Random Acts of Kindness Day: 20 Simple Ways to Pay it Forward

Make sure you do something nice for someone tomorrow!

Saturday is Random Acts of Kindness Day.  The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has a list of 50 fun ways to pay it forward. I put my favorites below. Try one of these out this weekend and report back to us!

  1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.

  2. Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.

  3. Tell someone they dropped a dollar (even though they didn’t). Then give them a dollar.

  4. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.

  5. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.

  6. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump.

  7. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.

  8. Leave quarters at the laundromat.

  9. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.

  10. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.

  11. Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.

  12. Place a positive body image notes in jean pockets at a department store.

  13. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.

  14. Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.

  15. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.

  16. Everyone is important. 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. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile. These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile.

  17. Send a ‘Thank you’ card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station.

  18. Leave a box of goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier.

  19. Tape coins around a playground for kids to find.

  20. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.