In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 14th-20th, we surveyed Skouters to find out how important it is to perform random acts of kindness. More than 2,700 people took the survey and commented on the importance of everything from opening a door for someone to giving food to a person in need. The most heartwarming result from the survey was that 65% of our community perform a random act of kindness every day!
Highlights from the survey include:
Most people perform a random act of kindness on a daily or weekly basis.
- 65% of people surveyed say they perform a random act of kindness daily, and 83% say they randomly do something kind for someone at least once per week.
People don’t need a hidden agenda to be kind.
- Most people surveyed (56%) perform random acts of kindness because it makes them feel good.
- Only 1% of those surveyed perform an act of kindness with the hope of financial gain.
Unexpected kindness from strangers makes people smile.
- 93% of people surveyed say they have done a random act of kindness for a stranger.
- 62% of people say they appreciate unexpected kindness from strangers even more than when friends and family do the same.
Digital acts of kindness are appreciated too!
- 67% of people say they have randomly done something kind for someone online, such as sending an unexpected text or virtual gift, or posting a compliment on social media.
Kindness comes from all walks of life.
- In looking at who performs random acts of kindness regularly, the survey showed very little difference between genders, income ranges and age groups.
Drumroll for the 10 most meaningful random acts of kindness ranked from most meaningful to least…
- Don’t just leave a 15-20% tip at a restaurant; leave a more-than-generous tip for your wait staff.
- Pay it “backward” at a coffee shop or drive-thru.
- Hug a friend when they least expect it.
- Take flowers to a nursing home and ask that they be delivered to someone who doesn’t get many visitors.
- Buy flowers or a piece of chocolate, and give them to someone who looks like they would appreciate it.
- Write a nice message on a sticky note and put it where it can be found by somebody else.
- Empty your spare change into the charity collection box at your local convenience store. For extra kindness points, break out the dollars!
- Send a text to a friend, just thanking them for being your friend.
- Hold a door open for someone.
- Borrow a friend’s car and fill it up with a full tank of gas.
Hopefully, these results inspire you to join us in stepping up our random acts of kindness game this week and be mindful of helping others on a daily basis. Get out there and make someone’s day!
Digital gifts can definitely put a smile on someone’s face. Tap here to learn how to give a fellow Skouter a gift.
SKOUT HQ HOLDS FOOD DRIVE FOR SF-MARIN FOOD BANK
In honor of Random Acts of Kindness week, SKOUT HQ is holding a food drive to help the SF-Marin Food Bank give back to the San Francisco Bay Area community!
With the help of donations and volunteers, the SF-Marin Food Bank provides food assistance to an average of 30,000 homes a week around San Francisco and Marin.
Our barrel is overflowing with donations, including the items the food bank needs the most:
Skouters, we know giving back to people in need is important to you. We encourage you to donate to your local food bank!
CELEBRATE KINDNESS WITH #SKOUTKIND
Are you one of the 65% of people who perform a random act of kindness every day? Have you recently received a meaningful random act of kindness from someone?
We want to hear about those random acts of kindness you’ve received or done for others. Simply post your act of kindness to the Buzz with the hashtag #skoutkind. We’ll choose our favorites and give them 500 Points!
Looking for some good examples? We asked Skouters what the best random acts of kindness are and received several inspiring answers:
“There is a new thing in Iran called ‘wall of kindness’. You hang a jacket on a wall when the weather is cold for people who can't afford one and need one to get warm.”
“On Thanksgiving Day, I fixed a plate of food for a homeless man that lived under a bridge on a road I used to take to work everyday. He was asleep when I showed up, so I left the plate anonymously.”
“This last Christmas, as I was out buying gifts for my family, I bought three toddler outfits and took them to the kids that live down at the train tracks.”
“A lady needed a jump start and had no jumper cables, I gave her a jump start and gave her my cables to keep.”
“I work at Disneyland and one day a family of three came to the park. They didn't know the tickets they bought online were counterfeit. They were about to leave, but I told them they would be my guest here at the park. So I gave them my daily passes.”
“Lady where I work only drinks diet pop; I brought her two liters... just because.”
PLEASE DON’T BE RUDE… THANK YOU
If you’re wondering how you shouldn’t behave, check out our video explaining the biggest acts of rudeness.