So you like the idea (from my last RAK post), but maybe you need examples of the best random acts of kindness to inspire you. No Worries.
First however, you should know that RAK are suggested by many as integral in how to be happy. Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project, mentions them in her podcast. So let that alert you to the value of these suggestions! 🙂
Coming up with ideas can be tough, but I’ve got you covered. Today’s post is packed full of things you can do to make someone else’s day a little brighter.
Some of the activities will cost you nothing and take only a moment of your time. Others will be more in-depth. Choose whatever fits your comfort level and the occasion.
- Hold the door open for the person behind you whose hands are full (or just because).
- Allow a person with just a few items ahead of you in the checkout line if you have a full cart.
- Check on an elderly neighbor or shut-in.
- Donate your old clothes to charity.
- Tape change to a parking meter or vending machine.
- Give the new employee a tour of your work area or offer to sit with them at lunch.
- Volunteer–at a nursing home, a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, your kid’s school. Anywhere.
- Adopt a child or family during the holidays to give gifts to.
- Send a get-well card to someone, or even a card for no reason whatsoever.
- Ask for donations to your favorite charity instead of presents for your birthday.
- Smile at someone on the street.
- Give an unsolicited compliment.
- Pay for the person behind you in line at the fast food restaurant or drive through.
- Let the manager of the store know when an associate gives you exceptional service.
- Leave kind notes in the dressing room to encourage body positivity.
- Offer to babysit for parents who really need a night away or to help with the nightly feedings for a new mother friend.
- Clean up the trash in your neighborhood or at your favorite outdoor recreation spot like a park or beach.
- Visit a nursing home just to spend time with those who rarely receive visitors or to bring treats for the residents.
- Send a note of thanks to someone who’s made a big difference in your life.
- Pay for someone’s layaway who hasn’t made a payment in a long while.
- Fundraise by participating in a 5K, walk or other sponsored activity.
- Shovel the driveway for elderly neighbors or those who may otherwise have trouble doing the job themselves. Mowing lawns and raking leaves are also good ideas.
- Mentor a young person entering your profession
- Help someone stranded on the side of the road.
- Take the time to listen to someone who is having a bad day.
Hopefully, the list above will get you started on the path of kindness. And inspire you to begin performing random acts of kindness sooner vs later! 🙂 Simply pick one from the list shared above, or come up with ideas of your own. Then, just do it, as they say. See how you feel. Chances are you’ll be ready to do another one tomorrow. And the next day. And the day after that…
This mug I designed would be a great reminder, as you drink your morning coffee, to be on the look out for opportunities to be kind! 🙂
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