Action for Happiness “Altruistic August” Calendar 2020: Daily actions to help you be kinder to others (and to yourself too)


The Action for Happiness calendars are packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world. Helping others is not only good for them and a good thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too. Giving also connects us to others, creating stronger communities and helping to build a happier society for everyone. And it’s not all about money – we can also give our time, ideas and energy. To download a high resolution PDF Calendar and for more information, visit

  • August 1 Saturday: Choose to be kind to others (and yourself) all this month
  • August 2 Sunday: Send a positive message to someone you can’t be with
  • August 3 Monday: Treat everyone you interact with as though they are a friend
  • August 4 Tuesday: Ask someone how they feel and really listen to their reply
  • August 5 Wednesday: Spend time wishing for other people to be free from suffering
  • August 6 Thursday: Smile and be friendly, even when ‘physical distancing’
  • August 7 Friday: Thank someone you’re grateful to and tell them why
  • August 8 Saturday: Give unused items, clothes, food or money to help a local charity
  • August 9 Sunday: Water some flowers or plants in a public park or outdoor space
  • August 10 Monday: Contact a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them
  • August 11 Tuesday: Be thankful for your food and the people who made it possible
  • August 12 Wednesday: Share an encouraging news story to inspire others
  • August 13 Thursday: If someone annoys you, be kind. Imagine how they are feeling
  • August 14 Friday: Try to bring a smile to as many people as possible today
  • August 15 Saturday: Cook your favourite food for someone who will appreciate it
  • August 16 Sunday: No plans day! Be kind to yourself so you can be kinder to others
  • August 17 Monday: Make a thoughtful gift as a surprise for someone
  • August 18 Tuesday: Give your time to help a project or charity you care about
  • August 19 Wednesday: Check in with someone who may be lonely or feeling anxious
  • August 20 Thursday: Look for the good side in everyone you meet today
  • August 21 Friday: Tell someone about a book or article you found helpful
  • August 22 Saturday: Do something to make life easier for someone else
  • August 23 Sunday: Turn your phone off and give people your full attention
  • August 24 Monday: Take time to forgive someone who hurt you in the past
  • August 25 Tuesday: Give your time and energy to help someone in difficulty
  • August 26 Wednesday: Find a way to ‘pay it forward’ or support a good cause
  • August 27 Thursday: Notice when someone is down and try to brighten their day
  • August 28 Friday: Start friendly conversations with people you don’t know
  • August 29 Saturday: Plan a future project or gathering for your local community
  • August 30 Sunday: Do something to be kind to nature and our planet
  • August 31 Monday: Share Action for Happiness with other people today

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Contributed by Diane Ahern. She had been contemplating her New Year’s Resolutions and was searching for a monthly Kindness Calendar. She stumbled upon a series of monthly calendars from Action for Happiness, a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. Diane is providing this calendar as information to those in our University City community who may want to spread more happiness. UCCA neither supports nor endorses the Action for Happiness organization or movement … but likes the idea of spreading happiness and kindness throughout University City. For more information about UCCA, visit

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