16 Easy Ways You Can Pay it Forward for Random Acts of Kindness Week

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:

  1. Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
  2. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line (always a favorite of mine)
  3. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump
  4. Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats
  5. 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)
  6. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account
  7. Send a thank you card to the officers at your local police or fire station
  8. 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)
  9. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life
  10. 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
  11. 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)
  12. Take donuts or treats to nurses at your local hospital
  13. 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)
  14. Tape quarters to a vending machine
  15. Donate to Goodwill or other local charity (we could all use a little purge every now + then)
  16. 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.


1 comment

  • Pay for the person behind you when going across a toll bridge.

    Karen Nguyen

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