At bloom, we believe in the power of random acts of kindness! The idea for our new Act of Kindness Cardscame from a recent company retreat in Florida. We went to the Magic Kingdom one day, and we had the idea to use our Belief Cards and surprise a few lucky guests with some random love! We wrote on the back of each card, "You've been hit with a random act of kindness! Hope you are having an AMAZING day at Disney! Consider paying it forward (in any way) and seeing how much love we can spread!" From buying hot chocolate and ice cream, to surprising children with light up Mickey Mouse ears, we saw how powerful these small gestures could be. Our acts of kindness not only effected the recipients, but they also effected the people around us who witnessed these actions, as well as ourselves, as we felt the pure joy of giving with no intent to get back. It was so powerful!
From this day, Act of Kindness Cards were born!
These are different from Beleif Cards in that they have a PRE-WRITTEN message on the back, so they are meant to be used spontaneously, whenever an opportunity to be kind presents itself. How large is your wake?! How much love can you spread? Need some ideas on how to be kind? We've compiled a list of our favorite acts of kindness below!
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS IDEAS
• Buy coffee for the person behind you in line
• Donate clothing
• Gift someone an old book of yours
• Bake something for your neighbor
• Call your grandparents just to chat
• Sincerely compliment your boss
• Hold the elevator
• Leave an extra tip
• Donate used books to a library
• Leave quarters at a laundry mat
• Bake someone a cake/cookies
• Cook a meal for someone
• Volunteeer at a nursing home
• Babysit for a single mom for free
• Leave a nice letter in a library book
• Write cards to children at a local hospital
• Say thank you when you see service members
• Walk dogs at the animal shelter
• Volunteer at a soup kitchen
• Help someone unload groceries at the store
• Write a teacher who made a difference in your life
• Bring flowers to nurses at your local hospital
• Talk to the shy person who's sitting by themselves
• Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers
• Put a tip in the tip jar at the coffee shop
• Rake leaves or shovel snow for an elderly neighbor
• Give up your seat to someone on the bus or subway
• Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter
• Leave notes around the house for a spouse/sibling/child
• Give blood
- Invite a new friend or colleague for coffee.
- Donate time via a virtual volunteer opportunity (volunteermatch.org/virtual-volunteering)
- Support farmers at a local market.
- Take the time to write a great online review for a business you love.
- Tape a few quarters to the next kid’s toy or candy vending machine you see.
- Pass along a compliment to a service worker’s boss.
- Put sticky notes with affirmations on public bathroom mirrors.
- Relay an overheard compliment.
- Bring treats to your local fire station.
- Participate in a walk or run for a cause.
- Short-circuit gossip with a positive comment.
- Use a reusable shopping bag, coffee mug, and water bottle.
- Leave a thank you note on the windshield of a car that has a military or veterans sticker.
- Offer to take a photo for a group in public.
- Use a reusable shopping bag, coffee mug, and water bottle.
- Write a teacher, coach, or boss who made a difference in your life.
- Text someone good morning or good night.
- Share your favorite book with someone.
- Praise a local business online.
- Pick up trash around your neighborhood.
- Visit the nearest little library and donate a book.
- Cook a meal for someone going through a toughtime.
- Bake someone a cake/cookies.
- Leave snacks and refreshments for delivery drivers.
- Use recyclable brown paper to wrap gifts.
- Rake leaves, shovel, or weed for a neighbor.
- Watch a friend's kid(s) for free to give them a break.
- Write positive messages and sticky notes and leavefor others to find.
- Apologize for a past mistake.
- Volunteer at a local shelter.
- Collect food for a local pantry.
- Genuinely compliment 3 strangers.
- Plant flowers in a community park or window box.
- Send a care package to a soldier overseas.
- Babysit, do laundry, or cook for new parents.
- Learn CPR.
- Register as an organ donor.
- Write to a boss praising a helpful employee.
- Put away your phone when you are with someone.
- Contact a local official with a cause you believe in.
- Mentor a child, new student, or colleague.
- Make a helpful business or personal introduction.
- Be kind to a customer service worker.
- Slow down so someone can merge in front of you in traffic.
- Write a thank you note to your mail carrier.
- Bike or walk rather than drive.
- Let someone in a hurry ahead of you in a line.
- Do a chore you know your roommate/partner hates.
- Say something encouraging to a parent who’s struggling with rambunctious kids in public.
- Offer to return a stranger’s grocery cart to the front of the store.
MORE KINDNESS RESOURCES
Looking for more ideas and ways to spread love? Check out:
RandomActsofKindness.org - Kindness ideas, resources, and kindness challenges
#DoGoodFromHome: For every kind act shared with #DoGoodFromHome, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to
organizations providing care to the children of COVID-19 essential workers, up to 25,000 toys and games.
Love for the Elderly - A nonprofit that helps the elderly. They're requesting kind,
hand-written letters that they'll send to seniors in lock-down.
Have you been effected by the giving or receiving of an act of kindness? Share your story below and/or use #letkindnessbloom on instagram!
Random Act of Kindness Card Recipients:
"While I was going through chemo I received a hand knitted shawl from a group of ladies I do not know with a lovely note of encouragement. I think of those women to this day with warm thoughts and a greatful heart for sending me well wishes and support through their kindness."
"I pulled into a McDonalds drive-in line in Mineola, NY. The car in front of me was in a modest white mini-SUV with Massachusetts license plates. Upon my turn at the speaker station I ordered breakfast. My order called for payment of $5.20. I proceeded to the pay window and was told that the woman in the car ahead of my paid for my breakfast. The clerk then gave me a card - on one side it read, "Kindness is Contagious." On the other side it read, "Random acts of kindness will change the world if we create enough momentum together."
“I was carrying my 1 year old daughter into the post office with a large box in my other hand. I went to open the door, but was deciding what I put down... my daughter or box haha (she was in her carrier). When all the sudden I hear a lady jump out of her car and said " Hold on sweetie I'll get the door for you". She opened the door and waited for me to come back through too. She was very kind and It actually made my day great! - thank you for the simple kindness.”
"I will never forget it but I ran into a lady outside of Target.. she had looked as if something was wrong.. I handed her a kindness card & told her have a blessed day. A few seconds passed & she came running up to me thanking me for this and how she was just praying God would give her a sign that everything would be okay. She had lost faith in God and was lost .. she needed to know if there was kindness in the world because all she had been seeing was hate. We talked and shared our stories and at the end she kneeled and said, 'Thank you God..... you sent me an angel when I was at my weakest.'"
"Thank you very much to the person who paid for my coffee at Wawa today! When I approached the check out counter, the cashier said it's free and handed me the card. It made my morning! It was very unexpected but very much appreciated! Thank you! After looking at your website I see that you do so many wonderful acts of kindness! Please continue your work! Bloom Planners are making people smile again! Thanks again!"
"To the mom who paid for my bill and left me this sweet little card in the McDonald's off of Virginia next to Stonebridge this evening THANK YOU. I needed that little bit of kindness more than you even know. My whole family is sick -- I have a sinus infection, my husband has bronchitis, and we had literally JUST left the doctor's office where my son was diagnosed with Flu Type B for the second time this season. This mama was so done with this week and needing a quick dinner and you totally made my heart so happy and brought tears to my eyes. THANK YOU. (and ps, your daughter was SO adorable).”
“I received a greeting card from a mail exchange group :) it really brightened my day! I'm going to pass it along in a card to someone else.”
"I want to thank you to the woman who blessed me this morning by buying my coffee. Thank you for my card. I was on the phone with my sister Crissy and since I was so excited about being blessed she blessed the car behind her since she was in a drive thru- wow domino effect LOVE IT- who can we all bless today 💕"