Kindness spreads like wildfire. It ignites people’s souls and influences their actions. When you commit a kind act anonymously, you’re doing so without recognition. No one knows who was responsible for the good deed which makes it more impactful. It typically inspires other people to take note and do the same by passing on the good fortune to someone else.
If you’ve been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness, you know how great it feels. That’s what makes it so appealing. Good deeds benefit the giver and the receiver by making them feel unstoppable. You can easily recreate the feeling that you experienced by opting to spread kindness yourself.
Here are ten inspiring ways to commit random acts of kindness today:
1. Pay the toll for commuters behind you.
Brighten their day for just a few dollars. Think about how frustrated many people are due to the traffic they’ve just dealt with. Put a smile on their face for the first time in minutes with this good deed.
2. Send a thank you card to the first responders in your city.
You don’t need to sign your name. Instead, you can share your sentiment with them by telling them how much you appreciate their presence in your community. You can even enclose a gift card to pay for coffee or even lunch for the first responders you’re commending.
3. Fill a Blessing Box full of food.
Find one that is empty and fill it to the brim with nourishment and toiletries. People in need are able to access the box discreetly and take what they’ll use without applying for aid. It’s a small gesture that makes a big impact.
4. Hang scarves and hats from fences and tree limbs in public areas with large homeless populations.
Keep people warm during the coldest weather months of the year. If you knit or crochet, you’ll remain busy for a long time. If you don’t, you can pick up caps and scarves inexpensively when they’re on clearance.
5. Bring your unwanted books to a Little Free Library.
Similar in design as a Blessing Box, the libraries are placed in people’s yards and the parking lots of area businesses for people to use whenever they want. Take some of the books you no longer need and give them away. A well-stocked Little Free Library is hard to resist.
6. Abandon art.
An Art Abandonment movement exists of Facebook. Create something special, attach a tag inviting someone to pick up the art, and watch the group to see if your efforts were enjoyed by another person. The receivers of the abandoned art report what they found on social media.
7. Pay off school children’s lunch debt.
This is a massive impactful act. It ensures that all kids are given proper nutrition at mealtime. They aren’t punished because their parents have yet to pay their lunch debt.
8. Retrieve all the stray shopping carts in a parking lot so an employee doesn’t need to.
Among the easiest things you can do when you shop, it’s a gesture that helps workers conserve their energy. It’s especially true during busy shopping days or bad weather. Imagine if you had to spend hours retrieving misplaced shopping carts!
9. Leave change in the vending machine.
Someone can enjoy a cool drink or snack without needing to pay for it. They’ll be moved by your generosity and return the favor themselves one day. For a few coins, you can make someone’s day exceptional.
10. Make an anonymous donation.
Pick the non-profit or charitable organization of your choice and make a contribution without attaching your name to it. You can also donate to a crowdsourcing platform such as GoFundMe. Any amount of money makes a big difference.
Spread kindness far and wide. You’ve got ways to brighten other people’s lives anonymously. Take time out of your busy schedule to positively impact the world around you. You never know whose life will change because of your decision to give to them discreetly.