52 Good Deeds to Make A Difference in 2024

Practice kindness every week of the year!

Volunteers cleaning a park..

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You can make a real difference in the world. You may not be able to find a cure for cancer or stop climate change, but you can do small acts of kindness that will have a positive impact on the people around you.

While people frequently underestimate the value of doing an act of kindness, a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, found that a little good can go a long way in changing people’s attitudes about themselves. Acts of kindness can form a ripple effect that can make real positive change in the world.

You do not have to wait for Good Deeds Day on April 14, 2024 to begin to make a difference. You can begin today by doing one small act of kindness a week.

1.  Donate old blankets for shelter animals.

2.  Volunteer at a repair café

3.  Mail a thank you card. 

4.  Leave your servers a generous tip.

5.  Cook a meal for a new mom. 

6.  Use a reusable water bottle

7.  Say hello to a stranger. 

8.  Shovel snow for a senior. 

9.  Organize a park or beach cleanup.

10. Donate diapers to a diaper bank.

11. Sign an organ donation card.

12. Shop with a reusable bag.

13. Let someone merge into your lane. 

14. Bring flowers to a nursing home. 

15. Recycle old clothing and shoes. 

16. Give a good review of a local business on Yelp.

17. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. 

18. Help a senior neighbor with groceries. 

19. Leave books at a Free Little Library

20. Donate school supplies to a local shelter. 

21. Help a senior neighbor with groceries. 

22. Buy local and organic produce. 

23. Donate your hair to Locks of Love

24. Hold the elevator for another person. 

25. Give blood and sign up for reminders to give again. 

26. Donate canned goods to a food drive . 

27. Foster a pet from an animal rescue organization. 

28. Leave a snack and a drink for your delivery person. 

29. Help at a community garden. 

30. Leave your change in a donation box 

31, Write a LinkedIn recommendation for a coworker. 

32. Mentor a child in reading

33. Be positive on social media. 

34. Learn CPR and help save a life. 

35. Start a pay it forward or back chain. 

36. Donate your old cell phone

37. Plant a tree to help the Earth. 

38. Run in a charity 5K. 

39. Write positive affirmations on sticky notes. 

40. Forgive someone who wronged you. 

41. Lend hand tools to your neighbors 

42. Call an old friend to catch up. 

43. Offer your seat on the bus to a pregnant person. 

44. Bring your shopping cart back. 

45. Take soup to a sick friend. 

46. Compliment a stranger. 

47. Gift a favorite book. 

48. Tell a joke and make someone laugh. 

49. Leave detergent in the laundromat for people in need. 

50. Hug someone who needs it. 

51. Participate in Good Deeds Day

52. Share Goodnet on social media 

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Good Deeds Day, an annual global day of doing good, is the pinnacle of doing good year-round. Initiated in 2007 by business woman and philanthropist Shari Arison, Good Deeds Day has grown to 115 countries with millions of participants.  Good Deeds Day 2024 will take place on  April 14.