Does your family do random acts of kindness (good deeds to help someone out or simply make their day brighter)?

You should.

It’s a great way to teach your children about the importance of carrying out kindness daily and becoming an everyday hero. It’s also a way for your family to bond over doing something selfless in order to help another person.

At BRIDGES, that’s our January focus: encouraging acts of kindness and good deeds for our families to take on daily.

Need some ideas? Here’s 20 ideas (from:

  1. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
  2. Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
  3. Tell someone they dropped a dollar (even though they didn’t). Then give them a dollar.
  4. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
  5. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
  6. Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
  7. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
  8. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump.
  9. Throw a party to celebrate someone just for being who they are, which is awesome.
  10. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
  11. Leave quarters at the laundromat.
  12. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
  13. Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today.
  14. Give away stuff for free on Craig’s List.
  15. Write a gratitude list in the morning and again in the evening.
  16. Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.
  17. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
  18. Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
  19. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
  20. Pay the toll for the person behind you.

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Enjoy doing random acts of kindness – you and your family will love it!

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