15 random ways to be kind

Published 8:42 AM ET, Mon February 17, 2020
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Walk a neighbor's dogs for free as often as you can. (It's good for your physical health, too.) Shutterstock
Bake cookies and deliver them to your elderly neighbor, a nursing home, or the nurses and doctors at your local hospital. CNN
A random act of kindness can be as simple as giving someone your place in line. Philip Pacheco/Getty Images
Volunteer at a soup kitchen on the weekends as often as you can. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Buy supplies for the teachers at your local schools -- even if you don't have kids who go there. Shutterstock
Reach out and Facetime with an old friend or family member you haven't seen in months (or years!). ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Volunteer at your local Humane Society or vet's office. John Moore/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Buy food for your local homeless shelter (but check to see what they need first). Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Send letters of appreciation to soldiers stationed around the world. US Embassy in Iraq/AFP/Getty Images
Volunteer to read to children at your local library or tutor at your nearest elementary school. Shutterstock
Volunteer or donate to animal rescue groups. Silvio Carrillo/CNN/
Offer free babysitting services for a friend or volunteer at the nearest "Mother's Day Out." Shutterstock
Send several colleagues a note of appreciation. (Sure, you can text them -- but try writing some too, OK?)
Hold an umbrella for a hard-working civil servant. Or just give your umbrella away! Viewer photo/WBMA
Are you a jogger? Run a marathon or 5K for your favorite charity. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images