You are waiting in line at the drive-thru to get a cup coffee. You are running late, you feel a little frazzled and you know you have a long meeting that you’re dreading at work today. You order your usual and when you pull up to the window, the barista looks at you, smiles and hands you your drink. You hand her your money, but she says, “It’s already taken care of.”
Isn’t that the pick-me-up you needed? Random acts of kindness like these don’t go unnoticed and usually spark a snippet of infectious behavior.
Join in on these contagious acts on National Random Acts of Kindness Day, February 17th. Or participate all week long from Feb. 14-20 during Random Acts of Kindness Week (#RAKWeek) Simple acts, like buying someone’s coffee, regardless of the day they are having, can make anyone smile.
Here are a few randomly kind ideas to try this week:
1. Buy a cup of coffee for someone
It’s an act of kindness that will always make someone happy.
Clean out your closet, bookshelves or kitchen cupboards and donate the items you don’t need. Donating not only helps you de-clutter your life, but gives people who are less fortunate a chance to pick up things they really need.
Volunteer at a charity close to your heart, like the Humane Society. It’s been proven that volunteering can boost self-esteem and give you a feeling of self-purpose, especially if you are feeling low.
4. Smile at a stranger
Smile at someone who looks like they are having a bad day. According to a study conducted by Harvard University and University of California, San Diego, happiness is contagious and can be spread through social networks. So smile, be merry and pass your happiness to someone who needs it.
5. Let someone go in front of you at the grocery store
If you are waiting in line at the grocery store and notice that the person behind you only has a few items compared to your cart full, let them go in front of you. It’s considerate and it will also help make them feel considered. Little acts like this boost any mood.
6. Write a happy message on the bathroom mirror
At work or at home, remind anyone and everyone that they are beautiful with a sweet mirror note.
7. Compliment someone
It is one of the simplest and most effortless acts you could do, but it can brighten anyone’s day.
For more ideas for RAK Week, go here.