Random Acts of Kindness Day

Published: Monday 14th March 2016

"'No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" Aesop

Today  you may notice a few different things happening on your campus. Maybe you’ve already seen flowers and chocolates being given out by students, or someone paying for someone else’s coffee this morning in the canteen line, or even a few extra hugs, high-fives or and compliments around your offices.

That’s because we’re committed to spreading kindness across ACU and we've set aside two days this year (15 March and 23 August) to help you let others know they’re appreciated and cared about – both friends and strangers alike.

In 1982, writer and peace activist Anne Herbert coined the phrase "practise random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty" when she wrote it on a paper napkin in a San Francisco restaurant. In 1993, Chuck Wall, a professor at Bakersfield College, California, challenged his students to perform "a random act of senseless kindness" after hearing a radio report describing "another random act of  senseless violence". Somewhere between these two events, the idea of practising "random acts of kindness" was born.

Random Acts of Kindness Days at ACU is an initiative that’s led by Campus Ministry but really involves everyone on campus. We’re encouraging you today to take some time to connect with someone at ACU or beyond that you’re thankful for.

It might be as simple as picking up the phone, and giving someone a call to see how their day is going. You might actually be the answer to someone’s prayer today.