Random Acts of Kindness week (#RAKWeek2017)

Random Acts of Kindness week (#RAKWeek2017), Feb 12-18, is an annual opportunity to unite through kindness. Formally recognized in 1995, this seven-day celebration demonstrates that kindness is contagious. It all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same.

Share your random act of kindness! 

Learn more at: www.randomactsof.us 

1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
2. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
3. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
4. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
5. Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
6. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
7. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump.
8. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
9. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.
10. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.
11. Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.
12. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
13. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
14. Smile at five strangers.
15. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. In those moments, do something kind for someone else.
16. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
17. Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.
18. Hold up positive signs for traffic or in a park for people exercising outside!
19. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
20. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
21. Have a clean up party at a beach or park.
22. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
23. Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
24. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
25. Everyone is important. Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile. These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile.
26. Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
27. Take flowers or treats to the nurses’ station at your nearest hospital.
28.Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
29. Send a ‘Thank you’ card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station.
30. Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
31. Leave a box of goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
32. Tape coins around a playground for kids to find.
33. Put your phone away while in the company of others.
34. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
35. Hold the door open for someone
36. Tell a joke
37. Donate outgrown clothes
38. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while just to say hello
39. Smile at everyone. It’s contagious.
40. Bring your neighbors’ garbage cans up for them. 
41. Let someone into your lane. They’re probably in a rush just like you. Or wave a thank you to someone who lets you in!
42. Give someone a hug
43. When you go somewhere to get or do something, ask the people around you if you can pick up anything they need
44. Let someone have the parking spce
45. Stop to talk to a homeless person
46. Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home. Sixty percent of them will never have a visitor during their stay.
47. Hold the elevator
48. Empathize
49. Text someone good morning or good night
50. Say yes at the store when the cashier asks if you want to donate $1 to whichever cause
51. Be encouraging! 
52. Help someone struggling with heavy bags
53. Be kind to the customer service rep on the phone. It’s not their fault
54. Be patient
55. Compliment a stranger
56. Be thoughtful – Did your co-worker have a bad day today? Bring them them a coffee in the morning. 
57. Say “Thank you”, a lot – Everyone works hard. 
58. Send a care package to a solider
59. Leave nice comments on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook
60. Slow way down when you drive past a pedestrian — 35 mph can seem like the Indy 500 to a someone walking their dog.
61. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.

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