Share the Love: 5 Affordable Random Acts of Kindness

(Photo illustration by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo illustration by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Random Acts of Kindness week was in February, but we might all be a little happier if every week included random acts of kindness. Doing something for someone else while expecting nothing in return, makes us feel better, and it makes the other person feel good too. In addition, it can encourage the recipient to pay the kindness forward to someone else. So few of us give purely for the sake of giving (without the incentive of telling others about it, getting thanked, or even getting public recognition), so take a minute and browse this list of random acts of kindness that you can share with a stranger (or even anonymously share with someone you know). You don’t have to spend big to help someone else out; these ideas all will cost $10 or less, and will help make someone else’s day.

1. Coffee

As of 2013, eighty-three percent of U.S. adults were drinking coffee with sixty-three percent drinking coffee daily. Americans love their coffee; it tastes good, it smells good, and it gets people through the work day. However, a coffee habit can get expensive, especially for those people who drink it daily. Coffee stores can also be stressful, particularly during peak hours, when lines are long and baristas get overwhelmed. So next time you are waiting in line, consider paying for the order of the person behind you. You can prepay the amount you want to give or wait until they order and then pick up the tab.