Today, in the USA, we kick off Random Acts of Kindness Week from February 12-18. The National Random Acts of Kindness Day is officially observed on February 17th. This custom of doing good deeds for others has been celebrated for more than a decade since it began in 2004 in New Zealand, according to Wikipedia. New Zealand, actually celebrates on September 1st while Canada commemorates the day on November 4th.
A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life. ― Roy T. Bennett
Compassion and kindness are essential to a healthy, joyful life and acts of kindness have a multitude of benefits from happiness to overall well-being – definitely good incentive to reach out and make someone’s day.
Here are some acts of kindness ideas:
- Help someone in need
- Pay for someone’s meal
- Compliment someone
- Buy someone’s groceries
- Give to charity
- Put your phone away
- Call someone to tell them you love them
- Send someone flowers
- Make gift baskets and hand them out
We’ve included some card printouts that can be left after you’ve RAK’d someone. This being said, there’s no need to have a Random Acts of Kindness Day or Week to spread kindness. It can be done any time, so please feel free to spread the joy.