Random acts of kindness to brighten up Nashville

From simple gestures to volunteering your time, put a smile on your neighbor’s face with these random acts of kindness.

A faint rainbow over the Ryman Auditorium, a music venue that was originally constructed as a church in the late 1800s.

A rainbow over the Ryman will put a smile on your face. | Photo by @susie_saladino

February is the season of love, but we’re adding kindness to the mix. Next week is Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 11-17), but these eight acts can be performed any time of year to make someone’s day.

Bring treats to work

The next time you’re on the way to work, grab your coworkers some coffee or pastries. Bonus: Visit one of these coffee shops that gives back to the community and beyond. Win, win.

Show local businesses some love

It’s no secret that we love our small businesses. Consider writing a positive review after your shopping trip, lunch, or date night.

And local musicians, too

“Support Nashville artists by buying their music and tipping if there’s a way. And getting merch from the show!” — Hillary J.

Get involved with Adopt-a-Street

Show your street some love through the city’s Adopt-a-Street program. Get a group together (your neighborhood, family, or friends) or adopt as an individual. Pro tip: You can adopt as little as four blocks, or as much as you’d like.

Write a letter or send a postcard

“Does anyone send snail mail anymore? Opening the mailbox and seeing something that’s not junk mail or bills always makes me feel good.” — Suzanne G. | If you’re running low on stationery supplies, check out Hester & Cook’s collection.

Help our furry friends

Consider fostering or adopting a furry friend in need of a home, or volunteer at local shelters like Nashville Humane Association and Metro Animal Care and Control. You can also donate monetarily or drop off blankets, toys, food, and supplies.

Volunteer with local organizations

Check out our growing list of 50+ local volunteer opportunities across 12 categories. Plus, find immediate volunteer needs via Hands on Nashville’s calendar or learn how you can help keep the @nashvillecommunityfridge stocked.

Gift something just because

To brighten up your loved one’s day, we suggest gifting a card or something colorful from shops like Gift Horse, Electric Mixer, and A Shop of Things. Oh, and don’t forget Valentine’s Day (we have gift recommendations for that, too).

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