39 Random Acts of Kindness That Don’t Cost a Cent
You don’t have to have a lot—or anything at all—to give a lot. These expert-recommended random acts cost you nothing but will reap rewards of joy.
Register to vote
A great way to make positive change both in your community and on a national level is to vote, but you can’t cast a vote if you’re not registered. Not sure? Take 30 seconds now to visit Vote.org and check your status. If you’re not registered, sign up today. And while you’re in the mood for something nice, check out our Nicest Place in America competition.
Get active in the community
Don’t waste your patriotic rights by sitting on the sidelines. Now that you’re registered to vote, get involved in local elections. You can help support candidates you like, volunteer at a voting center, or even run for office yourself! Just make sure you turn in your ballot on time.
Use your turn signal
The world would be a much less stressful place if everyone remembered to use their blinker when turning or merging into traffic. It takes just a moment to let the driver behind you know what you’re doing, and then we can all just relax and enjoy the ride.
Ditch single-use plastic water bottles
Chances are you’ve got a water bottle (or ten) rolling around your house. Do the planet a favor and use it instead of disposable plastic bottles of water. Sure, the disposables are convenient, but using reusable bottles is a kindness to the planet—and your wallet will thank you too.
Be honest…even if it makes you look bad
We live in a society that prioritizes appearance over reality, but while photoshopping your Facebook pictures or fudging your productivity numbers at work may make you feel better in the moment, ultimately it brings everyone down. The next time you’re tempted to tell even a small lie, do the kind thing and tell the truth. Start with these 3 steps to real honesty.
Save a seal and snip the plastic rings on packs of cans
Who hasn’t seen a heartbreaking picture of a bird or other animal caught in a snare of plastic discarded from soda or beer cans? Fortunately, this is easy to avoid—simply take a few extra seconds to snip all the links before you toss them in the trash.
Share a toothy grin with a stranger
Grins are gifts, especially when given freely with no ulterior motives. Giving a pleasant smile and a nod to a passerby is one of the quickest, easiest ways to brighten someone’s day. Plus, just the act of smiling will give you a little boost of happiness too. Get more good feelings—check out these random acts of kindness that actually changed someone’s life.
Register to be an organ donor
Organ donation is the gift that keeps on giving. Check to see if you’re registered or sign up to be an organ donor on the National Organ Donor Registry. Make sure to discuss your wishes with your family members—it can be a tough conversation but it will save a lot of pain and confusion later.
Sign up for the bone marrow registry
The one big downside to organ donation is you won’t be alive to see your donation change a life. But you can always donate your your bone marrow! Signing up is as easy as going to Be The Match and requesting a kit.
Call your mom
Just because you don’t live with her anymore doesn’t mean she stopped caring about you! You don’t have to wait for Mother’s Day or her birthday; give her an unexpected call to check in and say hi. Don’t have a mom available? Call your dad or call a person who was just like a parent to you.