Random Acts of Kindness Week

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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
  • Volunteer
  • 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.

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6 thoughts on “Random Acts of Kindness Week

  1. I’d love to share a random act of kindness I receive two days ago. I was in the airport struggling with carrying my two carry-on luggage pieces down the two flights of stairs to ticketing. I usually only carry my computer and a backpack but this particular trip required a small suitcase and my computer bag – both were quite heavy. Since I have some balance problems going down stairs I was struggling with the two bags and not having a hand to steady me with the hand rail. This man comes up and says, “Looks like you’re having some trouble. Can I carry your bags for you?” I was a little embarrassed but grateful and handed him the suitcase replying, “Thank you. I have some balance problems.” I started down the stairs with my computer case in one hand holding on to the hand rail with the other. He said, “I don’t have any balance problems. Let me carry the other one, too.” I hesitated. You know all those announcements in the airport about not leaving luggage with a stranger – and this was my computer! But out of trust in this friendly stranger and my exhaustion from trying to be so independent, I smiled and handed that bag to him also with a “thank you”. We got to the end of the stairs, I thanked him again and he disappeared by the time I had gotten the roller handles up and turned around.

    That was so kind and he wanted no reward. He just wanted to help. He saved me time in my struggle, and the humiliation of going down those stairs in my awkward manner. I have been looking for way to “pay it forward”. Thank you for giving me this list to inspire me.

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