18 easy ways to spread a little kindness

Looking for crazy simple ideas to spread a little kindness and happiness? Try a few of these.

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  • In a world where it's easy to feel overwhelmed with negativity, the smallest things can help spread a little kindness and lift someone's spirits. How many of these can you fit into the next 24 hours?

  • 1. Compliment someone

    A simple but sincere compliment can make someone feel instantly happier. An in-person compliment is great, but complimenting someone's picture (or something they've achieved) on social media can work too.

  • 2. Treat someone

    Buy someone a coffee, a bagel or even lunch. If they've helped you out in the past, tell them you want to do it to say thank you.

  • 3. Express appreciation for a past favour

    Talking about people who've helped you out in the past, consider thanking them again. No matter how long ago it was, it's good to hear something you did is still appreciated. In fact, it's wonderful to hear that something you barely remember doing is still having an impact on someone's life.

  • 4. Donate something

    Donate some cash to a charity or cause. The amount doesn't matter. Every little helps. No cash to spare? Donate something you have at home that you don't need. If it's new and unused, you may be able to donate it for a prize at a fundraising event.

  • 5. Leave money somewhere to be found by someone

    Leave some money in a public place, with a note to tell the finder to spend it on themselves (so they don't worry that it's lost, and someone is looking for it). It can be just a few dollars, or as much as you can afford.

  • 6. Pass on brilliant books

    When you read a book you love, pass it on to someone else you think will love it. Mainly read eBooks? You can sometimes lend them out too.

  • 7. Leave a book to be found by someone

    If you're happy for your book to go to a stranger, you can leave it somewhere public to be found. Include a note if you want. There's even a website that encourages you to 'release your books into the wild' and try and track where your book ends up.

  • 8. Invite someone to an event

    We all get into the habit of doing the same things with the same people, but sometimes there are others who'd love to join us. Invite your new neighbour to a social event, or invite the mom at the next table at the indoor play space to join you and your friends.

  • 9. Volunteer

    Put your hand up to help out, whether it's a regular volunteer commitment, or a spontaneous bake sale at your kid's school.

  • 10. Support good causes

    Buy the Girl Guide Cookies. Sponsor the high school student raising money for a field trip. Get your car washed at the charity car wash. Buy the raffle tickets at the fundraiser.

  • 11. Consider making a micro loan

    Organizations like Kiva offer small loans to help people in third world countries start their own businesses. You can start with a loan as low as $25. When your loan is repaid you can take the money back or reinvest it in another business.

  • 12. Send someone a recipe

    Keeping track of someone's favorite food, and then sending a recipe that you think they'd love, is a small but thoughtful act that can make someone's day.

  • 13. Say something nice (about someone else)

    Direct compliments are nice, but saying something nice about someone to another person is also a kind act. Point out your friend's good points to your other mutual friends. Tell your boss how hard your colleague or assistant worked. Tell your neighbor how polite her kids are.

  • 14. Pass along the positivity

    Heard someone say something nice about someone you know? Tell her. Pass the compliment (and the positivity) along.

  • 15. Pay it forward

    When something nice happens to you, do something nice for someone else. When you learn about something beneficial (there's a sale, or coupon code or a fun free event this weekend) tell someone else.

  • 16. Tip generously

    Reward good service with a more-generous-than-needed tip. Be nice to your service provider as well. Tell her she made your day/lunch/experience better.

  • 17. Call

    Call your mom, your grandma or any elderly relative. Call your new-mom friend who's stuck at home. Call an old friend to tell her you miss her. Maybe they'll be too busy to talk for long, but just a two-minute conversation can improve someone's day.

  • 18. Turn the negativity around

    Gently bring negative conversations around to something more positive or hopeful. Be the one to lift spirits, not .

    If you've been feeling negativity creep into your world recently, these simple acts of kindness can get you right back on track.

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Karen Banes is a freelance writer specializing in parenting, lifestyle and entrepreneurship. Contact her at her website or via Twitter where she tweets as @karenbanes.

Website: http://www.karenbanes.com/

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