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Random acts of kindness day

Scientific evidence demonstrates the positive effects of giving, receiving and even witnessing acts of kindness.

Do something kind on Random Acts of Kindness Day on Wednesday 17 February, or during Random Acts of Kindness Week starting from 14 to 20 February.

There are many ways one person can demonstrate kindness. You can:

Start a kindness jar

Get an empty jar, decorate it however you like. Every time you witness an act of kindness, write it down and place the memory in the jar. Collect memories, observations and unexpected surprises of kindness throughout the week. On the last day of kindness week, 20 February, empty the jar and reflect back on the kindness you experienced, witnessed, or perhaps performed yourself.

Write a love note

Find your favourite pen and two pieces of paper. Write a letter to someone who has changed your life for the better. Telling them how they have helped you, then send it to them. Next, write a letter to yourself. Describe all your strengths, skills, values, behaviours and actions that have gotten you to where you are. Seal it in an envelope and put it somewhere that you’ll find later when you need to hear those words.

Go outside and explore nature

Going outside, being surrounded by greenery and breathing in fresh air is a great way to reset and reflect. While it's great to way to spend down time, we encourage you to call a friend and invite them along with you. Some of our locations, like Fawkner Memorial Park and Altona Memorial Park have cafes in which you can visit.

Volunteer your time or resources to a worthy cause

There are many ways you can help the disadvantaged. You can:

  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen or a food bank

  • Stop and have a conversation

  • Offer to purchase them a coffee or a meal

  • Donate essential items, like toiletries, first aid kits, socks, wet wipes, etc.

Fill in the kindness worksheet

Download the kindness worksheet and list five normal day-to-day activities you do. Then, next to each activity, write a way you can do the same activity but with an added element of kindness.

There are many other ways that you can perform acts of kindness for yourself and others here. You can also visit Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for more inspiration.

Remember to be kind to one another.