Even doing the little things can make a world of difference for others. It doesn't have to take a ton of time or even a lot of money. Sometimes you won't even know the impact, but you definitely are making a difference. Here are 10 simple ideas of things you can do for others starting today. After all, "No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." - Aesop.
1. Pay it forward
Buy a cup of coffee for the person in line behind you. Nearly 400 people in a St. Petersberg Starbucks did it! (Tambay.com)
2. Walk your neighbor's dog
If you don't have the time to do it yourself, buy a dog walking gift certificate from a local dog walker or service like Rover.
3. Donate clothes, toys and household items
Find a local charity that serves a need your family feels connected to while also removing clutter from your home. It's a lot easier to say goodbye to your gently used items when you know it's going to a good home.
4. Bake treats for your office, class, or neighbors
Everybody loves surprise treats. Whether you try a new recipe or simply add eggs and water to a mix, it's the thought that counts!
5. Go to a friends event
We all get inundated with invites. Instead of saying no to that art walk, charity event, show, or whatever else your friends might invite you to, say yes. The act of just showing up and being supportive can really show you care.
6. Spend time with an elderly friend
Maybe she's your quiet neighbor or maybe it's the old man who feeds the birds at the park. Take 20 minutes out of your day to get to know them. You'll be surprised at how much they end up giving making a difference in your life.
(Source: The Family International)
7. Do a chore for a neighbor
Shovel your neighbors sidewalk, mow their lawn, or offer to clean their windows. You can even clear a pathway in a public area. It never hurts to be a good neighbor.
(Source: Good Neighbor Stories)
8. Be a mentor
Are you good with computers, like to cook, or are great at crafts? Take someone under your wing and teach them a new skill. Maybe they'll even show you some new things.
9. Mail a card
Everyone loves getting mail! Send a friend or someone you've lost touch with a card or postcard to make them laugh or simply say you're thinking about them. With fun sites like Zazzle, you can even make your own custom card.
10. Volunteer with a local charity
Non-profits are always looking for more help. If you don't already have a favorite, check out Charity Navigator, a national service that evaluates and uses a rating system to help you find responsible organization that best suits what matters to you.
(Source: Red Cross)
What acts of kindness do you love to do? Share your suggestions in the comments!