Fascinating Holiday--Random Acts of Kindness Day

"We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness." ~Charlie Chaplan

Random Acts of Kindness Day is today, Monday!

Often known as RAK Day, Random Acts of Kindness Day started in New Zealand in 2005 when Josh de Jong decided there just wasn't enough love in the world and something needed to be done about it.

I would embellish this story with "It was a cold gray morning when..." but, I don't know what the weather was like when Josh had his epiphany. What I do know is that, if it weren't for him, we'd all be mean as fire ants!

Here are some ideas for RAK Day:

  • Pay someone's bill at a restaurant or fast-food place. (Make sure you ask the server what that person's bill is before you promise to pay. Ha!)
  • Send someone a letter of appreciation or "thank you." 
  • If you interact with a waiter, customer service person, or any local employee, send their boss a letter of appreciation for their good work (and remember to compliment the employee, too!). 
  • Visit someone in prison (that's from the Bible). 
  • Give a card, small gift, or flowers to someone for NRAA (no reason at all). Unconditional love, baby!
  • A back massage always is appreciated. You can give the massage yourself or give a gift card for a professional one. 

And here are some ideas straight from those 50s/60s health films they made us watch:

  • Be polite
  • Speak positively and try not to complain
  • Help someone with their groceries
  • Help the elderly: read to them, help them across the street, visit them in prison "the old folk's home." You get the idea.
  • Brush your teeth (optional).

There are so many more great ideas. What can you come up with for this day?

Random Acts of Kindess Day has a Wiki Page; and go to Amazon to see the book.

Source Articles: Holiday Insights: Random Acts of Kindness Day; and the Wikipedia page