11 simple acts of kindness that families can do together

World Kindness Day is the perfect time to reach out and make someone's life better.

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By Christina Poletto

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.

1. Thank your local fire fighters or police officers by surprising them with homemade sweet treats.

2. 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).

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3. Tape coupons to different products around the grocery store — what parent wouldn't love seeing a coupon for diapers?

4. Hand out rolls of quarters at the laundromat.

5. 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, or the gym's Zumba instructor for creating a workout you love.

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6. Tape up inspiring notes inside of dressing rooms, because when it comes to trying on clothes with full body mirrors and fluorescent lights, everyone can use a vote of confidence.

7. Buy a bouquet of flowers for a friend, just because.

8. Pay the bill for someone sitting alone at a restaurant. Or anyone in the restaurant who inspires you in some way.

9. Feed the parking meters for strangers.

10. 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!

11. 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.