You’ve probably heard of random acts of kindness, where you do something nice for someone else with no expectation of getting anything back.
I created this blog post 3 years ago, and it is still relevant.
There are many ways you can be kind to others and a few years ago there was a video doing the rounds of a US police officer who went into a store to buy socks and shoes for a homeless man who was barefoot. There’s lots more videos online for you to watch.
The phrase is said to have been invented by the journalist – Anne Herbert who, back in 1982, called on others to ‘practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.’
Psychological research confirms that RAK brings positive benefits to the giver – both positive impact on our mental and physical health.
Especially at this time of year let’s show kindness to other. It doesn’t have to be through buying things, we can
- Give our full listening as someone talks rather than to focus on what we are going to say next.
- Give way to a car trying to get out of a side road.
- Say good morning to the door man/ cleaner/ the people we tend to walk by and ignore
- Give something away – a book, a scarf, or buy a two for one deal and give the second item away.
- Step back and allow someone to go in front of us in a queue.
- Compliment or provide some positive feedback to people we meet.
- Pick up some litter we see on the floor.
- Refer to people by name when they are wearing a name badge in a store.
- Pay for someone’s car parking or coffee.
- Give someone a gift – have you seen the Co-op Stores advert where a young man pays some food and leaves it on a neighbour’s doorstep?
- Say thank you, or even better, send a hand written thank you note.
- Say you are sorry.
- Contact an elderly neighbour or relative and ask how they are.
I’d love to know what you plan to do or have done so why not make a note below.
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