For those of you who have been following me, you know I’m big on RAK (check Star Fish Story.) so now that National Random Acts of Kindness Day (observed in the US every Feb. 17th) has grown in popularity each year, I’d love to share this post and spread the love. RAK is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of random kindness no matter how small.This celebrated day actually originated in New Zealand in 2004 where it’s held every September 1st. It is recognized on Nov. 4th in Australia and by other countries on other days throughout the year; however, this should not stop you from performing RAK every single day of the year.
A random act of kindness is a non-premeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. The phrase “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a placemat in Sausalito, California in 1982.
10 small ways of “RAK”-ing it…
- Offer to carry someone’s groceries.
- Pay for someone’s coffee or soda at the vending machine.
- Open the door for someone.
- Walk a neighbor’s dog.
- Offer to babysit someone’s child.
- Buy a meal for a homeless person.
- Pay for the person behind you at the drive-thru.
- Let someone get ahead of you in line.
- Donate food at a pantry/food bank.
- Volunteer at a church or food pantry.
Check out randomactsofkindness.org to launch a RAK generator and find RAK acts to do to make it more fun. Challenge your family and friends and be inspired by all kinds of RAK happening around the world in real time.
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