I’m crossing out the ones I’ve done and putting in italics the ones I’m actively working on.
50 Great Ways to Give Right Now by Deblina Chakraborty
Donate blood. I’ve donated twice since I started the list and plan to donate again soon. I’m going to be donating every 8 weeks from now on.
Say a prayer for someone who’s hurting. I’m an atheist so I didn’t actually pray but I did think comforting positive thoughts for someone else. I’m also a pessimist so thinking positive thoughts is something I only do when forced.
Smile at a stranger. I’ve been doing this for years. I think it’s mostly because I’m happily off in lala land and people think I’m smiling at them. Either way, they get smiled at.
Hold the door. I should have striked this one out in the beginning. I do it all the time and still do it.
Give up your seat. It was actually decently hard to find a place to sit where I’d be in the position to give up my seat.
Participate in a race that benefits a charity.
Send a thank-you card to someone who’s shown you kindness. I do it all the time. I usually call it being polite / possessing manners.
Let go of an old grudge.
Stay calm during a stressful time. I volunteer for the company that does the 911 calls in our area. I think staying calm is half of the job description.
Mentor a colleague who’s new to your field. Fun and worth it.
Throw a party for someone celebrating a milestone.
Next time you’re ready to honk at another car, don’t. Ah. Will power.
Give directions to someone who’s lost. The best part was… I knew where I was! Normally I’m the one asking for directions.
Give a compliment. I feel awkward when I give them but I like the look on the person’s face afterwards.
Write a letter to a person who’s made a difference in your life. I technically did this with the last thank you card I sent out but I’ll do it again.
Plant a tree. I’ve planted one before, I just haven’t gotten around to buying a tree so I can plant another one.
Tell your mom you love her. It made her paranoid.
Elect to be an organ donor. I already am one. I should probably find my organ donor card and put it in my purse though.
Make a donation, however small, to your favorite charity. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve given away money. I very firmly believe that giving away a percentage of my take-home pay on payday makes the rest last longer. I just gave it to an actual charity this time.
Extend a warm welcome to a newcomer. My job keeps hiring new people and I do my best to welcome them. Well, welcome them and be nice about it.
Put yourself in another person’s shoes.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. I’ve officially joined the new religion of living green. I’m working on being more green every day.
Become a Big Brother or a Big Sister. I work 60-80 hours a week. I don’t know where I’ll find the time. Can I just attempt to be a better big sister to my biological brother?
Spend time with an elderly person.
Tell a joke. No one got it. That’s why I don’t tell jokes.
Praise someone who’s done well. The person I mentored did well.
Help a fellow traveler with her luggage.
Let your spouse sleep late. I’m not married and I live with my sister. I’m usually up at 430 because of work and she doesn’t get up until 9 or so. I already “let” her sleep late. There isn’t a single person that I could possibly do this with.
Kick bad habits, like smoking, that can harm others. The only bad habit I have that can possibly harm others is my tendency to drench things in sarcasm. My way of “handling” it, so it doesn’t harm others, is to just not speak around them. This should count.
Pass on good news. And we all had fun.
Give your full attention.
Applaud a great performance.
Offer a ride to somebody without a car.
Laugh. At the joke that no one got.
Buy a meal for someone who’s hungry. I feed my sister all the time. Plus, the charity I donated to was to feed the homeless.
Call a friend you haven’t heard from in awhile.
Lead by example.
Confront a friend who needs confronting.
Help a younger person discover a hidden talent. I helped my brother “discover” that he was an entrepreneur.
Look cashiers in the eye. Thank the bank teller. Do it already.
Invite someone who’s not a part of your inner circle to a friendly gathering. I don’t have an inner circle. I have one friend and one kind of friend, both of whom I met at work, both of whom are on better terms with everyone at work than I am.
Raise money for a cause you believe in.
Teach your children about giving. I don’t have children but I am teaching my brother and niece about it. I’m trying to lead by example but I don’t really spend that much time with them.
Pay the toll for the person behind you. I don’t go anywhere that involves a toll. I plan to replace this goal with “Pay the bill for the person behind you”.
Leave a big tip when you are out. I always leave a big tip.
When you see trash, pick it up.
Spearhead a petition.
Rescue an animal from a shelter. I technically saved it from being taken to a shelter or starving on the street.