52 Good Deeds to Spread Kindness Throughout the Year

Just one good deed a week can make a better 2023.

Walking for a cause.

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Making the world a better place is something most people aspire to. While you may not be able to achieve large goals like ending hunger or curbing climate change – it takes a community of people doing good together to achieve these visions – you can make small changes by doing acts of kindness.

You do not have to wait for International Good Deeds Day on April 16 in 2023, you can start now by doing just one kind act a week. Goodnet has compiled a selection of 52 good deeds that are sure to make the world and make it a better place. 

1.   Donate warm coats to people in need.

2.   Shovel snow for an elderly neighbor.

3.   Give up your seat on the subway or bus.

4.   Say thank you.

5.   Give old blankets to animal shelters.

6.   Give a friend an inspiring book.

7.   Let someone go ahead of you in line.

8.   Wish someone a Happy Birthday on Facebook

9.   Join the Be the Match Registry for bone marrow donations.

10. Throw litter in the bin.

11. Thank a nurse (doctors get thanked all the time).

12. Clean snow off a neighbor’s car.

13. Compliment a colleague on a new outfit.

14. Leave an encouraging note in a library book.

15. Donate sanitary products to a woman’s shelter.

16. Make homemade soup for a sick friend.

17. Feed the birds in your yard.

18. Clean snow off a neighbor’s car.

19. Smile at a stranger.

20. Give your server a generous tip.

21. Keep a spare umbrella to give away on a rainy day.

22. Plant a tree.

23. Bring coloring books and crayons to a children’s hospital.

24. Pay it forward at a drive through.

25. Send a get-well card.

26. Hold the door open for people.

27. Donate baby formula to a food bank.

28. Recycle your household waste

29. Call an old friend to catch up.

30. Do a family member’s chores.

31. Participate in Giving Tuesday.

32. Plant a community garden

33. Send a get-well card.

34. Leave some coins in the washers at a laundromat.

35. Write a positive comment on a blog.

36. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.

37. Donate your hair to Locks of Love.

38. Learn CPR.

39. Put happiness rocks around your neighborhood.

40. Baby or pet sit for a friend.

41. Apologize when you are wrong.

42. Help a friend move.

43. Walk or run for a charity event.

44. Bring a gift to a Toys for Tots drive.

45. Donate to hurricane relief.

46. Bring homemade treats to work.

47. Help someone change a flat tire

48. Become a gleaner.

49. Organize a blood drive.

50. Read to children at the library

51. Participate in Good Deeds Day.

52. Share this list. 

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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 108 countries with millions of participants.  Good Deeds Day 2023 is on April 16.