100 acts of kindness – DONE! (part 1 of 2)

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Happy “Random Acts of Kindness” week! In response to Ann Curry’s challenge after the Newtown, CT tragedy and Toddler Approved‘s kindness challenge, I have done 100 kindnesses in the past month or two.  Please come back on Friday to see Part 2 and to find out what I’ve learned from this challenge.   You can read my other posts on kindness here.

1. My daughter and I visited with my grandparents to cheer up their week.

2. My daughter handed out shiny pennies at our mall’s fountain for anyone to make a wish.

3. I helped organize the “Friendship Day” in my daughter’s preschool classroom.

4. We made chocolate cookies for our mailman over the holidays to thank him for his work day in and day out.

5. We took a bouquet of flowers to our next door neighbor and completely surprised her!

yellow roses

6. I smiled at a complete stranger.

7.  I spent some time going through some free click sites to help various causes… you can too!

8. We handed out flowers to strangers at our zoo.

9. I put magazines back on the newsstands after reading them in a bookstore; a staff person thanked me for doing that.

10. Bought bulk snacks and packaged them to be able to hand them out from our car when we see someone hungry.

snack bundles

11. We stopped in order to let a handicapped couple cross in front of our car on a particularly cold day.

12. We made and delivered holiday cards for cancer patients.

13. Sent a thank you e-mail to someone who gave me a compliment that was particularly flattering and complimentary.

14. Smiled and told the woman walking very slowly from the library that there was “no rush; take your time.”

15. We gave $1 donation to the Food Bank in the grocery store checkout line.  My daughter likes to tear these coupons off. 🙂

tackle hunger

16. Waved and smiled at the school crossing guard.

17. Sent some Valentine’s Day books and toys to a friend whose young son is undergoing treatment for a rare cancer.

18. Sent a hang-in-there card to a friend.

19. Saw a large truck having trouble merging into traffic on the highway so I slowed down to let him in.

20. Sent some happy mail to friends.

love stamps

21. I called the son of the previous (and deceased) owner of our home when an important letter came for her.

22. I sent an Amazon gift card to my friend (see above) so they could have some household items delivered and save a trip to the store.

23. We taped a $1 bill to a vending machine to surprise the next customer.

24. I bought a can of food at the grocery store and we dropped it in the food donation bin on our way out.

25. I made a point to thank the teacher at a recent painting class.


26. I saw a family at the zoo trying to take a photo of themselves so I offered to take it for them.

27. We made and hung birdfeeders at our house as a kindness to the environment.

28. I paid for the order of the woman behind me in a drive-through lane.

29. I bought a Freeset bag made by a woman in Calcutta to help keep her free.

30. Then I gave it away.

freeset canvas bag

31. After realizing that a store bathroom stall was out of TP and going into another, my daughter and I heard someone come in and go into that stall, so we proactively asked her if she needed us to hand her some TP under the door.  She was so grateful!

32. Knowing our older neighbor had been sick, I wheeled her trash can up her driveway for her after trash pickup.

33. After reading this Martha Beck article, I un-enrolled in a class and boy did I feel relieved.

34. Donated change at coin machine to charity.

35. Rang the bell.

ring the bell

36. I gave a few extra minutes to our two kitties, petting them and talking to them.

37. Have been giving authentic, feel-good compliments on a new haircut, someone’s weight loss, a new outfit, etc.

38. We bought toiletries and made bags for area homeless.

39. Who says kindness is only for others? I directed it inward and let myself rest.

40. Made homemade Valentine’s Day cards for my daughter’s classmates.


41. Sent a nice note to the teacher after a particular class helped me make some needed changes in my life.

42. We sent handmade scarves and soap to our area women’s shelter.

43. Sent cheery note to a friend who I met through another friend saying, basically, “nice to meet you.”

44. Tossed a neighbor’s newspaper to her door on a walk around the neighborhood.

45. Collected Box Tops for Education for my daughter’s school.

box tops

46. Waved and smiled when someone let me merge in front of them on the road.

47. Have been leaving words of love, encouragement, and appreciation in blog comment sections.

48. Tossed a neighbor’s newspaper up to her door.

49. Donated a pair of shoes and some outgrown clothes to someone who can use them.

50. I take several opportunities a day to connect with my daughter.


Please come back on Friday for the second half of this list! You can read my other posts on kindness here.

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25 Responses to 100 acts of kindness – DONE! (part 1 of 2)

  1. Aunt Val says:

    You have an enormous heart, dear niece. I hope to see a kindness involving your husband in the second 50 acts.

  2. Act of kindness 101. As I read your list, it helped me to keep going on the treadmill. Thank you for helping to keep me healthy! 🙂

  3. Naomi says:

    I do! And thanks.

  4. Naomi says:

    Oh good! I wish I could say I exercise too… Oh well.

  5. Debbie says:

    You inspire us all with your intentional kindnesses. Let’s see…who can I surprise today?!

  6. Naomi says:

    I know… It’s surprisingly fun!

  7. What a wonderful heart you have in showing the world more love. And thank you for some great ideas!
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  8. stacie says:

    Way to go Naomi! You have a heart of gold!

  9. Susan says:

    Good things you’re doing here, Naomi. I’m sharing your link with the Random Acts of Art FB group because our work comes from the same place of joy and giving.
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  10. Naomi says:

    How nice! Thank you, Susan.

  11. Naomi says:

    Thank you, Julie. I just peeked at your site and its gorgeous! I’m going to spend more time there later…

  12. So many of your acts of kindness are the kind of thing I do everyday, but I never give myself credit for them, they’re just what you do. I don’t think I want to change that sense of “This is how you act toward other people,” but I also think it’s good to give myself some acknowledgement for my kind acts.
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  13. Ruth Packard says:

    Thank you. This was such an interesting list. I especially appreciated all the many links you included! Looking forward to Part 2!
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  14. Keep it up, as it spreads the world gets better. Thanks for the post. I will read the next episode.
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  15. RnR says:

    What a great list, Naomi!

  16. Amy Putkonen says:

    Wow. That is a lot of good will and kindness to go around! I love that you counted some of those basic things that we all take for granted. Every tiny thing we do counts. You are also quite a busy lady! 🙂
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  17. Janet says:

    Naomi–I enjoyed these creative acts of kindness, and also the very simple ones. Thank you for sharing.
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  18. What a wonderful project, and an inspiring list of how you participated! Your sense of joy and creativity as you played come through loud and clear and it’s really delightful.
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  19. This was so inspiring. I try to do nice things every day (I focus on making sure I tell someone something positive about them. Yesterday I told a lady at work that her posture inspired me to carry myself better. She carries herself so beautifully.
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  20. Eydie says:

    I loved reading about your RAK journey. You documented everything so beautifully.
    What a wonderful gift to gift to your beautiful daughter.
    Happy Valentine’s Day

  21. Naomi says:

    Reading this, I sat up straighter too. Thanks for reading!

  22. Naomi says:

    I completely agree. One thing I realized is how much good I do every day that is just second nature. Hopefully we are all like that. 🙂

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  24. 6ftmama says:

    This is what makes the world go round…

  25. I love your list. So many simple tasks and I can imagine how much they brightened the days of others. I love your kind words for the people working…it’s often rare for employees to hear the good stuff 🙂
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