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.
It’s easy to think this is a great idea – but actually doing it is much harder. That is why we’re setting aside a day to really focus on it because we want ACU to be a place where random acts of kindness are happening every day.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop.
Random Acts of Kindness Day occurs on Wednesday 9 April this year, but feel free to start sooner!