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Small Acts of Kindness to Brighten Someone’s Day Instantly

Acting generously not only heightens your happiness, it also releases nearly 50 percent more of oxytocin—the feel-good chemical in your brain—and boosts creativity, resilience and problem-solving skills. Sometimes it’s the smallest act that makes the biggest impact – something as simple as saying please or thank you can turn a day around and make life seem that much better.

We’ve gathered together some random acts of kindness for you to try not just today but any day:

Random acts of kindness for Friends

Make a friend laugh

You can spread joy to your friends by telling a funny joke or sharing a hilarious pun. Let the laughter commence!

Pay for a friend’s school lunch

Use some extra cash or saving to pay for a friend’s school lunch. You never know what another family is going through (financial hardship, a sick family member, etc.), so your kind deed could make a big difference.

Help with homework

Everyone needs help with their homework once in a while. If you excel in a subject, offer help to your classmate or friend who may be struggling in that same subject.

Tell someone they did a great job

Learning to recognize someone else’s hard work, effort, and accomplishment is a true kindness.

Random acts of kindness for Family

Text your parents a funny meme

Put your love of tech to good use by texting a funny meme to your parents. (Just make sure it’s appropriate!) It’s a quick way to put a smile on someone’s face.

Do a chore for a sibling

Doing a small chore for a brother or sister is an easy way to show kindness, particularly if they are having a bad day. It can also increase that loving sibling bond.

FaceTime a grandparent

Nothing cheers up a grandparent like seeing the sweet face of their grandchild.

Walk the dog

If you have a dog, take it on walks (yes, dogs need some kindness too). If you don’t own one, offer to walk the dog of an elderly relative, a disabled neighbor, or a friend who’s out of town.

Give a hug to Mom or Dad

A hug to your parents is the ultimate kindness! It shows you are thinking about them and you love them!

Put away groceries

There is no better way to learn about household management and show kindness to your parents by helping to shop for groceries, bring them in from the car, and put them away properly.

Random acts for kindness for neighbors

Take a neighbor’s newspaper or package up to their porch

Newspapers, packages, and other items often get left at the end of the driveway or on lawns, and that puts them at risk of getting soggy or stolen. Kids can gently move them to a safe spot on the porch.

Shovel the sidewalk

During the cold weather you can offer to shovel a neighbor’s driveway or sidewalk. In warmer weather, you can rake leaves, offer to bag yard waste, or do another small outside chore that may feel hard for someone who is elderly, disabled, pregnant, or overwhelmed.

Being Polite

Saying “please” and “thank you” to both loved ones and neighbors is a simple way to show respect and kindness to others. 

Random acts for kindness for Yourself

Write a self-compassionate list of things you like about yourself

When we are thinking about kindness, it is often easy to forget to be kind to ourselves—but self-compassion can be enormously beneficial for our mental health. Next time you have a free moment, take some time to acknowledge what you appreciate about yourself! 

Give yourself an hour of indulgence—do anything that makes you happy

Another act of self-kindness is prioritizing free time and not feeling guilty about it. By giving ourselves time for self-care, we can enjoy the current moment and empower ourselves for the next. 

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