When someone goes out of their way to be kind, it almost always inspires others to pay it forward in one way or another. In my own experience, I have found that when I’ve been on the receiving end of an act of kindness, it’s hard not to want to pay it forward!

In the past, I have participated in kindness challenges, kindness days and kindness weeks. And these are all very noble initiatives, in which I will continue to participate. But ultimately, I think we should always be looking for opportunities to be kind to others and to pay it forward – not just on certain days or weeks. Kindness is what makes the world go around, and the more we can be kind to one another the more likely we are to build each other up and ultimately, change the world!

So, here’s my kindness challenge to you: Do something kind for someone else. Every. Single. Day.

And at the end of each day, be sure to reflect back on the acts of kindness you did for others, and the acts of kindness you received from others. And don’t forget to include these in your gratitude journal!

If you’re having a hard time coming up with new ideas for how to be kind to others, don’t worry – I got you. I’ve created a list of 75 Acts of Kindness that is sure to inspire others to pay it forward and create a ripple effect so big that it will change the world!


75 Acts of Kindness:

  1. Give a genuine compliment
  2. Greet everyone with a smile
  3. Hold the door open for someone
  4. Offer to carry someone’s groceries
  5. Let someone cut in front of you in line
  6. Leave a generous tip
  7. Offer your seat to someone
  8. Buy someone a coffee
  9. Hand deliver a thank you card
  10. Leave a positive message in a public place for someone to find
  11. Pay for the another person’s order in the drive thru line
  12. Put coins in an expired parking meter
  13. Stop to help someone who looks lost
  14. Keep “care packages” with snacks, etc. in your car to give to the homeless
  15. Pick up litter 
  16. Write a positive online review
  17. Write a positive comment on a photo on social media
  18. Return a shopping cart
  19. Offer to babysit for new parents who need a few hours to themselves
  20. Plant a tree
  21. Bring in your neighbour’s garbage bins
  22. Bring food to the food bank
  23. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  24. Buy a few bunches of flowers and hand them out at a seniors’ home
  25. Let someone in your lane while driving
  26. Send a care package to someone who is struggling
  27. Cook a meal for a busy friend 
  28. Leave an encouraging note in a family member’s lunch bag
  29. Say “Thank you” with a smile to a service worker
  30. Listen to someone who is going through a rough time
  31. Pet sit for a neighbour or friend
  32. Donate toys, blankets, etc. to a homeless shelter
  33. Read a book to a child
  34. Visit an elderly neighbour and ask what you can do to help them
  35. Bring someone breakfast
  36. Mow your neighbour’s lawn
  37. Bring extra reusable shopping bags to the grocery store to give to someone who forgot theirs
  38. Bring in baked goods to your workplace
  39. Lend your child’s newborn clothing to soon-to-be-parents
  40. Shovel your neighbour’s driveway
  41. Call your mom or dad just to say “I love you”
  42. Tell a friend who is a parent they are doing a great job raising their kids
  43. Send someone an article they might like or find helpful
  44. Sign up to be an organ donor
  45. Buy lemonade from a lemonade stand
  46. Donate used books to your neighbourhood’s Little Free Library
  47. Write a thank you note to your mail carrier
  48. Keep extra umbrellas to give to house guests when it starts raining
  49. Offer a ride to a friend or colleague who normally takes public transit
  50. Talk to a stranger at a party or event who doesn’t look like they know anyone.
  51. Give your neighbours your phone number in case they ever need anything
  52. Forgive someone who has wronged you in the past
  53. Offer to help someone learn a language by having conversations with them 
  54. Offer to mentor a college/university student who wants to work in your field
  55. Deliver soup to someone who is sick
  56. Participate in a charity walk or run
  57. Help a friend move
  58. Offer to take a photo
  59. Be the designated driver during a night out with friends
  60. Share a recipe 
  61. Acknowledge and thank someone who has helped your career.
  62. Visit a nursing home and spend time with the residents
  63. Carpool
  64. Give blood
  65. Visit your grandparents
  66. Lend or give a newly pregnant mom-to-be your maternity clothes
  67. Pay the toll for the car behind you
  68. Bring treats to your bus driver/mail carrier/hair dresser/car mechanic to thank them for their work
  69. Make amends with someone you have wronged
  70. Organize a diaper drive to collect unused diapers to bring to a women’s shelter
  71. Adopt a family during the holidays to buy presents for
  72. Tidy up after yourself wherever you go
  73. Offer to drive a friend or neighbour to the airport
  74. Donate your hair
  75. Introduce yourself with a smile

What other acts of kindness can we add to the list? Leave a comment below to share how you will pay it forward today!

With love and gratitude,

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9 Replies to “75 Acts of Kindness that Are Sure To Inspire Others to Pay It Forward

  1. Love all the ideas. I’ve always believed in acts of kindness and often refer to it as doing good deeds. I think that saying comes from my scouting days. Thank you for sharing.

  2. This is so awesome! I’m all about doing acts of kindness and I think you pretty much nailed it with this list.

  3. I love this! I just recently created a freebie for my followers that I haven’t shared yet that lists ways to show acts of love. Love seeing others on the same page. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I’m sure your followers will appreciate that. I think it’s nice to have a list to refer to, especially when you’re feeling extra generous. I try to pull from it every day to do something kind for others. Thanks for spreading the love! 🙂

  4. This is lovely, Kap-o-leen. It shines a light on your sweet nature and generous spirit – your Mum is looking down at you and beaming with pride. You’re an inspiration.
    I try to do little acts of kindness whenever I can as well and I wish more people did.

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