Random Acts of Kindness

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
-Aesop

In my first semester of college, I was shy. I had trouble speaking up in class and when I did, my voice shook. For the final project in one of my classes, we had to do a presentation in front of an audience. I will never forget when a classmate told me he was impressed by my speech, especially since he had noticed how difficult it was for me to talk in class. I still think about this conversation. It was brief, but his kind words had a profound impact on me.

Kindness can come in many forms. It can be as simple as holding the door open for someone or giving a compliment to a classmate. No matter how small, doing something kind for a friend, a family member, or a stranger can make a huge difference in their day, even if you’re unaware of the impact. I’m sure my classmate never thought his compliment would be remembered years later, but it’s one of the most vivid memories from my freshman year.

Here are some ideas for acts of kindness you could do for others:

  • Treat someone to a snack or bring food to share with others
  • Write a thank you card to someone who has had made a difference in your life
  • Loan a good book to someone
  • Call your parents
  • Write a positive review online for your favorite restaurant
  • Have your friends over and cook a meal for them
  • Donate clothing
  • Text someone a joke
  • Pay the toll for the person driving behind you
  • Keep a gratitude list, as it’s also important to be kind to yourself

ADU is holding its Random Acts of Kindness Week from Monday, February 12th through Friday, February 16th.

Random Acts of Kindess Week Schedule

I implore you to take part in RAK Week on campus and challenge you to extend your acts of kindness off-campus and throughout the community. If you would like to share a story about an act of kindness, please email lisa.esser@adu.edu. It may be featured in a future blog post.

Feeling inspired? Come Join us.

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