’s as easy as that! Smiling or saying hello to others when out makes people feel more connected and appreciated.
  19. Hold the door open for someone. If you see someone coming, wait a moment and hold the door for them. It’s a nice, simple gesture!
  20. Donate used clothes and items to charity. It’s all about reduce, reuse, recycle and it applies to clothes as well. Donate used clothes and items to charity instead of throwing them away or selling them. Give it to someone who truly needs it!