50 Ways to #GROWtheGood



If there was ever a doubt that life is good, you don’t have to look far to put that idea to rest. In fact, Life is Good did the legwork for you by asking people in every state how they would #GROWtheGood at home and make all fifty more nifty. What we found reminded us that there is an abundance of good.

In your stories, we discovered that the motivation driving acts of kindness in our country is so beautifully unique for each person.

Passionate advocates act to raise awareness on important topics, while others donate their time to directly improve the lives of those in need. Nature enthusiasts work to bring people outdoors, while campaigners fundraise tirelessly to produce opportunity for those at risk. A beauty expert offers her services to those battling cancer, and an urban planner creates safe pedestrian walkways and bike paths.

Americans from every corner of the country explained to us how they would – if they have not already – combine inspiration and expertise to make positive changes in their neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties or states. Their visions fuel us to not only recognize the goodness in our communities, but to join them in spreading positivity in whatever way we can.

Tell us how you would make a Positive State, and let these 50 ideas from real people be a guide to inspire your own special brand of good:

LifeIsGood_PositiveState_AL‘I would create a public gardening area.’ – Elise, Alaska

‘We create premature-sized Halloween costumes for every baby in the NICU and provide holiday gift bags with books and blankets for the families, as well as gift cards for gas (the back and forth between the hospital and home is difficult).’ – Elizabeth, Arizona

‘We are embarking on a revival of downtown and surrounding areas to bring the outside in – more green spaces and more walking and biking trails, so we can enjoy the outdoors in an urban atmosphere.’ – Sherri, Arkansas

‘I can produce an annual e-book listing family-friendly parks WITH restrooms and give it away as a free download.’ – Michele, California


I am a Licensed Esthetician, and I will be donating beauty services using good, safe products to people with cancer.’ – Annie, Colorado

‘I want to pay-it-forward 49 ways for my 49th birthday: free quarters in the parking meters, detergent in the laundromat, cards for the nursing homes… I did it for my 47th – it was WONDERFUL.’ – Stephanie, Connecticut


‘We collect new backpacks and fill them with food, so local children in need can have food for the weekend.’ – Melissa, Florida

‘I would start a Happiness Club on campus!’ – Diane, Georgia

‘Adults who return to school show tremendous courage and real grit by sticking it out despite tough circumstances. We could support a GED scholarship fund to purchase test vouchers, so they can improve their lives.’ – Christine, Georgia

‘When I rescue an animal, it makes my heart smile – we have 10 dogs, 2 cats and 2 bunnies at home, and we’d love to adopt more.’ – Jennifer, Hawaii

‘Help Girl Scouts purchase material and supplies to make tote bags & lap blankets for cancer center patients.’ – Dawn, Indiana

‘I would make activity kits to keep children busy while in the hospital.’ – Jennifer, Indiana

‘Beautify our town’s welcome sign.’ – Kelly, Iowa

‘Send extra-curricular books home with students.’ – Claudia, Kansas

‘Working as an advisor to a collaborative peer group that advocates and teaches the importance of learning cultural conflict resolution styles to help sustain satisfying, peaceful business and interpersonal partnerships.’ – Janice, Kentucky

‘I want to take an 18-wheeler to Baton Rouge and load up all the debris piled in driveways – people who have lost so much still have to look at it every day.’ – Kathleen, Louisiana

‘I would go out during the holidays and do random acts of kindness, documenting the entire process to share the stories!’ – Seth, Maine

‘Our homeless shelter is in an industrial area where cars don’t expect to see people at night – getting coats with reflective tape makes a huge difference.’ – Shelley, Maryland

‘One of the most difficult parts of cancer treatment was the hair loss and limited options for comfortable wigs, scarves, and hats – we could make a more affordable and much cooler version of the ponytail cap.’ – Nancy, Massachusetts

‘When my daughter received cancer treatment, the tape used to keep her from pulling the lines out caused a rash. I found a way to make a sleeve and then a wrap to hold the lines in place. I made sleeves for other patients on the unit, and everyone loved them.’ – Kezia, Massachusetts

‘I would provide diapers for parents who are financially struggling. Diapers aren’t covered by WIC or Food Stamps and can be very expensive.’ – Wendy, Michigan


‘I’d love to partner with Open Doors Homeless Coalition to help homeless veterans and their families with a fall event all about services and supplies.’ – Marla, Mississippi

‘Teaching those with developmental issues to quilt using my fabric stash (that I will not outlive), so they can all sleep under and make ‘blankets of LOVE.’ – Simone, Missouri

‘Winter is coming, and our local homeless will need help keeping warm. I would buy tents and backpacks with toiletries, blankets, socks, gloves, and non-perishable snacks.’ – Kimberly, Michigan

‘I would provide sports equipment for young kids that cannot afford to play.’ – Jodie, Minnesota

‘Staff a nurse and provide snacks and supplies, such as journals, backpacks and tee shirts, for a summer camp for child survivors of sexual abuse.’ – Elizabeth, Nevada

‘Start a bike safety helmet program.’ – Lynette, New Jersey

‘Work with local government to empower homeless families to overcome poverty through housing, education, and supportive communities.’ – Sharen, New Mexico


‘Expand a Soup Kitchen program to deliver meals to homebound residents.’ – John, New York

‘Support our local no-kill animal shelter that desperately needs resources.’ – Severine, North Carolina

‘By example.’ – Diane, North Dakota

‘Assist people in jail to have assessments for inpatient addiction treatment.’ – Cinda, Ohio

‘Support a nonprofit program that provides a safe place for middle and high school kiddos from high poverty schools to go after school and explore their creative side.’ – Sonia, Oklahoma

‘Create a pay it forward system with local stores, coffee shops, delis, and diners in our neighborhood.’ – Ana, Oregon


‘Plan a first-time, 6-week festival in our downtown to draw attention to shopping local and shopping small, giving people in the area a place to gather and celebrate what we share in common.’ – Jennifer, Pennsylvania

‘Clean up areas that are overgrown and start planting for the community.’ – Patricia, Rhode Island

‘I’m an urban planner in Myrtle Beach, and we’re creating safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists.’ – Carol, South Carolina

‘Put together care packages with diapers and other baby supplies for our local women’s shelter.’ – Sheila, South Dakota


‘Help expand programs in our community schools exposing kids to the great outdoors – they’re the next generation of wildlife preservationists!’ – Rachel, Tennessee

‘I work to get people with intellectual disabilities involved in activities that give back to the community. Our mascot is the bumble bee: it shouldn’t be able to fly, but it does.’ – Kim, Texas

‘Show love and kindness to all I meet.’ – Katherine, Vermont

‘I believe that there is an amazing amount of talent in our young people and the arts are part of what makes life a truly good experience for all of us. I would like to sponsor art contests in high schools to encourage young artists to pursue their dreams.’ – Becky, Virginia

‘I want to cover my neighborhood in rain-activated art: positive messages made in special paint that only reveal when wet. It’s perfect for rainy Seattle winters.’ – CoreyAnn, Washington

‘It’s proven that diversity makes a group stronger, and that means making sure LGBT Appalachians can be open, honest and safe through civil rights advocacy.’ – David, West Virginia


‘Helping seniors! I volunteer with an organization that provides seniors with transportation to the doctor or grocery store. They also help with home visits, housekeeping, and more.’ – Judy, Wisconsin

‘Give warm boots, hats, coats and gloves to needy children in our community.’ – DocLorrie, Wyoming

When we provide our time, presence, or even just an ear, we #GROWtheGood for the people who need it the most, turning bad news into good news. And don’t we all need a little good news nowadays? Tell us how you would grow the good in your ‘hood: LifeisGood.com/PositiveState