30 Simple Acts of Kindness You Can Do in 2 Minutes or Less
Here are inspiring ideas to brighten someone’s day in 120 seconds or less. Pass it on!
Help someone find loose change
Leave a stack of quarters on a laundromat washing machine with a note saying they’re free for the taking. It is super frustrating to arrive at the laundromat and realize that you’ve forgotten your bag of change. This super simple act of kindness will prevent tired moms and dads from having a breakdown. Don’t miss these life-changing acts of kindness.
Help clear off a car
When you’re cleaning snow and ice off your car in a parking lot, clean off the next car as well. Not only are you helping out another driver, you’re making the roads safer for everyone.
Help a friend practice self-care
Slip an envelope containing a tea bag into a friend’s purse with a note inviting her to take some relaxing time for herself. Your kind action is now causing another—your friend can now be kind to herself.
Help a child in a time of stress
Buy coloring books and crayons and donate them to your local police department. When the police are called to a home where there are children, one officer can engage the kids while the other handles the situation. This is a great way to calm and distract children during what can be a very frightening experience.
Praise a parent
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Tell a parent they’re doing a good job. (They probably rarely hear that!) You are almost guaranteed to be rewarded with a shy but bright smile in return. Read these 19 powerful quotes about compassion for more inspiration.
Offer to take a photo
Whenever you see someone taking a family photo, offer to snap the shot so everyone can be included in the moment. You never know—that photo could be featured on their holiday card that year or become a treasured memento. And folks almost always offer to return the favor!
Leave a welcome note
When a new family moves into the neighborhood, use chalk to leave welcome messages on the sidewalk in front of their home. It can be hard to settle into a new area. Chalk messages are great ways to show how warm and friendly the neighborhood is and how excited everyone is to meet the new residents.
Make someone’s rainy day
Buy extra umbrellas and keep them in your car. When you see someone caught in a downpour, hand one over. You could be saving someone from walking into an interview or important meeting drenched.
Put the earth first
Be kind to the earth! Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, switch to paperless billing, recycle, use energy-efficient light bulbs, use a refillable water bottle, and bring cloth bags to the supermarket. We only have one planet, we need to keep it clean and protected!