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25 Totally Cool Random Acts of Kindness to Practice at Home

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Altruistic deeds are always a big deal—why not start at home? The list below is packed with thoughtful and clever kind gestures. Try one to two each day to foster caring and compassion in your family.
25 Totally Cool Random Acts of Kindness Your Kids Will Love to Do
  1. Say thanks—just thanks—to someone in your family, for no particular reason.
  2. Leave a kind, funny, or inspiring note in a home-library book you've read.
  3. Make a family member laugh: Wrap up a roll of bubble wrap and “surprise leave it” for someone.
  4. Tell jokes after dinner. Vote on which family member had the funniest one.
  5. Be a study buddy—or help a younger sibling with homework.
  6. Clear your own dishes. Then surprise your parents and clear theirs, too.
  7. Let your brother go first.
  8. Leave a dollar under a chair cushion. Let whomever finds it, keep it.
  9. Start a clothing drive. Have all family members toss in a piece or two.
  10. Tell every member of your family what you love about them.
  11. Return carts at grocery and big box stores (yours and ones other shoppers left behind).
  12. Make your sister’s bed one morning. Turn it down that night.
  13. Create a funny family video and share it with an elderly relative.
  14. Let the youngest in the family choose dessert tonight.
  15. Clip coupons together. Help your parent find those items at the market.
  16. Pitch in: Have everyone help clearn up after a giant family dinner, BBQ, or holiday celebration.
  17. Read a book together or start a family book club.
  18. Plant a flower or vegetable garden together.
  19. Learn something new as a family.
  20. Collect food and canned goods for a local food bank. Deliver them as a family.
  21. Be kind to a neighbor you don’t know.
  22. Organize a family clean-your-room day.
  23. Deliver a compliment a day—and mean it. Deliver two if you see it makes someone really happy.
  24. Donate musical instruments, sports equipment, and electronics no one is using.
  25. Catch someone being kind—and praise them for it.