Show Us Your Life…Random Acts of Kindness

Kelly‘s theme for ‘Show Us Your Life’ this week is right up my street…it’s on Random Acts of Kindness (a.k.a. RAoKs). You know, those little moments where you choose to do something unexpected and nice for someone else.

I am such a fan of RAoKs. I’m in a group called ‘Join Me‘, where we try to do RAoKs every Friday (inspired by a hilarious book by Danny Wallace).  I love doing little things to make the world a better place, and I hope the people I RAoK enjoy them.

So, here are a few of my favourites….some are truly ‘random’. Others are just nice things I like to do :-).

Write a letter. To the manager of the shop where an assistant was really helpful. To the owner of the garden on your street with the beautiful borders, thanking them for their hard work. To a friend. To a sick child. Share with someone.

Pick up litter on your street.

Help a charity – donate money. Donate your time. Give generously. Volunteer. Whether it’s rattling a tin for two hours or sponsoring a child for ten years, give what you can willingly and with a loving heart and trust me, as well as helping others you will gain something of far more value than whatever you’ve given. An unexpected and wonderful by-product I’ve discovered en route.

Send a Christmas card to every house on a street.

Give someone a bunch of flowers. Or a box of sweeties. Leave a good book (with a note) to be found. Hide a book voucher inside a book at the store.

Go out and see what you can do to help people close to you. And those further away.

Give a compliment…if you like their shoes or skirt, tell them! Let someone have a seat on the train, or the last cookie, or a turn at the junction.

Smile at people! A tiny but powerful thing!

Surprise people – buy an unexpected gift, make dinner, send a thank you just for being them.

Help someone – carry their bags from their car. Carry their baby’s buggy up the stairs on the tube. Help that poor lady who has dropped her bag on the pavement!

Overtip your waiter.

Drop a sweetie into a colleagues pigeonhole, treat your students (or your colleagues, or your Bible study friends) to a homebaked cake, give your honey his favourite meal.

For me, RAoKing is just doing something nice for someone. I’m a huge fan, and can’t wait to find more ideas on this blog carnival!
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  1. Christielli
    28th May 2010 / 1:16 am

    I love the idea of Raoking and need to do it more often.

  2. Riot Kitty
    28th May 2010 / 4:21 am

    Sweet ideas, Claire!

  3. Shan
    28th May 2010 / 11:29 am

    Those are great ideas.Having worked retail for years I'm a big fan of letting a manager know when an employee has given you good service. I tend to do it while I'm in the store when it has happened, and almost all the time I have the employee giving me death stares because they think I'm going to complain when I ask for the manager. But I know just how much it can make someone's day when you acknowledge their work, especially when they are in a position we often take for granted (shelf stocker, cashier, etc.)

  4. Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries
    5th June 2010 / 11:35 am

    How awesome that you are in a group with the purpose of doing random acts of kindness! I love that! Smiling at people and/or offering a compliment…such simple, yet powerful things we can do to offer encouragement.Great ideas!

  5. Rona's Home Page
    6th June 2010 / 3:36 pm

    What a terrific list!I especially love that you drop off Christmas cards to your neighbors.What a great gift!

  6. Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend
    19th June 2010 / 5:26 am

    I love the SMILE….We never know what a smile does…Trying to catch up some blog reading…and love these random acts…one of my favorite things to do….Love your blog..Hope you will stop by for a visit. I have a guest post from my son this weekend…

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