Every year on February 17, people across the United States celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day by doing small, meaningful things for others. But what if we didn’t limit our random acts of kindness to one day per year?
Kindness is “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate”. And, of course, it’s an important concept to us at Reach because it is key to helping us accomplish our mission:
Through human-to-human interaction, we will nurture the growth of our employees, our clients, and the people they serve.
Kindness is one way we can bring the human element back into what we do. Whether by demonstrating kindness to one another and our clients, or by integrating the idea of kindness into the campaigns we create, we are constantly reminded that there is a real person at the other end of every communication we send out.
Plus, kindness is so easy to do.
If you ask us, there’s no good reason not to celebrate random acts of kindness all year long. So without further ado, here are 34 things you can do to be kind to others (and yourself) on this Random Acts of Kindness Day and every day:
- Call a friend or family member you don’t see often.
- Put a (full) candy dish out on your desk.
- Buy coffee for the person behind you in the drive-thru.
- Donate to a charity of your choice.
- Send a card or letter to someone in the military community (soldiers, veterans, caretakers, etc.)
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- Buy a single flower or a bouquet for a loved one.
- Do a load of laundry for your significant other.
- Ask how someone is doing, and really listen to their response.
- Leave a small amount of cash in an envelope at the vending machine.
- Compliment someone.
- Let your friends know you appreciate them.>
- Bring fancy creamer to share with coworkers at the office watering hole (coffee pot).
- Donate gift cards to patients at a local hospital.
- Leave an encouraging note in an unexpected place.
- Put an extra treat in your child’s lunch.
- Send a friend a pleasant text.
- Find a worthy cause for a donation on a crowd-funding website.
- Return someone else’s cart to the cart corral at the store.
- Leave a larger-than-normal tip for a server.
- Be intentional about saying “please” and “thank you”.
- Use extra coupons to buy items to donate to a local food bank or animal shelter.
- Find a volunteer opportunity and commit.
- Make extra time to play with your child (or a young family member).
- Acknowledge a coworker’s job well done.
- Let someone cut in front of you at the grocery store.
- Bring chocolate and/or coffee to a client meeting.
- Take your boss out to lunch.
- Smile and say “good morning” to everyone you pass.
- Feed an expired meter for a stranger.
- Let a server’s or cashier’s manager know if he/she did a particularly good job.
- Offer to run an errand for a family member who is busy or homebound.
- Create a “Gratitude Journal” to record the things you’re grateful for every day.
- Help your kids perform their own Random Acts of Kindness.