8 Free Acts Of Kindness That Are Worth Your Time

We often hear how a single act of kindness has the power to turn a bad day into a good one. Simply making someone laugh is enough to relieve an entire morning stuck in traffic, or a hectic afternoon of long meetings.

When the day gets difficult, we get caught up wishing someone would come in and save it. Perhaps it's worth spending our mind's time on watching out for others who could use a pick-me-up. If people paid more attention to one another and did a little something to help a stranger or friend, we would increase the chances of having more good days than bad.

The kicker is that we don't have to spend money to do it. Here are __ things that we can spend not money, but time on, and make someone's life a little easier.

1. Be mindful of people trying to move furniture.

korea daejeon mission

Unless they're doing some weird task on Amazing Race, they're probably moving. If not, acquiring furniture is stressful enough without having to haul it to an apartment. Offering a ride or an extra hand could mean more than you'd think. You might save someone from carrying a recliner half a mile from the store to his house like this woman did.

2. Thank a man or woman in uniform.

deviantart

Strangers are difficult to approach, and believe me, I empathize with the inclination to reaaaally not want to do that. The obvious, humbling truth is that risking your life is a bigger challenge. Soldiers, police officers and firefighters wake up knowing that their means of living might cut their lives short. No one with that kind of stress will scowl at a stranger saying thanks.

3. Stay connected with a daily/weekly message.

Take the idea of sharing a good article on Facebook and shrink it down. Maybe you've got a friend in the hospital, or a cousin going through a rough break up. Send a text with a joke, or something really smart and inspirational you heard. A few privy lines that made you smile will probably make someone else smile too. Send a daily or a weekly message to your friends who need it--pain is shooed away when you prick it with a little joy.

4. Listen to someone's problems.

Graceful Word

The misconception with listening is that you have to provide a solution. You don't. Unless you're being paid by someone to guide him through a tough time, you don't have to heal the wound completely. Not all pain needs a prescription to go away. As he talks about the issue, he pushes it off his chest; knowing that someone else knows what he's going through will provide comfort, which might be what he needed to get through the day.

5. Relieve someone sick of an important responsibility.

The Guardian

The flu doesn't discriminate based on how much it will interrupt your life. Germs and viruses don't care whether you've got two toddlers and a dog to feed, and keep away from sharp objects. Your fever will sky-rocket and you still have to take care of your kids. When a friend or neighbor falls ill, offer to take over the things that cannot be ignored. Have the kids over for a weekend sleep over, or do some chores so your friend can find time to rest and heal.

6. Use your rewards card on someone else.

The Powerline

When you've finally reached that free coffee/frozen yogurt slot on your loyalty card, consider giving it to someone else. Technically, you've spent money to get to the free item, but it's not like you're buying a stranger anything. The store is rewarding you for your loyalty, and you might make someone's day by passing on the gift to someone else. You'll make someone smile; you might even make a friend.

7. Offer someone the same advice you used when you were in his position.

What Will Matter

When we start something, the excitement can get overshadowed by doubt and fear of failure. The one remedy to this is when someone more experienced (in whatever it is we're about to begin) relates and says things will be okay. That kind of reassurance is the difference between a restful night of sleep and a struggle to shut our eyes.

8. Tell your role models they're role models.

Isis Rising

Just as young people need role models to give them peace of mind, role models need young people to assure them they've done right. Insecurity may lessen with time, but it doesn't end at a certain age. We're human until the day we die, and that means as long as we're here, we'll be thankful when people say we've done right by them.

If you want more ways to be kind for free, check out Shari Elyse's latest video on committing random acts of kindness without spending a cent!

Golden Retriever Puppies Experience Fall for the First Time

These puppies are experiencing the joy of fall for the very first time!

In case you weren't aware how awesome Fall is, we've made this important video of the cutest Golden Retriever puppies playing in a field of pumpkins. CAUTION: if you already DO believe that Fall is the best season, your love for it is about to grow exponentially, causing you to squeal with excitement upon seeing these fluffy rays of sunshine.

Keep reading... Show less

BBQ Explained - Simplified with Josh McBride

This summer is unlike anyone we've ever seen. So, how are we supposed to deal with mask-wearing in this kind of heat and humidity? What can we do to make this unique and crazy summer the best one ever? OnlyGood TV is launching a new series called Simplified that both entertains and demystifies what is going on in the world to help you be ready to handle the new normal. It will also help you with the everyday stuff, so no stress!

Simplified is hosted by nationally recognized television host and producer, In this episode, Josh discusses one of the great rights of summer, the outdoor BBQ, and the numerous ways you can enjoy it. No matter what your personal choices - Charcoal or Propane? Steak or Chicken? Wine or Beer? - in Josh's view, any combo can work so be creative!

Keep reading... Show less

71-Year-Old Man Walks Thousands Of Miles To Promote Peace

Most of us want to make the world a better place. Not all of have actually done something about it—but a grandfather named Al has, many times over.

Keep reading... Show less

Pickles Anyone? Friends Start Gourmet Business!

At Miss Jenny's Pickles, they preserve every pickle jar with family tradition and lots of love!

Miss Jenny's Pickles company started after Ashlee and Jenny, partners for years in the financial industry, lost their jobs due to economic recession. They knew they wanted to start a business venture together and of all things, a pickle company!

Keep reading... Show less

A Collage Of Metrocard Colors In New York City

One person's castoff can become another's inspiration!

Meet Nina Boesch, a NY based interaction designer from Germany, who has been creating collages from discarded MetroCards® for over 10 years.

Keep reading... Show less

Shane Inspired A Playground For Everyone

To highlight the importance of raising awareness, we bring you a story about one father who wanted to make lives of kids with disabilities brighter.

A playground is a place where children can play and have fun — but what about children with disabilities? Shane's Inspiration took this question and created an answer by building inclusive playgrounds for kids with disabilities. Co-founded by Scott Williams, a father whose son was told he would live his life in a wheelchair after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, lives the mission of Shane's Inspiration — to make sure everyone is able to play in a positive environment.

Keep reading... Show less

Making the Best French Toast Ever with Chef Peter!

This 10-year old chef can make you a superstar in the kitchen!

Cook with Peter on OnlyGood TV features simple recipes kids love to eat and make! In this video, Chef Peter and his assistant Karina revisit one of Peter's favorite breakfast treats - French Toast! It's tasty and so easy!

Watch Peter whip up this dish in minutes with just fresh bread, eggs, milk and a frying pan...and the choice of toppings (butter, syrup ,jam, fruit...) are up to you!

Keep reading... Show less

Friendship is Forever - Kindness Rocks Keep Buddy’s Memory Alive

"Wait up, mate!" William would call out to his best friend Joey as they tore through the halls Tyngsboro Elementary School in Massachusetts. Inseparable best friends since the first day they met in kindergarten, the boys bonded over a love of superheroes -- especially Spiderman.

Though he lived every day like a superhero, Joey was born with a cardiac condition known as cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that makes it harder for your heart to pump blood to the rest of your body. This condition caused him to have an enlarged heart that led to a lifetime of medical struggles. Joey died from this disease at age 6.

Keep reading... Show less
Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

* OGTV Top Stories *

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter