Random acts of kindness are beautiful, unexpected gifts to others, human and otherwise! The ironic thing is that they are not just gifts for the recipient, the unselfish act of giving can also fill the heart and soul of the giver.
Why celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day? – Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day gives everyone the opportunity to not only give to others but to also create a chain reaction of positive events.
Random acts of kindness may help to improve mental health. There is some evidence that working to help others can be a way to cope positively with one’s own problems. Some people find that their own problems seem less severe when they help others, and the positive regard many people receive when they do kind things can help improve their mood. While a random act of kindness is not a substitute for mental health treatment, it can help people feel better about themselves and those around them. – goodtherapy.org
Here is a beautiful little video by RAK – The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.
Who Started Random Acts Of Kindness?
The phrase “random acts of kindness” has been touted in…
- a movie called Pay It Forward
- in a children’s book titled Random Acts of Kindness by Dawna Markova
- in a theater play called Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness
and probably many other areas as well. But where did this all start? Who started it?
The holiday comes from the phrase written in 1982 reportedly on a placement in a diner in California by Anne Herbert.
“Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty,” which was a good-hearted antonym to the common newsspeak phrase “ransom acts of violence and senseless acts of cruelty.” The phrase was originally written by a woman named Anne Herbert, and was to be an inspirational quote printed on a placemat. – mandatory.com
The phrase took off and has since become not only a world wide holiday and mindset but a non profit organization as well.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (aka RAK) is a nonprofit company based in Denver, Colorado. They were founded in 1995.
What Day Is Random Acts Of Kindness Day?
February 17th is officially the Random Acts of Kindness Day here in the United States and many other countries around the world.
There is also a World Kindness Day which is celebrated on November 13th.
How Do You Celebrate Random Acts Of Kindness Day?
Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day can be done any way you like. What I mean is that you can make it as small or as big as you would like it to be.
But just in case you need some ideas, here are some to get you started:
Examples Of Random Acts Of Kindness
- Bringing your co-workers coffee or pastry on a gloomy Monday morning.
- Doing the laundry for your spouse, parents or room mate.
- Offering to clean (vacuum, dust, etc) someone’s home when they are unable to.
- Helping a senior person to care for their pet by walking their dog, bringing in those heavy boxes of kitty litter, taking the pet to the vet, etc.
- Showing up to take your friend’s dog out for a walk when your friend isn’t feeling well.
- Paying for the person behind you at the grocery store or some other store.
- Donating to Goodwill, Salvation Army, your local pet shelter’s thrift store, etc.
- Offering to spend time with an elderly person so that their caregiver can get some time away.
- Calling your neighbor when you’re going to the grocery store to ask if they need anything.
- Donating your time and skills. If you can play piano, donating piano lessons to a needy child would be an example.
- Get a group of your friends together to volunteer at some local charity in your area.
- Challenge each of your friends to celebrate random acts of kindness day in their own way.
- Buy a week’s worth of groceries for someone you know is having financial problems. A senior person who is living just on social security is a good example.
- Throw a party for all your friends and family with the purpose of raising money for a charity.
- If someone “snaps” at you, instead of snapping back simply say something like “I’m sorry you are having a bad day, I do hope it gets better.”
- Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while just to catch up.
- Send flowers to your mother-in-law to thank her for giving you your spouse.
- Run an errand for an elderly person in your neighborhood, family, etc.
- Challenge yourself to do 1 random acts of kindness every day for 2 weeks.
- Give out compliments like candy to everyone you meet.
- Go out for a meal and give a generous tip to your server.
- Offer to help someone who needs help with a project at home or at work.
These, and so many more are just some examples of how you can celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day this February 17th. So go ahead – take the challenge!
Click here for the RAK printable calendar filled with daily suggestions on how you can spread kindness in your world.