Random Acts of Kindness Week
February 11–17, 2018

It’s the moment the barista says, “the person ahead of you paid for your coffee.” It’s the unexpected “I love your shoes,” from someone in the elevator. It’s telling a friend that you appreciate them, just because it’s true. It’s picking up the newspaper off the ground for your elderly neighbor. It’s a piece of candy left on your desk by a coworker. It’s letting someone go ahead of you in the checkout at the grocery store. Some say it’s “just the right thing to do,” or deduce these acts down to “being a decent human being.” And in a sense, it’s that simple. But to the person receiving them, random acts of kindness can mean the world.

What Are Random Acts of Kindness?

By definition, a random act of kindness is simply that: a spontaneous, thoughtful gesture just for the sake of being kind. As anonymous acts of altruism, random acts of kindness speak to every person’s innate sense of humanity.

No matter the gesture, random acts of kindness are:

  • Spontaneous: unplanned moments that can happen anywhere at any time
  • Selfless: doing something for someone when there isn’t anything in it for you
  • Beneficial: helpful, complimentary, or encouraging acts to make someone’s day a little brighter

Kindness in Recovery

Giving of your time or energy is often far more rewarding than people realize. In the same way, random acts of kindness can make someone’s day, and make you feel great, too. In treatment and after rehab, people need endless support and encouragement, and random acts of kindness can be a great way to help someone along on their sobriety journey. There are plenty of opportunities to try your hand at small acts of kindness while taking your first steps in recovery:

10 ideas for random acts of kindness in recovery.

An Act of Kindness Can Lead to a Life of Sobriety

Receiving a random act of kindness can be the starting point of a life spent in sobriety. If you’re in the midst of a mental health disorder, a heartfelt compliment from a stranger can make you feel less invisible. A simple “you matter” note can remind you that life is worth living. Spontaneous time spent with family or friends can remind you that a substance use disorder doesn’t define you. If you’re facing an addiction or debilitating mental health disorder, you’re not alone, and your recovery is possible. When you’re ready to find the kind of care you need, call The Recovery Village at 352.771.2700 to take the first step. We’re here for you now and always will be.