Imagine someone taking a walk through a park and a stranger approaches them to offer a flower and a note telling them they’re loved. Most people would be smiling from ear to ear and talking about that moment for years. This one random act of kindness could have literally changed their life. What if kindness was the expectation instead of the exception?
Although we aren’t there yet, the Random Acts of Kindness Day is a great starting point for regular kindness. This day gives everyone the opportunity to look around them and find someone who’s life they think they can impact for the better, here’s how to start.
What Is Random Acts of Kindness Day?
Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day in February that encourages people to show kindness to one another. People are often overwhelmed with day to day life and forget to interact with each other. We move quickly with our heads down and don’t even give ourselves the chance to see the faces of the strangers we pass on the street. Random Acts of Kindness Day allows us to slow down and appreciate one another through small demonstrations that say we care. There is always an excuse to not do something, but this day provides a great opportunity to think about the wellbeing of others before ourselves.
The History of Random Acts of Kindness Day
Random Acts of Kindness Day was dreamed of in 2004 when Josh De Jong from New Zealand was caught in traffic. After watching a couple of angry drivers argue from impatience, he thought of what it would be like if everyone was kind for a day. Thus with a dream and some motivation, Random Acts of Kindness day came to be by the next year.
When Is Random Acts of Kindness Day?
Although you can practice being kind any day of the week throughout the year, the official Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th! People in New Zealand actually celebrate the day on the 1st of September, but the most commonly recognized day to celebrate is February 17th.
Random Acts of Kindness Day Dates
This year Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on Friday, Feb 17, 2023
How Is Random Acts of Kindness Day Celebrated?
If you’re not sure how to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do to make someone’s day brighter. If you have the resources, you can pay for people in front or behind you in line. You can also write a note to a stranger to let them know how important they are, even if you’ve never met them before. Another option would be to compliment someone on their outfit or smile. Something as simple as getting surprised by a note or a compliment can end up being a positive memory that they will never forget.
Why We Love Random Acts of Kindness Day
Showing kindness is such a wonderful and memorable experience. Taking a moment to really think about what you can do to make a difference for somebody else can be life changing. We love Random Acts of Kindness Day because it actively encourages people to go out and seek positive interactions with one another. Sometimes, we just don’t know where to start, and having a day that is specifically aimed at being kind is a step in the right direction.
By continuing to prioritize this day when it comes up, we might eventually see a change in the world. Kindness seems so rare nowadays when it should be an everyday occurrence. Understanding Random Acts of Kindness Day and having a plan for how to celebrate helps more people to see the good that it does and how they too can make a difference.