No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted – Aesop
While I’ve been travelling I’ve met hundreds of people who have been kind enough to help me when I’ve needed it the most. Beyond money, there’s lots of things you can do to give something back and help people who need your help.
Whether you’re travelling or not, what about adding a little bit of kindness and gratitude to your day through random acts of kindness?
Random Acts Of Kindness
To provoke a bit of thought and inspiration, here’s a list of 34 Random Acts of Kindness that you can easily do while travelling to add a little bit of positivity to the world:
- Donate blood.
- Send a letter of appreciation to an old friend or teacher that helped you.
- Become a mentor to someone in need.
- Read a book to a child.
- Perform a kind deed without expecting anything in return.
- Volunteer in a homeless shelter.
- Give hugs to strangers.
- Compliment someone randomly in the street.
- Pick up litter.
- Give something meaningful to a randomer in the street.
- Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home.
- Make a stranger laugh.
- Give up your seat to someone on the bus/train.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Wash someone’s car.
- Babysit, dogsit, catsit for someone.
- Donate your old clothes to charity.
- Help someone that’s struggling with heavy bags.
- Donate your talents/lend your expertise.
- Connect two of your friends who don’t know each other and should know each other.
- Give directions to someone that’s lost.
- Shop for someone who is homebound or ill.
- Write a poem for someone special.
- Donate your used books to a local library.
- Stick up for someone who is being wrongly treated.
- Volunteer at a food bank.
- Smile at random people on the street.
- Share an inspirational quote, article or a book with someone.
- Visit someone that is lonely and give them the company they need.
- Clean someone’s house for them.
- Befriend a randomer.
- Make someone’s wish come true.
- Send a homemade card to your loved ones.
- Inspire and empower someone to change.
We’re social creatures and we’re wired to help each other. We can help NOW by making small positive differences in other people’s lives. And you never know, in a snowball like fashion, the small difference you made in someone else’s life could inspire them to pass on the kindness to someone else too.
Thanks for reading and if you have you got any good ideas that could be added to the list, please add your suggestions below.
All the best and keep smiling,
Daniel Beaumont, 22nd March 2016
About the Author
Hello everyone, I’m Dan – a 28-year-old social entrepreneur and writer from the north of England, living in Bucharest, Romania. I’m currently writing my first book about my 4-year journey around the world seeking wisdom and life-lessons from everyday people I met hitchhiking and Couchsurfing.
I discovered that travel, if approached with the right mindset, can be life-changing, and a trip combining travel, purpose and introspection is a great way to learn, challenge oneself and change for the better. Now my mission in life is to share what I’ve learned to inspire others to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and use travel, entrepreneurship and technology as a means to make the world a better place.
I’m also the founder of Podstel – a vision to help humanity belong and grow by creating a worldwide network of ‘homes’ that bring locals and travellers together to share their stories, passions and skills. The first two Podstels are open and thriving in Bucharest, so if you’re passing through, be sure to come and say hi, or stay the night with us.
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