44 simple acts of kindness that will change your life

You are capable of bringing so much good into the world.

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  • There is no greater feeling than the one that follows helping another person in need. Charity and service are just two of God's many tools that allow us to show a deep and pure love for others. When we serve God's children, we serve and become closer to God as well.

  • But why is serving others sometimes difficult? Is it because all of the hours in our days are consumed by careers, family life and other day-to-day tasks? Could it be that we believe service only counts if someone changes the world with an extensive humanitarian trip? Perhaps. But acts of service do not need to be extravagant. When someone has pure intentions to help others each day, those small acts qualify as service. If you have a desire to help others, but you do not have enough time at the moment for large projects, here is a list of small acts of kindness to share with others:

  • 1. Pay for the person behind you at the drive-through

  • 2. Bring a treat to share with your coworkers

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  • 3. Donate clothing you no longer need

  • 4. Leave a generous tip for your server

  • 5. Share a smile with everyone you see

  • 6. Call friends and family to let them know you're thinking of them

  • 7. Sign up for a charity walk or run

  • #Sawdust2 #5k #wisconsin #running #roadrace

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  • 8. Donate blood

  • 9. Plant flowers

  • 10. Leave money inside a book at a bookstore

  • *needs to make a career out of taking photos in bookstores* 📷

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  • 11. Bake cookies for your neighbor

  • 12. Visit the elderly

  • 13. Donate your hair

  • 14. Let someone cut in front of you in line

  • 15. Visit a nursing home

  • 16. Become an organ donor

  • 17. Send someone a hand-written letter in the mail

  • 18. Donate money to a good cause

  • 19. Be a kind and courteous driver

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  • 20. Blow bubbles out of your window during a traffic jam

  • 21. Return shopping carts to their proper place

  • 22. Wash someone's car for them

  • 23. Babysit for someone who needs a break

  • 24. Hand out flowers to strangers

  • 25. Leave inspiring notes on strangers' cars

  • 26. Leave change in a vending machine

  • 27. Visit an animal shelter and walk a dog

  • Lekker wandelen ❤️🐶 #Jake #walkingdog

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  • 28. When returning a Redbox DVD, leave a few dollars in the case

  • 29. Leave a treat in the mailbox for the mail carrier

  • 30. Donate books to a children's hospital

  • 31. Bring a trash bag on a walk and pick up litter along the way

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  • 32. Hold the door open for someone

  • 33. Leave coins for someone at a laundromat

  • 34. Tape change to a parking meter

  • 35. Leave kind messages with chalk on someone's driveway

  • 36. Give someone a sincere compliment

  • 37. Write an uplifting letter to a prison inmate

  • 38. Leave inspirational messages around your town

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  • 39. Donate items to a homeless shelter

  • 40. Foster an animal

  • 41. Cook someone a meal

  • 42. Send a care package to someone

  • Getting a package ready to ship! 🌹😍❤️ shhhhh 🤐 #snailmail #carepackage #milspo

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  • 43. Give out free balloons

  • 44. Hand out compliment cards to strangers

  • There are so many simple ways to spread joy and serve those around you. Acts of kindness and love can have a domino effect and inspire others to help as well. Never underestimate the power of kindness; you may restore someone's faith in God and humanity with just a small, selfless act. Your own faith and relationship with God will be strengthened as well. Through such simple acts, you can make the world a better place.

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Chakell Wardleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spends her days silently (mostly) correcting others' grammar. She adores all things nerd, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, and anything else that whisks her away from reality. She currently works as an editor for the FamilyShare team. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, laughing too loudly, or belting out songs from Hamilton.

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