Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness on November 20

On November 20, Melrose will celebrate a day of Random Acts of Kindness. Spend the day recognizing the goodness in our community and the kindness that we can share together. Reach out to your fellow citizens and do something good. It is that easy. Not sure how to get started? Try one of these 100 suggestions to bring kindness to our community:

  1. Bring snacks to work or to school. Bring enough for everyone.
  2. When you see it, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
  3. Don’t write the angry internet comment you’re thinking of writing.
  4. When everyone around you is gossiping about someone, be the one to butt in with something nice.
  5. Cook a meal or do a load of laundry for a friend who just had a baby or is going through a difficult time.
  6. If you walk by a car with an expired parking meter, put a quarter in it.
  7. Put your phone away.
  8. Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
  9. Hang out with the person who just moved to town.
  10. Host a pot luck dinner.
  11. Each time you get a new piece of clothing, donate an old one.
  12. Don’t interrupt when some else is speaking.
  13. Email or write a teacher who made a difference in your life.
  14. Compliment someone to their boss.
  15. Leave a nice server the biggest tip you can afford.
  16. Smile at someone on the street, just because.
  17. Let someone into your lane. They’re probably in a rush just like you.
  18. Forgive someone, and never bring up the issue again.
  19. Talk to the shy person who’s sitting by themselves at a party.
  20. Leave your Boston Globe behind for someone else to read at the coffee shop.
  21. Cut someone some slack.
  22. Help a mother with her baby stroller.
  23. Become a big brother or big sister.
  24. Let the person behind you at the supermarket checkout with one or two items go ahead.
  25. Write someone a letter. Like a real letter, on paper. And mail it.
  26. Give away stuff for free on Craigslist.
  27. Make an encouraging playlist on Spotify for your friend who’s going through a hard time.
  28. Give someone a book you think they’d like.
  29. Be the person who puts a tip in the tip jar at the coffee shop.
  30. Bring in fun office supplies to liven up the workday for everyone.
  31. When you go to the store, ask the people around you if you can pick something up.
  32. Give someone a hug.
  33. Help carry something heavy.
  34. Call your grandparents. Call them!
  35. Donate your old eyeglasses so someone else can use them.
  36. When you are throwing something away, pick up any litter around you and throw it away, too.
  37. Write something nice on that person’s updates who posts on Facebook constantly.
  38. Sincerely compliment your boss. She needs to hear it.
  39. Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in restrooms.
  40. Let the other driver have the parking space.
  41. Relay an overheard compliment.
  42. Volunteer to read to kids at an after school program.
  43. Bring your partner coffee in bed tomorrow.
  44. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
  45. Stop to talk to a homeless person.
  46. Answer that email you’ve been avoiding.
  47. Send anonymous flowers to the school secretary.
  48. Pay the toll for the person behind you.
  49. Donate your old laptop.
  50. Pet a pup.
  51. Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home. Sixty percent of them will never have a visitor during their stay.
  52. Give someone a tissue who is crying and offer to talk about it.
  53. Listen intently.
  54. Babysit for a single mom for free.
  55. Adopt a rescue pet.
  56. Compliment someone in front of others.
  57. Hold the elevator.
  58. Text or email that person you’re afraid to talk to because you don’t want to bother them.
  59. Remind yourself that everyone is fighting their own struggles.
  60. Leave some extra quarters in the laundry room.
  61. Write your kids a list of things you love about them.
  62. Put together a small herb garden for someone.
  63. Empathize.
  64. Say thank you to a custodian.
  65. Talk to someone who haven’t talked to before.
  66. Frame your friend’s favorite lyric or quote and give it to them with a nice note.
  67. Send dessert to another table.
  68. Text someone just to say good morning or good night.
  69. Help your elderly neighbor take out the trash or mow their lawn.
  70. Give up your seat to someone.
  71. Tell your siblings how much you appreciate them.
  72. Buy a gift from a local merchant.
  73. Plant a tree.
  74. Purchase extra dog or cat food and drop it off at an animal shelter.
  75. If you’re a good photographer, take photos of your friends and make them into a digital album.
  76. Smile when you feel like scowling.
  77. Wash someone’s car.
  78. Dog or cat sit for free.
  79. Keep an extra umbrella at work and let someone borrow it when they need it.
  80. Make two lunches and give one away.
  81. Reduce air pollution by carpooling.
  82. Say yes at the store when the cashier asks if you want to donate $1 to whichever cause.
  83. Be encouraging.
  84. Help someone struggling with heavy bags.
  85. Take all your change to Coinstar and donate your collection to charity.
  86. Give your friend a hug, touch their arm, or pat them on the back.
  87. Buy the lemonade.
  88. Give your partner the benefit of the doubt.
  89. Be kind to the customer service rep on the phone. It’s not their fault.
  90. Do the dishes, even when it isn’t your turn.
  91. Give someone the rest of your pack of gum.
  92. Be patient.
  93. Clean someone’s windshield.
  94. Every night before you go to bed, think of three things you’re grateful for.
  95. Make plans with that person you’ve been putting off seeing.
  96. Call your mom.
  97. Call your dad.
  98. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading groceries in their car.
  99. Have a clean up party at the park.
  100. When you hear that negative, discouraging voice in your head, remember to leave yourself alone—you deserve kindness, too.
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