Little Kindnesses (When We Need Them Most)

There’s no denying that times are strange and unprecedented right now. Between physical distancing and self-isolation it can feel almost surreal to go about our “normal” routine.

While we can’t interact and engage in the same way as before, there are still simple ways to spread kindness and create a positive environment that don’t compromise the restrictions in place. Below I’ve listed some ideas that take into account keeping our distance. Depending on the extent of restrictions in your area, you may still need to modify the ideas, but most should adhere to the common physical distancing rules.

Regardless of what is going on in the world, or rather, all the more because of it, we can still spread kindness and happiness in creative and thoughtful ways that remind others of what it means to be human.


Smile – you don’t know who may need to see something positive

Say “thank you”, especially to the grocery store and health care workers

Pay the bill for the person behind you in drive-thru

Text a friend – even if it’s just to say “hi”

Mail a some pretty note cards with encouragements written inside

Drop off some potted flowers or plants at a friend or neighbour’s

Offer to get groceries for an elderly person or couple to minimize their need to go out to the grocery stores

Bake some bread or cookies and drop them off at a neighbour’s

Volunteer at a charity or local outreach centre

Buy local and support small if you can

Donate your hair (if it’s long enough) to cancer patients; check out Angel Hair for Kids

Get out and clean up the trash along the street

Schedule a long call and catch up with someone you haven’t talked to in a while

Leave a note for the mail deliverer – and maybe a little snack as well

Tip generously for meal, grocery, or purchase delivery


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