50 Ways to Be Kind

It doesn’t take much to be kind. Here are 50 ideas. How many of them do you do? Share other ideas in the comment section.

  1. Fill parking meters. It’s a simple act. Kids love thinking they are helping someone, and it never costs much.
  2. Saying please and thank you are a great start.
  3. Listen and assume heartfelt understanding.
  4. Do unto others what you would want done to you.
  5. Bring cookies and treats to emergency responders, firemen, police and EMS workers.
  6. Volunteer at a local food bank.
  7. Smile at 10 people every single day.
  8. Smile kindly, chat, and spend an extra minute paying attention to patients.
  9. Wear happy colors to cheer patients subconsciously.
  10. When a neighbor or friend has surgery, is sick, or has a baby, make them a full dinner from soup to nuts, offer to help with laundry or any other thing they may need.
  11. Ask family members of patients how they are doing.
  12. Help someone unload their groceries.
  13. Plant a garden and surprise someone with the flowers or veggies.
  14. Bring in someone else’s trash cans.
  15. Buy a coffee for the person behind you in the drive-thru.
  16. Leave coins at various places like a playground for kids to find.
  17. Leave change in a vending machine for the next person to find.
  18. Let a vehicle go before you in line or in traffic.
  19. Save $1/day for a month, then surprise someone with the money.
  20. Compliment a stranger.
  21. Send a greeting card to a former teacher, pastor or friend.
  22. Hand out hand and foot warmers to the homeless.
  23. Donate to a charity.
  24. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  25. Hold the door open for someone.
  26. Make a positive comment on a social media post.
  27. Clean a friend’s house.
  28. Secretly give a grocery gift card to a family in need.
  29. Donate your hair to Locks of Love.
  30. Draw a happy chalk drawing on a sidewalk.
  31. Hide a surprise note for someone you love.
  32. Get back in touch with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  33. Give blood.
  34. Be an organ donor.
  35. Run or walk for a cause.
  36. Hang up a bird feeder in your yard.
  37. Pay a few compliments to those you meet.
  38. Send a card to someone who could use some cheering up.
  39. Talk to a shy person at a social event.
  40. Leave your favorite book on a bus or train with a note why you like it.
  41. Lend a hand to an elderly person shopping or doing yard work.
  42. Tell a restaurant manager about the good job your waiter did.
  43. Say good morning to passersby even if you don’t know them.
  44. Use less plastic for a better earth.
  45. Organize a game night at a senior center.
  46. Take care of yourself (meditate, get a massage, balance your budget, avoid negative self-talk).
  47. Stick up for a person being mistreated.
  48. Give hot chocolate to those working outside on a cold day.
  49. Leave a generous tip.
  50. Share this list and spread the kindness.

  11 comments for “50 Ways to Be Kind

  1. Anonymous
    November 9, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks for making this list.

  2. Anonymous
    September 8, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    donate clothes for people who need it

  3. August 1, 2019 at 4:00 am

    I loved your post. We must implement these things in our life to spread positivity.

    • UMass Memorial
      August 5, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Thanks for the comment! We totally agree.

  4. January 7, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Amazing. I must say this is the best thing I read on internet today. What an amazing list! Even a simple “thank you” and “sorry” can make other person feel better. Passing a smile is also a great thing. I agree that we all should use less plastic for a better earth and better life. I express my gratitude to the writer for sharing such useful information.

  5. cheryl
    December 28, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Thank you. I truly enjoy reading this post. The list of suggestions is great. We can all use that occasional reminder that a small act of kindness will make a difference in someone’s life.

  6. Anonymous
    December 5, 2017 at 3:12 pm


    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2017 at 3:13 pm


  7. Anonymous
    November 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Buy a coffee or sandwich for a homeless person.

  8. Marianne Stefancyk
    November 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    This list is awesome and many ideas listed are easy to do and go a long way in letting others know someone cares, even if they don’t know you! A favorite one is holding the door for someone, it acknowledges their presence and I feel good to see a big smile on their face. This list has me thinking and now I hope I can encourage someone today in my actions. Thank you. A great time of year for this list also.

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2020 at 6:48 pm


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