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10 Uplifting Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today

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10 Acts of Kindness You Can Do Right Now

Fear and worry in uncertain times can be contagious, but so is kindness! Let's choose to spread kindness today. Here are some ideas of different uplifting acts of kindness you can do to show your friends, family, and members of your community a little hope and happiness. 

1. Place an uplifting sign in your yard.

Find a quote, bible verse, or other message that inspires you and uplifts you. Then, get crafty! Decorating the quote onto a yard sign will produce the best results, but if you don't have access to one, anything could do: cardboard, pieces of card stock, or even just a few pieces of printer paper hung in the window. Regardless of how you make it, put it somewhere your neighbors can see as they drive or walk past. This is a great activity for kids to be included in, too!

2. Pay it backward: cover the tab for the person behind you in the drive-through line.

This is a classic act of kindness, but it always works. Next time you're getting coffee or food at a drive-through, tell the cashier you'll pay for the order after you. It'll be a sweet surprise for the car behind you and may be appreciated even more than you know. 

3. Share a friend's blog, business website or art on social media.

With a worldwide illness shutting down commerce as we know it, small local businesses are particularly struggling. Show a friend some love by sharing a link to her blog, business website or art on social media. We love this idea for any sort of local business as well - if your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, boutique or gift shop is still open, show them you support them and encourage everyone to do the same.

4. Offer to go grocery shopping for a neighbor. 

If you're able to go grocery shopping, reach out to someone who may not be able to shop for themselves before you go. Ask for a list of items they need and drop the items off on their doorstep. This simple act could mean a lot to your neighbor, especially if they don't have any other family living nearby.

5. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.

If a coworker's name is coming to mind, email them! It could be as simple as thanking them for all they do and telling them they do a great job. Thank them for what they bring to the company and let them know they're valued. 

6. Send a friend or significant other a custom Spotify playlist.

If you know of a friend or family member who is struggling amid social distancing, take a few minutes to create a custom Spotify playlist for them! The playlist could have any theme you want: uplifting songs to dance to, songs that remind you of them, or songs that you have memories about together. Bonus: Dance to the playlist together on a video chat.

7. Pick up trash at a park or on a hiking trail.

One of the best things we can do for our mental health during social distancing is make sure we get some fresh air every day. If you are lucky enough to live near a park or hiking trail, get outside! Do good for your lungs and the Earth by bringing a trash bag and gloves and picking up any litter you find along the way. Wouldn't it be nice to come out of quarantine to find your favorite hiking trail better than you left it?

8. Send flowers or treats to the nurses at your nearest hospital.

Show your appreciation and support for the individuals working on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. One way to do this is to send a bouquet of flowers or a box of doughnuts to the nurses station at your nearest hospital. They are working so hard at this time and deserve all the support in the world!

9. Send a friend or family member a handmade card.

Here's an easy way to scratch your creative itch and make someone's day at the same time! Break out the paper and crayons and make your own greeting card or postcard to send to someone you love. Bonus: Break out your old magazines or print off photos of the two of you to make a collage on the front of the card. 

10. Do the chore your partner or roommate usually does around the house today.

What would we do without our quaranteam? Show your partner or roommate how much you appreciate their company by picking up an extra chore or two for them around the house. They might just return the favor!

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If you perform one of these uplifting acts (or any act of kindness), let us know! Tag @aworldofsisters on Instagram and let us know what kind thing you did for others today. 🌟

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