Random Acts of Kindness Day
Also known as
annually on February 17th (since 1995)
Aesop wrote in The Lion and the Mouse, "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Small, random acts of kindness can brighten someone's day in a significant way. They may lift them out of a sunken mood, or bolster their already elevated mood. When kindness is shown to someone, there is a good chance they will pay it forward, and kindness will ripple outward. When someone shows kindness, they benefit too and get a feeling of satisfaction, among other things.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, which started in 1995 and is based in Denver, created Random Acts of Kindness Day and placed it at the end of Random Acts of Kindness Week. The day exists to make the world a better place one act of kindness at a time. It is a day to give well wishes and encouragement to others, to help others, to share gifts, and more. A similar holiday with the same name has been celebrated in New Zealand on September 1 since 2004.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day with random acts of kindness. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Smile and say "Good morning," "Hello," or "Have a nice day" to anyone you pass on the street.
- Pay for the food or coffee of the person behind you in line.
- Let someone go ahead of you in line.
- Bring treats for your coworkers.
- Take a friend out to lunch.
- Give a simple "please" and "thank you" when appropriate throughout the day.
- Give a homeless person a snack, meal, or warm blanket.
- If you see someone with a flat tire, stop to help.
- Compliment coworkers or friends on their work or ideas.
- Send encouraging messages to others.
- Give a small gift to your mail carrier.
- Let other cars go before you.