It’s a new year, which means there’s an endless wealth of opportunity to perform acts of kindness for the people around you. Though it might be a little bit different going outside of your home nowadays, that doesn’t mean you can’t be kind to everyone you meet. If you’re looking for a few ideas for acts of random kindness to perform in the new year, here are five acts of kindness you can perform every day.
Buy Flowers for a Neighbor
Did you know that almost 83% of people say that they like receiving flowers unexpectedly? Whether you’re good friends with your neighbors or not, it can be nice to leave a gift for someone in your neighborhood. If you’re out running errands in the morning and have the opportunity to buy some flowers, pick up a bouquet or two and leave them on your neighbors’ porches. Not only will it make you feel good, but it will probably be a nice surprise for your neighbors, too!
Pay for Someone’s Coffee
Paying it forward doesn’t always have to be a grand gesture. Instead, consider a small pay it forward act like buying a stranger’s coffee while you’re at Starbucks. Since the average American eats out about 4.5 times every week, it’s likely that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to pay it forward by purchasing a coffee, snack, or slice of pizza for someone while you’re out on the town.
Put Money in an Expired Meter
If you live near a big city, you’re probably no stranger to parking meters. And it’s likely that you’ve fallen victim to an expired meter in the past, too. Whether you’ve had to pay a parking ticket as a result or not, you can imagine how frustrating it must be. So the next time you see an expired meter in your city, put some spare change in there and help a neighbor out. This is a simple act of kindness that takes about two seconds and can make a huge difference in someone else’s life.
Compliment a Stranger
When in doubt, pay someone a compliment! You probably pass countless people on the streets every day — why not pay someone a compliment if you like their hair or outfit? It’s really as simple as telling someone you like what they’re wearing in passing. A little compliment can change a person’s entire day and it doesn’t take any time out of yours at all. You could be the reason someone feels confident for the rest of the week or going into a job interview. Get after it!
Hold the Door Open for Someone
When in doubt, go back to basics. Holding the door open for someone might seem like an act of common courtesy, but it really is a random act of kindness. If you see someone with a bunch of bags in their arms or someone is coming out of a store while you’re walking in, holding the door open can make all the difference in the world.
Performing a random act of kindness doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. You’re not paying utility bills and taking responsibility for 35% of someone’s credit score. Opening a door, paying someone a compliment, or putting some spare change in a parking meter can make a huge difference without any time taken from your day.