Random Acts of Kindness {A Weekly Resolution}

Have you ever been the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness (RAK)?  A Random Act of Kindness is something that is done unexpectedly out of the will to extend goodness, person to person and without expecting anything in return.

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to complete a Random Act of Kindness every week (more than once a week if possible) but to set a goal to do it at least once a week. I started completing my Random Acts of Kindness already and I must say that there are so many opportunities that present themselves throughout the week, it is easy to do more than one a week.
The possibilities are endless and once you start thinking about it you will see the opportunities are always there.
Part of my resolution is to invite other people to join me and each perform one Random Act of Kindness whenever they have a chance.   The power of kindness is truly priceless and brightening up people’s day is a beautiful way to start the new year.  Don’t you think? 

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25 responses to “Random Acts of Kindness {A Weekly Resolution}”

  1. Brianna and Brian Laughman — January 18, 2012 @ 10:07 am (#)

    Just saw this! Such a Great Idea. It is so easy to lose focus on what is important in life and what is going on around you. I'm going to start today.

  2. Rainbow_202 — January 18, 2012 @ 4:59 pm (#)

    a simple thing like holding a door for a mom with a stroller can make such a huge difference to that mom's day, yet so many people won't take the 10 seconds to do it. I certainly make a point of smiling & thanking them when they do. & try to at least do the same for others

  3. el03ro — January 23, 2012 @ 8:57 pm (#)

    January 23–I have always tried to be kind to others but I have really never made a committment until lately to do random acts more often. I look at it as responding to the voice of the Holy Spirit within me to help out my brothers and sisters in Him. Your weekly resolution and my own reflections have caused me to be more aware of the ways in which we may help others. I have thought, for a long time now, that many of us are 'walking wounded' and even a smile or kind word from others will make someone's day better or happier.

  4. Annie1 — January 24, 2012 @ 5:07 pm (#)

    My husband and I love doing RAKs; it really makes us feel great as well!


  5. Deb Dorrington — January 30, 2012 @ 12:30 am (#)

    This is a wonderful idea, I love it so much that I am going to make the commitment to do at least 1 random act of kindness each week…Thank you for sharing this truly lovely idea.

  6. saskmom — February 1, 2012 @ 1:24 pm (#)

    I love this idea! I am going to do this myself!

  7. Deb Dorrington — February 3, 2012 @ 8:23 pm (#)

    My first week of doing a RAK and I feel so good about myself. I gave my seat up on the public bus to a pregnant woman and I also helped a Mom with 2 little ones carry her groceries to her car…I will keep doing RAKs..

  8. Sabrina — February 18, 2012 @ 3:46 pm (#)

    If more people participated in RAK the world would be a MUCH better place….even a simple smile makes a world of difference in someone’s life! Great idea!

  9. Adri — February 27, 2012 @ 8:09 am (#)

    I always do RAK and found that a good 50% want it returned over and over again. So basically the question here, how do we say, okay, you had your turn 3 times already – I want to do a RAK to someone else – enigma here!

  10. Elva Roberts — March 6, 2012 @ 11:47 am (#)

    March 6– I am reading a book containing some of the ‘quotes’ from Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Yesterday’s short reading suggests that when we meet someone, they should leave feeling happier or better about themselves. This, I think, puts the onus on us to set aside our desires and concentrate on that person-even a genuine smile might suffice.–el03ro

  11. Charlene Vidal — March 9, 2012 @ 10:12 pm (#)

    Great Idea. Wish everyone would do this.

  12. Deb Dorrington — March 10, 2012 @ 1:47 pm (#)

    I am still doing RAKs and find that more and more people are reciprocating or is it that I am more aware of it now. I have asked my kids to also participate and they too are finding it very easy to be kind to others….again thank you for sharing this post.

  13. Lisa — March 30, 2012 @ 4:27 pm (#)

    If only people would respect each other and understand some of each other’s needs

  14. Elva Roberts — April 14, 2012 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    April 14-You have really started something here. When you l ight a candle, it shines in the darkness and makes the world seem a friendlier place. Maybe random Acts of kindness are spiritual candles that light up an interior darkness and make us feel better about ourselves. I am not out that often so I have to practise on my family which is really good for me. Sometimes it is easier to be kind to others than our own family members because of their familarity. to us. Let’s keep us the good deeds and keep spreading our little acts and encouraging others to do so. el03ro

  15. Teresa McKerracher — April 22, 2012 @ 10:36 pm (#)

    I have wonderful angels following me on my path in life many times.

  16. Rhonda — April 27, 2012 @ 11:20 am (#)

    I love doing Random Acts of Kindness! Just last weekend I took flowers to a friend “Just Because” I saw them and thought she like them and could use the pick-me-up!

  17. Dreena — April 27, 2012 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    It is so important to do these little things. I always let a person who has a few items in the grocery queue to go ahead of me – they usually act quite shocked, but very happy. However, no one has never done the same with me….If strangers could be a little more kind….

  18. Aundrea Lauzon — November 15, 2012 @ 11:16 am (#)

    I think RAK is a great thing to do. It feels better to do it than receive it I think. Whenever I have some extra change, I will buy the person behind me in the Tim Horton’s Drive Thru’s coffee. It feels good and sometimes I can even catch them smiling when they don’t believe I did it for them. It feels awesome!

  19. Emilia T — February 11, 2013 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    I just learned a new cool way of saying RAK This is important always. and will make you feel good. Thanks for the reminder

  20. Erika B — May 9, 2013 @ 6:33 am (#)

    In one week, I had two different people pay for my coffee in line at Tim Hortons. I was so inspired and so grateful that I returned the favour by paying for two other people’s coffee orders in line.

  21. Rachel N — May 26, 2013 @ 1:20 pm (#)

    I have been blessed by kind people who have offered to help me. On one trip to Costco (with my infant and my 3 year old) I had a man help me load my groceries onto the check out and another couple offer to help me load them into my car. There are still wonderful, kind people out there. I try to pay it forward whenever I can.

  22. Vesper — July 18, 2013 @ 8:47 am (#)

    Don’t get many opportunities but I am going to do my best

  23. kathy downey — February 5, 2015 @ 5:17 am (#)

    1 random act of kindness each week is not too much to ask of anyone,my hubby done it for 21/2 years before he got caught..lol.
    We have an elderly couple with no family living close by and when we have snow he would go early in the morning and clear their ramp incase they needed to get out,one day the man came out and said so you are the angel who has been sent to help us,they became fast friends.I am sad to say they have both passed on now but thought of ofter.

  24. kathy downey — January 19, 2016 @ 8:51 am (#)

    I love doing Random Acts of Kindness,it just brings a bit of happiness to someone

  25. Micheline — May 21, 2020 @ 3:53 pm (#)

    Doing RAK brightens my day even thought it helps someone else. Down in the dumps, do something for someone and you will feel so good.

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