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Here are 10 things you can do today that will bring joy and happiness to others. These are simple good deeds and acts of kindness you can action today!


Sometimes people want to do good deeds but don’t know what to do or think that it costs money and so they don’t, but fear not there are ways to do good deeds without spending any money, it only costs kindness.

Here are 10 good deeds or random acts of kindness you can do today to make someone smile!

Make a colleague a cup of tea or coffee, we all have those days where there is just too much happening and not enough time to get it all done. Have you ever boiled the kettle for a quick tea or coffee, walked away for a moment and realised an hour later that you still have not had your cuppa?

So if you step away to make a coffee, check if any of your colleagues nearby are in need of a cuppa and surprise them with one. You will definitely make their day a bit better and probably receive a big smile in return, and maybe one day when you are in need, they will return the favour.

“Once you have made your colleagues tea they will of course owe you a cuppa. It’s an investment, and the returns can be brilliant.”

Pack in an extra sandwich, if you make your own lunch each day add an extra sandwich once in a while, just in case a friend or colleague forgets theirs and if not you have a spare one to feed to someone who might be hungry.

Pay someone a genuine compliment, a compliment is as easy as breathing, just look at a person and whatever is good about them, compliment it. If a person has a nice smile or you like their shoes let them know. You could turn their entire day around! Many people walk this earth feeling less than great so be sure to give everyone you meet a little love.

“Never suppress a generous thought” – Camilla E. Kimball

Call or FaceTime a friend/ family member on their birthday, social media has created a way for people to put in less effort on birthdays. Instead of posting a happy birthday on social media why not call that person or FaceTime. Turn a 5 second action into a 5 minute one, even better if you can stop for a cupcake at your local Spar and surprise them at their doorstep.

Be polite to your service providers, whether you are dealing with them over the phone or face to face at your local grocery store always remember they are people too. We all know that life gets crazy and frustrations can run high but the person you are dealing with has emotions, insecurities and fears just like you do.

UBUNTU (n) – the belief that we are defined by our compassion and kindness towards others

Ask them how their day is going, or pay them a compliment, the gesture will go a long way and if someone hears you or witnesses this they will automatically be more gentle in that situation too. We learn by example.

Pick up some litter, wherever your journey takes you in the world always be mindful of the planet. If you see a bit of litter pick it up and throw it in the bin. Not only will you feel good but you will be helping the environment in the best way possible!

Share your bouquet of flowers, if you have ever received a bouquet of flowers you will know they look great for a day or so and then start dying. It is very exciting being given flowers but if you shared them with others you could make even more people excited.

Take your flowers and hand one stem to every person you meet, do this until you have one left, save that one just for you!

Spring clean your home (or just one room), donate the unwanted and unused items to shelter’s and other organisations around you. Hospice can use all donations and whatever they don’t need they sell in their charity shop to raise funds. The charity shop sells the items at an affordable rate that allows people who cannot afford first hand items to also have access to them.

Help someone carry something, it happens everyday, someone walks by carrying something that is a little too uncomfortable. Whether that’s at the office, in a shopping centre parking lot or at home. Take a few minutes to stop what you are doing and help take some of the weight off their hands. After all they do say,

“Many hands make light work”

And the last thing you can do is,

Smile, its that simple to be honest! Sure some people may think you are a total weirdo for smiling at a complete stranger but keep on going because smiles are like yawns, they are infectious and super contagious! Your one smile could bring smiles to more faces than you imagine!

“Most smiles are started by another smile” – Frank A. Clark 

“We shall never know all the good a simple smile can do” – Mother Teresa


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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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