FEBRUARY 11 to 18, 2018 is the Random Acts of Kindness Week. The celebration is led by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, best known as “RAK,” based in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Their mission is to inspire people to practice kindness and to pass it on to other people. The group is small but they are making huge strides towards building a kinder world.
November 13 is World Kindness Day but they believe and think that when people are committed to a day of kindness, why not extend to seven days more or one week. It is a chance to do some more doable, simple and meaningful acts of kindness.
Learn more about RAK and become a RAKtivist by visiting their website: www.randomactsofkindness.org .
Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate, according to Google. It is further described as a behaviour marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition and a concern for others.
Anyone of us can choose to be kind. The act is free and your gestures can make someone’s day.
There are many ways to show kindness – here are some suggestions:
R – Remember to greet a loved one on his/her birthday or anniversary
A – Accompany a friend to his/her doctor’s visit
N – Note down things your mom or dad’s likes, as well for your siblings and friends
D – Donate the things you don’t need to others
O – Offer to help a parent, sibling or friend
M – Make room for someone in the elevator or jeepney
A – Accept your mistakes
C – Compliment a friend
T - Talk to the shy person who is alone in the office or in a party
S – Say “I love you” to someone you love, “please” and “thank you”
O – Organize a visit to a sick friend, an orphanage, a home for the aged or the prison
F – Forgive someone
K – Keep an extra cookie or candy in your bag, just in case someone needs it
I - Inspire kindness to others
N – Nominate a colleague for an award
D – Dine with a friend who is feeling down
N – Nurse a sick friend
E – Encourage someone who has doubts
S – Spread the love
S – Say “please” and “thank you” sincerely
There are many more doable, simple and meaningful acts of kindness.
Kindness matters. Let us choose to be kind everyday.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on February 16, 2018.
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