Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Gandhi

The month of February is notorious for Valentine’s Day and celebrating love. What better way to spread the love than by committing a random act of kindness? February 17th is the day people all around the globe celebrate the unofficial holiday called Random Acts of Kindness Day, also known as RAK Day.
No one knows for sure where RAK Day began but the roots can be traced back to New Zealand in 2005. The RAK Foundation promotes the mission to do something extra special for another person without expecting any payment in return. It makes sense that this little-known holiday would be celebrated in February when our hearts are already focused on love. The concept starts with practicing altruism and taking the focus off ourselves. As we start to think of other’s needs more readily, we become more aware of neighbors, friends or total strangers as you go about your day. RAK can be as simple as complimenting someone or volunteering to mentor a child. Random acts of kindness are something both the giver and the receiver feel good about. I took the opportunity to pay for someone’s coffee and donut order at Dunkin Donuts this week. 
Remember the movie Pay It Forward starring Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment? The premise of the movie was based on a homework assignment to change the world for the better. Osment devises a plan to set up a network of good deeds. Each person must do a favor for someone and in turn, that person is expected to do a favor for three other people.
If you believe in the philosophy of “what comes around goes around”, practicing altruism brings about positive energy and sets an example for others that the world is full of kindness and generosity. Here is my challenge to you; make it your mission to surprise and delight someone this month with a random act of kindness! I would love to hear what creative gestures you come up with. Try to impact as many people as possible. You may be just one person but your gestures can impact many.

Jodi Cross is a marketing consultant, speaker, and writer and can be reached at jcross@crossnm.com.