Random Acts of Kindness Day
Tomorrow is Random Acts of Kindness Day founded in 1995, but any day is a great day to give someone a random act of kindness. Having a special day to celebrate the idea can serve as a great prompt for people to do something completely selfless for someone else, bringing a smile to light up their day.
- Compliment a stranger.
- Pay for the coffee for the person behind you in the Starbucks drive-thru line.
- Donate canned goods to your local food bank.
- Spare a dollar or two for someone who is in need.
- Donate to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
- Write a note telling someone how much you appreciate them.
- Surprise your coworker with their favorite coffee or treat.
- Write a letter to a senior citizen through Love for the Elderly.
- Let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store.
- Pay for a friend or co-worker's lunch.
- Call your parents and let them know you appreciate them.
- Cook a meal or do a load of laundry for a friend who just had a baby or is going through a difficult time.
- Buy flowers for the cashier at the grocery store.
- Say ‘thank you’ to someone who makes a difference in the community (firefighter, police officer, doctor, philanthropist, etc.).
- Write a letter to a deployed member of the military through Operation Gratitude.
- Reconnect with an old friend.
- Listen intently. Remind yourself that everyone is fighting their own struggles.
- Leave some extra quarters in the laundry room.
- Purchase some extra dog or cat food and drop it off at an animal shelter.
- Give someone a book you think they'd like.
- Say “hello” to everyone you see, just because. Walking with a friend, and saying “hello” to everyone, she commented, “You know everyone!” Smile!
- Donate blood at American Red Cross or San Diego Blood Bank.
- Email or write to an old teacher or mentor who inspired you.
- Write a kind thank you note on the check for your server after dinner.
Self-care Ritual: When you hear that negative, discouraging voice in your head, remember to leave yourself alone — you deserve kindness too! “No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.” – Kevin Heath