SKOUT Celebrates "Random Acts of Kindness Week" With Surprising Survey Results About How Kind We Are

Leaving a generous tip for a waiter is considered the most meaningful random act of kindness

Feb 15, 2016, 07:15 ET from SKOUT

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week, and to celebrate, SKOUT, the global app that helps you meet new people and expand your social circle, recently conducted a survey among more than 2,700 people to uncover trends when it comes to unexpected kindness. The most heartwarming finding in the survey was that 65% of people say they perform a random act of kindness every day!

Highlights from the survey, including the top 10 most meaningful random acts of kindness, include:

Most people perform a random act of kindness every day!

  • 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.

There's no hidden agenda: most people are kind because it makes them feel good.

  • The majority of people surveyed (56%) perform random of acts of kindness because it just makes them feel good.
  • 23% say random acts of kindness are something they do because of their religion, and 16% say they do kind things because they believe in karma.
  • Only 4% of people say they do kind things in the hopes of receiving accolades from friends or family, and 1% of people do kind things hoping for financial gain.

People especially appreciate unexpected kindness from strangers.

  • 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.

Random acts of kindness have gone digital, 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.

Gender, income and age have little to do with who is kind.

  • In looking at who performs random acts of kindness regularly, the survey showed very little difference between genders, income ranges and age groups.

The 10 most meaningful random acts of kindness are...

Skout's survey asked people to rank 10 random acts of kindness according to how meaningful they are.  Here are the results, in order of most meaningful to least.

  1. Don't just leave a 15-20% tip at a restaurant, leave a more than generous tip for your waitress.
  2. Pay it "backward" at a coffee shop or drive-thru.
  3. Hug a friend when they least expect it.
  4. Take flowers to a nursing home and ask that they be delivered to someone who doesn't get many visitors.
  5. Buy flowers or a piece of chocolate, and give them to someone who looks like they would appreciate it.
  6. Write a nice message on a sticky note and put it somewhere, where it can be found by somebody else.
  7. Empty your spare change into the charity collection box at your local convenience store. For extra kindness points, break out the dollars!
  8. Send a text to a friend, just thanking them for being your friend.
  9. Hold a door open for someone.
  10. Borrow a friend's car and fill it up with a full tank of gas.

To view an infographic with the survey findings, please visit SKOUT's blog:

To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, SKOUT is asking its millions of users to perform random acts of kindness on- and offline throughout this week and share their good deeds with the SKOUT community using the hashtag #SKOUTkind. SKOUT employees this week are performing random acts of kindness throughout San Francisco as well as holding a food drive to benefit the SF-Marin Food Bank.

SKOUT conducted its Random Acts of Kindness survey online in January 2016 among 2,706 of its users who reside in the U.S.

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