Today is National Random Acts of Kindness day! Although we should be kind to one another every day, the idea behind this holiday is to promote love and kindness by spreading a little light around to friends, family, co-workers, and strangers. Random Acts of Kindness come in all forms – big and small – and how you choose to perform these acts is entirely up to you. Check out these 20 simple ways that you can spread some kindness on this important day (and everyday).

  1. Smile at someone and tell them to have a great day
  2. Take a friend out for lunch, just because
  3. Pay for the person’s morning coffee behind you in the drive thru
  4. Compliment someone at work
  5. Bring a treat for your co-workers
  6. Donate your pre-loved clothing you no longer wear
  7. Give someone a hug
  8. Put sticky notes with positive sayings and motivation on the mirror in a public restroom
  9. Write your partner/friends/a family member/co-worker a list of things you appreciate them for
  10. Say thank you
  11. Hold the door open for someone
  12. Give up your seat to someone on the crowded city bus/train/subway
  13. Help someone struggling with heavy bags at the grocery store
  14. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading groceries into their car
  15. Hold the elevator
  16. Clean up around the office
  17. Give up a good parking spot
  18. Mow your neighbour’s lawn when mowing yours (or shovel their driveway)
  19. Leave a larger than normal tip
  20. Call your parents or grandparents

Don’t over think your random acts of kindness. The smallest gesture or uplifting words can brighten a person’s whole day!