Everyone has the potential to change world. Help change the world, one good deed at a time.
Ready to commit other acts of random kindness and senseless beauty? Here are some ideas of things you can do to help make the world a better place.
Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make
someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it. Take five minutes to send postcards to sick children who are fighting serious illnesses and want to receive mail.
When a friend’s family member dies, an incredible gift is to gather stories about the deceased. Get friends and family members to provide stories, anecdotes and photos.
Your friend will forever cherish the book you’ll put together. If you can’t make an entire book, just sharing your fond memories is appreciated. If you’re an Amazon.com customer you can donate Amazon.com’s money to your favorite U.S. nonprofit through Amazon Smile. It takes a total of 20 seconds to read how to do this and set it up. Then Amazon will donate to your favorite nonprofit each time you make a purchase. Collect soda can tabs to donate to Ronald McDonald House for sick children and their families. The charity gets paid for these.
Put a surprise note or sketch in with your spouse’s or kid’s lunch.
When it’s summer and hot, give out cold Gatorades to your mail carrier and garbage men.
When it’s freezing outside offer hot chocolate to crossing guards, police officers and others.
After a wedding or party donate all of the flowers to a nursing home. If you want to see the impact of these random acts of kindness, personally deliver a flower to each resident.
Take a cute photo of someone you love and mail or email it to them.
Think of the amazing people in your life. Take an hour to write those people a letter telling them why they’re awesome.
Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
Listen. Don’t interrupt. Something I learned from my wife is that people don’t always want us to suggest a solution. They just want us to listen. We underestimate how important and comforting it is to be listened to.
When people are gossiping about someone, be the person to chime in with something nice.
Everyone is important. Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile. These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile.
Pay for someone’s dinner… Post uplifting and positive notes in unexpected places such as water cooler, bathroom mirrors, doors, etc.
Invite someone to dinner
especially at the holidays, when it is difficult for some people to be alone.
Give a Champion Forest HOA board member a hug
they have earned it! Do you know how many meetings those amazing people sit through all the volunteer work they do to keep Champion Forest the top neighborhood in Houston.
Buy a small gift for someone. Just because. Let another car merge in front of you, or stop to let a pedestrian cross the street.
Leave a big tip when dining out. Most servers make only $2.13 an hour and they rely on
your tips to help make it a livable wage. Why not make someone’s day great and leave a little (or a lot) extra when paying your dining bill?
Stop at a kid’s lemonade stand and buy a drink. Or three or four…