When was the last time you let someone get in front of you in line or treated a friend to dinner? Well, today is Random Acts of Kindness Day and we’re encouraging Tiny Prints employees, our blog readers and everyone else to pay it forward.

Studies have shown “a single act can influence dozens more.” Do you think we can keep this going every day, not just when we’re reminded with a national day?

Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Let someone have your parking spot.
  • Buy a coffee for the person behind you in line at your local cafe.
  • Throw away a piece of garbage on the street.
  • Tell your colleague how much you appreciate them.
  • Leave a small gift or thank you note for your mail carrier.
  • Treat your colleagues with bagels or donuts.
  • Offer to babysit for friends or family.
  • Hold the door for a stranger.
  • Pay the toll for the car in line behind you.
  • Smile at strangers.
  • Write a thank you note to your son or daughter’s teacher.

What was the nicest thing a stranger has done for you? Leave us a comment below!

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  1. KandyOh says:

    About a month ago, my car got a flat tire shortly after picking up my young children from school. It was dark & very cold. Within seconds of stopping, a woman pulled up in her mini-van & offered to bring us to our destination. It was a very stressful situation and she made it less so. I am very grateful to her!

  2. Mandy says:

    My husband and I were eating lunch at a Chinese restaurant that plays a great local Christian radio station. As we hummed along to the songs, the only other guest eating in the restaurant noticed us, commented on our humming since he loved the music too, and paid for our meal without us knowing. When we found out, he was long gone, but there was another couple just getting their food so we decided to return the favor 🙂 I know of someone who did the same thing in a busy McDonald’s drive-thru and started a trend.. 14 cars passed along his favor. It’s sad that kindness is so unusual these days but I’m glad it still exists!

  3. I LOVE this. I try and do something every day, no matter how small. I’ve found that it makes me happy, I feel less stressed and it inspires me to do more acts of kindness. I practice holding the door for people, letting people go ahead of me in line and bringing my co-workers treats. Something that happened to me recently was I was struggling to get a grocery cart, holding my toddler and I’m 9 months pregnant. A woman helped me by giving me her cart and told me,”Here have mine, I’ve been there.” So nice!

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