Random Acts of Kindness is Celebrated in February

It all started in a Sausalito, California, restaurant in 1982!  Anne Herbert scrawled the words “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat.  The idea took off slowly at first – on bumper stickers and the like.  Herbert then wrote a book of true acts of kindness stories called Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty in February 1993 that set off a chain reaction.

Random Acts of Kindness Day [February 17] was first created in Denver, Colorado in 1995!!  Colorado… who knew?!  A random act of kindness [also known as RAoK] is a selfless, unpremeditated act of kindness to the outside world, to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier.    Following are fifteen ways you can practice RAoK:

  1. Donate your old clothes to the Salvation Army.
  2. Help a senior with their groceries.
  3. Shovel a neighbor’s driveway when it snows.
  4. Walk a neighbor’s dog.
  5. Babysit for free.
  6. Plant a tree.
  7. Do a favor without asking for anything in return.
  8. Take someone new in your neighborhood on a tour of the city.
  9. Pay for someone’s coffee who is behind you in line at the coffee shop.
  10. Spread some encouragement online.
  11. Tutor a struggling student.
  12. Reconnect with old friends.
  13. Take time to listen to someone.
  14. Participate in a fundraiser.
  15. Leave a waiter a generous tip.

Let’s all celebrate RAoK month by doing something for a stranger this month!!