Below are a few ideas to keep in mind as you look for opportunities to perform Positive Acts. They’re sorted by categories. We’ll continue to update this page as people send us their ideas.
Here are 2 great family ideas given to us by some Challengers:
1) When your family sits down for dinner, go around the table and have each person tell what their positive acts were for the day.
2) Ask your children to pay attention to the Positive Acts that others are doing, and tell you about those as well.
Do you have ideas to share with us? We’d love to hear about them. Please share them in the comments below.
All the ideas below don’t cost anything.
Here’s one that does – if you’re able to:
Donate to a worthy cause
If you’re open to a suggestion, please click here to visit the site set up by my friend James – for his wife, Caren. He needs help to fund her medical treatments. I’ve know James for years, and everything mentioned in Caren’s story is true. Even if you aren’t able to donate, please keep Caren and James in your prayers. Thank you.
Hug your children and tell them you love them
If you see someone in a military uniform, shake their hand & thank them for serving our country
Smile at someone who looks sad
If someone looks confused, ask if they need help
Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while
Call someone who is alone
Call someone who could use a kind word
Help an elderly person cross the street
Visit a nursing home or senior center:
- to help out
- to let residents tell you their stories
- to visit someone who doesn’t get any visitors
- to sing/dance/perform magic for them
Visit someone who is sick
Visit someone in the hospital
Put your phone away when you’re speaking with someone
Send a card to a friend you lost touch with
Send a card to someone who is hurting in some way
Ask someone how things are in their life…and listen. Really listen.
Ask a neighbor if you can get anything for them while you’re grocery shopping
Check on an elderly neighbor during a storm
If you see a parent having trouble coordinating their children, ask if you can do something to help
Be nice to the person pumping the gas for you
At Mass, during sign of peace, look for someone who’s alone. Go out of your way to offer them the sign of peace.
Volunteer at Lunch Break
Volunteer at a soup kitchen
Donate some clothes/household items to an organization that will get them to less fortunate families
Hold the elevator door for one more person
Hug your children and tell them you Love them. Yes – this is a repeat. It’s an important one. 🙂
Say thank you
Be friendly to someone who doesn’t have many friends
Have lunch at school with someone who is not popular
Help someone with their books
Stick up for someone who is picked on or teased
Put your phone away when you’re talking to someone
Don’t repeat rumors you hear about other kids
Help cook dinner
Tell your parents how much you enjoyed a meal
Hug your parents and tell them you love them
Help set the table for dinner
Help clean up after dinner
Say a prayer for someone less fortunate than you
In gym class, pick someone for your team who usually gets picked last
Offer to tutor another student who is having trouble with something you understand well
Say thank you to your teacher after class. Chances are, they don’t hear it often enough.
Help with the laundry
Hold the door for someone
Say please and thank you 🙂
Hug your parents and tell them you Love them. Yes, this is a repeat. It’s an important one. 🙂
Say a prayer when you see someone who is:
Using a walker
In a wheelchair
Mourning the loss of a loved one
Less fortunate than you
Missing a family member who is a deployed soldier
Caring for an elderly family member
Let someone else get the closer parking space
Let someone go ahead of you on line
Give someone the coupons you’re not using
Help someone who is not as tall as you – to reach something on a high shelf
Help the person behind you to pack their groceries
Help someone to carry their packages
When you check out, compliment the cashier on something. It’ll brighten their day, and it may start a chain reaction of kind acts.
Try counting your blessings by counting the people less fortunate than you. You may find a lot more than you think.
If you shop or eat out today, let the manager know how helpful an employee was. Chances are, they don’t hear it as often as they should.
Return the shopping cart to the rack – especially in bad weather.
Let someone merge in front of you
Let someone else take the closer parking space
Don’t drive right behind a car that’s going slower than the speed limit
Don’t cut someone off, when you can get behind them instead
If you’re behind a car driven by a student driver, be patient.
If you notice you’re not parked between the lines – move your car, so that you are between the lines, and someone can still park in the space next to yours.
Don’t drink and drive
Don’t text and drive
Don’t look at your phone while you’re driving
Give up your seat to someone who could use it more than you
Give your seat to someone standing-even if they’re not pregnant or elderly. You’ll brighten their day.
Help someone get their bag onto or down from the overhead rack
If someone looks lost at the train/subway/bus, ask if they need help
If others are being grumpy or disrespectful to the conductor or bus driver…smile, and be nice.
Say ‘thank you’ to the driver or conductor as you leave. Chances are, they don’t hear it often.
Be nice to the waiter/waitress
Let the manager know if you enjoy the food
Let the manager know if an employee makes your experience more enjoyable