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How to Show Kindness in Everyday Life (Here Are 70 Ways!)

There’s no denying the fact that the world could use a little more kindness.

Kindness matters. A little bit of kindness can go a long way in making the world a better place. It helps people to feel more connected with one another and can leave a positive, lasting impression.

Showing kindness doesn’t have to be a grand gesture; small acts of kindness frequently make the biggest difference. Read on for 70 ways to show kindness!

How to Show Kindness Daily

As individuals, we can make a difference by spreading kindness to those around us – to our families and friends, our communities, and even total strangers. It’s also important to show kindness to ourselves.

Here are 70 simple ways to be kind in your everyday life:

To Friends and Family

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  1. Actively listen.
  2. Give them your full attention and show interest when they’re talking to you.
  3. Offer support and encouragement.
  4. Be there for them when they need you.
  5. Compliment them and make them feel good about themselves.
  6. Respect their opinions and ideas, even if you disagree with them.
  7. Do something nice, just because.
  8. Make them laugh with a funny inspirational quote, meme, video, or story.
  9. Offer to help them with a chore, especially if they’re new parents and need an extra hand.
  10. Send a (surprise) care package or thinking of you gift in the mail.
  11. Gift them a tool or something you’ve found helpful that will make their life easier.
  12. Do something to celebrate them, like taking them out for a special dinner.
  13. Write them a letter of gratitude.
  14. Reach out if you know a family member or friend who is having a tough time.
  15. Clean up or do chores without being directed.

To Acquaintances, Neighbors, and Colleagues

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  1. Greet them warmly when you see them.
  2. Offer to help with something they’re struggling with.
  3. Pay them a genuine compliment.
  4. Do something nice for them, like getting them coffee or tea.
  5. Invite them to lunch.
  6. Tell them about an event or article you think they would enjoy.
  7. Strike up a conversation to make them feel welcome, especially if they’re a new person to the team or group.
  8. Bring treats or a meal to your neighbor.
  9. Publicly praise a colleague for a job well done in person or via email.
  10. Offer the gardener, plumber, or handyman something to drink.

To Strangers (Random Acts of Kindness)

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  1. Smile.
  2. Be polite. Say please, thank you, and excuse me.
  3. Let others go in front of you in line.
  4. Stop and let a pedestrian cross.
  5. Give up your seat on public transportation.
  6. Hold the door open.
  7. Offer to help with something, such as carrying or loading their groceries.
  8. Pay for someone’s coffee or parking meter.
  9. Leave a larger-than-normal tip.
  10. Speak up if you see someone being treated unfairly.
  11. Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
  12. Compliment a child’s drawing or performance.
  13. Say something nice to the cashier or customer service representative.
  14. Write a positive Yelp review for a local business.
  15. Give food or money to a homeless person.
  16. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, food bank, animal shelter, homeless shelter, or other charitable organization.
  17. Donate to charity.
  18. Gift a stranger a lottery ticket.
  19. Offer someone you think could use a small gift card for groceries.
  20. Say yes to donating money at the check-out register.

To the Environment

person planting a tree
  1. Recycle.
  2. Reduce your use of plastic (e.g. avoid buying one-time-use items).
  3. Drive less and walk or bike more.
  4. Conserve water.
  5. Install energy-efficient appliances.
  6. Plant a tree.
  7. Pick up trash.
  8. Bring your own reusable bags to use at the grocery store and your own reusable mugs to the coffee shop.
  9. Compost your food waste.
  10. Turn off lights when you’re not using them.

To Yourself

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  1. Be patient with yourself.
  2. Cut yourself some slack – you’re doing your best!
  3. Be forgiving of yourself and move on from your mistakes.
  4. Accept compliments graciously.
  5. Practice self-compassion and self-care regularly.
  6. Practice the loving-kindness meditation (steps and audio here).
  7. Nourish your body with healthy food and exercise.
  8. Get enough sleep.
  9. Take breaks when you need them.
  10. Listen to your favorite music.
  11. Do something creative.
  12. Try a happiness hack.
  13. Spend time in nature.
  14. Simplify your life (e.g., declutter and organize your space).
  15. Do something that you enjoy, just for fun.

Kindness Resources and Important Links

There are so many great organizations out there that are making a difference in the world through acts of kindness. Consider learning more about them and donating your time or money to support their important work.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers building a house

Here are 10 of our favorites:

  1. educates and inspires people to choose kindness.
  2. The Kindness Campaign creates positive tools to build emotional health and kindness in kids.
  3. Random Acts of Kindness Foundation promotes kindness in schools, the workplace, and at home.
  4. The World Kindness Movement inspires greater kindness in individuals and helps nations establish kindness movements to create a kinder world.
  5. World Central Kitchen provides meals to communities in need.
  6. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses.
  7. Project Sunshine brings volunteer-led programming to pediatric patients and their families.
  8. Habitat for Humanity builds affordable housing for families in need.
  9. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital treats and researches catastrophic pediatric diseases.
  10. Operation Gratitude sends care packages to deployed service members.

Final Thoughts

Kindness is key to making the world a better place for all. A random act of kindness usually costs nothing and can change someone’s day, or even their life, for the better.

Kindness is also vital for our mental health and living a happy and fulfilling life. By showing kindness to others, we not only make them feel good, but we also make ourselves feel good. It’s a win-win situation!

Make a commitment to always choose kindness and see how much brighter your world becomes.

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