Want to do something good but haven’t got much time? Here are some ideas that can be executed in one hour or less!
Send a care package
Nothing warms your heart like a care package! Send one to someone you like – a friend who lives far away, a soldier on duty, an elderly relative or anyone else you think deserves to get one. Include anything you think they’d like to get (we especially recommend homemade cookies, this recipe is great but any kind would work just as well!)
We’re certain you have clothes you don’t wear and books you don’t read lying around the house. Get a box and put everything you don’t use anymore in there to give away to a charity of your choice. They’ll find your items a new home, you’ll have less clutter around your house, and all of that can be done in just a few minutes!
Coffee for Good
Get a cup of coffee for a coworker, friend or even a stranger, and ask them to pay the gesture forward. This is a great way to make someone’s day in just a few minutes, and you can create long chains of good deeds going around your town. Protip: use this “pay-it-forward” sign to hang around your office, communal areas or even a local coffee shop to promote your efforts!
Volunteer at an animal shelter
Lots of puppies and kittens that don’t have a forever-home end up in shelters, where they spend their time in very confined cages most of the day. If you want to help them very easily – take them out on a walk! You’ll be caught with their infectious happiness when they’re out, and with a short walk around the block you’ll be making a real difference.
Be a kind driver
It’s always important to remember to drive safely, but equally as important to drive kindly! Use your commute to work as a time to practice kindness. This won’t only make the start of your day better, but everyone’s, and shouldn’t cost you more than a few extra minutes on the road.