Random Acts of Kindness Day: The world could do with more ‘Seva’

Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day to celebrate the power of kindness and encourage people to spread positivity throughout the world. ‘Seva’ is an ancient Sanskrit term that means selfless service. It is the act of selfless giving without expecting anything in return. It is an expression of love and compassion for the world, and it has the potential to create a ripple effect of kindness and compassion.

On Random Acts of Kindness Day, everyone can take part in Seva by performing random acts of kindness. These acts of kindness can be as simple as helping someone carry their groceries, sending a kind note to someone in need, or donating to a charity. It is important to remember that even small acts of kindness can make a big difference.

When doing Seva, it is important to remember that it is not about the act itself, but rather the intention behind it. Seva is a way of expressing our love and compassion to others and to the world. It is a way of creating a better world for everyone.

In honour of Random Acts of Kindness day, we have put together some information around ‘Seva’ and what it mean. We hope this blog can inspire you to show kindness to others.

What does Seva mean?


Seva means ‘selfless service’. Helping others without any reward or personal gain. Seva is one of the greatest virtues of Sikhism and originated with Guru Nanak Dev Ji. 

What are the 3 types of Seva?


Physical Service


Mental Service


Material Service

Ideas to inspire some Seva

  • Donate to your favourite cause if you can, even a small amount can contribute towards a big difference
  • Lend an ear to a friend over chai, be a pillar of support and a shoulder to lean on
  • Help share and teach a skill, spreading knowledge can make a great impact on individuals
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen or langar, just an hour out of your day can really help
  • Donate clothes to your local charity shop, even just a few items you no longer need could be greatly appreciated by others
  • Help an elderly neighbour with their garden or small jobs around the house

Check out our Instagram post on Seva


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