National Random Acts of Kindness Day was founded in 1995 in Denver, Colorado, and is now observed on February 17th each year, with its popularity steadily growing.

The aim is to encourage individuals, groups and organisations nationwide to be kinder to other people. While it is celebrated on February 17th, the hope is that the kindness rubs off throughout the rest of the year and we become more kind in our everyday lives.

So this year, why not use the national day of kindness to do something kind for someone you love or even a random person you see during the day? There are multiple ways you can do this, and here at Quidco, we have you covered as we reveal what acts of kindness you can do to make someone's day.

Acts of kindness

Send a heartfelt card

With Valentine’s Day landing on the same week as National Random Acts of Kindness Day, it could be argued that it is random acts of kindness week. It is normal for people to receive Valentine’s Day cards from their loved ones, but what about those who don’t have that special someone?

Random Acts of Kindness Day can be the perfect opportunity to send a heartfelt card or postcard to a friend or family member to make their day.

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Send flowers

Flowers are a great gift to receive at any time of the year, as they are a great way to show you’re thinking of someone. On this day of kindness, purchasing a bouquet of flowers for someone who would not usually receive them could be the perfect way to show your kindness and spread happiness.

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Give an unexpected gift

Gifts are often given for special occasions, such as birthdays or Christmas. This National Random Acts of Kindness Day, why not go the extra mile and purchase an unexpected gift for a friend, family member or neighbour? It doesn’t have to be anything huge; even the smallest gift is enough to put a smile on someone’s face and make them feel positive about the day ahead.

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Cook for your family

One thing you can do to show your whole family you care about them is to cook them a meal. It’s a kind gesture that is sure to make your whole family's day, as you are showing that you are willing to make an effort for them. Whether it is cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner, it is the perfect way to spend the day.

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Purchase from a charity shop

Purchasing from a charity shop is a great way to give back and be kind to those less fortunate than you. There is even more reason for it during this day of kindness, and it is one of the best acts of kindness you can do.

All purchases made from a charity shop go straight to the charity associated with the store, so you can be assured that your money is going to a good place.

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Random acts of kindness day FAQs

What is National Random Acts of Kindness Day?

This is the day of the year when we are reminded to celebrate and encourage random acts of kindness. This can range from buying something special for someone to simply opening the door for a random person, or letting them go ahead of you in a queue.

How did Random Acts of Kindness Day start?

The day of kindness originated in Denver, Colorado, in 1995 by a nonprofit organisation called the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. In 2004, it spread to New Zealand before becoming more widespread across the world.

Is Random Acts of Kindness Day international?

While Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated by individuals all over the world, it is more commonly celebrated in countries such as the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. However, they do not all celebrate it on the same day, as New Zealand’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day is September 1st.