February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. We encourage everyone to participate in the #RAKTIVIST movement. RAKtivists "live and breathe kindness, share knowledge and lead by example." With busy lives it's easy to internalize things and ignore what's happening around you. As such, we as people can become anti-social. When one thing in your day goes wrong, it can have a lasting effect for the rest of the day. So, for one day only, we encourage you to do something random and kind for someone else. Just a simple positive act can have just as much of an effect on someone's day. Doing something as simple as saying hello to a stranger, or holding a door open for someone behind you can create a ripple effect by placing that someone in a positive state of mind. You never know, you might inspire someone else to do something kind for another person. This chain can create a positive and harmonious community.
To help you get started, here's a list of some random acts of kindness you can perform in your daily life:
- give your spare change to a homeless person
- donate a canned food item to a food drive
- volunteer for a day
- pick up garbage in a park
- let someone go in front of you in line
- pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru
- say thank you to someone
- give someone a smile
- ask your server how their day is going
There's so many more little and big things you could do to turn someone's day into a positive one. We challenge you to pick just one random act to perform on someone this February 17 on Random Acts of Kindness Day. Who knows, you might get inspired and challenge yourself to keep this going for every day moving forward. For more inspiration download these FREE Random Acts of Kindness posters from RandomActsOfKindness.org.