100 Acts of Kindness

Have you ever thought about how a smile could brighten someone's day? How a nice compliment could motivate someone to achieve their dreams? How a free cup of coffee could make someone see the day in a new perspective? Well, here at 12five, we have been thinking about these things all week. We have been thinking about how one, simple, random act of kindness could change someone’s day or week or even year! 

After reading a blog post from our friends at Headspace, we decided to challenge ourselves to do 100 acts of kindness in one week. Our acts throughout the week included things like complimenting a stranger’s attire, leaving the quarter in the cart at Aldi, and giving a stranger a lottery ticket.

No matter the act, we wanted to spread kindness in ways that were above and beyond things we normally do. We wanted our small acts of kindness to turn into something bigger. We wanted our acts to inspire a chain reaction of people paying it forward. Maybe someday, it will even get passed back to us!

So, here is a list of some of our favorite acts of kindness from the week.


  • Bought coffee for a women behind him at Starbucks.
  • Gave two people a $5 gift card to Starbucks. Those people ended up winning a extra cup of coffee by using the gift cards - bonus!
  • Gave a lottery ticket to a homeless man and left one on a car window at the train station.
  • Gave a man on the Metra the extra money he needed for his train ticket.


  • Helped handicap voters in and out of their vehicles during election day.
  • Complimented the man working at the meat deli.
  • Organized a fundraiser for a family with medical expenses. Raised over $21,000.
  • Organized a fundraiser for a cancer survivor.


  • Complimented a man he sees working hard at the gym everyday.
  • Bought lunch for someone at Potbelly. The woman took his business card and said she would tell her company to do the same thing.
  • Bought coffee for someone behind him at Starbucks. Since he did this, the cashier at Starbucks gave Jay his coffee on the house.


  • Helped fellow dog owners around his building by picking up other dog droppings while walking his dog.
  • Gave up his seat on the bus.


  • Gave a blank friendship card to someone on the train. She told her to send it to someone that person hasn’t talk to in awhile. The woman said she would be sending it to someone overseas - acts of kindness went international!
  • Paid for someone’s parking at the Metra station. That person passed on the idea to her company as well!
  • Gave a “Kind” bar to the building security guard.

Throughout this whole week, not only did we learn more about others, but we also learned more about ourselves. We learned how much we truly have to be grateful for. We learned how to step outside our comfort zone, and most importantly, we learned how one act of kindness could be a difference maker in someone’s day.

Howard Zinn once said, “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”  So, what act of kindness will you do today? 

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