Today is the start of Random Acts of Kindness Week. Coincidentally, I was a part of a few RAK’s today. When I arrived at work today, our custodian, a woman named Stephanie, was outside all by herself shoveling and salting the sidewalks to make it safe for the students and teachers. Later in the day, when I saw her, I thanked her for doing it. She told me that I was the only person who had said anything to her about it and it made her so happy to know that at least someone took notice. Later in the day, a fellow teacher at my school gave me a beautiful mug today with the words, “Kindness Matters” written inside. She said she thought of me when she saw it. When I arrived home, in the mail were “SMILE CARDS” waiting for me along with a note saying, “May this help you spread kindness in many ways”. It is a deck of cards with ways to spread kindness written on each one. They can be used by just me, or I can let others choose one and let them do the RAK. I got the cards from http://www.helpothers.org/. Their mission is to to spread anonymous kindness and tag others so they can go ahead and do the same.
Seemed so ironic that so much happened on the first day of RAK Week. I got some suggestions from http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/rak-week with some easy things you can do this week to promote and spread it:
Monday, Feb 11—Smile at 10 strangers.
Tuesday, Feb 12—Buy something for the person in the line behind you.
Wednesday, Feb 13—Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
Thursday, Feb 14—Bring a treat to a neighbor or your co-workers.
Friday, Feb 15—Donate your time or money to a local charity.
Saturday, Feb 16—Cook a healthy meal.
Sunday, Feb 17—Let someone go in front of you in line.
All of these are easy to do! They don’t have to cost much, if anything at all. If you can’t do them all, choose two or three. It does wonders, not only because of the way it makes others feel, but because of how wonderful it makes YOU feel.