Spread kindness during these unprecedented times. Bringing your community together is more important than ever. Many people could use some help right now, and lending a hand and spreading positivity, you can help neighbors and the community around you feel more connected. Spread kindness during
Doing nice acts, even if they may be small, can help lift the morals of those who may be having a hard time. Turn your neighborhood into a more friendly place by just giving a welcoming hello, helping the elderly out with their groceries or surprising the newest resident with a gift.
To make the extra effort, here’s how to welcome new neighbors or promote a sense of community with these simple acts of kindness.
1. Make Homemade Cookies
Who doesn’t love homemade cookies? If you have a go-to recipe, make a big batch to share, whether you want to say thank you or just because. Not only will it make your home smell good, but it will surely bring a smile to your neighbor’s face. Here is an easy recipe for lemon cookies — a perfect refreshing treat for summer!
- 1 box of lemon cake mix
- 2 eggs
- Juice and zest of half a lemon
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- Powdered sugar for dusting
Mix all the ingredients together and form mixture into small balls. Then, sprinkle the balls with powdered sugar and bake at 350℉ for six to nine minutes. Once they’re done baking, place the cookies into a bag and tie it off with one of these printable food tags.
2. Write a Kind Message of Positivity
Leave a kind positivity note for a neighbor. This can be a simple and sweet letter or a note of encouragement! Surprise them by putting it on their door or on their car windshield.
If you are bringing a card by to someone who is new to your neighborhood include information about the neighborhood. What day is trash day? When does the mail come? What is your number/address so they can reach you if they need something?
Spread Kindness by giving a personal touch that shows you care.
Another fun idea is to include your favorite go to restaurants, car washes, groceries, or nail salon.
3. Candle DIY
Get crafty and create a unique DIY candle that you can gift your neighbor. Here’s a quick and easy how-to:
- Melt soy candle wax in a double boiler for 10–15 minutes.
- Add your favorite essential oil scent to the wax once melted.
- Attach a wick to the bottom of your candle container and let it dry.
- Remove wax from the stove and let it cool slightly before pouring it into your heat-safe container.
- Pour in your wax and let sit for about four hours until the surface is firm.
- Cut down your wick so it’s half an inch from the surface of the candle.
Once your candle is complete, place it in a bag and tie it off with a gift tag! This will be sure to brighten your neighbor’s day.
4. Give a Treat to Their Furry Friend
If your neighbor is an animal lover, surprise their furry friend with some yummy treats! You can either get some at the store or try a homemade recipe to make it extra special.
For homemade dog treats, you will need:
- ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- Blend these ingredients into a dough, roll out and cut out shapes using cookie cutters, and bake at 350℉ for 20–25 minutes! Tie off your treat bag with a tag and surprise their pet.
5. Hand Out Fresh Flowers
Make their day brighter with a new plant, like a cute succulent or fresh-picked flowers. Decorate your gift with a fun plant tag — you can also give out packets of flower seeds for them to plant themselves.
One of my favorite places to buy flowers is Costco or Trader Joes! I can always find a sweet arrangement for a good deal!