February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day in the United States. I compiled a list of ideas for you to choose from to celebrate. Some ideas are quick one shot type of things, and other ones are more of an ongoing type of thing.

  1. Compliment someone.
  2. Pay for the person behind you in line at the drive through.
  3. Offer to help someone carry out their bags at the store.
  4. Take a cart back for someone.
  5. Send a nice card to somebody for no reason.
  6. Pay someone else’s library fines.
  7. Ask your local nursing home for the name of a resident who never had visitors, and send them flowers.
  8. If you know someone with small children, chronic illness, or another reason that makes it hard to get out of the house, offer to pick something up for them the next time you go to the store.
  9. If you use Amazon.com, you can donate some of their money to your favorite U.S. nonprofit through Amazon Smile  It only takes a few seconds to set it up, and then Amazon will donate to your chosen nonprofit each time you make a purchase.
  10. Leave a note somewhere to surprise a loved one.
  11. Offer a granola bar or other snack to your mail carrier, UPS/Fed Ex person, etc.
  12. Take flowers to your local ER to thank them for what they do.
  13. Send a thank you note to your local police officers, fire fighters, EMT, 911 dispatch, etc.
  14. Send a thank you note to a former teacher of yours who made a difference in your life.
  15. Ask a nursing home if they have any residents who could use a pen pal.
  16. Drop a postcard to someone who you haven’t talked to in awhile.
  17. Text someone to tell them why you appreciate them.
  18. Donate blood.
  19. Share a treat at work.
  20. Take a treat basket to your local hospital for the nurses.
  21. Make a donation to the food bank. You can find your local food bank by checking here.
  22. Loan money to a third world entrepreneur through Kiva  It can change the lives of the families who receive the loan and 99% are paid back.
  23. Invite someone to dinner.
  24. Buy a small gift for someone just because.
  25. Give a care package to the next homeless person you see.
  26. Let a car merge in front of you.
  27. Become an organ donor.
  28. If you notice someone searching for something at the store, offer to help.
  29. Leave a big tip.
  30. Compliment a parent on their child’s behavior in public.
  31. Praise an employee to their manager/boss.
  32. Become a Big Brother/Sister.
  33. Pick up any litter you see while you are out.
  34. Put sticky notes with positive messages on the mirrors in restrooms.
  35. Pay the toll for the person behind you.
  36. Purchase extra dog or cat food, and drop it off at your local animal shelter.
  37. Take two lunches to work, and give one away.
  38. Encourage someone.
  39. Find a local woman’s shelter, find out what they are needing, and make a donation.
  40. Check out the charity, Random Acts.

Of course there are oodles of other ideas out there, and if you can think of something else you would rather do, do that! Please come back, and post a comment letting me know what you chose to do to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day. Or, drop by my Facebook page, give it a like, and let me know there! I’d love to hear from you!