10 Acts of Kindness Ideas

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This past week I have been feeling a little blah, a little complacent, a little ungrateful. In an effort to ward off these negative feelings, I decided to see if I could do seven acts of kindness this week. Whenever I do something kind for someone else, it always makes me feel better. It’s think it’s because it makes me remember my blessings. Sister Anne Bryan Smollin says it’s because . . .

  • When we do a kind act for someone, it boosts our immune system.
  • Even when we witness a kind act, it boosts our immune system.

It is now the end of the week and my emotional self while not 100% is much better. I’ll be 100% when my shoulder and wrist pain are not so constant.

Anyway, below are 10 (!) acts of kindness I performed on purpose this week. Which ones can you identify with? What would you add to this list?

  1. Filled up a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child. I do this every year. This year I bought items for a 5-9 year old boy. I appreciate the opportunity to give to a child who has very little.
  2. Took a get well gift and card to a child in the hospital.
  3. Took lunch (Chipotle) to the mother of the child in the hospital.
  4. Rescued a cat with the help of a friend. Thanks, Friend!
  5. Helped 2 co-workers with their job. Sometimes life gets over-whelming even in the workplace. Coming alongside a person at such a time can make a difference to the work load and morale.
  6. Sent a card to someone who has had an emotionally difficult week. I view cards as mini presents. The artwork and inspiring words can minister to a person’s weary or hurting spirit.
  7. Picked up medicine for an ill friend.
  8. I helped a friend get another Bible. It was stolen from her car. Can you believe that?
  9. Sponsored my 9-year-old niece in a walk-a-thon to raise funds for school field trips. Even though I only gave $10 she made me feel fabulous. “Oh Aunty” she said. “That is just a perfect amount. Thank you so much.”
  10. Sent out an email to my list of friends to see if any of them could help another friend with a sewing need for her son. Came up with two offers of help.

Your Turn

  • Describe a time when you’ve been on the receiving end of an act of kindness? How did you feel?
  • Is there an act of kindness you’ve been meaning to do? Can you do it this week?
  • When was the last time you performed an act of kindness? What was it?

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  • 1. Rachel Greenfield  |  . at .

    I have definitely found that when I am down or consumed with my own circumstances, serving others brings a great deal of perspective back into my life. I am thankful God allows us the blessing of blessing others because it’s an opportunity to realize life is so much bigger and greater than us. Just this week God gave Nate and I an opportunity to see God do some really cool things through a small act of obedience on our part. I love it when that happens. We have also been on the receiving end of random acts of kindness and we are often blown away by people’s generosity towards us and our ministry!


  • 2. Sandra Cowell  |  . at .

    I received a card last week… from my MOM! It was a “thinking of you” card with a beautiful poem about what a wonderful daughter I am. It touched me deeply and made me feel so good.
    I also signed up to do lots of things at the ministry fair… and I have been cutting and saving stamps… planning a meal for college group… and signed up for a technique class for turkey cooking (going with a friend which is bonus fun!!!) because I am also making a turkey for donation at thanksgiving… I am also giving each of my children the opportunity to fill a Christmas box to send over seas. We are trying to give more to others and less within the home this year.
    Lastly, I have tried to mail one card a week to a friend in need of encouragement. So far I have sent 4 cards… and I am blessed and over-joyed just imagining them finding it in the mail. I know how great I feel when I am thought of so tenderly.


  • 3. Brenda  |  . at .

    Its so true, when we feel kind of down, doing things for others helps to lift us up. I think that’s because it gets our eyes off of ourselves and on to other and helps us to get a little perspective on our problems. We just need to remember to practice this!


  • 4. extramilelp  |  . at .

    I loved all the things you did!!! I am doing a project for one of my classes…. you can read about it at http://www.extramilelp.wordpress.com Did you plan all of those 10 things or did they just come up. I find that opportunities come up for me to be a blessing to someone else very often if I am aware and looking for them:) Sometimes we don’t even recognize them!


  • 5. susan2009  |  . at .

    Extra Mile – I did the acts as they came to me. I’ve noticed the same thing. If I am on the lookout, there are kind things (many of them easy) that I can do.

    Your blog is cool. I will be checking back at your blog to see where else your kind acts “take” you.


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