101 Random Act of Kindness Ideas for Millennials

101 Random Act of Kindness Ideas

As you may know, Random Acts of Kindness Week is officially February 12th through the 18th.

A random act of kindness is any small and selfless action that is taken by an individual or a group, meant to cheer up or better the life of another. To celebrate this notable week, and to inspire people to commit a random act of kindness, here are 101 ideas of random acts of kindness that you can do all on your own.

  1. Write an anonymous note of encouragement to someone who needs it
  2. Bake a treat for a friend
  3. Make random act of kindness rocks
  4. Give someone an unexpected compliment
  5. Tell the manager about a great waiter/waitress
  6. Email and inspirational journalist or blogger
  7. Send a care package to a soldier
  8. Offer to babysit for free
  9. Make sack lunches for the homeless
  10. Put a quarter in an expired meter
  11. Support someone's charity campaign
  12. Leave a copy of your favorite book on the bus or train with a note in it
  13. Pay for the person behind you at the drive thru
  14. Volunteer your time caring for animals at the animal shelter
  15. Donate blood (finally)
  16. Buy coffee for a stranger
  17. Leave quarters in vending machines
  18. Return a shopping cart for someone
  19. Take your parents out for lunch (and insist on paying)
  20. Cook a meal for a family with a new baby
  21. Let someone in line go in front of you
  22. Check up on someone you haven't talked to in awhile
  23. Tips a service worker who wouldn't expect it
  24. If you can sing or play music, offer to perform for free (such as in a nursing home)
  25. Offer to help someone move
  26. Tell a parent in the store that they're doing a good job
  27. Do a task that nobody else wants to do
  28. Clean up litter around your apartment building or your favorite park
  29. Leave quarters in the laundromat
  30. Take a few extra minutes to clean gym equipment
  31. Donate used books to the library
  32. Write a positive comment on a website or blog
  33. Bake an adult a cake for their birthday
  34. Offer to tutor someone in a subject for free
  35. Offer items and clothing you don't use for free to someone else
  36. Introduce yourself to a new neighbor
  37. Pack extra snacks and offer them to your coworkers, friends, classmates, etc.
  38. Write to a soldier
  39. Order something online and send it to someone anonymously
  40. Do someone else's chores for a day
  41. Tell someone you believe in them and their dreams
  42. Leave a positive review on social media of one of your favorite companies
  43. Take a neighbor's trash can to the curb when they forget
  44. Help the kids in your life commit a acts of kindness
  45. Offer to care for someone's cat or dog while they go out of town
  46. Leave a bigger tip than usual
  47. Buy sidewalk chalk for the kids in your neighborhood
  48. Bring soup to a sick friend. Leave it on their door step and then text them to let them know it's there.
  49. Collect box tops to give to your local school
  50. Put together a travel kit for kids and give it to a family that you know
  51. Volunteer your skills and talents
  52. Offer a ride to someone who you see walking in the cold or the rain
  53. Write a letter to someone in prison
  54. Put your phone away when you're with your friend
  55. Tell someone what makes them unique
  56. Email your professors from the previous semester and tell them what an impact they made
  57. Donate your old eyeglasses
  58. Put sticky notes of positive messages in public bathrooms
  59. Call someone just to say hello and that you miss them instead of texting them
  60. Offer to sit down and talk to someone who's having a tough time. Just listen. Don't offer advice unless they ask.
  61. Hold the elevator for someone
  62. Bring someone chocolate
  63. Bring someone flowers
  64. Buy toys on sale and donate them to toys for tots
  65. Wash someone's car for them
  66. Take a friend out to lunch and insist on paying
  67. Buy from a neighbor kids school fundraiser
  68. Offer the person next to you some gum
  69. Get someone a customizable gift
  70. Go and visit a relative you haven't seen in forever
  71. Help someone carry their groceries up to their apartment
  72. Be kind to customer service reps over the phone. They're just doing their job.
  73. Offer to be someone's workout partner at the gym
  74. Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure – you deserve some kindness too!
  75. Make amends to someone you may have hurt in the past
  76. Donate diapers, wipes, and non prescription medicines to a homeless shelter or women's shelter. They're always in need.
  77. Tell someone what a good job they're doing
  78. Decide you don't need something at the store? Put it back where you found it. Don't leave it in a random place.
  79. Let someone in your lane while you're driving. They're in a hurry, just like you.
  80. Volunteer to coach a kids sports team
  81. Offer to play boardgames with the elderly in a nursing home. Many of them never have visitors
  82. Offer to give your friend a DIY spa treatment at home
  83. Run your partner a hot bath
  84. Give someone a massage
  85. Make gift baskets for the teachers in your life
  86. Put together a photo album of you and your best friend
  87. Save coupons for someone who actually uses them
  88. Give someone a hug
  89. Organize a service scavenger hunt with friends
  90. Thank a soldier for serving their country
  91. Donate household items and clothing to refugees
  92. Smile at everyone you meet
  93. Give a newly married couple a honeymoon gift basket
  94. Tell someone you care about them
  95. Host a game night for your friends and provide snacks
  96. Learn your friend or partner's favorite dish and make it for them
  97. Skype with a friend who lives far away
  98. Make a list of nice things people have done for you and try to pay it forward
  99. Light a candle for someone
  100. Become an advocate for someone
  101. Do any of these random acts of kindness and don't tell anyone about it
Vanessa Pruitt, PLMHP, MS