50 Ways to Scatter Sunshine

“It took us so long to realize that a purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” — Kurt Vonnegut.

1. Send a hand-written thank you card to someone.

2. Give a compliment about your waiter/waitress to his or her manager.

3. Hold open a door for someone.

4. Have a conversation with a homeless person.

5. Compliment a co-worker.

6. Pay for the person behind you in the Starbucks drive-thru.

7. Clean out your clothes and donate to a local non-profit.

8. Send flowers to someone anonymously.

9. Leave an encouraging note in a library book.

10. Ask an elderly person about their childhood.

11. Be a courteous driver.

12. Mentor an at-risk child.

13. Mow a neighbor’s lawn.

14. Donate blood.

15. Introduce yourself to a new coworker/classmate/church member.

16. Share inspirational quotes.

17. Write letters of appreciation to organizations that serve your community.

18. Leave happy post-its for strangers to find.

19. Smile.

20. Appreciate the people who support you.

21. Treat everyone the same– from your best friend to your mom to postal worker.

22. Release your expectations of other people. Allow them to be who they are.

23. Be genuine.

24. Forget yourself.

25. Delight in every day.

26. Flatter people.

27. Tell people how much you like them.

28. Share your lunch.

29. Fill a parking meter.

30. Volunteer somewhere. Anywhere.

31. Seek forgiveness.

32. Do your best.

33. Love yourself.

34. Dream big.

35. Tell someone why you love them.

36. Check in on someone who is lonely.

37. Stay curious.

38. Adopt a pet from the humane society.

39. Tell your boss that he/she does a great job.

40. Renew an old friendship.

41. Donate toys/books to a hospital.

42. Give someone a sheet of brightly colored stickers.

43. Make eye contact.

44. Take someone’s picture and send it to them.

45. Don’t think about other people’s definitions of success, beauty or happiness.

46. Create spaces for others to enjoy.

47. Make beautiful art.

48. Send unexpected gifts.

49. Be enthusiastic.

50. Love your life and everyone in it.

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  1. #1 by Sana Johnson-Quijada MD on March 17, 2011 - 8:28 pm

    ooh. so many. fun. thx

  2. #2 by Heather on March 17, 2011 - 8:39 pm

    I fully appreciate this list… if I am living my life the right way it should be easy to accomplish most of them. In fact, I probably already have. But that isn’t the point. The point is to continue these random acts of kindness, until maybe some of them aren’t so random. Create new ones, laugh a little more, etcetera etcetera.

    …I need to buy more stamps. :P

  3. #3 by SharonVogiatzi on March 18, 2011 - 4:58 am

    Just beautiful, Jaclyn. Brought sunshine to my day :-)

  4. #4 by shelbyisrad on March 18, 2011 - 7:10 am

    You are so great at scattering sunshine!

  5. #5 by Rachael Eliz on March 20, 2011 - 10:23 am

    I love these :) And I’ll think I’ll come back to this list again and again when I’m looking for both new and forgotten ways to spread a little light. Thanks again Jaclyn :)

  6. #6 by Tien on March 20, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    Simply wonderful :)

  7. #7 by fajas colombianas on April 11, 2011 - 7:34 am

    The best is to volunteer on anything. I always volunteer on different things and it makes me feel useful to the community.

  8. #8 by Slim Dream on April 12, 2011 - 9:31 am

    A smile is worth plenty by its self. its not only appealing but its good for a healthy living.

  9. #9 by Breenroundtheworld on April 13, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    nearly everything done :-D love it!

  10. #10 by Kelli on April 14, 2011 - 8:26 pm

    Ask a homeless man how his day is going?? Probably not well.

    • #11 by Jaclyn Rae on April 14, 2011 - 8:29 pm

      Perhaps. But maybe it would be going better if someone took time to talk with him/her.

    • #12 by salvador on April 16, 2011 - 4:03 pm

      i guess if no one ever asked that, it would be worse

  11. #13 by Katelyn on April 15, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    Thank you so much for this list!! I will be blogging about this list on my blog: http://extraordinarilyordinarythings.blogspot.com/ as long as that is ok with you!!! :)

  12. #17 by Poopnogger on April 18, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    4. Ask a homeless person how his or her day is going.


    I have a suggestion. Before you open your mouth and ask that, ask yourself, “how do I think his day is going?” To which, you’ll likely answer, “probably just like every other day: cold, hungry, lonely, and miserable”.

    The intent is nice, but this completely lacks empathy. It’s a given that the homeless don’t like being homeless, so don’t antagonize them with inane questions. Give them money or food instead.

    • #18 by Jaclyn Rae on April 18, 2011 - 4:08 pm

      I read the book “Under the Overpass” by a man who became intentionally homeless for a year and documented his experience. He said the thing he appreciated the most, more than someone giving him money, was a person looking him in the eye and having a “normal” conversation. He pointed out that many people treat the homeless population as something less than human.

      I’ll edit the statement because I’ve received multiple e-mails about it, but the intent was not to ask “inane questions.” We should treat them just like everyone else and that includes asking how they’re doing.

  13. #19 by kellie on April 18, 2011 - 8:38 pm

    Your site was a StumbleUpon recommendation. Glad I clicked on it! I love you zeal for life and your blog is lovely, especially your choice of vibrant photos. Have a great week!

    • #20 by Jaclyn Rae on April 18, 2011 - 8:48 pm

      Thank you, Kellie! You have a great week too :)

  14. #21 by book fotografico on April 19, 2011 - 12:30 am

    Just would like to suggest you some more updates that makes more effective your post here.

  15. #22 by Michelle on April 20, 2011 - 9:52 pm

    Beautiful post! I came across it on StumbleUpon like Kellie. Off to share this, it’s a lovely reminder that the little things can brighten someone’s day.

  16. #24 by coucou on May 8, 2011 - 12:43 am

    May I bring this?
    I think It can help me to find little happy ㅠㅅㅠ/

  17. #25 by ~L on June 22, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    I just love you…. Really I wish I could sit across a table with you someday with a cup of coffee and our bible’s in our hands…. You are sunshine to me dear blogging friend!

    • #26 by Jaclyn Rae on June 23, 2011 - 7:34 am

      Wouldn’t that be amazing!? Hopefully we can someday– I’d love love love that! :)

  18. #27 by Chrysta Bairre on August 1, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    I loved this inspiration to bring joy into my world. I’m linking this post in my blog, http://www.liveandlovework.com. Thanks for bringing more sunshine in my day!

    • #28 by Jaclyn Rae on August 2, 2011 - 5:21 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Chrysta! I’ll definitely check out your blog :)

  19. #29 by Anna on August 12, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    I thought this was beautiful. And I absolutely understand what you mean about treating everyone- even the homeless- as fellow human beings.

  20. #31 by Sophie Cat on December 8, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    thank you, sometimes you just need those little reminders of things we can do , i really like it

  21. #32 by k~ on January 28, 2012 - 1:25 am

    That was enjoyable.

  22. #33 by Desi Permata Sari (@DesidesiPS) on March 9, 2012 - 9:56 pm


  23. #34 by Becca on March 12, 2012 - 7:53 am

    Great post! It is so encouraging. I hope you don’t mind if I reblog it on my blog for the college students going through a hard time to read. I will link this post in mine so you will get the credit. Thanks again for sharing such inspiration with others!

    • #35 by Jaclyn Rae on March 12, 2012 - 6:37 pm

      Of course I don’t mind! Thanks for stopping by, Becca. XO

  24. #36 by josiah on March 30, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    hi.dats realy intresting mesege….have loved it and starting tommorow i begin quest to do all dem deedz..big ups friend

  25. #37 by Desi Permata Sari on October 3, 2012 - 6:20 am

    i really love this blog :)

  26. #38 by Desi Permata Sari on October 4, 2012 - 10:43 am

    Reblogged this on Life Love and Peace.

  27. #39 by Rishi on July 2, 2013 - 3:40 pm

    Really beautiful…I’ll try to follow those again again..:)

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