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The kindness catalog

Jana Randall is a busy mother, loving wife, and active career woman from Arizona. In her free time, Jana writes to cover topics on home, living, and pets, while also working full time and blogging. As interests, Jana enjoys reading, wr...

Heart of gold

With the holiday season around the corner, we're all feeling that little extra warmth in our hearts. Use those feelings to bring good cheer with a kind gesture or 42. And whether the gestures are random or intentional, a bit of kindness can go a long way, even if you have only five seconds or an entire day to give.

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When you have an hour

1

Bake cookies

Whether you leave the cookies for your family to enjoy or drop them off for someone who might need something sweet in their life, a surprise batch of cookies could result in one sugary smile.

2

Drive the carpool

Are the kiddos in soccer, cheering or another activity that involves driving to another location? Raise your hand for an extra pitch in to relieve one of the other mamas.

3

Magazine madness

Have a pile of magazines that you don't want to throw away but are unsure of what to do with? Stack them up and leave them in an intensive care unit or surgical waiting room. The patients' friends and family will thank you.

4

Pick up/cook dinner

Know a busy or perhaps sick mom who could use an extra hour this evening? Pick up or cook dinner for her family. The kindness will mean the world to her.

5

Donate blood

The Red Cross and United Blood Services are always in need. Turn your hour into a gift to a stranger.

6

Pick up the phone

In a world of social media frenzy, a simple phone call instead of a text, email, Facebook message or Instagram tag could go a long way.

7

Help a neighbor

After you tend to your yard, help someone on your street who you know could use a hand.

Up next: Kindness ideas for when you have five hours or more >>

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