Promoting, sharing and uniting kindness
Acts of Kindness
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscaglia, 1924 - 1998

Below are some examples of kind acts you can perform but the possibilities are infinite. We would love to hear your ideas too, please contact us here.

Hundreds of further examples can be viewed on our good deeds website www.thegooddeedsorganisation.com.

Environmental
  • Turn the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth
  • Undertake a litter pick in your local area
  • When possible, share travel with those who live near you
  • Walk or cycle to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Join or start a recycling club
  • When renewing garden equipment bear in mind its energy and carbon efficiency
  • Volunteer for an environmental charity or organisation
  • Make a vegetable patch and grow your own produce
  • Turn off electrical items at the plug socket
  • Plant a tree – fast-growing, deciduous trees (that require little maintenance) provide most effective carbon capture
  • Buy recycled and recyclable products
  • Choose reusable products rather than disposable
  • Help to create a new green space in the community
  • Donate clothes to a charity shop or offer them to friends instead of throwing them out
  • Recycle your printer cartridges to avoid damaging the environment
  • Only take or cook as much food as you can eat to avoid wasting it
  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room
  • Buy locally sourced, in season and unprocessed produce
  • When buying products look out for labels that show a product has been produced with more consideration for the natural world
  • Collect rainwater and use it to water your plants
  • Hang on to your mobile phone for longer
  • Avoid excess packaging and plastic
  • Take your own bag shopping or buy a ‘bag for life’
  • Grow perennial plants over large areas to help carbon capture
  • Choose alternative household products that are produced with fewer harmful chemicals.
  • Donate leftover paint to a ‘paint reuse’ organisation or dispose it safely through your local council
  • Make your own cleaning products from everyday ingredients like lemon juice and vinegar
  • Avoid peat-based compost
  • Choose energy efficient electronic equipment
  • Learn how to compost
  • Plant a tree or a hedge in your garden
  • Free-cycle, post anything that you don’t need anymore online, free to collector
  • Buy in bulk and use concentrated products – so that you use less packaging

Community
  • Sign the petition asking the United Nations to make ‘World Kindness Day’ (13th November) a globally recognised day
  • Help an elderly neighbour take the bins out
  • Send an appreciative text to a friend or family member
  • Buy a coffee for the person behind you
  • Call and chat to someone you think might be lonely
  • Let a car go in front of you, particularly on a busy road
  • Offer to look after a friend’s pet while they are on holiday
  • If you walk past someone moving into a new home, offer to help
  • When you’re on a busy train or bus, offer your seat to someone who looks like they need it more than you
  • Pass on a good book when you’re finished with it
  • Pay the toll for the driver behind you
  • Take a minute to help someone even if you’re in a rush
  • Offer to do a food shop for an elderly neighbour
  • Help a mother carry her pushchair upstairs
  • Help a friend pack when their moving house
  • Take the time to get to know your colleagues
  • Say good morning to everyone on your way into work and good evening on your way home
  • Surprise one person a month with a treat.
  • Send a thank you email to a friend or colleague
  • Eat lunch with someone new
  • Take time to yourself when you feel stressed – go for a short walk or for a coffee
  • Clean the communal refrigerator, microwave or oven in your workplace
  • Offer to help colleagues with their work when you are able
  • Learn the names of people in your building who you see everyday
  • Hold the door open for those behind you
  • Sign up to the organ donor register
  • Ask people to donate to your chosen charity instead of giving a gift on your birthday
  • Give someone a compliment – it can make their day, week or year!
  • When making a tea or coffee, offer to make one for anyone else who would like one
  • Surprise your colleagues with a kind post-it note on their desk
  • Bring in treats for your colleagues
  • Offer to buy a drink or some food for a homeless person
  • Go through your possessions and donate items you no longer use to charity
  • Buy music where the profit goes to charity
  • Make yourself know to anyone elderly or vulnerable in your community so they have somewhere to turn if they need help
  • Become a pen friend to someone less fortunate than you
  • Provide a helping hand to those less able to cross a road
  • Volunteer at a nursing or care home
  • Spend time with someone who might be lonely
  • Help an elderly person with their shopping
  • Leave money in a parking metre, ticket or vending machine for the next person
  • When paying for yourself, offer to pay for someone else too (e.g. in a coffee shop or at a train station)
  • Write a letter to a member of the armed services thanking them for their service
  • Join or set up a local community group with a view to getting to know your neighbours and increasing the sense of care and community in the area
  • Write a blog about kindness in society
  • Support charities and good causes on your social media pages
  • Give food coupons to a homeless person
  • Take the time to really listen to someone
  • Give blood
  • Make sure something is ethically sourced when buying it
  • Donate coats and blankets to a homeless shelter particularly in the winter
  • Share positive posts on your social media pages
  • Pay the road/bridge toll for the vehicle driving behind you
  • Cook a meal for someone else – e.g. deliver a lasagne to a new mother
  • Tell the manager when you receive good service
  • Surprise a loved one with a kind note e.g. in their lunch box
  • Donate creative items, toys or games to a children’s hospital
  • Offer to return someone’s shopping trolley in the car park
  • Say thank you more
  • Write a note of encouragement and place it inside a book or magazine in waiting room
  • Leave a pile of pennies by a fountain for passers by to make a wish
  • Write positive online reviews for places you have visited or businesses you have gone to
  • Pay someone a compliment (in person and via social media)
  • Write a thank you letter to a teacher who stands out from your education
  • Wash a friend or family member’s car or bike for them
  • Buy a lottery ticket and give it to a stranger
  • Pop-in and say hello to new neighbours
  • If you enjoy your meal at a restaurant, send your compliments to the chef
  • In your spare time, volunteer at a charity shop
  • Spend time to get to know your neighbours
  • Borrow or hire products you only need to use occasionally
  • Register with the Mailing Preference Service to avoid unwanted junk mail being sent to your home
  • Smile at a stranger
  • Buy fair-trade products
  • Let someone go in front of you in the queue
  • Pick out good causes on the internet and ‘like’ or ‘follow’ them
  • Volunteer at your local health centre
  • Put your loose change in a charity box

Nature
  • Adopt a rescued animal as your pet
  • Write a blog about kindness to nature
  • When gardening, plant different types and species to support a range of wildlife
  • Attract bugs and amphibians to your garden by creating a woodpile
  • Feed ducks in the park
  • Try to reduce your meat consumption e.g. have a meat-free day
  • Make a bird house and leave bird seed out, particularly on wintry days
  • Rescue an insect when it is trapped in the bath
  • Take your pet for a walk and give it verbal reinforcements
  • Donate to a nature charity (this can be one focused on animals, sea-life, conservation of natural habitats etc).
  • Make a house for hedgehogs
  • Volunteer for a nature charity
  • In winter; if you have a pond, make sure you check it every day for ice. If a pond freezes over, carefully place a saucepan of hot water on the surface to gently melt a hole in the ice to protect the wildlife
  • Disturb piles of garden rubbish before having a bonfire to check that no animals, like hedgehogs, are hiding there
  • Get involved with recording animals and plants where you live
  • Use pesticides only as a last resort
  • Help search for a missing pet
  • Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter
  • Make a bee home and fix it in your garden
  • Put up a nest box up during National Nest Box Week to help increase the number of suitable nesting spaces for birds
  • Take part in a wildlife survey – surveys are essential for assessing the status and needs of wildlife