50 Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today
Once there was a man who was walking along a road when suddenly, robbers attacked him. They beat him so severely and left him almost lifeless. As life slowly ebbs away from him, a man passed by but did not stop. Another man saw him but chose to pass by on the other side of the road. A third man, a Samaritan, came and took pity on him. He treated and bandaged his wounds, then took him to a nearby inn to recuperate.
If you are a Christian, this story would be very familiar to you. This is the Parable of the Good Samaritan from the bible, and it teaches us three lessons:
- kindness can save someone’s life
- being kind is a choice
- be kind to everyone, even strangers
Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese-American writer, once said: kindness is like snow- it beautifies everything it covers.
Indeed, kindness can soften even the hardest of hearts. It might not just save someone literally but also figuratively. Many people have been saved from going down a path of destruction with a single act of kindness. It gives hope to the desperate and strength to those who struggle.
Though kindness is free, the world is still in dire need of it. So, at all times, be the good Samaritan. Choose to be kind even to the people you don’t know and without expecting anything in return.
If you don’t know where to start, here are some random acts of kindness you can do today:
- Encourage someone who seems down.
- Pick up your trash.
- Say “please” and “thank you” – and mean it.
- Volunteer or donate to the causes you believe in.
- Use less plastic.
- Don’t interrupt when someone is talking.
- Carry around care packs that you can give to the homeless you pass by on the street.
- Teach someone. We learn more when we share our knowledge to others.
- Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you might be in a rush.
- Help others find the silver lining in every situation.
- Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
- Never be afraid to give compliments. It can brighten someone’s day.
- Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
- Ask someone how they’re doing and listen sincerely to their response.
- Make someone laugh.
- Be kind to yourself. You deserve kindness too.
- Donate stuff you’re not using anymore.
- Say”hello” and “good morning” to people you pass by on the street.
- Reach out to someone who is going through a tough time. A simple note or a text message will make them feel that someone still cares.
- Offer a ride to the disabled.
- Post positive and inspirational messages in unexpected places.
- Think before you speak. Hurtful words, once spoken, can never be taken back.
- Share a great book you’ve read. Someone might enjoy it too.
- Help someone for free.
- Help an elderly person with their groceries.
- When in a crowded bus or train, offer your seat to pregnant women, the disabled, and the elderly.
- Put your shopping cart back in its place.
- Return something you borrowed after using it.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Tell someone the truth. It might be harsh, but they’ll thank you for it in the long run.
- Talk to someone new at school or work.
- Donate food to a soup kitchen.
- Turn off the faucet and unplug any devices when you’re not using it.
- Plant a tree.
- Cook extra portions of a meal and give it out to a neighbor who is in dire straits.
- If you received excellent customer service, don’t forget to leave a generous tip to the service crew.
- Post positive stuff online.
- Take the day not to complain.
- Help sick animals find homes.
- After a haircut, donate your hair to institutions that make wigs for cancer patients.
- Carry around pet food for homeless dogs and cats.
- Pay for a veteran’s meal. Our soldiers have done so much for our country, but most of them struggle to find jobs upon going home. A free meal can make a difference to their day.
- Say “I love you” to someone you love.
- Let people have their spotlight. If they achieved something, let them savor the moment instead of bringing up your own accomplishment.
- Allow someone to help you. Letting someone be kind is an act of kindness itself.
- Stop to allow a pedestrian to cross the street.
- Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk, and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. It makes them feel important.
- Give someone a chance. Sometimes it only needs an opportunity for someone to make their big break.
- Be a friend who listens.
- Be kind to someone you dislike.