“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
Without a doubt, we need more kindness in the world. While we all have differences, at our core, we are all humans who want to be loved and appreciated.
We each can make an impact on someone else from where we are and what resources we have. When we do something nice for someone else, it makes us feel better about ourselves.
This week kicks off #RAKWeek2017, which encourages people to do random acts of kindness from Feb. 12-18. Founded by the RAK Foundation, this observance helps us connect to humanity and show how much love there is in the world.
Hopefully these 17 random acts of kindness will inspire you to pay it forward this week and beyond:
1.Write down things that you love about someone in your life on sticky notes. Then post them where they can see them — such as a coworker’s desk, your boo’s mirror or on the refrigerator at your parent’s home.
2. If you grab a meal at a relatively inexpensive restaurant like Chipotle or Panera, pick up the tab for the person behind you; or purchase a $10 gas card and give it to someone at the gas station.
3. Send someone that you haven’t spoken to in a long time, such as a former teacher or old classmate, a handwritten note.
4. Text five of your closest friends or family members and tell them how much you appreciate them. Get a little sappy and share some of your favorite characteristics about them.
5. Give a homeless person that you see food and strike up a quick convo with them. You can ask them where they are originally from or something random like what they wanted to be when they were a child. Often times, the homeless feels invisible because they are ignored or belittled, so having a brief conversation reminds them that they too are human.
6. Give three people that you don’t know well or at all a genuine compliment
7. Stop by your local hospital or clinic and give the nurses flowers as a way to thank them for their work.
8. Purchase a bouquet of roses (or less expensive flowers) and hand them out to strangers and then ask them to pass it on to make someone else smile.
9. Print this image and place it in a public area (such as a coffee shop or mall) for people to take what they need.
10. Go to the Dollar Store and purchase $10 – $20 worth of toys and donate them to a local children’s shelter or hospital with sick kids.
11. Call an old friend and catch up — as simple as it sounds, having a phone conversation is much more personal and impactful than just texting.
12. You know your parents, boo or best friend pretty well, so do something special that they would appreciate, such as washing the dishes all weekend, cooking breakfast, or binge watching Netflix for the umpteen time.
13. Learn the names of people you see everyday — such as the office security guard or the person at the front desk. Greet them by name everyday moving forward.
14. Purchase a product from a small business owner and then give them a special shoutout on Facebook.
15. Offer a ride to someone that’s sitting at a bus stop.
16. Bring in food or snacks for your coworkers or classmates.
17. Last but not least, be kind to yourself. Write a list of things that you’re grateful for — strive to jot down at least 25 things.
What other random acts of kindness have you done or will do during #RAKWeek2017 and beyond?