The Acts of Kindness Challenge – You need in your life

Two hands making a heart with the sun shining thorugh with text Acts of Kindness Challeng you needHave you ever been in the drive through at Starbucks only to find out someone paid for your Grande Skinny Latte with Stevia before you got to the window to pay for it yourself? Perhaps someone brought over an unexpected plate of cookies, opened the door when you were carrying a heavy load, or gave you a cold bottle of water on a hot summer day. Random acts of kindness are like medicine to the soul. It feels good to the person who does the act and to the person who receives.

Personal Experience

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I recall last Mother’s Day walking through a grocery store and a clerk handed me a single stemmed rose. I didn’t see anyone else in the store with a rose. Initially I assumed they were handing roses out to all moms, but it felt personal, I felt singled out in a good way and I didn’t see anyone else in the store with a single flower. It was the icing on the cake for a day that was already so special.

The Challenge

With January upon us, it seems like a pretty good time to consider an Acts of Kindness Challenge. Of course, it doesn’t have to be at the beginning of a new year. It can be any time of the year. What a world of good could be done if everyone made an effort to consistently do acts of kindness.

Are you Ready

So, what do you say? Are you up for a 30 day Acts of Kindness challenge? The goal, do one act of kindness every day for 30 days. Maybe make it a new habit that carries on past the 30 days. Below are 30 ideas you can use, of course you can think of your own as well.

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  1. Pay for someone’s coffee, meal, doughnut etc, in the drive through.
  2. Randomly send someone flowers.
  3. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  4. Write kind words / positive notes on the sidewalk with chalk.
  5. Make a meal for shoveling the snow
  6. After a big snow, clean off the neighbor’s driveway/sidewalk (my husband is excellent at this!).
  7. Offer to babysit / watch a friends kid to let them get out of the house for a bit.
  8. Make a care package.
  9. Donate food to a's hand pumping gas
  10. Fill up your spouse’s gas tank.
  11. Wash someone’s car.
  12. Pick up litter.
  13. Write letters to soldiers.
  14. Celebrate your mentor…write them a note, send flowers etc.
  15. Volunteer at your kid’s school.girl sitting and having coffee
  16. Call your Mother In Law. (Jacquie…I know you’re reading this) 😘
  17. Call your Mom. (Hi Mom!) 👋
  18. Offer to take a picture for a group so everyone can be in the photo.
  19. Have your neighbors over for coffee or if you have an espresso machine, a latte! (Cheers Natalie!)
  20. Open the door for someone that has a stroller or whose hands are full.stack of pancakes with fruit on top
  21. Make breakfast in bed for a family member.
  22. Donate clothes to a charity or person in need.
  23. Share your professional skills for free. For example, I often help friends with their resume due to my HR background.
  24. Give someone a ride or offer to pick them up if they don’t have a car and you do.
  25. Give bottles to be recycled to a kids club or donate the money to a charity.
  26. Help a child ride a bike, throw a ball, play outside.
  27. Give someone a giftcard you don’t intend on using.
  28. Water plants for a neighbor when they are out of town.
  29. Publicly acknowledge someone for their talent, strength, good work.
  30. Send a good old fashioned letter to an old friend.
Would you like more Acts of Kindness Ideas

If you want more ideas, check out my friend’s blog/post for 160 Small Acts of Kindness To Do With Your Family…click here!

What are Your Thoughts

What other ideas do you have? Do you have any favorite acts of kindness that have been done to you? Let’s spread a little love…c’mon, join me in the 30 day act of kindness challenge!

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  1. Melanie says

    What a great idea for a challenge! Love all the ideas you gave! My husband definitely deserves some breakfast in bed, so that may be one of my first ones!

  2. Mimi says

    This is such a cute message, definitely want to channel my kindness more next year! Your challenge con help 😀 <3

  3. Annie says

    What wonderful ideas! I am definitely going to be doing some of these! There is no better feeling than making someone else happy 🙂

  4. Marjie Mare says

    I was so pleased to read your post. We are living in a world where people forget how to be kind and meanness seems to overrule. Practice makes a habit, maybe if everyone reading your post selects one kindness practice to do for 30 days we will have a better world. Every day, I greet the crossguard near my daughter school. Some days, I stopped and have a small chat, and one of the mothers thought I knew him, I just wanted to be nice. We can brighten someone’s day or even world by greeting and smiling at them. Thanks for sharing.

    • Melissa @ Our Happy Hive says

      I totally agree Marjie! What a great thing you are doing with the crossguard!

    • Melissa @ Our Happy Hive says

      Thanks Joleisa…I hadn’t put a sign up, was just hoping to inspire people, but I really like that idea It wold be great to get a count of how many people are actually doing it. Will look into adding a sign up soon!

  5. Sandy N Vyjay says

    Kindness is what makes the world run. It is what makes the world a better place to live in. This challenge is a great way to spread the cheer of kindness.

  6. nancy says

    It takes so little to make someone else’s day. And you never know just how badly someone might be needing a kind gesture. Thanks for the reminder of how important small acts of kindness are!

  7. Kaitlynn says

    I love love love this post. some of these little acts of kindness can stay in a person’s heart for ever!! what an inspiring read. I will make my best effort to perform some of these next week!

  8. Ruthie Ridley says

    Everyone needs to read and accept this challenge! Spread more good in the world! Love this so much!!

  9. Lois Alter Mark says

    We could all use an extra boost of kindness during these grey days- what a great way to put our positive thoughts into action! I did a challenge like this a while back and definitely believe that no gesture is too small or simple. Really, it’s the little things that totally turn someone’s day around. Thank you for the inspiration to be intentional about giving everyday!

  10. angie says

    love your challenge and great list of ideas. At different times in my life I have participated in several. That is why I love your list there are ideas for everyone

  11. David Elliott says

    This sounds like a great thing to do. I will have to remember all 30 of these things for the next month and try to do one a day. Thanks for the great idea.

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