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101 Amazingly Simple Ways To Spread Kindness

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All Scripture references come from the King James Version of the Holy Bible (KJV)."

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?

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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

 

Apologize 

 

Recycle

 

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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16 Comments

  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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