I am super excited, because this is Random Acts of Kindness Week!
RAK Week, founded by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, is an annual seven-day celebration of kindness. What I really love about the foundation’s mission, is that they aim for acts of kindness to become the norm. They want people to perform random acts of kindness year-round, not just when there is publicity and inspiration one week each year.
I’ve learned, since beginning my 9-5 work life, that it is a little too easy to become a little too comfortable in our routines. I leave my house at the same time each morning, take the same train and am greeted by the same conductor while I sit in the same train car. I walk to the shuttle, which is always driven by the same driver… well, you get the idea.
So, while we go through these steps, we are in our own worlds. Headphones in, head down. Just trying to get from Point A to Point B. Well, maybe RAK week is the time to get out of that comfort zone. A time to pull someone else out of their comfort zone, by performing an act of kindness toward them.
So, I’ll be taking this opportunity to perform some acts of kindness. I have this really amazing book, a gift from my parents, that I’ll be using for inspiration.
Each page shares a different good deed – some for the good of others, some to treat yourself. My goal is to perform at least one of these good deeds each day, and I’ll share my progress later in the week.
We are all able to improve the world. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Send a positive text to a friend who is struggling. Leave happy post-it notes throughout your office. Even seemingly small tasks can make a really significant difference in someone’s day.
It turns out that random acts of kindness have health benefits! Performing acts of kindness increase optimism, energy, self-worth, and our sense of belonging in the world. They decrease anxiety, blood pressure and depression. Even better – they do so for both the giver and the receipient of that good deed. EVEN better – those that happen to witness your good deed will also receive these many benefits.
So what I’m saying is, if you take a moment to compliment a stranger on her absolutely adorable hat, you could improve the health of a whole bunch of people. And, that may inspire them to perform their own acts of kindness. It’s a ripple effect, guys!
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is working to flood social media with kindness this week – a mission I can certainly support! So, this week when you perform an act of kindness, share it on social using #RAKWeek2015. Their goal is for the hashtag to be used 100,000 times. I think we can do it!
So, join me in this exciting week! Let’s improve the world – one act at a time.