Random Acts of Kindness Day occurs on February 17 each year in the United States. Celebrate the day by sprinkling a little kindness wherever you can, whether it’s just a smile to a stranger or helping your neighbor with yard work.
When is Random Acts of Kindness Day?
Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on February 17 each year.
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the holiday.
Who started random acts of kindness?
The random acts of kindness movement began in a Sausalito, California restaurant in 1982. Author Anne Herbert wrote the line “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a placemat.
From there, the idea took off. ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ soon appeared on bumper stickers and eventually a book. Conari Press published Random Acts of Kindness in 1993. As awareness spread, the world began to embrace the idea, and it has grown ever since.
What are 10 acts of kindness?
Here are ten easy ways you can spread kindness in your daily life:
1.) Hold the door open for someone.
2.) Lend a hand to someone in need.
3.) Listen to someone who needs to be heard.
4.) Give up your spot in line.
5.) Give a gift for no reason.
6.) Pick up a stranger’s bill for coffee.
7.) Ask how someone’s day is going.
8.) Say thank you more often.
9.) Go out of your way to compliment someone.
10.) Share your smile as you go through your day.
Why do we celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day?
Kindness is fundamental to our lives. It bridges the diversity of race, religion, gender, and politics. We celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day to honor those who act on good deeds and kindness in their everyday lives, focusing on the power of positivity and goodwill towards others.
How do we celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day?
Here are some simple ideas for you to make the most of your Random Acts of Kindness Day celebration.
Help out a neighbor – Give your neighbor a hand by wheeling out their trash bin, shoveling their walk, mowing their lawn, or helping with leaves in their yard.
Befriend someone – Make a new friend, whether it’s someone on the bus to work or a coworker at the office.
Set personal goals – Be mindful of choosing kindness, caring, compassion, positivity, and inclusiveness in your life every day.
Be kind to the earth – Give the earth a loving embrace by buying secondhand, creating less waste, protecting the environment, helping with cleanup efforts in your community, planting a tree, starting a compost bin, and turning off unnecessary electronics in your home and office.
Be kind to yourself – Set personal goals to eat better, drink more water, eat less red meat, and lose weight. Develop an exercise routine and stick to it.
Take part in random acts of kindness – Leave spare quarters at the laundromat for someone who might need them to do their laundry. Or pick up the bill for the person behind you at the drive-through.
Add something positive to the web – Write a congratulatory note or positive comment on blogs or social media posts.
Give a gift for no reason – Give someone a book, gift card, or a compliment for no particular reason and expect nothing in return.
Show appreciation – Do you know a hard-working restaurant server, teacher, or mail carrier who deserves a pat on the back? Give them an extra tip for their hard work.
Share your time – Spend time with seniors. Listen to their stories and learn about the lifetime of experience they have to share.
1.) Acts of kindness provide benefits beyond creating a better society. When we act kindly, the brain releases endorphins, triggering a positive feeling and pain reduction similar to that of morphine.
2.) People who practice kindness in their daily lives have 23% less cortisol, a stress hormone that can lead to many health problems at high levels. Studies also show these people age twice as slowly as the average population.
3.) Another brain chemical released when we are kind to others is serotonin. It is known as a feel-good chemical, providing a general sense of well-being and calmness.
4.) An early adopter of random acts of kindness, Princess Diana took the hand of a man with AIDS in 1987. Her touching act helped change the widespread belief at the time that the disease could be transmitted by touch.
5.) The 1999 novel Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and the subsequent movies of the same name brought significant attention to a particular form of random kindness. In this case, a kind act is done without the expectation of payment other than to “pay it forward” to someone else down the line.
Jokes about being kind
No matter how kind you are, German children are kinder.
Be kind to left-handed people!
They have rights too.
I was going to kill them with kindness, but then I realized using a knife is a lot faster.
Be kind to each otter.
How did two seas make each other companions?
By waving at each other.
Random ax of kindness.
I lava you.
Be kind. Please re-wine!
This packet of needles is lovely. As the saying goes: “You’ve got to be cruel to be kind.”
I saw a woman walking towards the door, so, to be nice, I opened it for her. Instead of thanking me, she, and everyone else on the plane, started screaming.
I adore my close friend a waffle lot.
Just once, it would be nice to be called “Sir” without also hearing, “…we need to ask you to leave.”
It costs you nothing to be nice, and that’s why economists say it’s worthless.
We accompany each other a latte.
When a sheet of glass is disrespected, it experiences extreme discomfort for up to twelve minutes.
This phenomenon is called the windowpane.
I am very mocha indebted to you for being my best companion.
Animals should be treated with kindness, respect, and…
… a little bit of salt.
Peas are kind to others.
It would be nice if, for once, I got a thank you when I serve breakfast in bed instead of “who are you?” and “how did you get in here?”
Be kind to dentists. They have fillings too, you know.
Nothing beets kindness.
I appreciate our friend-chip.
Lettuce love and be kind!
You kale me with kindness!
Quotes about kindness
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
No one is born hating another person…People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. (And) Kindness in giving creates love.
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love, and all those things that you can’t put a dollar sign-on.
No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind of action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
A smile remains the most inexpensive gift I can bestow on anyone, and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms.
Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time.
Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
The level of our success is limited only by our imagination, and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
Simple kindness may be the most vital key to the riddle of how human beings can live with each other in peace, and care properly for this planet we all share.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Kind Captions for Instagram
Be kind. Always.
Love. Peace. Equality. Kindness
Spread kindness, not germs.
Kill them with kindness.
Kindness is the only way forward.
Don’t forget kindness.
Be brave. Choose kindness.
Treat people with kindness.
Kindness isn’t canceled.
Be united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
Small acts of kindness can make a big difference in the world.
Caffeine & kindness.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Do me a kindness.
Kindness can change the world.
Teach them to be kind.
Kindness is cool.
Raise them kindly.
Kindness… pass it on.
Treat people with kindness.
Kindness is my kinda thing.
I will be your friend.
Kindness is the coolest.
Ask me if I was kind today.
Kind people are my kinda people.
Spread a little kindness wherever you go.
Be kind to animals.
That’s all we have, so please proceed to the mission field with the intention of being kind.
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