List of suggestions of Acts of Kindness for National Others Week: Which Ones Will You Do?


Its National Others Week 2015 this week and here is a list of possible things you could do to promote community through acts of kindness.

I am really interested to hear your National Others Week stories so please post your stories in the comments.


  • Show some chivalry, open a door for a woman.
  • Send a thank you note to a soldier.
  • Leave change in the vending machine.
  • Leave extra time in the parking metre.
  • Take a dozen Krispy Kremes to the local Ambulance Station.
  • Take cup cakes into your child’s class.
  • Bring your assistant coffee.
  • When you’re on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.
  • Let a fellow driver merge into your lane.
  • Put your shopping cart back in its place.
  • Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.
  • Throw away your trash—and someone else’s—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.
  • Tip generously…even though its not expected in Australia.
  • Pay for someone’s fuel at the petrol station.
  • Tape a nice saying or thought to the bus window.
  • Donate books to your local library.
  • Donate blood.
  • Put up anonymous encouraging post it notes for strangers to find.


  • Tell your boss some of the good things about working for him.
  • Do the task no one in the office wants to do.
  • Don’t leave others waiting for you. Respect their time.
  • Bring a welcome gift to a new co-worker.
  • Give up your seat for someone
  • Bring a box of doughnuts to share at the office.
  • Don’t interrupt when someone is explaining herself.
  • At work, offer to transfer a caller who needs help from another department.


  • Invite the kids in your neighbourhood to a pizza party.
  • Mow someone else’s lawn.
  • Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbour, especially in extreme weather.
  • Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbours.
  • Buy the stuff your neighbours kids are selling….such as a lemonade stand.
  • Family
  • Say Thank You more.
  • Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
  • Say “I love you” to someone you love.
  • Say “please” and “thank you”—and really mean it.
  • Simply say “I’m sorry” when you’re wrong.
  • Call your Parents and tell them you love them.
  • Don’t be annoying – Make a conscious effort to avoid doing the things you know annoy your spouse (or roommates)
  • Write a thank you note to your parents.
  • Send one of your siblings an anonymous gift.
  • Call your inlaws and tell them they created an amazing person.


  • Smile at everyone you see.
  • Send flowers to a friend.
  • Shout someone a Coffee.
  • Write a hand written encouragement note to someone.
  • Listen to older people tell the stories of their past.
  • Cook someone who is ill a meal.
  • Let another go first.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Pick up litter.
  • Give an unexpected gift.
  • Donate to a charity that is working in an area that you are passionate about.
  • Say “Good morning” to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
  • Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.
  • Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.
  • Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
  • Take someone’s shift as the car-pool parent.
  • Offer to baby-sit for a single mum.
  • Call or write to a teacher who changed your life.
  • Forgive someone a debt–and never bring it up again
  • Listen with all your senses.
  • Encourage someone who seems despondent.
  • Volunteer to take care of a friend’s dog while he is vacationing.
  • Help a friend pack for a move.
  • Ask someone “How are you really doing?”—and then really listen to his/her response.
  • Offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short.
  • Before a friend moves away, give her your favourite recipe or quote and a photo of the two of you together.
  • Leave a generous tip for a pleasant waiter.
  • Pass along a great book you’ve just finished reading.
  • Befriend a lonely person.
  • Compliment a stranger.
  • Hold your tongue.
  • Make extra copies of photos and send them to the people who are in the images.
  • Reach out to a person who has made a significant difference in your life….tell them what they have meant to you and why. Bonus points if you put this in a hand written letter.
  • Try to find goodness in a person you don’t like.
  • Be Patient.
  • Bake a cake for a person whose birthday it is.
  • Be the eternal optimist in your circle of friends.
  • Recognize the good in others.
  • Leave nice comments on Blogs, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Give chocolate generously.
  • Compliment people in front of others.
  • Do something nice for some one – but do it anonymously.
  • Be someone’s cheerleader
  • Stand up for the underdog.
  • Avoid gossip.
  • Be understanding.
  • Write a thank you note to your child’s teacher.
  • Call someone you haven’t talked to for a while.
  • Appreciate your pastor or some group leader.
  • Buy dessert for someone eating alone.
  • Buy an extra umbrella to give away on a rainy day.
  • Invite someone you don’t know all that well, over for dinner and watch a new friendship grow.
  • Forgive a person you used to hate back in the day.
  • Be super enthusiastic when people give you good news.
  • Give a glowing recommendation.
  • Have you discovered something that has changed your life? – Share what you know and inspire others to change their lives too.
  • Make someone laugh.
  • Make time.

Keep being awesome.

Ps Peter Pilt

National Director Global Care.

Categories: Creative ideas, Global Care, Motivational

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5 replies

  1. All great ideas. Especially love “don’t be annoying”! I’ll give this one a go…. 🙂

  2. Which Ones Will You Do?

    None of the above (some [to me] are just good manners anyway and should always be done) but I did something else 🙂

  3. I do some of these on a daily basis as we all should.

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