Imagine a world where each of us performs a random act of kindness for someone else every day or every week. We would hold more doors for each other, say please and thank you and know that even when we feel like we’re alone, there is someone there to help us. Random acts of kindness don’t have to be expensive or elaborate.

Here are five ideas for random acts of kindness for every budget:

  1. Send a Handwritten Note: Everyone likes to know someone is thinking of them. Whether it’s a “Thinking of You” or a thank you note, your friends and family will appreciate receiving a handwritten note from you. It can cost as little as the stamp you add to the envelope.


  2. Give the Gift of Time:  Whether you’re volunteering time in an official volunteer program or helping a neighbor, giving the gift of your time costs you no cash and will make a difference in someone else’s life. You might even spur them to pay it forward.

  3. Donate a backpack of goods to someone in need: The next time you clean out your closets or bathroom shelves, consider saving the extra toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and deodorant and donate them to someone in need. Have an extra backpack or another bag? Include that as part of the donation. Not only are you helping someone else, but you’re also getting rid of clutter in your home.

  4. Pay for someone else: Have you ever received a gift from a stranger? It is a wonderful feeling to know there is someone who noticed you. Pay for the person behind you in line at the grocery store or at the coffee shop. The cost is minimal, and the gift you give means a lot.

  5. Clean up after yourself when it’s not expected: My client was dog sitting for her friend. The friend expected her to only be there to feed dogs, let them out a few times a day and sleepover. My client knew her friend was stressed about some life changes and went the extra mile to welcome her friend home. She emptied the garbage, cleaned dishes, washed sheets and made sure the house was in order. Her friend was pleasantly surprised and, of course, she asked her to watch the dogs again.

I challenge you to perform one random act of kindness today. Do you have a favorite way to show kindness?  Tell me about it in the comments below.