Valentine’s Day is usually just for couples, right? Those who aren’t in relationships see the holiday as just another day in their lives: another day in class, another day at work. It doesn’t have to be that way, though! Random acts of kindness are things you can do on Valentine’s Day, and every day, to make someone’s life a little brighter.

Random acts of kindness may be simple things that we incorporate into our daily lives, but the impact they leave on others is tremendous. Below are just a few examples of what you can do this Valentine’s Day, and every other day, to cheer someone up.

  1. Shovel your neighbor’s driveway
  2. Pay for the drink/food of the person behind you in the drive-thru
  3. Remind someone that you appreciate them
  4. Write a handwritten letter or make a handmade card for someone you love
  5. Donate clothing you haven’t worn in a while to a thrift store
  6. Eat and shop locally to support local small businesses, restaurants, and farmers
  7. Donate books you have already read and loved to a used book store or library
  8. Compliment someone
  9. Hold the door open for someone
  10. Leave sticky notes with happy messages or quotes on a public restroom mirror
  11. Send a thank you note to someone who has helped you before
  12. Leave some pocket change in the vending machine for the next person
  13. Return stray shopping carts to the corral in parking lots
  14. Be aware of your surroundings and help someone you see struggling