It starts today! Random Acts of Kindness Week is an uplifting, inspiring reminder of how we are each empowered to make a positive difference in the world around us through the little things we can do every day for others. It is a reminder to focus on our potential for positive impact and sharpen our kindness skills. Use your creativity to create RAK opportunities this week, or visit the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s Idea Page for inspiration.
Share your efforts using #RAKWeek2017 to spread the inspiration, and if you are part of our central Florida Humanist community, use our Humanist RAK Cards.
All week we focus on increasing our RAK footprints – but on Friday, make an intentional effort to amp up the kindness for Random Acts of Kindness Day.
Hashtag your posts with #RAKweek and #RAKweek2017 so the RAK Foundation can find them and feature posts throughout the week on their social media sites.
Goodness is in the heart of all. Pass it on!
Humanists believe in the value and good in all humans; let’s demonstrate that commitment through Random Acts of Kindness and make a visible difference that strengthens and affirms our positive presence in our community.
Random Acts of Kindness moments are an opportunity for members of the humanist community to visibly promote that goodness is in the heart of all and help to overcome misconceptions and negative stereotypes about non-religious people.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Participate in Central Florida with us! Create ripples of kindness that let others know that goodness is in the heart of all. BE. part of it. Use the Humanist Kindness Ambassador RAK Cards to “sign” your RAKS with a message of inclusiveness and connectedness – and write a message of your own on the back of the card.
The last Thursday of April, 4/28/26, is Pay it Forward Day. At BE. Orlando, we take every opportunity to celebrate kindness and compassion – and today is one of our favorite days! 🙂
At Central Florida Earth Day last weekend we had our Humanist “Good Without God” campaign messaging displayed at our vendor tent. Most people who came by thanked us for sharing the message that all humans have the potential for good, for creating intentional opportunity for secular individuals to gather in service, and for providing a voice to those feeling unfairly and negatively judged because they don’t share the Christian faith perspective. One person had tears in her eyes: “I thought I was alone.” But some guests at our tent were angry, befuddled, sarcastic, and even mean. All were great conversations, but those who were surprised by our existence or afraid of our message are the reason why it is essential that Secular Americans be vocal and visible – when safe to do so – in our commitment to integrity, ethics, compassion, and kindness.
According to the Pay it Forward site, people from 75 countries participated in Pay it Forward Day in 2015 with individuals working on proclamations in 42 states & 48 cities.
For the 2016 international Pay it Forward Day (PIFD) they are aiming to inspire over 10 million acts of kindness around the world. Imagine the difference that would make!
They suggest some options:
Collect smiles: How many people can you make smile today?
Click here for more ideas from BE’s Random Acts of Kindness Week post
While Pay it Forward Day focuses on marketing the concept of selfless giving for just one day a year to promote the concept, everyday can be Pay it Forward Day. Keep celebrating Kindness holidays (we post them on BE’s calendar) and intentionally seek opportunities to make a difference.
February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day – part of the week of Random Acts of Kindness events.
Scattering seeds of kindness is fantabulous – you’re doing a wonderful thing by bringing more light and joy to the world. Also take a moment each day this week to reflect on the meaning of kind acts – how they impact others, the greater difference that they make the positive impact they have on your own life.
Here are a few questions to reflect on…
Why is it important to demonstrate kindness?
What is the best way to brighten someone’s day?
What is the smallest think I can do that can make the biggest difference for someone?
How can acts of kindness show others that I value them?
In the philosophical debate over whether altruism is possible, does the answer matter?
How can our small acts of individual kindness help overcome broader divisive issues that lead to marginalization, bullying, and discrimination?
What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?
What is the most impactful lesson about kindness you remember from your childhood?
What is a small thing someone has done for you that you have always remembered?
If you could do one kind thing for one person – with no limitations – what would it be?
What is the best part about doing something good anonymously?
What does kindness mean to you?
Do you give random kindness to animals?
What are some historic examples of kindness?
What are some examples of kindness found in nature?
Can you name five things you could do today that would bring joy to others?
February 14-20, 2016, make it an Intentional Acts of Kindness Week!
Are you in?
Actively seek opportunities to demonstrate kindness and compassion: create hope and happiness anonymously through actions that make a positive difference for others, no matter how small. Take this week to step out of your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day. Have a great time doing it and inspire others by posting and sharing your stories with #RAKWeek.
For Humanists, being visible in demonstration and recognition of the good in all people, regardless of faith perspective, also helps to decrease myth and misunderstanding toward persons of non-faith.
Tomorrow begins Random Acts of Kindness Week! If you haven’t already made a RAK Plan, here are a few ideas to help you – use them to inspire your own list.
Are some of these already part of your regular habits?
Pay the toll for the car behind you
Clean up litter
Don’t take the closest parking space; let someone else have it.
buy coffee for a stranger
“I heard something good about you” – relay a compliment you heard
Pick a flower and give it to someone
Hold the elevator
Make sure every person in a group conversation feels included
Eat lunch with someone new
Leave something on the desk of everyone at work (a piece of candy, fun office supplies (funny sticky notes), a kindness coin, etc.)
leave someone you love a list of things you like about them
The best present is being present. put away (and turn off) your phone when in the company of others.
Know someone who is a caregiver for someone who is ill or disabled? Offer to help them with something like a chore, giving them some time off, bringing them food, or just sharing a cup of coffee and conversation.
Leave someone an envelope of paper hearts or smiley faces, each one with something nice about them written on it.
Say thank you to a janitor
Follow up on a conversation you had with someone, remembering details and inquiring about updates.
Talk to someone who is by themselves at a party
Be a cheerleader for someone’s idea or project
Keep an extra umbrella to give to someone when it is raining, or leave an umbrella in a public place with a note that it is for someone who may need it.
send a text just to say good morning or good night
Do you know the name of your regular cashier? Waitress? Janitor at the office? Introduce yourself and learn about others’ life stories.
Stop and learn someone’s story – a homeless person, or someone you see often but never have spoken to.
Write a letter of appreciation to someone who is making a difference in your community.
Give flowers or a random gift to a friend, with a “so lucky to have you as a friend” tag.
Leave smiley faces on whiteboards at work
Volunteer to be the designated driver
Hold open a door
Leave a gas card at the pump
On special days, like mother’s day, reach out to friends who have lost that person.
Buy lemonade from a child’s lemonade stand
Offer your seat
Put sticky notes with positive messages on mirrors in public restrooms
Cook a meal for a friend
Give an unexpected gift
Use social media to uplift others with positive messages or compliments
Leave a generous tip
Write a kind thought or inspirational message
Bake cookies for emergency workers
Deposit coins in a parking meter
Leave kids activity books at a hospital waiting room
Bring donuts to work
Leave quarters in candy machines
Leave bus fair at a bus stop
Organize a food drive
Run an errand for someone
Make a facebook (or a hard copy!) album of humor, inspirations, cartoons, or something else that you know someone will like, and share it with them.
Cut a neighbor’s grass
Treat a friend to the movies
Tape a bag of microwave popcorn to a redbox
Set up a “scavenger hunt” for a child by leaving “clues” to find a gift
If you see a comic/cartoon you think someone will like, cut it out (or print it) and mail it to them with a “thought this might make you smile” note.
Leave diapers and wipes at a public changing table
Do yardwork for a neighbor unable to do it for themselves
Offer to babysit for free to give a friend an evening out
Make a Random Act of Kindness Calendar and plan one thing to do each day for a month. Or a year.
Visit an animal shelter
When you’re on a walk with someone have a “race” to see who can pick up the most litter
Leave your neighbors a note complimenting their garden
Send someone an e-card
Arrange to pay anonymously when you see someone dining alone on a holiday / special day, or for an elderly couple, or to thank a soldier, firefighter, officer, or others for their service.
Leave a store gift card on the shelf in that store with a RAK card
Leave an inspirational note in a library book
Let someone ahead of you in line
Write a letter to a child and send it through the mail
When you go out to dinner order a dessert and drop it by your neighbor’s
Make a care package of food, gift cards, and toiletries to give to a homeless person
Send a letter of gratitude
Give someone a random birthday card. Write “un” before birthday and include a note that they are special and remembered EVERY day.
Make a point to name someone when completing a survey or comment card, and say something nice about them.
Thank someone who did something nice for you a long time ago
Send a care package
Give a compliment
Compliment people in front of others
Give someone a small (but thoughtful) wrapped present for no reason
November 13th is World Kindness Day. How will you celebrate kindness?
November 13th is celebrated worldwide as a day to be grateful for and to create kindness.
Do something today to create happiness, make the world a better place, and improve the quality of life for someone that you meet. Whether you share a smile or find an opportunity to do something extraordinary, your efforts create a ripple of kindness that spreads farther than you can imagine.
THANK YOU for every kindness you share with the world every day. You are awesome!
For our Humanist community in Central Florida, consider printing out and using RAK Cards to sign your good deeds today – you can write a kind note on the back of the card.
RAK Card Ideas –
Write a compliment on the card and leave it on someone’s car or on their desk at work
Leave a gift card or even cash clipped to the card on a shelf, bus seat, or somewhere else public for someone to find
Leave an extra large tip today with a RAK card attached
February 9 – 15, 2015, is International Random Acts of Kindness week! Use your creativity and look for opportunities this week to make a difference in the world by spreading kindness.
Take this week to step out of your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day of the celebratory week. Post and share your stories, photos, videos and ideas on our social media channels.
Please use #RAKweek and #RAKweek2015 to tag your social media posts so the RAK Foundation can find them and feature posts throughout the week on their social media sites.
Promoting Inclusiveness: A Humanist Perspective on RAK Week
Many members of our local community identify with populations that are misrepresented and misunderstood. The LGBTQ+, minority faith, and non-faith communities, while representing a significant portion of our population, are often discluded from discussions of diversity and not valued for the positive contributions they make to the world.
Humanists believe in the value and good in all humans; let’s demonstrate that commitment this RAK week and make a visible difference that strengthens and affirms our positive presence in our community.
#RAKweek2015 is an opportunity for members of the Humanist and other marginalized communities to visibly promote that goodness is in the heart of all. Dispelling mythology that only promotes hate and misunderstanding is important. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.”
RAKtivists of Orlando pledge to spread the love and create ripples of kindness that let others know that goodness is in the heart of all. BE. part of it. Use our Orlando Humanist RAK cards to “sign” your kind acts with a message of inclusiveness and connectedness. Include a personal message on the back, or a favourite quote.