Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) probably first came on my radar when I read Join Me by Danny Wallace years and years ago. In the book, Danny posts an ad in a newspaper asking people to join him and if they were interested to send on their name and photo to him. That was it. And people did it! After a while, due to the amount of people wanting to know what they had joined, Danny said it was about RAK and Fridays became known as 'Good Friday', a day when people purposely did RAK. Tjis group became known as the Karma Army. I'm not sure how active the KA is in general but their Facebook group has some nice links to articles on RAK.
Below I've listed some simple RAK.
- Smile and talk to a shop assistant serving you. From being in the retail game a long time, it can be nice to have someone genuinely engage with you
- Let a car out in front of you or let someone in front of you in supermarket queue
- Give away a book you've recently finished and enjoyed
- Buy a sandwich and drink for a homeless person
- Help someone with their shopping or to cross the road if they're struggling
- Give your day bus ticket to someone if there's still a few hours left on it and you know you won't use it any more
- Offer to babysit for a friend or family member
- Bring some cake to work to share with workmates!
- Send a postcard just because
- Compliment a friend or even a stranger
What's nice about random acts of kindness is that they can cost so little or nothing at all. And what's more, while we're on kindness, be kind to yourself too! We all have troubles and there's no point in adding to yours by being harsh on yourself. Easier said than done at times but give yourself a break.