Remember those lists we have begun here before? Well let's see what else we can add to make a difference in the lives of others. In no particular order, here are a number of additional ideas.
Give another driver your parking spot. Give your full attention to someone in need and simply listen. Stop by a nursing home, and visit someone who has no family nearby. Have a clean-up party in the park. Bring coworkers a special treat. Buy cold drinks for the people next to you at a ball game. Spend some time serving food at a meal program for the needy. Volunteer to be a tutor in a school. Remember the bereaved with phone calls, cards, plants, and food.
Volunteer to read to kids in the library. Donate time at a senior center. Give a pair of tickets to a concert or baseball game to a stranger. Send a gift anonymously to a friend. Transport someone who can’t drive. Make telephone calls in support of equality urging others to put aside hate. Send a treat to a school or day-care center. Volunteer at an organization that needs help. Go through your closets and find several nice items and then donate them to a shelter. Buy books for a day care or school. Give toys to the children at a shelter. Volunteer to fix up an elderly couple’s home.
Invite someone new for dinner, either in your home or in a restaurant. Say nice things randomly to facebook and twitter friends. Buy some bottles of water and randomly hand them out to strangers on the street. Drop off a plant or a plate of cookies to your nearby police or fire station. Clean graffiti from neighborhood walls and buildings. Buy a stranger a free pizza. Write “It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day! Have a great day!” on slips of paper and place them on parked cars. Mow a neighbor’s grass or sweep a neighbor’s walk. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading a car.
Pay for the person behind you in the movie line. Tell your parents/children why you love them. Make a point of finding the name of a supermarket or drugstore employee and then praise him/her through that company’s corporate office. When drivers try to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile. Tell your boss that you think he/she does a good job. Give blood. Treat someone to fresh fruit. Sing at a nursing home.
Let's let this list keep on growing!