10 Random Acts of Kindness for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

10 Random Acts of Kindness for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


The third Monday of January marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—a national holiday that honors the civil rights activist and chief spokesman for nonviolent activism during the Civil Rights Movement. Known also as the Martin Luther King Day of Service, the 18th is also a time for people to give back to their communities by volunteering their time and services in honor of Dr. King. Today, pay it forward and celebrate the man who changed history with these random acts of kindness.

  1. Buy something in line for the person behind you.
  2. Give the person sitting next to you a genuine compliment.
  3. Send anonymous flowers to a coworker or acquaintance.
  4. Keep snacks in your car to hand out to those in need.
  5. Shovel snow from your neighbor’s sidewalk without them asking.
  6. Pass along unwanted coupons/gift cards to a stranger in the store.
  7. Volunteer at a running race to hand out water or snacks.
  8. Give a generous tip to your usual barista or waiter.
  9. Send a drink or dessert to a random table at a restaurant.
  10. Give up your seat on a bus, train, subway or bench to someone who needs it.
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