Wednesday, January 22, 2014

More RAKs

As we to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr Day, I was thinking again about random acts of kindness.  In past years more and more groups are honoring Dr King, not just with speeches and rallies but by doing good deeds.  Feeding the hungry seems to be at the top of most lists, but there are so many ways to do this.

Today I give you a list, in no particular order, of various random acts of kindness (RAKs), many of which cost little or nothing and take very little time.  Perhaps some of these will give you ideas of your own!

Here's a simple one: If you are in a long line, invite the person behind you to go first.

Give the pediatric wing of a hospital a stack of $1 coloring books and $2 boxes of new crayons. (Some stores even give away coloring books to their customers. Tell them what you want to do and see if they will then give you a quantity).

Buy boxed valentines (the kind kids use for their schoolmates - they're available in stores right now) and send them to people at random times to brighten their days, not just at Valentine's Day.

Sing an employee's praises to their manager or on a comment card — a little recognition goes a long way. Believe it or not, people complain more often than praise even though most workers deserve the praise more often than the complaint.

Help a friend see today in a wondrous new light: present them with a kaleidoscope. They really aren't very expensive and are available in most toy stores.
Load extra money in vending machines to buy the next person's snacks when they come along.  It will be a pleasant surprise for them!
When paying for your breakfast in a restaurant, ask for the check of a random diner (especially someone who is elderly or who is dining alone) and pay it without their knowing.
My list could go on and on of course.  Perhaps you would like to add your own suggestions in the comments section below.

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