Random Acts of Kindness Day – 10 Ideas from Your Student Support Team!

Random Acts of Kindness Day takes place on Wednesday 17th February. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation uphold this annual tradition of celebrating kindness because they know everyone can use more kindness in their lives. Scientific evidence shows us the positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life.

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” —Mother Teresa. 

Here are ten ideas from your local student support team on how to brighten someone’s day this World Kindness Day and beyond: 

  • Send a message on a postcard to friends that live alone, just to say hello.
  • Do some baking and share with neighbours.
  • Buy a couple of bunches of cheery daffodils to give to people.
  • Ask someone you haven’t seen for a while out for a walk and take some hot chocolate to share.
  • Carry out an act of kindness to your garden. Get outside and cut back old growth to enable new growth, be kind to the honeysuckle and the environment and this will give joy to folks in months to come with its scents and flowers.
  • Send a positive message – whether it’s a text to a friend, a thank you email to a co-worker, fellow student or lecturer or a positive comment on a blog, it is a simple way to boost someone’s spirits and spread kindness and positivity.
  • Call an old friend or relative.
  • Help some with something when you know you can. For example walking someone’s dog if they work long hours, or emptying the dishwasher when it is least expected!
  • Go to your favourite spot, whether it’s outside in nature or some time curled up on the couch with a hot drink, make some time for yourself today.
  • Pass on a great book you have read.

You can find more ideas and inspiration here:



Let’s spread kindness and joy and if you have more ideas you’d like us to share, do email us at studentvoiceshetland@uhi.ac.uk  

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day from the Student Support team!