5 Random Acts of Kindness That Don’t Come Cheap

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Helping others makes us feel good, and sometimes, it helps us live healthier, happier lives. Not only can we be happier by doing kind things for other people, but we can improve the lives of others by helping them as well. Even if you do one random act of kindness and it makes another person happier for a few hours, you have made a difference in that person’s day. Small acts of kindness like purchasing a meal or even holding a door open do make a difference in a society where many people ignore each other on a regular basis. There are also ways that you can make a long-term difference, either through volunteering or by purchasing a big gift that changes lives. However, many of these acts of kindness are costly. If you have some extra money to spend, consider this list of more expensive random acts of kindness.

1. Pay for groceries

Groceries are expensive. According to the USDA, the U.S. average for a family of four with two young children to afford a nutritious diet is $131.20 to $256 per week. Even at the smaller end of that scale, eating at home is a significant part of any person or family’s budget. If you feel especially generous and you see a family that you want to help (or even an individual), paying for the person’s groceries is a great way to help a family for an entire week. If you really want to spend big, consider purchasing groceries for an entire month. You might have to be more creative if you want to do this anonymously, but you will make a huge difference for the people receiving your gift.

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