It’s Cool to Be Kind

Pay close attention this week to see if you notice anything special happening around you. The week of February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Week, so you might catch someone being especially nice. The history of the day goes back to 1995, when Random Acts of Kindness Day was observed in Denver, Colorado. It eventually turned into a week-long event in 2018. Now, the week is celebrated in schools, workplaces, families and communities nationwide.

It only takes a few minutes to do something kind (and unexpected) for strangers or acquaintances. Be creative! And be a good example to children and others around you. You might find out that making the effort to show kindness will make you feel happier, too. Some easy ways to show kindness are:

  • Hold a door open for someone
  • Pay it forward in the drive-thru line for lunch or coffee
  • Compliment someone in your office or school
  • Let someone in front of you in the grocery line
  • Pay a stranger’s parking meter
  • Send flowers for no reason

While observing Random Acts of Kindness Week, you can share the love on social media. Use the hashtags #RAKday and #RandomActsofKindnessWeek to encourage your friends to participate. Find more ideas at

Sources: National Day Calendar,