08/09/2013 10:25 EDT | Updated 10/09/2013 05:12 EDT

How to Do Good at Home

People for Good are at it again, carrying on their crusade for kindness. Thank goodness, literally, for their selfless goal of making the world a better place, one good deed at a time.

Incidentally, when we think about fostering kindness, we often think first about interactions with colleagues, acquaintances or strangers (I'll get to those in good time, too, I promise), rather than family. The irony that home is often where our important, intimate relationships live. Home is our space to be unequivocally ourselves, to kick back in our own castle. Because family has to love us unconditionally, right? Right.

But home is also the perfect place to practice and foster the kindness we want to see reflected in other parts of our life. Here are a few 'good' ideas for your home life:

• Voluntarily give up control of the remote

• Sit down and write a letter to a family member you haven't heard from in awhile

• Wake up early and make breakfast for the household

• Tuck a note into a family member's pocket, wishing them a great day

• Take it easy on yourself. Sometimes being hard on ourselves hardens us on others.

For more ways to spread some good at home, or to share your good ideas, visit