5 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas You Can Try Today

Some days it may seem like it is hard to find kindness in the world. We see so much bad news and people behaving horribly toward each other, it may make you wonder if kindness still exists. I’m here to tell you it does! I also suggest that where you can’t find kindness, you can show kindness.

Today I have put together a short list with some ways we can show kindness today. I challenge you, and myself to try out a couple of these over the next few weeks. Let’s see if we could begin to become the kindness we miss seeing in the world.

1. Pay for someone's groceries.

Today you can go to any local Wal-Mart or other grocery store and find someone who can just barely afford to pay for the groceries in their cart. They may even be contemplating putting a few things back just to make the bill. If you see that and you are able, help them out. They will appreciate it more than you know.

2. Put a gift card in a neighbor's mailbox. 

Do you have a neighbor that you are not fond of? What about the one who is away all day and lets their dog's bark and bark and bark at your fence? Or one who constantly parks in front of your drive way and blocks your from getting in?

Well, first start by trying to think positive about them. Try to put yourself in their position and understand why they do what they do. Maybe they were in a hurry when they left for work and forgot to put the dogs in. Perhaps they didn’t notice they blocked your driveway because they can’t see the back of their long truck when the pull up.

Today, be kind and slip a gift card in their mailbox. You don't have to say who it's from or you could. I feel like doing things like this makes me feel better about the person in some weird way. My thoughts change toward them and I also feel like I am being a mature person and not holding a grudge.

3. Rake up someone's leaves.

It's that time of year when the leaves are falling like crazy (especially at my house). Raking someone's leaves for them would be so helpful. Do you know a single parent who just doesn't have the time to do it? What about a military spouse whose husband is deployed? I'm sure something as simple as this would make their day.

I suggest you ask them first in this instance, you don't want them to think you are trespassing! Oh and if it's Summer when you are reading this mowing the lawn for someone is also a great act of kindness.

4. Pay for someone's gas.

Now we know the gas struggle can be real. Prices have been fairly low these days but sometimes they fluctuate depending on where you live. If you are feeling generous one day while paying for your gas, offer to cover a portion or all of someone's gas who is paying behind you.

You might even get a hug out of that one. Bonus: I ride the train to work every day and thankfully my job pays for it. If this is you also maybe consider paying for someone's train or bus fare who is getting on behind you or is standing at the ticket machine.

5. Pay someone a genuine compliment. 

Helping people with tangible things is great, but sometimes a kind word can change someone's entire day. I personally don't think we speak kindly to one another enough these days. Thank you's, and Hello's seem hard to come by, and even a look in the eye for that matter.

The next time you have a chance compliment a stranger, smile at them or just say hello. This might be just what they needed to make it through their day. I know it always makes me feel better.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

- 1 Peter 4:8 NIV

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