Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Day is coming up so I thought I should share some ideas and examples of things you can easily do to spread some joy!
Think how great it feels when someone in front of you pays for your order and they don’t even know you! Or when someone pays you a sweet compliment out of the blue! A simple act of kindness can make your whole day better and even encourage you to pay it forward. RAK can provide a chain reaction, spreading kindness around the world!
What Are Random Acts Of Kindness?
You’ve probably been the recipient of a random act of kindness in your lifetime. Maybe a friend paid you an extra special compliment out of the blue or the random person in the drive-thru line up paid for your order. A sweet, surprise like this can really make a difference in how your whole day goes. It can even inspire you to do something nice for someone. Kindness can be contagious.
These experiences can also be good for your health and overall well-being. A random act of kindness can be a good deed, a caring word, selfless act or small gift. It doesn’t have to cost money to make a difference. Even a smile can brighten someone’s day. Take a look at some of the benefits of random acts of kindness.
Why Do Random Acts Of Kindness Matter So Much?
Doing something nice for someone else can make you feel grateful for your blessings. This is especially true when the recipient of your act is less fortunate than you or in a tough spot. When you realize you’re able to give even the smallest bit of yourself to someone else, it shines perspective on the abundance you have in your life.
Stepping out of ourselves in order to focus on someone else is another great way to gain renewed perspective. Plus, doing good just makes you feel better. It releases feel-good hormones and increases your happiness. Suddenly, your troubles may seem smaller.
Several studies have shown a positive effect on mood for people engage in random acts of kindness. You’re bound to feel better about life in general when you do good deeds. Improved mood, less anxiety and higher energy levels have all been linked to the performance of random acts of kindness. In fact, research has demonstrated that the pleasure and reward centers of the brain actually light up in those who perform these acts in much the same way as they respond in the recipients. It even has a name, and that’s “helper’s high.”
You might even feel physically better when you practice kindness. It’s been proven that endorphins are released in the brain after doing something for someone else. Endorphins are hormones produced in the brain and nervous system. They’re often referred to as natural painkillers for their pain reducing abilities.
When you do something nice for another person, they will naturally think of you as a kind person. Random acts of kindness promote good feelings among people and increase connections. These bonds can lead to better relationships.
These are just a handful of the rewards that come from doing random acts of kindness. Remember, it doesn’t matter how small the gesture. Doing good always makes a positive difference to both the giver and the receiver.
What are some ways you can show kindness?
Performing random acts of kindness may be new to you, so it’s possible you have no idea how to begin. That’s okay. Coming up with ideas can be tough.
That’s why today’s blog 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.
Enjoy these examples of random acts of kindness to inspire you.
Random Acts Of Kindness Examples
• Hold the door open for the person behind you whose hands are full.
• Allow the shopper in the grocery line move ahead of you if you only have a few items and their cart is full.
• 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.
• Drop off a small bouquet of flowers (fresh picked or store bought) to a friend or family member.
• Ask for donations to your favorite charity instead of presents for your birthday.
• Smile at someone on the street.
• Give a sweet 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.
• Leave a positive review for a business you love.
• Clean up the trash in your neighborhood or at your favorite outdoor recreation spot like a park or beach.
• Leave a random note of kindness and inspiration for someone to find.
• 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
• Keep a few dog treats on hand when heading for a walk and offer them to a furry friend!
• Take the time to listen to someone who is having a bad day.
Here are some kindness quotes to spread some positivity across social media!
Hopefully, this quick list of ideas will inspire you to begin sharing random acts of kindness with those around you. Pick one from the list or come up with an idea of your own, then just do it. See how you feel. Chances are you’ll be ready to do another one tomorrow and you’ll inspire more kindness around the world.