Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 14-20) and Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17) are approaching – and we want to make sure as many of the world’s citizens are participating as possible.

What is Random Acts of Kindness Week/Day?

Random Acts of Kindness Week/Day is a time when citizens all across the globe are challenged to do something kind for a friend or stranger for no reason at all. Originally started by Megan Singleton, Josh de Jong and Marshall Gray, Random Acts of Kindness Week continues on thanks to the efforts of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, a really terrific nonprofit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.

How can you participate in Random Acts of Kindness Week/Day?

Any way you want – you just have to do something nice for someone else. It can be as easy as holding a door open or lending someone a dollar for a cup of coffee. Or you can take it a step further and volunteer.

But the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation encourages you to start however you can. Here are some ideas they give on their website:

  • Be generous with compliments
  • Return a shopping cart
  • Help someone load or unload their groceries
  • Make someone laugh
  • Thank your employees
  • Give your seat to an elderly person
  • Smile at others

Easy, right? In fact, none of the ideas listed above take more than 5 minutes of your day. In addition to making the person you direct these acts of kindness at feel good, they’ll make you feel good too. So start small – and then make incorporating acts of habit into your daily routine a habit.

How else can you take part?

If you work in a school, you can take it a step further. Check out these free activities you can download and work on with students during the week. They’ll have fun – and learn how important it is to respect and be kind to others.

And, no matter who you are, make sure you join the social media effort around Random Acts of Kindness Week.  Use the hashtag #RAKWeek2016 to encourage your friends and networks to join in.

We’ll be posting around the week on Facebook and Instagram too. Follow us, retweet and repost – and tell us how you’ll spread a little kindness this year.

And, remember,

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop

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