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101 Amazingly Simple Ways To Spread Kindness

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Why is kindness important and how do you spread kindness?  The answer to these two questions should be simple.  Yet we are living in a world today where we talk about spreading kindness all the time.  But do we actually do it?


I believe the first step is to love others the way that Jesus loves us.  He wants us to prove our Christian love.  Be evident and treat others the way that we want to be treated.  But when we turn on our radio or TV and watch the news, all we hear about is hatred and hurtfulness.  So it’s time for us to step up and lead the way.


Why is it important to spread kindness?


Kindness matters because it’s a contagious act.  One simple act of spreading kindness, not only makes you feel all warm and tingly inside.  But it lifts the spirits of the recipient.  Most of the time, it makes you want to pay that act of kindness forward to someone else.  


Can you imagine how love would grow if every person on the planet performed just one simple act of kindness every day?  There would be so many more happy faces and hearts in the world.  


Finding true happiness starts with joy in the Lord, Jesus Christ.  That joy creates a servant’s heart in us that focuses on loving and serving others.  So, why is spreading kindness important?  One small act of kindness could be just what someone needs to help them turn their lives to the Lord.  Think about the power behind that statement.  I’m going to give you a great list of random acts of kindness examples in a minute.  But first I wanted to answer the question, why is kindness important?


Genuine kindness is more than being nice. Be sure to show loving kindness to others who don’t even love you back.  Spreading kindness can be easy.  But the best moments happen when you stretch beyond what’s comfortable and you dig down deep.  


A good example of this is giving money to somebody who is really in need, even though it means that you won’t get to buy that luxury you waited months for.  It will only hurt for a little bit.  But think of what you’ve done and the difference you’ve made.  It’s worth it every time.


“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Related Post:  Why is Kindness Important? 

What inspires you to be kind?


Personally, I show kindness because I want to serve my Lord.  Jesus said to love God above all else, and then to love our neighbors as ourselves.  But I’m also inspired when I see the smile on someone’s face, after I’ve done something nice for them and I’ve treated them with kindness.


Mark 9:41 KJV “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.”


Matthew 22:37-39 KJV “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”


Sometimes all it takes is one simple act of kindness to change someone’s day, or even their life.  One act of spreading kindness to show them you care could create a sense of belonging in a broken heart.  It could create more optimism and happiness.  And one simple random act of kindness can influence a small child and be the impetus they need for showing more love in their life.


“Kind people are the best kind of people.” Author unknown


How do you spread kindness?


This list of random acts of kindness examples is just the beginning of an endless list of ideas when it comes to spreading kindness.  Most are free, some involve money.  The goal is simply to plant seeds of generosity when it comes to serving your fellow human being.


Where do you start?  You have so many options.  You could start at the top and work through the list.  You could read through the list so that you have the ideas that you need when opportunities present themselves.  You could also print off an idea list to post on your fridge.  You’ll find a link to do that below.  Whichever you choose, most importantly, just start to spread kindness every chance you get.


Where are good places to spread kindness?  Truly, anywhere there are people.  Obviously hanging out in public places during social distancing isn’t a good idea, but eventually it will be.  But generally, the airport, the grocery store, shopping center or any busy areas that put you in contact with people.  However now, during social distancing, the internet is a great way to connect and spread kindness.  Especially, since we are living in the age of cyber bullying, make a positive difference.  This is another reason why kindness is important.  Just be kind!


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What are some random acts of kindness examples?


Smile at someone, because you can


Accept someone’s apology 


Let someone special know how much you appreciate them


Donate food to your local food pantry 


Give out compliments like candy


Donate clothing to a local charity


Clean up after yourself without being asked


Hold the door open for a stranger


Do a favor without asking anything in return


Share your favorite book


Don’t interrupt someone when they’re talking


Show generosity every chance you get


Let someone cut in line in front of you at the store 


Pay for the person behind you in the drive through


Show your friend how happy you are to see her


Bring their favorite coffee or tea when you visit a friend


Pay for the person behind you in the toll booth


Send a “Thinking of You” card, just because 


Leave a generous tip for the waiter while eating out


Help someone who appears to be struggling


Share a recipe with someone who you know will appreciate it


Buy your co-worker a cup of coffee


Let your partner control the remote


Give away hugs, generously


Carry a $5 gift card with you and give it to someone who goes beyond the call of duty


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Share your umbrella


Volunteer for a worthy cause


Help someone who has a flat tire


Listen before speaking


Support a smaller, local business instead of a big box store


Babysit for a friend’s kids


If someone is negative, put a positive spin on the conversation


Make cookies for your mail carrier


Say please and thank you


Find opportunities to give compliments


Put your phone down and listen 


Write a letter to someone who inspires you and tell them why


Offer to take a photo of a couple or family


Forgive always


Serve at a homeless shelter


Give an unexpected gift to a friend


Text or call someone and let them know you’re thinking about them


Take a meal to a sick friend


Thank a service member and their family


Offer tissues to someone who looks like they need some


Don’t shoot the messenger


Be a courteous driver


Invite someone to dinner


Buy lemonade from the neighbor kid


Return your shopping cart


Some more examples of kindness


Offer to return someone else’s shopping cart


Be patient


Compliment a worker


Buy someone’s dinner


Visit a nursing home


Offer to pick something up for someone while you’re out doing errands


Put a surprise note in your spouse’s or child’s lunchbox


Thank someone who has made a difference


Send a card to a lonely senior citizen


When you see something good, share it


Donate Christmas gifts to an orphanage


Give someone the benefit of the doubt


Check in with someone who is going through a tough time



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Pass out positive notes in books, on cars, give to the cashier


Don’t ignore a homeless person.  Buy him food, give him a blanket or socks


Become an organ donor


Bring food or snacks to work


Pick up litter






Send a care package to a student or service member


Sponsor a child


Share kind, positive quotes that inspire you


Put extra coins in the parking meter before you leave


Volunteer or donate at the Humane Society


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Pick up litter along your street


Rake or shovel snow for a neighbor


Buy $5 gift cards and give them to someone who is kind


Spread some encouragement online


Give up your seat to an elderly person or pregnant woman


Send coloring books to children in the hospital


Feed the birds at the park


Buy groceries for someone who is struggling


Give a homeless person your doggy bag


Donate to a local blood drive


Give flowers for no reason


Share a positive blog post


Give away your parking spot


Compliment a stranger


Hold the elevator open


Be polite when driving


Call your grandparents or parents and thank them for everything they’ve done for you

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When someone shows you a kindness, pay it forward


Help someone with their groceries


Give money to someone who could use it, like a young family or a student


Plant a tree 


Make a bird feeder, then feed the birdies


Offer to walk your neighbor’s dog


Read to a child


Practice self kindness


Let someone else get seated before you in a busy restaurant


Above all else…Never reject a gift of kindness.   Don’t steal the blessing away.


Related Post:  105 of the Best Random Acts of Kindness 


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How does kindness make a difference?


First of all, does spreading kindness really make a difference?  I would recommend that you remember the last act of kindness someone shared with you.  How did it make you feel?  What difference did it make on your mood or your day?  Did it inspire you to pay it forward and spread kindness to someone else? 


The last time you spread kindness to another person, what kind of reaction did you get?  Those reactions and how you feel, help you to understand just how much making a difference  spreading kindness makes.


“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” Barbara de Angelis


Great quotes about spreading kindness? 


“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” Princess Diana


“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” William Arthur Ward


“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” Barbara de Angelis


“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” Albert Schweitzer


“The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” Aesop


“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” Henry James


“One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.” Sophocles


What are some benefits of spreading kindness?  


In a previous post, 9 Quick and Easy Benefits of Kindness, you’ll find that some of those wonderful benefits include an opportunity to help others.  Kindness is contagious and makes you feel good.  The habit of learning to spread kindness is a great example for your kids.  The joy you feel is great for your physical and your mental health.  And when you are kind to strangers, it’s an opportunity to make friends.  So what are you waiting for?  Get out there and show some love to everyone.


What has been your favorite experience while spreading kindness?  What are your favorite random acts of kindness examples?  I was blessed to experience some amazing acts of kindness when I went through my illness and amputations.  You owe it to yourself to click that link and read all about it.  So please share your experiences in the comments below.


***All Scriptures come from the King James Version of the Holy Bible

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  1. I wish I didn’t need a list to remind me of ways to be kind, but….
    I do. It’s a reminder to slow down and think of others and think outside the box.
    You’re an inspiration!

    1. I hear you, Amy. But lists are handy in that sometimes you just need some fresh ideas. Thanks so much.

  2. It’s amazing how this simple things can really spread and lift others up and show the love of God to our broken world. You never know who is really in need of a simple act of kindness when you show it.

  3. Thanks Wendy! This was for me. Here in the UK its MentalHealth Awareness week and kindness is the theme so l have been writing alot about kindness. Today someone said something really horrible to be. And it was probably ages before l prayed ( l know if only I had earlier) and l felt your point about putting a positive spin on a negative conversation is something l need to do more.

    1. I’m so sorry that you received such a hurtful comment. Behavior like that makes no sense to me. But through prayer and forgiveness, we have the tools to overcome.

  4. Wow! This post is jam-packed with all sorts of “kind” goodies! And kindness really is so simple, yet makes such a difference in people’s lives. Thanks for this encouragement, Wendy! I’m going to take your challenge today to do at least one of these kind acts (hopefully more) today!

    1. Thanks so much, Beth. Kindness really does make a difference in the lives of others. I’m thrilled that you’re taking up the challenge. Have fun.

    1. You’re so right, Jessie. I love that reminder that we are the hands and feet of Jesus. And spreading kindness shows our love.

  5. That’s a really beautiful post! I loved how you said that a small and random act of kindness could be what tips someone towards Jesus – so true!! Lots of good truths and suggestions in here! x

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