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Random Acts of Kindness Week

Random Acts of Kindness week is celebrated from February 13-19th, and Random Act of Kindness Day is celebrated on February 17th. This is a week to show a stranger or a loved one how to cultivate kindness. We live in such a fast-paced society; sometimes, we forget to stop and smell the roses, so that’s why Random Acts of Kindness week was created. It was made to remember that kindness should be a norm for all human beings. That’s why Will Glennon started random Acts of Kindness Foundation in 1995 as a nonprofit in Denver, Colorado. He decided to create this day dedicated to encouraging random acts of kindness and as a day to pay it forward mentally. 

Have you ever been in a Starbucks drive-thru line and were told by the cashier that the car in front of you paid for your drink? That’s just one of the ways of kindness we’re talking about, but there are so many ways to spread kindness this RAK week! Here are some more ways to spread kindness:

Complements: Complements can go a long way for people, mainly because you have no idea what a stranger is going through that day, and sometimes a compliment or smile can go a long way. Plus, the best things in life are free, and this is an easy way to spread some kindness at no cost to you!

Donate: Whether this means money or time, either one helps spread kindness to others in need. If you don’t have time to volunteer, then maybe research a charity that speaks to you. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S, so there is bound to be an organization that speaks to you and what change you would like to make in the world. The same goes for volunteering! If you don’t have the means to donate money, donate your time. This act is just as valuable! Nonprofits survive off the donation of time from volunteers, which allows them to throw more events, help more people or animals, and provide more kindness to the world.

The Little Things: Kindness can also be spread by letting a car in front of you when there is a lot of traffic, buying someone flowers, baking brownies for your next-door neighbor, sending an encouraging text, comment uplifting words on a social media post, paying for transportation for another person, helping wash the dishes when it’s not your turn, the list goes on and on! There are so many ways to spread Random Acts of Kindness. So what will you do this Random Act of Kindness Week?