It's never a bad time to extend kindness or consideration towards others. In fact, paying it forward does more than just make someone else happy — it has bonafide mood-boosting benefits.
Best of all, a kind act doesn't have to be complicated. Here are just a few of our favorite random acts of kindness that can be done at any time, and don't take a lot of money or effort to pull off.
- Thank your local fire fighters by surprising them with handmade cards or homemade sweet treats.
- In line at the drive-through? Pay for the person behind you before they reach the window (the worker taking your order should be able to tell you the amount).
- Tape coupons to different products around the grocery store — what parent wouldn't love seeing a coupon for diapers?
- Hand out rolls of quarters at the laundromat.
- Write thank-you notes to people that you don't say "thank you" to often enough — like your favorite barista who always gets your order right.
- Tape up inspiring notes inside dressing rooms, because when it comes to trying on clothes with full body mirrors and fluorescent lights, everyone can use a vote of confidence.
- Buy a bouquet of flowers for a friend, just because.
- Pay the bill for someone at a restaurant who inspires you in some way.
- Feed the parking meters for strangers.
- Create a diaper-change care package and leave it in a public bathroom. At some point, an unprepared mom in need of a diaper for her baby will love you for this!
- Next time there's a sale on canned goods, buy extra and donate it to your local food bank.
This article was originally published in 2017.