52 Ways to Give Simple, Bite-Sized Service

by | Dec. 26, 2017

Mormon Life


  1. Thank veterans when you see them, or you could even write a letter to one. If you don’t know a veteran personally, there are plenty of places online that can help your letter go to a veteran without support from home.
  2. Let someone go in line in front of you. A few good places to do this might be at the grocery story, at the movie theater, or at a restaurant.
  3. Appreciate your waiter's service. Your waiter has served you, why not serve them by thanking them for the meal, looking them in the eye when you talk to them, and leave a generous tip?
  4. Donate clothing. A service-minded practice to consider might be to donate one shirt for every new shirt you buy.
  5. Share your umbrella with a stranger who’s walking the same direction as you on a rainy day. Most of the time, newspapers and hoodies just don’t cut it.
  6. Babysit for free. Kids are a lot of work, and volunteering to watch them for your family members or neighbors is a good, easy way to serve those you love by giving them one night to themselves.
  7. Put things back on the correct shelf when at the store. Store clerks will appreciate this.
  8. Let a car in front of you on the freeway during rush hour. This is a great way to practice patience and serve someone, as well as a good way to help prevent an accident.
  9. Listen sincerely to a friend and only give your opinion if it is asked for. A sincere attempt to listen will let your friend know that you care and are willing to serve and help them.
  10. Return your shopping cart to the designated areas. This is a great way to serve the store clerks who have to round up the carts, as well as the next person who want to park where you left your cart!
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