Simple Acts of Kindness Can Brighten Someone’s Day

Try one a day…and see what happens

Back in 1993, Anne Herbert wrote a book about committing “random acts of kindness.” The idea spread, and people started realizing that a little kindness can go a long way! Just holding the door for the person behind you or giving out a heartfelt compliment can truly brighten someone’s day and restore their faith in the goodness of others.

The Branford Hall Career Institute knows what it means to spread good will. All 12 of our campuses participate in community service by holding a variety of charitable activities. From donating blood at blood drives to collecting toys and canned goods over the holidays, our students enjoy sharing with others in the community.

We have complied a list of random acts of kindness that people can do on an every-day basis. Try out some of these suggestions, and see if they help you spread a little harmony!

  • Leave 50 cents in the vending machine for someone else to find
  • Pay for the person behind you at the drive-through window
  • Leave a thank you note for the cleaning staff at your school or workplace
  • Add $1 to the amount that you would normally tip
  • Pay a sincere compliment to a friend or colleague
  • Tell a teacher why you like his or her class
  • Let other drivers into the lane of traffic
  • Hold the door for a parent pushing a stroller
  • Write a letter of gratitude to someone serving in the U.S. military
  • Text a friendly message to a friend you haven’t seen in a while
  • Call your mother or father to say hello
  • Post words of encouragement on a friend’s Facebook page
  • Let someone ahead of you at the grocery store
  • Clean up litter that you notice around your school
  • Donate used items to Goodwill or a similar organization
  • Sweep or shovel your neighbor’s sidewalk
  • Give someone flowers for no reason
  • Donate food to a food bank
  • Leave post-it notes with motivational quotes in public places
  • Buy a scratch-off lottery ticket for a stranger
  • Help someone look for a job
  • Put coins in an expired parking meter to save someone from getting ticketed
  • Lend a favorite book to a friend
  • Compliment a parent on their child’s behavior
  • Send someone a surprise package in the mail

We hope these ideas get you started on a lifetime of good deeds and community participation. Once you get started, you might find that kindness comes back to you in all sorts of unexpected ways.


The Branford Hall Career Institutes invites its students to get on the band wagon and start practicing kindness! For more information about our school, contact us online.