Wow. It has been a minute since I posted a blog! Creating content is sometimes hard and motivation can be lacking, but this one came very easily... ironically while I was sitting in the DMV for 2.5 hours. One of our missions in this business is to create goods + content that inspire, and what's more inspirational than doing something kind for someone else?
Random Acts of Kindness Week, also known as #RAKweek2018, is February 11-17th, and it is one of my favorite weeks of the year. While I believe kindness can be spread anytime and anyday, bringing attention + thought to paying it forward definitely doesn't hurt. It doesn't take a lot to make someone's day. Some ideas involve a dollar amount, but many are free + very, very easy to execute. Kindness can even be to yourself because you deserve a little extra love + attention too.
Committing acts of kindness not only feels good for the recipient, but it has also been shown to decrease stress, boost happiness, lower blood pressure, release the feel-good chemicals serotonin + oxytocin, and inspire more kindness.
I've compiled my favorite random acts to inspire you this week + beyond. So put on some Ellen DeGeneres (because who is kinder + more giving than her?), and jot your own list of ideas you can do this week.
16 easy ways you can pay it forward:
- Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
- Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line (always a favorite of mine)
- Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump
- Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats
- Practice self-care and spend 30 minutes doing something for you today (I plan to throw a bath bomb in the tub, put on some tunes, unplug, + relax)
- Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account
- Send a thank you card to the officers at your local police or fire station
- Keep an extra umbrella at work for when it rains (I'm doing this one this week because my boss actually mentioned a few weeks ago that he wished we had one)
- Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life
- Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra couple of minutes to tell their manager or fill out a comment card
- Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free (This one is especially good this week since Valentine's Day is on Wednesday)
- Take donuts or treats to nurses at your local hospital
- Send a gift card to a friend (Starbucks lets you schedule when the gift card is delivered via email, so I scheduled one to be sent each day of #RAKweek2018 to a different friend)
- Tape quarters to a vending machine
- Donate to Goodwill or other local charity (we could all use a little purge every now + then)
- Compliment the first 3 people you talk to today
What are some of your favorite ways to pay it forward? Leave a comment + let us know below.
For more ideas, check out the official Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website.