The Kind Blog

February 16, 2017

50 Kindness Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Day
Want to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day today? Here are 50 fun ideas to do anywhere.


February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day!

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Now scroll down to that random act of kindness idea and do it to celebrate #RandomActsofKindnessDay and #RAKWeek2017


50 Fun Kindness Ideas to Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day:

  1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
  2. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.
  3. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
  4. Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
  5. Tell someone they dropped a dollar (even though they didn’t). Then give them a dollar.
  6. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
  7. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
  8. Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
  9. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
  10. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump.
  11. Throw a party to celebrate someone just for being who they are, which is awesome.
  12. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
  13. Leave quarters at the laundromat.
  14. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.
  15. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.
  16. Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.
  17. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
  18. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
  19. Place a positive body image notes in jean pockets at a department store.
  20. Smile at five strangers.
  21. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. In those moments, do something kind for someone else.
  22. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
  23. Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today.
  24. Give away stuff for free on Craig’s List.
  25. Write a gratitude list in the morning and again in the evening.
  26. Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.
  27. Hold up positive signs for traffic or in a park for people exercising outside!
  28. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
  29. Buy a plant. Put it in a terracotta pot. Write positive words that describe a friend on the pot. Give it to that friend!
  30. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
  31. Have a clean up party at a beach or park.
  32. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
  33. Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
  34. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
  35. Pay the toll for the person behind you.
  36. Put 50 paper hearts in a box. On each cutout write something that is special about your partner or a friend. Give them the box and tell them to pull out a heart anytime they need a pick-me-up.
  37. Everyone is important. Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile. These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile.
  38. Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
  39. Purchase extra dog or cat food and bring it to an animal shelter.
  40. Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
  41. Take flowers or treats to the nurses’ station at your nearest hospital.
  42. Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
  43. Send a ‘Thank you’ card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station.
  44. Take muffins or cookies to your local librarians.
  45. Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
  46. Leave a box of goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
  47. Tape coins around a playground for kids to find.
  48. Put your phone away while in the company of others.
  49. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
  50. When you hear that discouraging voice in your head, tell yourself something positive — you deserve kindness too!


FEBRUARY 17, 2024
I totally love this list! There are things on here that I probably would not have done (like writing a thank you to the police) and there are others that I do almost daily because of the profession I was in for years. I almost always smile at people and say or nod "Hi". I definitely will be doing some of the things on this list! Also, think we should make it RAK MONTH not day!

FEBRUARY 19, 2021
This is a genuine list of acts that people can do fairly easily! Thank you so much for coming up with this list. It is not difficult to really bring the positive energy to people around us. You have shown us the opportunities to truly show love and kindness. I appreciate this list very much. I will try my best to act kindly, even if it is just small things. Kindness circles around. So Let's start spreading more kindness today!

FEBRUARY 27, 2020
i am making "Kindness Kards" and putting them around a school for kids to find! Yay, Go RAK!!!!!!!

FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Send a thank you to a teacher you once had, in remembrance of one of the teachers victimized in the school shooting in Florida

FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Do an act of kindness in the name of one of the victims in the school shooting in Florida. Or, do 15 acts of kindness, one for each of the victims, this week, raok week

FEBRUARY 14, 2018
We wrote positive thoughts on brightly colored card and left them under the wipers of every car in our school parking lot to be found as teachers and students left for home.

JANUARY 18, 2018
I teach kindergarten and some of these ideas are great for my little guys. We are planning to celebrate RAK week in February and we have added a kindness journal to record our little acts of kindness.

JANUARY 14, 2018
I love doing Random Acts Of Kindness

JANUARY 12, 2018
I am happy for these ideas. I need to something to make my year happy

OCTOBER 30, 2017
What a fantastic way to plan the start of the New Year, which is around the corner practically. Living every day with the concept that being kind is about enriching one's live and stepping out of our own self to think of others first. I love it.

OCTOBER 30, 2017
Everyone should practice this each day and the world would be a much better place. It is amazing how a RAK can make a difference to someone each day. I have been on the receiving end of a RAK and it totally made my day.

OCTOBER 4, 2017
This is great and realistic. And I have tried some like 2,3,4,7 etc

OCTOBER 1, 2017
After reading the 50 ideas here I have been trying to compliment my staff and others at work more often than usual. It felt weird in the beginning but, now I am able to say it without difficulty. The tip is. Don't think...just say it. Thanks for the tip

APRIL 5, 2017
I did all of these! I love them every body thanked me!

MARCH 5, 2017
These are great ideas. I've already completed several of them, and I'm excited for a myriad more of them. I'm also going to stick up flyers with some of these ideas around my community, with a link to this website. It's pretty amazing. Happy to be a RAKtivist, and I hope others could join in as well.

MARCH 1, 2017
Volunteer in a community center and help people that would like to learn how to read.

FEBRUARY 18, 2017
These are very simple and easy to do which is great! I can't wait to do some of these. There are several which I have already done accidentally but am excited to complete the list! Thanks for the inspiration!

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