Celebrated on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has only grown in popularity each year. Individuals, communities, and organizations all around the country celebrate it to inspire acts of kindness. It’s a favorite day to many, as people everywhere are enjoying doing these random acts of kindness.
So, what is this day about? It’s just a day to celebrate kindness and the “pay it forward.” The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) was founded in 1995 in the US. It is a nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado and its founder is Will Glennon.
People who celebrate this day suggest practicing acts of kindness such as letting someone go ahead in line, buying extra at the grocery store and donating it to a local food pantry, paying for another person’s meal in restaurant drive-thrus, and even posting anonymous sticky notes with validating or uplifting messages around for people to find at the office. Others like buying flowers for someone, helping someone change a flat tire, complimenting a colleague on their hard work, letting a car into the traffic ahead of you, or paying the bus fare for another passenger. There are several web pages online that have created lists of things you can do and blogs about the shared experiences.
The movement is upholding this annual tradition of celebrating kindness because they believe everyone can use more kindness in their lives. Scientific evidence shows us the positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness for good which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race, religion, politics, gender and location.