5 Ideas For Random Acts of Kindness Day

A hand holding out a paper heart to another hand. Here are some ideas to celebrate random acts of kindness day

Random Acts of Kindness Day, held in Australia on the 17th of February, is a reminder of the importance of kindness, generosity and small acts of service for those around us. This can be to friends, family, colleagues, strangers, or animals.

It started in 1995 in Denver, Colorado by a nonprofit organisation called The Random Acts Of Kindness Foundation. The event spread to New Zealand nine years later, in 2004, and the observance of the holiday became more and more widespread.  Of course, you don’t need to pick a day to be kind seeing as kindness should be practiced year round, but this day is a fun reminder to put in some extra effort.

Here are five easy ideas on how you can take part in the day:

two people form a heart with their hands to honour Heart Research Month and random acts of kindness day

1. Reach out to others

Something as simple as phoning or texting someone to let them know you’re thinking of them is one way you can take part in Random Acts of Kindness Day. Reach out to a friend, family member, or caretaker to offer your support and encouragement. You can thank them for the role they play in your life, or simply let them know you’re thinking about them.

Perhaps they’ve done something that’s worth congratulating them on. Or it could be a memory of them that made you smile that you’d like to share. Everyone likes to know that they’re appreciated, just remember that a personal and genuine message will have the greatest impact.

2. Acts of service for Random Acts of Kindness Day

Small and simple acts of service can really make someone’s day. It could be as simple as making someone a cup of coffee or tea, holding open the door for a stranger if you’re able, or giving them a genuine compliment.

You could offer to help someone with running an errand or performing a task, or simply by being an ear to listen. If you’re out and about, pay for a stranger’s meal or drink. If you’re able, pick up litter in your community.

This list of 100 random acts of kindness is sure to spark some more ideas.

woman in wheelchair with low pet cat on lap. She may be celebrating Random acts of kindness day

3. Take it online

Sometimes limitations in our mobility means we can’t always do the physical tasks we’d like to do to help others. Luckily there are some powerful online ways to take part in Random Acts of Kindness Day. Virtual volunteering allows you to participate in virtual events, fundraising campaigns, and other projects from the comfort of your own home. This could include online tutoring, website design, or data entry

You can also volunteer your time to help with online initiatives, such as moderating a discussion group or helping with social media outreach. You can participate in online acts of kindness, such as writing positive comments on social media or making a donation to a charity that supports a cause you believe in.

This Blue Badge Insurance customer is doing a degree via online learning.

4. Donate for Random Acts of Kindness Day

There are dozens of organisations in Australia that help those in need. They’re always looking for essentials, including non-perishable food, bedding, toiletries and other supplies. Why not donate what you can?

Here are a few options:

  1. Many charities, such as The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society, accept donations of clothing, household items, and other goods.
  2. Homeless shelters and organisations that serve those in need often accept donations of clothing, bedding, toiletries, and non-perishable food.
  3. Animal shelters and rescue organisations often accept donations of pet food, toys, and other supplies.
  4. Schools and libraries may accept donations of books, educational supplies, and other resources.
  5. Furniture banks collect furniture and household goods to provide to those in need.

You can offer your skills and experiences to mentor others and help them develop new skills. You can participate in adaptive sports and recreation programmes, such as wheelchair rugby or basketball, and volunteer to coach or mentor others.

Speaking of sports, check out these Disability Sports and Recreation Options for NDIS Participants.

A man in a wheelchair holding a basketball. You can volunteer your time for random acts of kindness day

5. Be kind to yourself

Sometimes we forget to be kind to someone very important: ourselves. Why not take this Random Acts of Kindness Day to be truly mindful and intentional about self-care? Perhaps it’s letting go of embarrassment or blame for something you did or a mistake you made.

Or it could be practicing self affirmation and positivity. Treat yourself as you would treat someone you love and care about. This can include indulging in small luxuries or giving yourself permission to take a break when you need it.

Take the day to put extra attention into taking care of your physical and mental well-being. Eat healthy, try to do some exercise if you’re able to, get in sleep, and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Focus on the things you’re thankful for and cultivate a positive outlook. It may be the most valuable random act of kindness of all.

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