Random Acts of Kindness Day® is Wednesday February 17, 2021
Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 14-20, 2021

#ExploreTheGood    #MakeKindnessTheNorm    #RandomActsofKindnessDay

We are upholding this annual tradition of celebrating kindness because we know everyone can use more kindness in their lives. Scientific evidence shows us the positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life. In 2021, we encourage everyone to Explore the Good and Make Kindness the Norm.

Stories come to us on a daily basis. They are beautiful and heartwarming, but mostly they give us hope. We hear of seemingly insignificant moments where a stranger helps another stranger and impacts the rest of their life with a small gesture. When we tune into kindness happening around us, the day seems a little bit brighter. The week seems a little more manageable.

These stories are nothing new or unique. They are YOUR stories. They are OUR stories. Help us Make Kindness the Norm by spreading it in the simplest ways.


Here are three things you can do to get ready for #RandomActsOfKindnessDay:

1. Check out​ R​AKs annual kindness calendars for both work and home and start a daily habit of kindness:

Workplace calendar 2021

Kindness at Work 2021 Calendar

Kindness at Home 2021 Calendar

2. Print​ t​his year’s colorful 11x17" Random Acts of Kindness Day poster and canvas your community making others aware of the upcoming celebration.

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3. Print t​his year’s black and white coloring page and add your own color and creativity to the Random Acts of Kindness Day Poster.

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Share your finished creation on social media and our private Facebook community of RAKtivists​.

Here are some fun activities you can do each day of Random Acts of Kindness Week:

  Sunday, February

14

Kindness jar

Kindness Jar

Start with an empty jar & decorate it however you'd like. Every time you witness an act of kindness, write it down and place the memory in the jar. Collect memories, observations and unexpected surprises of kindness throughout the week.

On the last day of kindness week, Saturday, February 20, 2021, empty the jar and reflect back on the kindness you experienced, witnessed, or perhaps performed yourself.

Keep the jar going and continue to Explore the Good throughout 2021 and help Make Kindness the Norm.

  Monday, February

15

Love note

Love Note

Find your favorite pen and two nice pieces of paper.

Write a letter to someone who has changed your life for the better. Tell them how they have helped you. Then send it.

Next, write a letter to yourself. Describe all your strengths, skills, values, behaviors and actions that have gotten you to where you are. Seal it in an envelope and put it somewhere that you’ll find later when you really need to hear those words.

  Tuesday, February

16

Blessing bags

Blessing Bags

Gather items to create a blessing bag for a temporarily displaced resident. Once complete, put in a vehicle you often travel in or your backpack to hand out to the next person who could use a lift me up.

Items to include: Socks, to go wet wipes, travel size tissue, chapstick, face mask(s), travel toothbrush & toothpaste, pads/tampons, small first aid kit, hat, gloves, protein bars, instant oatmeal packets, ready-to-eat cans w/ tab open lids, cash (trust your gut). Place items in a large plastic gallon bag that zips closed or find a plastic water bottle to put items in.

When handing to the recipient don’t forget to make eye contact and smile as human connection helps us all remember to Explore the Good and help Make Kindness the Norm. A few things to consider: don’t include religious literature, please do not throw from your car, and always go with someone else when delivering.

#RandomActsofKindnessDay Wednesday, February

17

Kindness worksheet

Kindness Worksheet

Download this worksheet and list five day-to-day activities you do. Then, next to each activity, write a way you can do the same activity, but with an added element of kindness.

For example, "Floss & brush teeth" might get transformed into "Think of five things I'm grateful for while flossing and brushing." This is an excellent exercise to think of ways to incorporate kindness (for others and yourself) into your daily routine.

If you come up with any clever ideas, please post it to social media with #explorethegood and #makekindnessthenorm to inspire others.

  Thursday, February

18

Care for three

Care for Three

Visit www.careforthree.com and follow the instructions for creating three notes with a short personalized message. Decorate and personalize anyway you want.

We love the power of three. Put your notes out into the world for friends, family or strangers to receive. Let’s remind someone that they are not alone and we are in this together!

  Friday, February

19

Five dollar difference

$5 Dollar Difference

Take $5 dollars (even a $1 dollar will work) and within the next 24 hours make a difference with one or five dollars.

Join our RAKtivist community and see how other kindness champions are making a difference with a dollar in their communities.

  Saturday, February

20

Reflection

Reflection

At The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, we follow a simple kindness framework for everything we do. One of the last steps in that framework is to reflect on how kind acts affect others and yourself.

We are hopeful that thinking back to those good thoughts and feelings you experienced this week will lead to including kindness more in our daily lives.

Keep Going!



Even though our kindness celebration is over, you don't have to stop being kind! Commit to doing one small act of kindness each day! You can help make kindness the norm!

Be sure to explore our collection of kindness resources below to inspire you throughout the year.

2021 participant guide
Download the 2021 RAK Day Participant Toolkit

In 2021, we encourage everyone to Explore the Good and Make Kindness the Norm for Random Acts of Kindness Day. Here is a handy participant toolkit that contains everything to need for a fun week.

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Download RAK Week Social Media Images

Grab these fun images and update your profile images for RAK Day and share the daily activities with your friends & colleagues.

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Here are some kindness quotes you can post each day to inspire others to be more kind. Be sure to use #ExploreTheGood and #MakeKindnessTheNorm so we can see your posts!
  Sunday, February 14

20200214 quote

There is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

—Scott Adams

  Monday, February 15

20200215 quote

I hope life treats you kind, and I hope you have all that you ever dreamed of, and I wish you joy and happiness. But above all of this, I wish you love.

—Dolly Parton

  Tuesday, February 16

20200216 quote

Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.

—Bob Kerrey

#RandomActsofKindnessDay Wednesday, February 17

20200217 quote

Where there is kindness there is goodness. Where there is goodness there is magic.

—Cinderella

  Thursday, February 18

20200218 quote

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

—Dolly Parton

  Friday, February 19

20200219 quote

Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

—Maya Angelou

  Saturday, February 20

20200220 quote

I hope you’re proud of yourself for the times you’ve said ‘yes’, when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to somebody else.

—Mister Rogers

   

All quotes

Check out our full collection of kindness quotes & post your favorite!

Kindness Quotes

See all of our RAK Day kindness resources below and share them everyone you know!

Kindness at School

Don't just expect kindness from your kids—teach them! We have taken our CASEL approved, highly effective, evidence-based Kindness in the Classroom® social emotional learning curriculum and made it better. By including a focus on equity, teacher self-care, and digital citizenship, we are excited to share a more engaging, relatable, and inclusive curriculum.

Get Started K-5    Get Started 6-8

Free Training Materials



See our other resources for schools below...

Lesson plans
2021 calendar
2021 Kindness Calendar

An act of kindness each day.

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Coloring pages
Kindness Coloring Pages

Take a brain break.

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50 ways poster
50 Ways to Be Kind Poster

Inspiration for your classroom.

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Bookmarks
Kindness Bookmarks

A kind way to keep your place.

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Certificate
Recognition Certificates

A little recognition goes a long way.

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Bingo
Kindness Bingo

Challenge your friends.

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Kindness at Work

Transform your workplace with our FREE 12 month kindness calendar. The calendar features monthly themes structured to create a kinder work culture. Each month offers daily ideas for individuals to complete in a few minutes or less. On top of the daily ideas, there is a team-based idea that can be used to celebrate kindness each month as a team!

Download 2021 Calendar

See our other resources for the workplace below...

Workplace calendar 2021
Workplace poster
Kindness at Work Poster

A poster showing various ways you can be kind while at work. Hang this in the break room to inspire your team!

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Workplace certificate
Kindness Award Certificate

Recognize your teammates for their kindnesss by presenting them with a Kindness Award Certificate.

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Workplace tag cards
Tag! You're It! Cards

Start a fun game of Kindness Tag in your office where you do anonymous acts of kindness for your teammates.

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ANNOUNCING OUR NEW KINDNESS CHALLENGE!

We've designed a fun kindness challenge to help make kindness the norm™ at home & in your neighborhood. Your challenge (if you choose to accept it) is to complete a series of kindness activities to fill in 60 'hearts'. Each act of kindness is worth one, two or three 'hearts' based on how challenging they are: one-heart activities are quick and easy, two-heart activities are more involved, and three-heart activities are challenging & will take more time.

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Booklet 1
Booklet 2
Booklet 3
Booklet 4
Booklet 5
Booklet 6
Booklet 7

There's a good mix of activities: various random acts of kindness meant to be done in your home & neighborhood, writing prompts, self-care activities and fun coloring pages too. You choose which activities to do and when to do them—so no pressure. Just do the ones that sound fun to you.

Can you complete the challenge & fill in all 60 hearts?

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#MakeKindnessTheNorm

You can also download a paginated PDF so you can make your own booklets at home. Click here for details.

Imagine a world where we can succeed by being nice...

Where we all look out for each other...

Where we all pay it forward...

And where kindness is the norm.

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