Random Acts of Kindness: 10 Ideas to Brighten Someone’s Day

The world is filled with a lot of tragedy and sorrow, and with a never-ending list of social media platforms and 24-hour news networks, we’re exposed to the downside of life more often than ever before. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t amazing aspects fo life on Earth, though, especially with the way that most people treat each other.

One of the things that makes humanity so beautiful is that many will go out of their way to make someone’s day better. Whether it be their closest friend or someone that they don’t even know, there are plenty of random acts of kindness around us. If you want to brighten someone’s day, here are 10 ideas for your next random act of kindness.

Cook Them Their Favorite Meal

The age-old saying “the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach” came to be for a reason. Cooking a special meal for someone you love, or even a stranger down on their luck can make all the difference in someone’s day. 

Do Their Chores

Chores are a necessary, but monotonous part of our day. Our busy lives sometimes make keeping up with chores a total pain. If you want to make someone smile, taking over their chore duty for the day will surely do the trick. 

Give Them Flowers

Flowers are just for Valentine’s Day and funerals. Flowers are always a great idea, for any day, any time, and any person. Give a special man in your life flowers for a change, or maybe even a total stranger. Flowers are more than their beauty alone. They’re a symbol of adoration, caring, and love. They’ll mean so much to whoever you give them to. 

Bring Them To Their Favorite Place

Adventure and spontaneity are excellent beginnings to a wonderful time with a loved one and a great show of thoughtfulness. Brighten someone’s day by taking your special person on a surprise trip to their favorite place to show them you care enough to know what they like to do and where they’re happiest.  

Leave Them a Kind Note 

Sometimes the simplest gestures can be the most impactful. Whether it’s directed to someone you love or a random passerby, writing a kind note can greatly improve their day and touch their heart. It can be short and sweet, or long and in-depth. Just the gesture alone shows that someone out there cares about them. 

Pay For Someone’s Food Order

This one is a classic, simple, anonymous way to make a stranger’s day. Who doesn’t love free food? No matter how small the bill, paying for someone’s food order will indefinitely make their day and may even influence a chain reaction of them and others paying it forward. 

Give Them a Special Compliment

Everyone wants to feel good about themselves. Most of us are at least a little self conscious, regardless of the brave face we put on in front of others. Tell someone you love their outfit, their hairstyle, their shoes, their kind nature, or anything else that makes them special. They’ll be happy someone took the time to notice the wonderful things about them. 

Clean Up Litter

Cleaning up litter is a great way to make a difference in the world, without emptying out your wallet. It’s a completely free way to show kindness to the planet and your neighborhood. Others may even follow your lead and take it upon themselves to lend a helping hand. 


There are many ways you can volunteer your time and services to those in need. Sadly, there is always an abundance of people going without and fortunately there are establishments that help provide food, shelter, and resources. Usually, they rely on help from the community to function. It’s a free and heartfelt way to share kindness and love to others. 

Build a Free Micro-Library

You may have noticed in recent years that there are small mailbox-esque libraries that have been popping up around neighborhoods that resemble large birdhouses. These micro-libraries are a great place for people to leave books that they no longer need, while others can take ones that are entirely new to them. Build one of these for your neighborhood and the community will really appreciate this if there isn’t a library nearby.

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