Random Acts of Kindness Day
On February 17 let yourself be inspired by Random Acts of Kindness Day to bring joy to the people you come across. The day encourages people to do good deeds, and celebrate the pay it forward mentality. It also reminds us that doing something kind for someone else can have a big impact not only on their day, but also on ours - being kind to others makes us happier, and makes us realize we need to be kinder to ourselves too. An act of kindness doesn't have to be a big gesture either, sometimes the smallest act can have the biggest impact.
So, on Random Acts of Kindness Day, do kind things for others. It is easy, it is free, and it will put a smile on everyone’s face.
Random Acts of Kindness Day was inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK), a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 in Denver, Colorado. A few years later, in 2004, a man named Josh de Jong started celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day in New Zealand, and the day quickly grew in popularity and spread across the world.
The beauty of Random Acts of Kindness Day is that it is so easy to participate in, but it can completely change someone's day. Even the smallest kind gesture has the power to make someone happy and turn their bad day into a good one. On this day, stay alert for any inspiration that may come to you to do something kind for people you come across. You may find an old person that needs help carrying their shopping or see someone at the coffee shop or the supermarket who is short of change for whatever it is they're buying, even just giving someone a compliment on their clothes or their smile can instantly lift them up. And the best thing is, by doing a random act of kindness for someone you may inspire them to pay it forward and do something kind for someone else in turn, and so you are helping to make the world a better place.
Another benefit of being kind is that it is good for your health! Studies show that doing something kind for others gives us a chemical high, which in turn, in big quantities, has the ability to lower the risk for heart disease and high blood pressure. It's a win-win!
How to Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day
Here are some ideas of acts of kindness you can do for others to inspire you and motivate you on Random Acts of Kindness Day. You'll see how easy it is to be kind:
- Smile at the people you come across on your commute.
- When you go to the supermarket, buy some extra food and donate it to the food bank.
- If you come across someone in need of help, such as someone with a flat tire, take some time to give them a hand.
- Compliment a friend or colleague on their achievements.
- Bring some baked goods to share with people at work.
- Pay for the person behind you at the coffee shop or the drive-thru.
- Offer to do difficult chores for your elderly neighbor.
If you are a teacher or a parent or are just curious about what other acts of kindness you can do today, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has many free resources on their website.
These are only a few ideas of things you can do, but let yourself be inspired and encourage others around you to do good deeds on Random Acts of Kindness Day!