Five Random Acts of Kindness that Won’t Cost You a Penny 

by | Jul 3, 2023 | Faith and Philanthropy

The world could always use more kindness, but oftentimes we tend to think that acts of kindness have to come with a heavy price tag. The truth is, there are lots of nice things you can do for others that won’t cost you anything.  

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s the thought that counts”? That couldn’t be more true when it comes to doing nice things for other people. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on something for someone, it’s all about the meaning behind it. 

Here are some ideas of random acts of kindness you can perform today that won’t cost you a penny (and that will boost your emotional bank account in the process).  

1. Give a compliment. 

You should never waste an opportunity to build up another person. If someone is doing a great job at the office, or if you like the shoes they’re wearing that day, never be afraid to tell them.  

As humans, we often worry about what others think of us, whether that’s subconscious or not. Giving someone a compliment out of the blue is a great way to boost their self-confidence and show that you respect them. 

Leaving a nice comment on someone’s social media post is also a great way to offer a compliment, even when you can’t see them in person. As you’re scrolling your feed, if you see a picture of someone and you like their hair or their outfit, don’t be afraid to let them know. 

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2. Volunteer your time. 

Your time is precious—make sure you spend it doing things that matter. 

Spending an afternoon volunteering at a homeless shelter, a clothing drive, or a fundraiser is a great way to give back to others who will probably be more appreciative of it than you know. 

Sure, you could just write a check in support of a cause and be done with it, but there is something so powerful about donating your time and being present to serve others. Human connection is important, and this is one of the best ways to do it. 

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3. Hold the door for someone. 

There are two types of people: those who hold doors for others and those who rush through them with no awareness of the people around them. Be a door holder. 

Sometimes we forget that acts of kindness don’t always need to be big, grand gestures. This is the perfect example of a small act that can make someone’s day just a little brighter—which is what it’s all about. 

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4. Donate blood. 

Donating blood isn’t for everyone, but it’s something to consider if you feel that you’re capable. According to Vitalant, EVERY 2 SECONDS a patient receives a blood or platelet transfusion. So, there is always a need for donors.

Various organizations are always running blood drives in different locations. Plus, most donation companies will take donations any day at their offices … All you must do is go inside and ask them to donate. Generally, the donation process should take no longer than an hour, and you’ll get to eat free snacks afterward (which is always a win).

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5. Let someone with fewer items go ahead of you in the grocery line. 

While it’s not required for you to let someone cut in front of you in line when they have fewer items, it’s a nice gesture if you have 5 minutes to spare. 

Let’s say your cart is filled to the brim with groceries for the week. You look at the person behind you, who is only purchasing a carton of eggs and a soda. It really doesn’t take much to just let that person go ahead of you, rather than making them wait through your entire transaction. 

This will save that person time and will ultimately not affect your own checkout time by that much. 

Acts of kindness show you care.

There are lots of ways to show others you care without having to spend money doing so. Most of these things are quick, simple, and won’t take much time out of your day—but they could make a big difference to someone else.  

In search of more ways you can serve others? Read our blog post on why you should choose a service trip for your next summer family vacation.