Ukiyo’s Random Acts of Kindness Week 2021

On February 17, 2020, Random Acts of Kindness Week, 2020 kicks off, meaning you can give back for seven heart-warming days. February 17 is also known as Random Act of Kindness Day, so if you intend to perform good deeds all week or just on the first day, it all counts. One small act of kindness could make a huge difference to someone’s day, week, or life in general. We’ve all had a really tough year over the past 12 months, so now more than ever, being kind is so important.

Get involved with Random Acts of Kindness Week 2021

To inspire you to do something kind to put a smile on someone’s face this year, we have rounded up 25 of our favourite random acts of kindness ideas.

Here are 25 heart-warming ways to spread kindness in 2021:

  1. Kindness Jar

Decorate an empty jar and write down lots of positive and inspirational quotes for someone you love and place them in the jar. Give them this jar and let them read a message from you everyday throughout kindness week. This may just be the little boost of positivity they need.

Person holding transparent jar with a pink heart on the front and white paper scrolls tied with with blue and white thread inside
  1. Write a love note to a loved one

Write a letter to someone who has changed your life for the better. Tell them how they have helped you. Then send it.

  1. Send someone you love a gift

Send someone you love a gift to cheer them up and make them smile. Our tracksuits and slippers are a perfect gift to say, “I love and I miss you” to someone in lockdown.

Matte black gift box with a bow on top wrapped with rose gold ribbon on a matte black background
  1. Write a letter to yourself

Write a letter to yourself. It’s not just about being kind to others, sometimes you have to remember to be kind to yourself. Describe all your strengths, skills, values, behaviours and actions that have gotten you to where you are. Seal it in an envelope and put it somewhere that you’ll find later when you really need to hear those words.

  1. Make a donation

Make a donation to a charity to change someone’s life. Whatever you can give will make all the difference.

Donation box with food

  1. Smile more

Smiling is an act of kindness as it makes other people around you happier, but it can also make you happier. A smile is an easy example of “fake it till you make it”, and is proven to make you happier! Remember: being kind to yourself is also a good deed!

  1. Send a care package

Nothing says “I’m thinking of you” like a care package! Send one to a relative or friend who lives far away, with homemade baked goods and feel-good items that are bound to brighten their day.

Care package with assorted items inside
  1. Facetime family and friends

Whether it’s quick ‘hello’ or a longer catch-up, seeing someone’s face can really brighten someone’s day.

  1. Leave a kind, positive comment

Let the creator know the difference their content has made to your day. Rather than just clicking/loving/liking, actually, say something about how their post has made you feel.

Yellow smiley face on a message icon shaped piece of paper on a light blue background
  1. Volunteer

There are lots of charities, which rely on volunteers to be able to continue their work. Find out what opportunities there are near you.

  1. Make someone laugh

Send a funny video to a friend to cheer them or make them smile.

Friend's laughing

  1. Share

Cook an extra meal and deliver it to an elderly neighbour (obviously following social distancing rules).

  1. Pay twice

Pay for the drinks for the people behind you in the coffee shop queue or for the fast-food meal. At an advanced level, while you’re paying for your petrol, see if you can pay for someone who’s just filled up but not made it into the kiosk yet. Pay and dash. Totally anonymous. Yes, it’s an expensive one but we guarantee you’ll get your money’s worth in warm feelings.

paying for coffee with black mobile phone
  1. Buy yourself a new outfit

Buy yourself new clothes that make you feel confident.

  1. Bake a cake

Bake a cake with whomever you live with. It’s more meaningful and you will create memories whilst doing so.

assorted ingredients and tools for baking a cake
  1. Send flowers

Send flowers or chocolates to a friend out of the blue.

  1. Buy a homeless person a hot drink or lunch

Rather than giving cash, offer to buy someone a tea or coffee, or get them a meal of their choice. We’re not talking about spending loads – but you can guarantee that a £3 meal deal will probably be one of the most nutritious things they’ll eat today.

woman giving homeless man hot drink
  1. Give someone a compliment

Tell someone how good they make you feel when you’re around them. How great their work is. How much you enjoy their company.

  1. Call your grandparents

Many of us haven’t seen our grandparents in months. Call them and make their day.

woman video calling grand parents on a grey laptop
  1. Do someone else’s dishes

This is a small thing, but it might have a much bigger impact than you think.

  1. Send somebody an e-card

Send somebody an e-card, just because. The funnier, the better.

Person pressing light blue enter key with a white mail icon on a laptop keyboard
  1. Practice gratitude

Regularly allow yourself a few moments to close your eyes and think about the great things you do have in your life.

  1. Me time

 Make a date with yourself. Make sure you get the time that is free of other people’s plans. So, no agenda, just you doing (or not doing) whatever it is you want.

woman holding hot chocolate with white cursive writing above reading 'me time'
  1. Make your colleague a drink

Offer to make your colleague/flatmate a drink

  1. Be there for someone

If a friend or family member is having a hard time, make sure they know that you are there for them and are available to talk and help.

Woman with patterned red shirt consoling friend with patterned white shirt

Whatever you choose to do, you can extend your acts of kindness throughout the year. We all need a little pick me up now and again and whether you are doing it for someone else or yourself, every act counts.

Share your random acts of kindness with Ukiyo! 

We would love to see your acts of kindness, so tag us on Instagram @ukiyoonline_ and let’s spread the love!