Don't be surprised if you receive an unexpected compliment, a big smile from a stranger or a high five from a colleague next Tuesday, when ACU celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Day.
Next Tuesday, 20 March, you’re probably going to notice a few different things happening on your campus.
You may receive an unexpected compliment, a big smile from a stranger, a high five from a colleague. You may even see flowers and chocolates being given out by students, or someone paying for someone else’s coffee in the canteen line.
Because ACU will be celebrating its first ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’ for 2018.
We’ve set this day aside to help you let others know they’re appreciated and cared about – both friends and strangers alike. It is one way of living out the ACU Mission.
Check out the video below to get a better sense about what this day is all about.
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 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.
There will be tables stationed on each campus with ‘kindness challenges’ ready on slips of paper for you to take and implement.