RAOK: How to Commit to one Random Act of Kindness this Week
We could all use a little more kindness in our lives. One way of achieving that is to commit one random act of kindness this week. An act of kindness doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, it can be as simple as reaching out to someone just to brighten their day.
A few of our favorite random acts of kindness are:
Pay Kindess Forward:
The next time you are picking up a cup of coffee for yourself, offer to treat the person who is behind you in line. It will not only make their day, it will brighten the day of everyone in the coffee shop.
Say Kind Words:
Spread kindness through words. Compliments don’t cost anything so when you see something great, say something about it. A few kind words can really make someone’s day.
Send Kind Words:
Send random acts of kindness to sick kids through the mail. There are two websites that can help facilitate sending cards to children who are confronted with serious illness. One is called Send Kids the World, the other is called Cards for Hospitalized Kids both can walk you through choosing or designing cards, great message ideas and more. Make sure to read all of the instructions as some have restrictions on craft supplies like glitter which can cause health concerns for some patients.
During hot summer days hand out cold bottles of water or Gatorade to your garbage collector and mail carrier. Alternately, when the weather turns cold, try hot cider or hot cocoa. The recipients are people who impact our lives at least once a week and a small act of kindness will show how much you appreciate their hard work.
Write Kind Words:
Try to write a thank-you note or a thank-you email each week.
Carry Extra Food:
Carry a few high-protein granola bars or cans of soup with pull-back tops to give to homeless people that you see. It’s a small gesture that can really help someone.
Practice Kindness Everyday:
Look for ways to help others in every day life. It could be holding the door for someone, carrying a bag of groceries to a car, or sharing your umbrella. These small acts of kindness are opportunities to impact lives in a positive way.
We are fond of the saying, “Spread Kindness like Confetti”. In that spirit, there is no wrong way to share kindness so why not try one random act of kindness this week?