My friend, Kate, is doing the coolest thing ever: 31 random acts of kindness to celebrate her 31st birthday. Each day she shares a photo on Facebook of that day’s kindness. It has ranged from a donation to the local food pantry to leaving a note and a gift certificate for a pedicure for an anonymous mom in the NICU. Some days her posts make me smile, and some days her posts are so meaningful that I get tears in my eyes. Either way, they have been highlights of my days, and I suspect the same is true for all of her Facebook friends. Here are some of the photos she’s shared:

random acts of kindness for 31st birthday

Top left: Kate taped a lottery ticket to a gas pump.
Top right: She corralled stray shopping carts in the Target parking lot.
Bottom left: She hid dollar bills in the toys {at kids eye level} at the Dollar Store.
Bottom right: She left coupons on the shelf next to matching items at the store.

Some of my other favorite random acts of kindness by Kate have been sending a care package to someone in the military and thanking them for their service, delivering treats to the fire station, sending a note to a mentor to let her know how much her encouragement has meant, and filling the slots of the gum ball machines at the mall with quarters.

I love everything about this. I love the idea of doing something nice for someone you don’t know. I love how creative Kate is in sharing her kindness and how she makes it personal. Kate commented on one of her photos that this challenge has already made this the best birthday, so I love that her kindness is coming right back to her. I love how her friends {including me} are reacting to her daily posts. I love that her posts are reaching people beyond her Facebook friends – many of us have shared these photos with our families. See what I mean? Everything about this is good!

What about you? Does this make you want to take on a Random Acts of Kindness challenge? Have you ever done one of these? If you aren’t in birthday season, I think this would be a great thing to do in November, leading up to Thanksgiving, as a way of expressing gratitude for all of the blessings we have. I’ll be thinking about how to make this challenge best fit into my life. Will you?

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9 Responses to Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Tee says:

    These are some of the most fabo ideas, thanks!
    I worked for a 90+ year old woman. She told me that she thought the path to Heaven was to do one nice thing for someone everyday. Could be as small as telling someone in a crowd that you like her blouse. That woman totally changed my life!! Gosh I miss her!
    Please tell your friend that according to Miss Helen she has taken 31 more steps toward Heaven.

    • Betsy says:

      Oh, Tee, that is so sweet. Miss Helen sounds like she was a very wise woman. What a beautiful legacy she leaves when you remember her advice!

  2. What an awesome idea!! Such a blessing!

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  4. This is SUCH an inspiring post. Birthdays tend to be selfish “me me me” time, but I love Kate’s outlook on life:) Thanks for linking up To Whimsy Wednesday!
    Smart! School {House}

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Kelly! I think this is an inspiring story, too. After I posted this, one of Kate’s RAKs was taking her daughter to the Pediatric ward at the hospital and giving a helium balloon to each patient. What a great role model she is, not only for her daughter, but for all of us!

  5. […] a time. This was inspired by my friend Kate, who did this for her birthday. I wrote about her RAKs here. Will you join me in showing thanks by participating in random acts of kindness? Share in the […]

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