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16 Simple Ways To Be Kind To Strangers During The Holidays

'Tis the season to be nice!

1. Instead of fighting over a parking space, just give it up.

Y'know those awkward parking lot moments when you and another person are going for the same spot at the same time? The next time that happens, just give the other person the spot!

2. Write a letter to a soldier overseas.


We have a lot to thank our servicemen and women for, so why not write a letter to a soldier overseas to let them know we're all thinking about them? Better yet, get the whole family to write letters!

Shovel snow or do yard work for a neighbor.

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You already have to do your own yard work or shovel your own driveway, so why not help out a neighbor while you're at it? Bonus points: Wear an interesting costume to increase the fun!

3. Bring some surprise treats for your co-workers.

It's a great way to brighten everyone's day, and who doesn't love surprise treats?!

4. Try really, really hard to be the optimist of your friend group. / Via

Make an effort to look at the bright side of things, and focus on the positive aspects of everything around you. It's not always easy, but optimism is contagious. Eventually people around you will adopt a positive outlook and spread it to others!

5. Send letters to kids who have terminal illnesses...

Kids who are affected by terminal illnesses need all the joy they can get, so take a few minutes to send a kid a nice letter. It doesn't have to be anything special — just a few words to let them know that you're pulling for them!

6. ...or write a letter to the siblings of those kids.

Terminal illnesses in children can devastate an entire family, and siblings of kids with illnesses are in a particularly rough spot. Luckily, you can send these kids letters too, just to let them know you're thinking about them. How cool is that?

7. Compliment a stranger's kids for being awesome.


Parents love it when a stranger tells them, "Hey, your kid is really well behaved compared to all the other terrors I've seen today!" If you see a kid behaving well in public, let the parents know that you noticed it. It'll make their day, and it also reinforces that behavior in the kid!

8. Put encouraging sticky notes on public bathroom mirrors. / Via

Get a pack of post-it notes and write short inspiring phrases on them. Every time you go into a public restroom, just stick one on the mirror and voila! You're inspiring strangers everywhere you go!

9. Listen better.

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The next time you're having a conversation with someone, try actually listening to what they're saying. Think about how the events of the story affect the storyteller. Ask follow-up questions, and be genuinely interested in what they have to say. Sometimes a little bit of actual attention is enough to turn a bad day around!

10. Start a social-media kindness campaign.


Every time you check on your millions of social-media accounts, make it a point to send one kind message to a friend, relative, or follower. Something as simple as "I really like your photos!" or "You're the best cousin ever!" can really go a long way!

11. Give someone free babysitting.


If you have friends or relatives who are parents, offer to give them a few hours of sweet relief by letting you babysit for them! They'll get to go see a movie (but then accidentally fall asleep in the parking lot because they're completely exhausted), and you'll get to hang out with a baby for a few hours. It's a win-win!

12. Pay for the person in line behind you.

Next time you're buying a muffin or a quick morning snack, offer to pay for the person behind you! You'll start their morning off with kindness, and there's a good chance they'll pay it forward by paying for the customer behind them! All aboard the kindness train!

13. Say "thank you" to people...and actually mean it.

The next time someone holds the door for you, look them in the eyes, maybe touch them gently on the shoulder, and give them a genuine, heartfelt "thank you!" It might surprise them, and it'll stick with them the rest of the day!

14. Tip generously. / Via

Tip your servers and other service staff a little extra money during the holiday season if you can. They have families and friends to buy gifts for, so a little kindness from you will help them express their love and appreciation of others!

15. Candy Cane-bomb a parking lot. / Via

Write a bunch of nice, inspiring notes and attach each one to a candy cane. Then head to a nearby parking lot and put a candy cane on every car in the lot. Or, if you're looking for something less intense, just hand out candy canes in parking lots. Everyone loves candy canes!

16. Donate blood.


Believe it or not, people really need your blood. Try to donate blood whenever possible because you're literally saving someone's life, and there's really no greater act of kindness than that.

Do you have a great idea for spreading kindness during the holidays? Tell us about it in the comments below! And get more Christmastime suggestions from the friendly folks at!