Random Acts of Kindness: What will you do?

Most of you may not know this, but there is something special going on in February besides Valentine’s Day. In fact, it isn’t even a special day, but rather, a special week! What, you might ask? It is Random Acts of Kindness week. So my question is…what will you do?

Will you choose to celebrate this week? Committing random acts of kindness has become somewhat of a trend as of late. Some of you may have noticed the Facebook post that went viral…looked something like this:

“2013 Pay-It-Forward: The first five people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime in the next calendar year, a handwritten note. Perhaps with a gift attached. There will likely be no warning and it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer in their FB status. Go. Create. Do.”

When the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy happened, people began urging others to commit 26 random acts of kindness in honor of the victims and even dedicating Facebook pages to the cause.

Personally, I don’t think we need a week to remind us that we should do right by others. We should take the time now and again to do something kind to lift someone’s spirits or put a smile on someone’s face. We should always want to do that! We should strive to be that kind of person. We should also pass that on to our children. Our children should know the importance of giving back and be able to show compassion and kindness.

So let this week be the start to something bigger. Need some ideas to get you started? Check out our list below! We got you started with 15 ideas. Add to our list by sharing your ideas for random acts of kindness in the comments below!

  1. Send a handmade card to someone
  2. Be kind to someone you dislike
  3. Send someone flowers
  4. Buy a homeless person a meal
  5. Make a new friend
  6. Donate used books to your local library
  7. Pay for someone else’s coffee
  8. Help your family by doing an extra chore (kid-friendly)
  9. Pick up trash in your community
  10. Read a book to a child or elderly person
  11. Be generous with compliments
  12. Help a co-worker or classmate
  13. Volunteer in your community
  14. Write a thank you note
  15. Forgive someone

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4 Responses to “Random Acts of Kindness: What will you do?”

  1. Peggy Seville February 5, 2013 6:41 pm

    Make a CD for someone like an elderly person or grandparent of all their favorite music.

  2. Valerii Parker De Loach February 5, 2013 6:58 pm

    I am so doing this!

  3. Kristen February 6, 2013 1:29 am

    I had no idea there was such a week but I’m glad I know now! 😀 I think you are right, people should not have to be reminded to do the right thing – but sometimes people do need the encouragement!

  4. Karen January 29, 2014 6:27 am

    Pay toll or buy coffee for the person in line behind you. It’s a great feeling. Thank you for the service you and your family provide to our country. Please PM me your address. You and your family are my random act of kindness recipient this week. I’m not a creepy. I found you via Pinterest. I can’t wait to get my gift in the mail to you, especially to a military family. I lost my fiancé in Desert Storm.

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