November 13th is World Kindness Day, so what better time is there to start doing our part as humans and showing others a little bit of kindness each and every day? I’ve put together a list of 30 ways we can be kind to others. These are ideas you can share with your kiddos and hopefully do some of these acts together.
Keep in mind, some of the ideas I’ve listed do involve paying for small gifts for other people. If that’s not a realistic thing for you to do – cross it off and write something else down instead! The point of this is to start spreading more love to the people we come into contact with every day.. and it doesn’t require anything more than a few kind words or a nice gesture.
So don’t get too hung up on the list. If you’re able to follow it along each day – great! If you need to adjust some of these random acts to fit your life a little better, do it. Just know the whole purpose of this is to be a shining light in someone else’s life.
30 Ideas for Acts of Kindness
Day 1: Pay for coffee for the person behind you in line
Day 2: Compliment a stranger
Day 3: Help an elderly person with their groceries. This can be helping push the cart to their car, helping them unload the bags into their car or carrying bags for them, helping them push their cart throughout the store, etc.
Day 4: Bring in donuts for your children’s teachers
Day 5: Leave an uplifting note on someone’s windshield of their car
Day 6: Send a nice text or email to someone you haven’t talked to in awhile
Day 7: Bring flowers to someone at work
Day 8: Offer to babysit for a friend so he/she can enjoy date night
Day 9: Donate old books to your local library
Day 10: Send someone a thank you card for something they recently did
Day 11: Leave a treat for your mailman
Day 12: Bake some goodies and deliver them to your neighbors (Coop and I did this once and we had a blast! Although then I had to run frantically back to the houses to let them know we baked peanut butter cookies and PLEASE tell me your family doesn’t have a nut allergy because I’m so so so so sorry…)
Day 13: Hold the door for someone
Day 14: Let someone go before you in line
Day 15: Send a care package to a soldier
Day 16: Volunteer at a retirement home or center
Day 17: Donate old toys
Day 18: Make a meal for a friend
Day 19: Smile at at least 5 people that you pass today
Day 20: Bring coffee to the crossing guards at your kiddo’s school
Day 21: Donate coloring books to a children’s hospital
Day 22: Order pizza for the nurses on a unit at your local hospital
Day 23: Grab some gloves and a bag and pick up the trash at a local park
Day 24: Give someone a gift card you don’t plan on using
Day 25: Invite someone to join you or sit by you for lunch
Day 26: Put a coin in an expired meter
Day 27: Pay for someone’s groceries
Day 28: THANKSGIVING: Volunteer at a local homeless shelter, or put together some doggie bags or care packages and go out delivering to the homeless
Day 29: Leave a sweet note for someone in your family
Day 30: Volunteer at an animal shelter
BONUS: Snag a copy of your Kindness Calendar! Keep it on your phone, on your desktop, or print it out and carry it with you/stick it to the fridge. That way you can remember your self-love tasks for each day!
Natasha Funderburk is a wife, #boymom, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Consultant, and ACE-Behavior Change Specialist. When not watching her son play baseball, she can be found on various writing platforms, coaching her clients to live their best lives, drinking all the coffee, and conducting living-room dance parties.