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Goal: In 2018, I will do more good

January 12, 2018

36 year-round ideas for timely acts of kindness
-With a bonus FREE printable list!-

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill Quote


I wish I could do something to help. What would brighten their day? How can I show I care?”

We’ve all been there: feeling compelled to help, do good, and make a difference. Sometimes, offering to help – or the opposite, asking for help – can be difficult. Whether it’s for a neighbor, friend, acquaintance, or stranger, no matter if they’re young, old, or anywhere in between, insecurities and hesitation can flood the desire to offer or ask for help.

In 2018, make it a point to prioritize doing good with an open, generous, humble, and grateful heart. If you’re ready to offer an act of kindness, suggest specific ways you could help, rather than making a general offer. If you’re in a tough spot and could use assistance in an area of your life, identify the value and benefit it would have in your life. Allow yourself to focus on that, set your pride aside, and start by asking one person for help with one specific need.


No matter which side of the kindness equation you’re on in any given scenario, make sure the recipient of your offer or request welcomes the opportunity, and respect their right to say no thank you.

To kick off your year of kindness, here are 36 specific tasks you could offer or ask for assistance with this year:


  1. Shovel and salt the sidewalks, driveway, and steps to the house

  2. Help put away Christmas decorations

  3. Provide transportation to church, an appointment, or outing


  1. Deliver a small box of chocolates or Valentine treat

  2. Check for ice dams on the roof

  3. Offer to pick up grocery items (Try ordering online for curbside pick-up or even delivery, available at many major grocery chains.)

    Valentine treat bag, act of kindness



  1. Deliver a small Easter ham

  2. Invite for Easter dinner

  3. Provide transportation to church of choice over the Easter holiday


  1. Clean out flower beds

  2. Wash exterior windows

  3. Bring a coffee and a treat; take the time to share a photo and/or a memory


  1. Provide transportation to a favorite leisure spot, loved one’s grave, or appointment

  2. Assist with the planting of flower pots

  3. Trim bushes, hedges, and trees

Gardening, help plant flowers, act of kindness


  1. Set up outdoor summer furniture

  2. Clean light fixtures, dust ceiling fans

  3. Change filters in furnace


  1. Deliver fixings for an ice cream sundae

  2. Invite to a fireworks show

  3. Mow the lawn, edge the sidewalks


  1. Check fire extinguishers

  2. Dispose of large, unwanted items

  3. Bring a small basket of fresh vegetables



  1. Check and replace batteries in the smoke alarms, check carbon monoxide detectors

  2. Bring your pet for a visit

  3. Clean out flower beds and garden



  1. Deliver freshly-picked apples

  2. Deliver or offer to bake an apple pie together

  3. Fall yard cleanup, put away outdoor summer furniture

Baking apple pie, act of kindness,



  1. Rake leaves

  2. Clean gutters

  3. Deliver items for a Thanksgiving meal



  1. Bring Christmas decorations out of storage

  2. Help with the tree and lights

  3. Invite / provide transportation to the Christmas service of choice

Click here to download a FREE printable infographic of the 36 year-round ideas for timely acts of kindness. Add it to your refrigerator or pin board!

Have you experienced a generous act of kindness that you’d like to share about? Have a great idea to add to this list? Leave a comment below!

Acts of Kindness content by: Lauri Eckmann, Senior Living Consultant


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