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National Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb. 17th)

Last Updated: October 25, 2023By

Hello, Friends!  This month we’re talking about National Random Acts of Kindness Day which is February 17th, in case you didn’t already have it marked on your sparkly and new 2023 calendar.

According to nationaltoday.org…

Random Acts of Kindness Day was initiated in 1995 in Denver, Colorado by a nonprofit organization called The Random Acts Of Kindness Foundation. The event spread to New Zealand nine years later, in 2004, and the observance of the holiday became more and more widespread. 1

Ok…enough of the history lesson.  Bottom line, there’s a day for everyone to be intentionally focused on kindness.  Who can argue with that?

In my extensive research on this topic, I ran across the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website (randomactsofkindness.org). Ok…it was the 2nd item in my google search, but still… It’s full of information to help you become a RAKtivist.  I love that name!  A RAKtivist is defined as a Random Acts of Kindness activist.  How neat?!?!?

“They’re the people that end up brightening what otherwise would’ve been ‘just a normal day’.”2

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While I highly recommend you visit the website yourself, I want to share some of my favorite ideas on how to join the movement and spread kindness in very simple ways.

  1. If you’re like me, the majority of your conversations throughout the day happen via text message.  I’m not proud of it, but it’s the truth!  So, on National RAK Day (2/17), be intentional about connecting with conversations – either in person or by phone.  Let your loved ones HEAR your actual voice.  Let them HEAR you laugh instead of sending that LOL via text.  I bet that conversation will be a refreshing break from the norm.
Connect with a conversation.
  1. Here’s an oldie but goodie that works ANYWHERE…  Write a short, kind note on a post-it and stick it to random places that are frequently visited.  This could be the bathroom window, coffee station, water fountain or a random person’s office door or computer monitor.  The note can read something like:  
  • YOU ARE AMAZING! 
  • WE APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK!
  • I BELIEVE IN YOU!

It is not necessary to sign your name.  You never know who might see that note that needed a little pick-me-up for the day.

Kindness Ideas For Adults | Ripple Kindness Project

The website is FULL of ideas and I’m sure you can think of a few on your own.  The key is to set your heart to be kind and it will be easy.  Start with being kind to yourself and let it flow out of you to everyone you encounter.  

Come on, Friends!  Become a RAKtivist and help create a world where Kindness is the Norm.

“Imagine a world where you can succeed by being nice.

Where we all pay it forward.

Where people look out for each other.

It all starts with an act.”2

Imagine that.

  1. https://nationaltoday.com/random-act-kindness-day/
  2. https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

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