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Random Acts of Kindness Day

Feb 17, 2021

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Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day according to actsofkindness.org
 
Mission:
 
To inspire people to practice kindness and to "pass it on" to others.
 
Background:
 
Established in 1995, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation serves as a resource for individuals and communities committed to spreading kindness. The organization disseminates ideas and develops materials for educators, students, community members, faith-based groups, service clubs, and others with the goal of helping them tap into the innate generosity of human beings and discover the power of kindness to foster healthy relationships and effect positive change. The organization has no religious affiliations; funded by an anonymous private donor, it accepts no grants or donations but encourages people to make contributions in their own community.
 
Outstanding Web Features:
 
All the content on the Random Acts of Kindness Web site is free and downloadable. Highlights include instructions for building a Web site to share kindness-related activities and projects; a range of educational materials, including a teacher's guide and extensive lesson plans for all grade levels; suggested community and workplace projects ranging from Feed the Hungry Day, to valentines for seniors, to a book drive. The Web site also provides specialized information for the classroom and the community, kindness-oriented e-cards, chat rooms, an archive of the organization's newsletter, and information about starting a local RAK club.
 
10 Fun Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day
 
Today is World Kindness Day. Celebrate with these fun and easy ideas!
 
Today is World Kindness Day! Imagine what the world would be like if each person did one kind thing for someone else. Get started making a difference with these 10 simple ideas:
 
Compliment the first three people you talk to.
Write a hand-written note to a teacher.
Say good morning to the person next to you on the elevator.
Pick up litter. Spend 10 minutes cleaning a park or your neighborhood.
Place uplifting notes in library books, on restroom mirrors, on someone's locker, or on their computer screen.
Dedicate 24 hours to spreading positivity on social media.
Hold up inspiring signs during rush hour.
Leave a generous tip.
Send flowers to a friend.
Set an alarm to go off three times on World Kindness Day. When the alarm sounds, stop what you're doing a call/text/email someone simply to tell them how awesome they are.
 
And More!
 
BE KIND TO YOUR SERVER
Introducing: the waiter rule
 
COMPLIMENT DRIVERS ON HOW WELL THEY PARKED
See a car that’s parked inside the lines? Show the driver some love.
 
PLANT A TREE
Make a difference in your environment and life!
 
REPLY TO A POST YOU ENJOY
We all get in the habit of breezing past content on social media, though it’s actually worth the effort of making the Internet a positive and constructive place.
 
INCORPORATE KINDNESS INTO YOUR CURRICULUM
We’ve got all the tools you need right here!
 
RUN ERRANDS IN CLUSTERS
Instead of running errands as they come to mind, save time and reduce fuel costs by doing them in a group
 
JOIN AN ONLINE FORUM
If it’s a topic you genuinely enjoy or are passionate about, share your knowledge: start discussions and answer questions for others.
 
SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF
Whether its for today or the next five years, we all have goals we want to reach.
 
KNIT SOMETHING
Knit One, Purl One, Give One
 
TEXT SOMEONE GOOD MORNING OR GOOD NIGHT
Kick-start someone’s day and/or make sure it ends on the right note.
 
HAVE A KINDNESS COLORING CONTEST
Ask your students to draw examples of random acts of kindness or illustrate what kindness means to them
 
CREATE BOOKMARKS
You could give them to the library, place them in books or hand them to readers
 
FIND OUT SOMETHING NEW ABOUT A COWORKER
When you see someone almost every day, it can be easy to get caught in the motions of familiar conversation. Make an effort to learn something new about a coworker.
 
START A FUNDRAISER
Fundraise for a good cause and help an organization!
 
LEAVE QUARTERS AT THE LAUNDROMAT
Doing laundry can be expensive. Surprise someone and leave extra quarters next to a washer and dryer.
 
GO TO YOUR FAVORITE SPOT
Make some time for yourself today
 
WRITE A POSITIVE COMMENT ON A WEBSITE OR BLOG
Read an awesome article or blog post? Send a little love to the author.
 
ASK A SENIOR ABOUT THEIR PAST
Senior citizens have a lifetime of experiences to reflect on. Listen & learn.
 
EAT LOCAL
Eating locally can be a kind way of impacting local farmers and business!
 
PAINT POSITIVE MESSAGES ON PUMPKINS
What better way to combine the spirit of Halloween and kindness than the power of positivity?
 
ADJUST THE THERMOSTAT IN YOUR HOME
Changing the temperature by just one degree can save you 10% on your energy use in a year
 
PRAISE A LOCAL BUSINESS ONLINE
Positive reinforcement should be shared.
 
REMINISCE
Memories can re-create special moments.
 
TURN YOUR COMPUTER OFF OVERNIGHT
Not only does this help the planet, but your bank account too
 
GIFT AN INSPIRATIONAL BOOK
Have you ever read a book that changed the way you see the world? Give someone you care about the inspiration to see things differently.
 
PAY BILLS ONLINE
Save paper, water, gasoline while reducing greenhouse gases!
 
BUY LEMONADE FROM A STAND
Make sure you let the kids know how delicious it is
 
SEND AN ENCOURAGING EMAIL
A sweet and simple way to boost someone’s spirits is by sending good vibes to someone’s inbox.
 
BUY RAW, LOCAL HONEY
The bees are in trouble and we can help!
 
USE E-TICKETS FOR CONCERTS OR FLIGHTS
If you have a smartphone, you should be able to access your tickets from there
 
RIDE YOUR BIKE OR WALK
Multi-task like a champion: get some exercise on your errands run or daily commute.
 
OFFSET YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT WHENEVER YOU BOOK A FLIGHT
Flying on a plane isn’t too eco-friendly. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, so in those cases, make it up to the environment!
 
REDUCE PAPER USAGE
You don’t have to print out that email, do you?
 
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Open your heart and mind to the world.
 
HELP OUT IN THE KITCHEN
Whether it’s meal prep, setting the table or doing the dishes, there are a bunch of different ways you can help in the kitchen.
 
USE ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS
If every house in the USA did this, it would be the equivalent of removing one million cars from the road
 
WHEEL OUT YOUR NEIGHBOR'S TRASH BIN
Help out your neighbors when they forget trash day
 
SHARE YOUR STUDY GUIDE
Make studying more enjoyable for a friend or acquaintance or start a study group
 
USE A TRAVEL MUG FOR YOUR MORNING COFFEE
Not only does it keep your coffee / tea hot for longer, you can save some money while you’re saving the planet.
 
WRITE DOWN SOMEONE’S BEST QUALITIES
This can truly make someone’s confidence soar
 
HAVE A JUDGMENT FREE DAY
Don't try to make yourself feel better by putting someone else down
 
DRINK MORE WATER
When you’re healthy and energetic, it is much easier to be kind.
 
BRING SOMEONE A SOUVENIR
Bringing someone a souvenir could be one of the most thoughtful kindness ideas!
 
HANG CLOTHES TO DRY
Line drying your clothes is one small step towards making a difference
 
SWITCH TO PAPERLESS MAIL
Reduce the amount of junk mail you get in your mailbox
 
LEAVE UNCARVED PUMPKINS ON A FAMILY’S DOORSTEP
You could also include kid-friendly tools for safe carving.
 
ORGANIZE A CLEANUP PARTY
We live in a beautiful world! Let’s work together to keep it that way.
 
START A COMMUNITY GARDEN
Learn more about your neighbors and having a green thumb by sharing vegetables, herbs and the beauty of a garden with those around you!
 
REUSE OR PERSONALIZE GIFT WRAP
Make a present extra special with your personal touch!
 
WRITE A HANDWRITTEN LETTER
When was the last time you received a handwritten note? Let’s change that.
 
UNPLUG OUTLETS WHEN YOU GO TO SLEEP OR LEAVE THE HOUSE
Do you ever consider how much energy you are using when you aren’t even home? Reduce your carbon footprint by saving energy when you can!
 
REGULARLY MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE
If your vehicle’s engine is running correctly, with clean filters and inflated tires, it will be more fuel-efficient.
 
ENDORSE A SKILL OR LEAVE A POSITIVE RECOMMENDATION ON LINKEDIN
When it comes to job searching nowadays, every little bit helps. Assist a friend with the hunt by leaving your mark.
 
HAVE A VEGETARIAN DAY
Don’t feel the need to give up meat for life, but do your part by having one meat-free day a week
 
PLANT A VEGETABLE AND HERB GARDEN
It’s all about sustainability! Plus, green thumbs lead to good health
 
START A PIGGY BANK FOR A CAUSE
Pick a cause, get a piggy bank, and start saving.
 
USE CLOTH DIAPERS
Use cloth diapers
 
CONSERVE ENERGY
Be kind to our planet by being conscious about the amount of energy you are consuming.
 
CHEER ON A TEAMMATE
Cheering on a fellow teammate can have a bigger impact than you might expect...
 
START AN EXERCISE ROUTINE
Taking care of your body is the most important thing you can do for yourself
 
FILL A BIRDHOUSE WITH SEED FOR YOUR YARD
Not only will you bring more types of birds to your yard, but you’ll help the environment in the process.
 
FOSTER A PET UP FOR ADOPTION
If you’re not prepared to make the leap of adopting a pet, give fostering a try! There are so many animals waiting to be placed, and your kindness can help a lot with their transition.
 
BE SPONTANEOUS!
Sometimes, random acts of kindness just come to you in the moment!
 
CLEAN YOUR ROOM
A great way to show yourself kindness is by cleaning your personal space!
 
HOLD A TEDDY BEAR DRIVE
Then donate the bears to hospitals, police stations or fire departments for children in need
 
TUTOR SOMEONE
Helping someone learn can be beneficial to both teacher and student!
 
DONATE USED BOOKS TO A LIBRARY
Give the Gift of Literacy
 
USE A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
Be kind to Mother Nature and stay sustainably hydrated.
 
CLEAN GYM EQUIPMENT
Clean up after your workout so the next person can enjoy a fresh experience
 
BEFRIEND THE NEW KID
We all know what it feels like to be in an unfamiliar place
 
COOK A MEAL
Show someone you care about kindness from the kitchen!
 
SHIP A CARE PACKAGE
Spread happiness and kindness via post!
 
BUY SECOND-HAND
Hand-me-downs are the way to go! This will save you some money and reduce the packaging materials used to sell something
 
USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Instead of having to focus on driving, use your commute to better yourself!
 
THANK SOMEONE EVERY WEEK
Write 52 thank you notes each year, one every week to a different person.
 
MAKE A SCRAPBOOK
Create a home for your memories - then gift it to someone or keep it for yourself
 
GIVE A GIFT CARD
A generous and personalized way of showing kindness is by giving gift cards...
 
COMPLIMENT A PARENT ON HOW WELL-BEHAVED THEIR CHILD IS
Parenthood can be overwhelming, and sometimes the kind words of a stranger is all it takes to turn a mother or father’s day around.
 
SHARE YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE
Who doesn’t love food?
 
LEAVE A GENEROUS TIP
Paying it forward never goes out of style.
 
START LEARNING A NEW SKILL
No better time than the present: learn something new that you’ve been wanting to try but haven’t.
 
MAKE A HANDMADE CARD
Get a bunch of people to sign it for a nice personalized touch.
 
BRING REUSABLE BAGS TO THE GROCERY STORE
Somewhere between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are used each year.
 
RESPECT WILDLIFE
When you are out in nature, you are imposing on the natural habitat of many species. Be sure to be respectful of all the wild animals you see by observing at a distance, not feeding them, and leaving no trace.
 
SEND A POSTCARD
Getting a heartfelt note will surely make someone’s day - who doesn’t love snail mail?
 
WRITE POSITIVE STICKY NOTES
A simple and quick way to bright up someone's day
 
ADOPT, DON'T SHOP
If you are considering bringing a new pet into your home, there are countless animals waiting for a family to love them.
 
PICK UP TRASH AROUND TOWN
Garbage isn’t meant for the streets, do your part for your city and community by picking up pieces of trash every now and again.
 
GIVE AWAY YOUR PARKING SPOT!
Giving up a closer parking stop to someone else can truly make someone's day!
 
MAP OUT YOUR FAMILY TREE
Be creative with it! Bring your relatives closer and help them understand a lineage to be proud of
 
TAKE A WALK OUTSIDE
Day or night, rain or shine, walking can always improve your mood.
 
LEAVE A SURPRISE IN A LIBRARY BOOK
Kindness sneak attack! Here’s a great RAK if you’re shy or looking to surprise someone with your same taste in literature.
 
BE A WELCOMING NEIGHBOR
Howdy neighbor!
 
DONATE USED TOWELS OR BLANKETS TO A SHELTER
Animal shelters are always in need of supplies. Help out by clearing out storage boxes filled with old towels and blankets.
 
BE POLITE ON THE ROAD
Courtesy can actually save lives and make the journey more pleasant.
 
BAKE SOMEONE A CAKE
Mmmmm.. cake.
 
COMPLAIN LESS
Being positive in a negative situation makes you a leader
 
LEAVE A SURPRISE IN YOUR MAILBOX FOR YOUR MAIL CARRIER
It could be anything from treats to an approved gift certificate to a simple note that says, “thank you!”
 
RUN / WALK A 5K FOR A CAUSE
It’s such a great feeling to combine doing something good for yourself and others - help out a charity in need through exercise.
 
LAUGH OFTEN
Start telling jokes, watching cat videos on YouTube, or whatever makes you laugh!
 
Make kindness the norm.™

 
 


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