This week is Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) Week (2/12 – 2/18). It all leads up to National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Friday, February 17th. However don’t forget about the 18th!
While not confirmed, it’s believed that Random Acts of Kindness originated when Anne Herbert wrote, “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat in a Sausalito, CA restaurant in 1982 or 1983. Later when Random Acts of Kindness, True Stories of Acts of Kindness, was published in 1993, it set off a chain reaction of support. Americans were inspired to take part after TV, radio and newspapers broadcast/published segments and articles on the subject.
To me, practicing RAOKs is akin to showing appreciation. You’re appreciating those around you by letting them know how much they mean to you – even strangers to whom you may be wordlessly saying, “Hey. I see you! We’re in this together. Here’s something nice for you.” So I try to practice carrying out random acts weekly, but I am always up for focusing my efforts on a greater scale when this week focused on kindness comes along .
You may feel overwhelmed by the task I propose, and are saying, “What can I do?” or “I’ve never done anything like this before.” Never fear I have a few ideas for you.