Random Acts of Kindness Day is an unofficial holiday that has been around for only a few years – but it’s one we love. The day is celebrated by doing something kind for a friend or a stranger for no reason at all.
Where did it start?
No one is sure where this selfless holiday began, but some believe it started with American activist Anne Herbert who scrawled the words, “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty,” on a restaurant place mat in 1982.
Around the world
There are several variations to the date of this holiday. In the US, the day is celebrated on February 17th. However, in New Zealand, for example, it is celebrated on September 1st and is a national holiday.
10 Acts of Kindness
- Hold the elevator
- Pick up litter and put it in the trash
- Leave some extra quarters in the laundry room
- Call your grandparents
- Donate old clothes and electronics
- Make two meals instead of one, preserve the leftovers in your fridge with a Charles Viancin lid and give them to a neighbor
- Email or write an old teacher who made a difference in your life
- Give away stuff for free on Craigslist
- Babysit for a friend for free
- Donate to a charity