Spread the Love Through Random Acts of Kindness

By Kirsten Licht: Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center health promotions analyst

This may be the week of love, but it doesn’t mean it’s only reserved for your significant other!

Saturday, Feb. 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Random acts of kindness are a chance to spread kindness through a simple, non-requested gesture to anyone in your life, be it a loved one or a stranger. The positive effects of kindness improve everyone’s mood and make others more likely to perform their own random act of kindness.

Studies show random acts of kindness can enhance positivity, optimism and morality and decrease depression, anxiety and stress.

Here are a few simple ways you can practice random acts of kindness this Saturday (or any day!):

Strangers

  • Brush snow off someone else’s car in the parking lots
  • Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in restrooms
  • Smile and give a compliment
  • Hold the door for someone
  • Donate food to the Husker Pantry

Friends/coworkers/classmates

  • Bring a healthy treat to work/class
  • Pay for a friend’s dinner while out
  • Write and mail a note or send a text out of the blue
  • Offer help to someone who is overwhelmed

Significant others

  • Bring your partner breakfast in bed
  • Forgive them and never mention the issue again
  • Listen intently
  • Hug them
  • Leave a note of encouragement
  • Do one of your partners “usual” chores

And be kind to yourself!

For more information check out randomactsofkindness.org.