Random Acts of Kindness on a Student Budget

random acts of kindnessTry it, and you’ll find out it feels good to give to others

Have you ever heard the phrase “random acts of kindness?” It originated with a 1993 book by Anne Herbert and since then has been a concept that has spread throughout the country. In a world where there seem to be so many things going wrong, it can be inspiring to look for ways to spread kindness, generosity, and beauty.

The Harris School of Business has put together a list of free and low-cost possibilities for spreading kindness around you. This list is perfect for students with limited time and money. We hope you find that a little kindness goes a long way!

  • Hold the door for the person behind you
  • Smile at people as you pass in the hallways
  • Leave a quarter in the vending machine for the next person to find
  • Let people ahead of you in traffic
  • Help carry something for someone pushing a stroller
  • Leave a thank you note for the cleaning staff at school
  • Write your instructor a note or an email telling them you appreciate them
  • Write a letter of appreciation to a serviceman or servicewoman
  • Text a compliment to a friend
  • Write a supportive and encouraging post to your friends on social media
  • Tell your parents you appreciate them
  • Shovel your neighbor’s walkway
  • Bake cookies and bring them into class
  • Let someone ahead of you in the grocery store line
  • Tip one dollar more than you normally would
  • Pick up litter that you may see around school
  • Leave a holiday tip for your trash collectors
  • Share a book with a friend
  • Bring flowers to a neighbor
  • Donate old clothing
  • Buy a coffee for someone
  • Pay for the person behind you in the drive-through line

While these acts will not solve all of the world’s problems, they are still a great way to spread a message of generosity and camaraderie. Try one today, and before you know it, you may be spreading kindness every day!