Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAKWeek) is February 14-20, 2016!
While I believe you should be kind every day, I love that an entire week has been devoted toward promoting and celebrating the completion of kind acts. It’s a wonderful way to raise awareness and spread feelings of good-will, something our world desperately needs right now.
Did I just hear the familiar groan and complaint of the masses? “I would, but I just don’t have the time!”
Don’t despair. Here are some simple ideas to get you started. I’m confident you can find the time to do one or more of these acts:
- Lend someone a helping hand with packages or something out of reach.
- Surprise your front desk clerk or security guard with a cup of coffee.
- Use recyclable shopping bags and save the environment.
- Tape a dollar bill to the vending machine at work with a note that reads, “Enjoy your snack break!”
- Offer a bottle of water to a delivery/service person who comes to your home or office.
- Write down encouraging, positive statements on sticky notes. Leave them on lockers, public rest room mirrors, a fellow employee’s desk, etc.
- Buy a box of nut and fruit bars to give to the homeless. Make sure you take a few minutes to ask their name and say hello in the process. Human connection is important to our well-being.
- Drop off cookies or other goodies at your local fire house.
- Tell your waiter/waitress what a great job he/she did and leave a generous tip!
- Compliment someone at the gym for sticking to their workout plan!
- Shovel snow from your neighbor’s driveway. If you live in warmer climates, weed their garden!
- Let the car in front of you merge into traffic. Do it with a smile and a wave!
- While shopping at the market, leave an unused coupon beside the item for the next customer to use.
- Visit a pet shelter and offer to walk the dogs.
- Hold the elevator for someone rushing to catch it.
- Offer to help a friend with packing or unpacking during a move.
- Gather up those hotel toiletries you’ve collected and donate them to your local homeless shelter.
- Teachers, start a kindness box: write down various acts of kindness on slips of paper and invite students to take one on a daily basis. (Examples: sit by someone who is new/alone during lunch; pick up trash on school property; write a thank you note to your favorite custodian/teacher’s aide; or compliment a fellow student).
- At work: set up a compliment box and have people write down an anonymous compliment about another co-worker and place it in the box. Deliver all the compliments on the final day and have the receiver read it out loud.
- Put your telephone or other electronic device away and give your full attention to your companion.
Please leave a comment below to let my readers know which act of kindness you will complete. Then be sure to share it on social media using these hashtags: #RAKWeek2016 and #KindnessChangesLives.
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