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After a tough year for everybody, a little bit of kindness can go a long way. We brainstormed 12 random acts of kindness anyone can do to spread love and happiness in your community.

1. Give some extra compliments.

Receiving an unexpected compliment is one of the best feelings in the world! Encouragement is one of the simplest random acts of kindness, and it doesn’t cost a penny. Set a goal to give a genuine compliment to someone in your life, or to each person you come across throughout the day. You might be surprised how great it makes you feel too!

2. Pay for someone in line behind you.

Whether you’re making a run to your favorite coffee shop for a while chocolate mocha or simply rolling through the fast food drive thru for a burger, make someone else’s day by picking up their tab.

3. Write an online review for a business you love.

Does your local Italian spot have the best garlic bread in the world? Or did you have an exceptionally helpful cashier while you did your shopping? Leave a review on Facebook or Google for your favorite business.

4. Tip extra at a restaurant.

If you’ve ever worked in the food service industry, you know how much this random act of kindness can make someone’s day. Even better, add a little note of encouragement onto your receipt!

5. Send flowers to someone who needs a smile.

Support a local florist shop and uplift someone who is going through a hard time. Two random acts of kindness rolled into one!

6. Bake treats for your local first responders.

Send your local police or fire station some of your favorite cookies!

7. Write a thank you note to your mail carrier.

The postal service has been busier than ever this year. A little thank you can go a long way.

8. Donate gently used clothes or toys to those in need.

This random act of kindness can help you clean and organize your home and give back to community members in need.

9. Pick up trash in a public space.

Keep your local park, garden, hiking trail, or beach beautiful and clean by removing built up litter. Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves and a mask!

10. Leave a great coupon next to its product at the store.

Some random acts of kindness might not be as accessible if you are on a tight budget. But this is a fun, easy, and free way to make someone’s day! You can find lots of coupons in your local newspaper for grocery stores and home goods stores.

11. Donate school supplies to a teacher.

Teachers sacrifice so much of their own personal time, money, and resources to provide for their students. Help make their jobs a little bit easier and their pocketbooks a little bit fuller this by donating folders, pencils, Kleenex boxes, hand sanitizer, and other much-needed school supplies.

12. Donate blood to a hospital.

It only takes a few minutes to donate blood, and it is crucial to local hospitals as they work year-round to save lives.

Try these 12 random acts of kindness in your community.

Make your holiday season extra special and lift up your community by participating in random acts of kindness! For more ideas on how to encourage your local law enforcement community, reach out to us at C.O.P.S. Arizona.

C.O.P.S. Arizona is dedicated to rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths. We offer programs and scholarships for survivors in our local Arizona chapter. For more information, visit https://www.copsarizona.org/.