With the holiday season upon us, it seems like there is an advent calendar for everything these days; whether it’s chocolate, tea or cracking open a beer everyday for the next month. At Ideba, one of our top priorities is giving back. In the spirit of giving back this season, I thought I’d share a new twist on an advent calendar: 25 days of random acts of kindness. I challenge everyone to forget about the extended Black Friday sales and spread some joy this season by doing something kind everyday.

25 Days of Kindness:

  1. Give someone a compliment
  2. Hold the door open for someone
  3. Let someone in front of you in line
  4. Buy a friend, colleague a coffee
  5. Leave some money at the parking meter
  6. Donate a present to charity
  7. Do something kind for yourself
  8. Donate unwanted books to charity
  9. Smile at a stranger, or 2, or 15
  10. Get in touch with an old friend or relative
  11. Let a car in front of you in traffic
  12. Bake cookies and hand them out to friends, colleagues or strangers
  13. Write or send a thank you note to someone
  14. Tell someone you love them
  15. Pay for a stranger’s coffee
  16. Offer to help someone
  17. Donate unwanted clothes to charity or a homeless shelter
  18. Do something unexpected for someone
  19. Leave a treat for your postal carrier
  20. Do something kind for yourself
  21. Give someone your absolute full attention
  22. Leave a happy note for someone to find
  23. Support a local business
  24. Put back a rogue shopping cart in a parking lot
  25. Be present and reflect on how much joy this season brought you

Happy holidays everyone! Please share your random acts of kindness in the comments! I would love to hear what you come up with!

Jocelyn van der Geest, Research Analyst