20 Ways to Perform Random Acts of Kindness this Month

Did you know that February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day? I just learned about this “holiday” and, in my opinion, there’s never been a better time to celebrate than 1 year into a pandemic! Seriously, nearly 12 months after our lives flipped upside down, we are still fighting the battle against Covid, which is no easy task. Let’s make the world (or at least your own mini circle) a bit brighter this month by surprising others with random acts of kindness.

Here are 20 ways to perform your own acts of kindness this month!

  1. Put together homeless bags and pass them out to others. Include items like socks, mittens, hand sanitizer, quarters, deodorant and chapstick.
  2. Buy coffee for the person behind you in the drive through line. This is such a great surprise!
  3. Be a “Secret Valentine” for your neighbors and drop off hand-made pictures, cards or small treats
  4. Shovel someone else’s walkway or driveway
  5. Make cookies or another treat and bring them to a friend’s house
  6. Send cards to a local senior center
  7. Hold the door for someone
  8. Compliment a stranger
  9. Tell someone you are thankful for them
  10. Give a hug to someone you love
  11. Make a care package for someone you can’t see in person right now
  12. Tape a dollar on a vending machine
  13. Paint rocks and leave them around your neighborhood 
  14. Leave a positive review on social media for one of your favorite businesses
  15. Bring a neighbor’s garage can in for them
  16. Donate items from around the house you no longer need (toys, clothes, housewares)
  17. Thank a teacher that’s made an impact on your family
  18. Call a relative you haven’t talked to in a long time
  19. Offer to babysit for a friend or family member
  20. Give snacks or water to delivery/postal workers

Even in this tough time, we can all find ways to be kind and share our gifts with others. I know my kids and I will be brainstorming more ways we can “surprise” our friends, neighbors and community this month. If you have any other suggestions, please share them in the comments! Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!