What is Random Acts of Kindness Week?
Random Acts of Kindness Week is a time when people are challenged to be kind to another for no reason other than to be thoughtful. The hope is that a person on the receiving end of an act of kindness will turn around and be the giver of an act of kindness. This perpetual chain of kindness is celebrated by individuals, groups, businesses, and schools.
Random Acts of Kindness Day originated in New Zealand. In the United States, Random Acts of Kindness Week is observed February 12th through 18th and National Random Act of Kindness Day is February 17th. When posting about kinds acts on Social Media, use #RandomActsOfKindnessDay or #RAK.
Health Benefits of Being Kind
People who are kind:
- have less stress
- age more slowly
- have lower blood pressure
- are happier
- have more energy
- have better relationships
Resources for Educators
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation provides a number of RAK resources for educators on its website. From Kindness Projects to games to posters, this site is a comprehensive guide to everything RAK. For schoolwide ideas, check out 13 Free Ways To Create a School Culture of Kindness and 10 Kindness Week Ideas For Schools.
Kindness.org offers a variety of “kindness initiatives” to join, carry out, and share with others. This is great way for students, and adults, to become involved in the movement.
Kindness Matters by The Great Kindness Challenge
“We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to
contribute to that.” – Ellen DeGeneres
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that
one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop