Two years ago, I read a blog post by Robyn Bomar detailing how she spent her 38th birthday performing 38 random acts of kindness. She has since started a website, The Birthday Project, to encourage others to spend their birthdays and other milestone dates by giving back to others.
Here is my 2013 list. Keep in mind I was living in New York at the time, but I hope it inspires you to do the same on your next big day.
- Recycle hoards of plastic bags.
- Mail a thank you card. (Note: Prophetic, huh?)
- Mail a thinking of you card to a stranger (family member of a friend).
- Mail a get well card. (Note: This evolved into a long-standing pen pal in another state.)
- Make a bird feeder for fire escape.
- Pay for next customer at a local coffee shop.
- Tip extravagantly.
- Leave a thank you note for the mail carrier.
- Tape a “have a great day!” sign to the door of my building.
- Pay for toys in a vending machine and leave them for the next curious customer.
- Donate clothing at HousingWorks.
- Donate books to local New York Public Library branch.
- Donate old glasses at Lenscrafters.
- “Adopt” a plant to care for.
- Attend students’ school fair.
- Leave bottles of bubbles at the park.
- Give dog treats to owners at the Dog Run in Washington Square Park.
- Give Clif bars to man in need.
- Leave a glowing piece of customer service feedback with a manager.
- Give money to street performers.
- Share gift cards to UBER.
- Buy favors to surprise a friend for his birthday.
- Leave Operation Beautiful notes in the pages of fashion magazines at CVS.
- Donate to Broadway Cares.