25 Ways to Inspire Kindness this Holiday Season


By Rachel Wells

 “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

– Mother Teresa

Ever since 1997, November 13th has been celebrated as World Kindness Day. With so much hustle and bustle surrounding the holiday season, it can be easy to forget that some of the best gifts don’t always cost money. You can make a huge impact on someone’s day by taking just a little time to show how much you care.

We hope this list inspires your family to focus on spreading kindness this holiday season. Children are always learning from our actions, so even if they aren’t the ones actually paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line, they are watching, and learning, and recognizing how good it feels to make someone else’s day.


  1. Pay for the coffee of the person behind you in line.
  2. Donate clothes, shoes, coats, hats, or gloves to a local shelter.
  3. Call and apologize to someone you wronged.
  4. Compliment three people.
  5. Bring coffee and donuts to your coworkers.
  6. Write a letter to an elderly relative.
  7. Write anonymous encouraging post-it’s for strangers to find.
  8. Double your waitress’ tip.
  9. Praise an employee at the grocery store.
  10. Send someone flowers.
  11. Sit next to someone who is alone and a work meeting, yoga class, or school lunch room.
  12. Write words of encouragement in sidewalk chalk near a school or store.
  13. Smile.
  14. Make eye contact.
  15. Donate food to a food pantry.
  16. Bake cookies and deliver them to a friend.
  17. Thank your parents for all they did/do for you.
  18. Text something nice to a friend.
  19. Hold the door open for someone.
  20. Send your sibling(s) a letter, and talk about some of your favorite memories.
  21. Send a card to someone “just because”.
  22. Send cards to police officers, fire fighters, teachers, or soldiers.
  23. Scrape someone’s snowy windshield.
  24. Purchase gifts for a toy drive.
  25. Encourage others to spread kindness too.
We would love to know what ways you were able to get your children involved in spreading kindness this holiday season!

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