* As with my other lists, many of these ideas come from some of the wonderful bucket list blogs I love to read, most of which are listed under my Inspiration Page. In this case, I got additional ideas by typing “Random acts of kindness” into Google and browsing the first pages that came up.
Volunteer at a nursing home
2. Start and lead creative writing classes for children at local libraries
Participate in a walk for a good cause
4. Participate in a run for a good cause
Write a nice letter to someone
Leave inspirational messages on sticky notes in public bathrooms/places
Pay for Someone Behind Me in a Drive-Thru Line
Pay for someone’s coffee, who is in line behind me
9. Volunteer at a food bank/soup kitchen
10. Join free rice and donate at least 10,000 grains of rice
11. Leave $5 where a kid will find it
Leave Flowers on a Stranger’s Doorstep 13. Spend time at a nursing home summer 2013
14. Take my parents on a surprise outing somewhere
Make a Shutterfly photo album for grandpa
16. Make Shutterfly photo albums for both mom and dad
17. Make Shutterfly photo albums for at least two other family members (half complete)
Frame my poems (about specific family members) for those loved ones
Send texts to all my friends and family members that I’m happy to have them in my life
This summer 2013, donate to the American Heart Association
This summer 2013, give money to someone who needs it more than I do
Write a Nice Letter and Leave it in a Book for a Stranger to Find
24. Compliment 20 strangers in one day
25. Name a star after someone I love
26. Write letters to five people who changed my life
Pay the Toll for the Car Behind Me
28. This summer 2013, donate clothes and toys
Anonymously mail a letter of encouragement to a stranger
30. Help at least five people cross an item off their bucket lists
31. Send my compliments to the chef
32. Begin a charity
33. Give free hugs
34. Volunteer at a non-profit organization
35. Inspire someone
Pick Up a Piece of Trash Lying in the Street and Put it in a Trashcan
Buy a homeless person a Snapple
Hand out flowers at a nursing home (enough for everyone)
39. Give a mom or dad in need a break and take their kids out for the day (my treat).
Take a CPR class
Bring old magazines to a hospital or doctor’s waiting room
42. Visit a nursing home just to talk to some of the residents
43. Make someone breakfast in bed
Feed someone’s parking meter that is about to expire
45. Write a note to management about employees who do an excellent job
Compliment an author on a book he or she wrote that I loved
Open the phone book, pick a name, and send someone anonymous gifts
Make a mixed CD for someone
49. Visit an elderly relative I have never met, but who might enjoy company
50. This summer 2013, bake something for someone
SO Wonderful! It must feel great as you cross each item off your list! I remember I did a 30-day challenge a while ago to do one Random Act of Kindness every day, and it honestly made a difference in my life, made it more of a habit to look for ways to make peoples’ day. You’ve inspired me to make that challenge more permanent, thanks! And thanks for following my blog too! 🙂
Aw thanks Lexi 🙂 It really does feel great crossing items off the list! That’s awesome you did a 30-day challenge; I feel like it would be so much more rewarding if I tried to stick with doing some of these things every day. Glad I found your blog!
What an incredible blog. Thank-you so much for sharing and inspiring. After facing some very hard times with my family (health related) I had a choice to ball up in a corner and lament, or to go out and start living. I chose the latter. The most amazing thing is that it sometimes takes a reminder that we are not immortal to actually give us the courage to start living. Again, what a wonderful blog and what a wonderful thing you are doing for the world!
Wow, thank you so much for your very kind comment 🙂 I think that is so awesome you choose to go out and start living, as I believe the way we think about things really does make a difference. I’m glad I found your blog!
What a very inspiring blog! I love this idea of having a kind acts and volunteering bucket list – an amazing way to stop being so self-absorbed (talking to myself). Thank you for following Wonderlust too – another act of kindness and love xx
Haha I completely know what you mean though Mireille 🙂 Thank you for the nice compliment!
Thanks for the follow, what a tremendously inspiring blog you have!
You’re very welcome 🙂
Good progress on the list, Christine! How did you do with #28 and #50 now that summer is almost over?
Thanks so much 🙂 I actually went on my first hike last weekend! And roller blading was just something I used to do when I was younger, so I added it to the list, lol
Such an inspirational blog, so much so that I’m going to create a bucketlist for my blog. Keep doing what you’re doing because it’s definitely making a difference 😀
Aww I am so glad to hear that and thank you for the really kind compliment that made my day 🙂
Wow, I think I’ll try this–I mean, I’m going to do this. As Christopher McCandless wrote, “Happiness only real when shared.” Thanks!
Haha yes, it’s been so much fun and I’m really glad to hear you’re going to do it too 🙂
Christine, you are an inspiration to your generation 😀 Do you take requests? — you seem like the kind of person who would donate blood, but maybe you don’t like needles. Have you ever considered adding to your list, registering as a bone marrow donor? Just to see if you matched someone who’s life needs saving? It is something I have always wanted to do, but I don’t currently meet the weight limit (sshh, don’t tell anyone.) Now that I am writing this is seems a little personal to be saying to someone I don’t know. I have no affiliation with the bone marrow people or anyone who needs a bone barrow transplant, I just keep thinking about some toddler out there with leukemia who I might be a match for, and the mother who is desperate to save her child.
— Great blog. Sorry if this is a weird comment 😀 Blessings !!
Hahaha, not weird at all; your comment actually made my night and thank you so much for all of the nice compliments 🙂 I really appreciate them! Unfortunately, I don’t think I currently meet the weight limit for donating blood either, lol (I’m pretty short!), but those are some great ideas and thank you for the suggestions!
You definitely inspire me therefore you can cross that out! =)
Aww, that’s too sweet, haha thank you 🙂
Love your list & the fact that you are inspiring so many people to think of random acts of kindness. I so appreciate you taking the time to follow my blog. Thanks, keep smiling. Helen
Aww thank you so much Helen 🙂 Glad I found your blog!
Hey! I thought of another goal for you to add to your bucket list: write a letter to your future self every year on your birthday and open it on your birthday the following year. But make sure the letter is kind!
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Thank you Carl for sharing this post 🙂 You’re the best and so inspiring!
Wonderful list you have! I’ve been a volunteer for several years now and my current project is Scarves for Troops program. Cheers!
Thank you so much Victoria! Scarves for Troops sounds amazing 🙂
It is so much fun! -:)
This is truly amazing!
Absolutely love this idea, what an awesome way to brighten someone’s day or even touch someone’s life!
Thank you so much :)!
I love Random Acts of Kindness, I started turning our Christmas countdown into doing RAC, I have 2 small children and I hope to teach them to think of others, obviously all year round but for now we are trying to get the focus of Christmas onto thinking about others as opposed to wanting lots of presents! Your list is wonderful and you have crossed so many off it, so inspiring 🙂
Ah I love that, such a wonderful idea to do that around Christmas time 🙂 Thank you so much and thanks for the inspiration as well!
That’s a great idea! =D
That’s so awsome to see that a lot of the things on your list are to help others other than yourself.
I admire you for what you do onto others and that your expectations in giving is higher than receiving 🙂
You have a very inspiring list – thanks for the ideas and insight. Ellie firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thanks so much for sharing this post :)!
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Thanks so much for sharing this page :)!
I volunteer at a food pantry and parish for the homeless community in Hollywood every week. I just made a post about what it’s taught me if you want to check it out! It’s definitely one of those experiences that you could learn so many different things from the people there and what it means to be men and women with and for others. You got a great list going and I look forward to keep hearing your stories. Keep it up! (:
That sounds awesome! Just checked out your post and I think it’s great 🙂 I agree, I bet you must learn so much from working there. Thanks so much and I look forward to reading more of your posts as well!
This is AMAZING! You have just given me my very own to-do list!
Aw, thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Hi thanks for the follow 🙂 I would like you to look at 15minutesforthevillage.wordpress.com when you have a moment. If you like the concept let’s talk because I think you would be an amazing voice to have on there. Email is email@example.com
i think you’ve just inspired me to create my own bucket list! thank you! 🙂
Oh, I’m so pleased you popped by and followed my blog because this is fab. I’ve gladly returned the gesture. I can really use some of the suggestions on on this list for my own blog this month. Thanks so much and can’t wait to see more of this x
Aww thank you so much and I’m really glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Glad I’ve found your blog!
This is a really lovely and inspiring list – well done, you! xx
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Today is my birthday and I am having my friends donate money, instead of spending on food, drinks and gifts, to a fund raiser to help a homeless family move into their own place