5 Acts of Kindness That Don't Include Coffee or Fast Food

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Let me clarify this first...I will gladly take a free cup of coffee at Starbucks if you happen to be in front of me in line. :)

Now that we've cleared that up, today I want to share 5 ideas for acts of kindness...random or not, that you can perform to help someone in need or just to be a nice human. These ideas don't include buying someone coffee or fast food in a drive-thru.

5 Acts of Kindness That Don't Include Coffee or Fast Food

It seems that now a day's many acts of kindness come in the form of buying someone a coffee or fast food. This is great but I want to challenge you to go a little further. Stop for a minute and think about a time when things were hard for you and your family.

What type of things did you pray you could get help with? These are the types of things I want to challenge you to help someone else with if possible.

5 Acts of Kindness

1. Pay for someone's groceries.

Today you can go to any local Wal-Mart or other grocery store and find someone who can just barely afford to pay for the groceries in their cart. They may even be contemplating putting a few things back just to make the bill. If you see that and you are able, help them out. They will appreciate it more than you know.

2. Put a gift card in a neighbor's mailbox. 

Do you have a neighbor that you are not too fond of? What about the one who leaves allday and their dog's bark and bark and bark? Oh, that's just me? Well be a nice human one day and slip a gift card in their mailbox.

You don't have to say who it's from or you can. I feel like doing things like this make me feel better about the person in some weird way. My thoughts change toward them. Maybe even make it a card for the pet store lol!

5 Acts of Kindness That Don't Include Coffee or Fast Food

3. Rake up someone's leaves.

It's that time of year when the leaves are falling like crazy (especially at my house). Raking someone's leaves for them would be so helpful. Do you know a single parent who just doesn't have the time to do it? What about a military spouse whose husband is deployed? I'm sure something as simple as this would make their day.

I suggest you ask them first in this instance, you don't want them to think you are trespassing! Oh and if it's Summer when you are reading this mowing the lawn for someone is also a great act of kindness.

5 Acts of Kindness That Don't Include Coffee or Fast Food

4. Buy someone's gas.

Now we know the gas struggle can be real. Prices have been fairly low these days but sometimes they fluctuate depending on where you live. If you are feeling generous one day while paying for your gas, offer to cover a portion or all of someone's gas who is paying behind you. You might even get a hug out of that one. Bonus: I ride the train to work every day and thankfully my job pays for it. If this is you also maybe consider paying for someone's train or bus fare who is getting on behind you or is standing at the ticket machine.

5. Pay someone a genuine compliment. 

Helping people with tangible things is great, but sometimes a kind word can change someone's entire day. I personally don't think we speak kindly to one another enough these days. Thank you's, and Hello's seem hard to come by, and even a look in the eye for that matter. The next time you have a chance compliment a stranger, smile at them or just say hello. This might be just what they needed to make it through their day.

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So friends those are some of the Acts of Kindness I thought would be nice to start doing.

What would you add to this list?

♡ Ivanna