12 random acts of kindness ideas

There is a movement described as random acts of kindness that’s taking place. It’s a beautiful concept. To offer a loved one or a complete stranger a kind deed. A deed that was not requested or expected. A deed that was born out of a desire to do something good.

What is A Random Act of Kindness

According to Wikipedia – “A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people.”

Why Make Random Acts of Kindness

In the world filled with random acts of cruelty and indifference, a kind deed shines through, reminding all that given the opportunity, human heart is indeed kind. You may be asking yourself why make the acts of kindness random? Why not just be kind to your family, friends and coworkers?

When committing a random act of kindness, you demonstrate the generosity of your spirit. It’s an expression of your love. By your act you’re saying – I love humanity, even those who are strangers to me.

Certainly, you should begin by being kind to those close to you. But when the act is random, or even anonymous, you are extending hope, love and kindness into the world. Random acts of kindness are fulfilling in itself.

They give you the opportunity for self awareness, to explore your potential. Your acts are selfless, without asking anything in return. They are for the benefit of another. And yet, the benefits you receive from back in terms of purpose and joy are limitless.

Kindness Is The Antidote To Hate

These days it’s enough to turn on the news or read the newspaper headlines to see all of the senseless acts of violence and destruction. You can sense the strong negative emotion in your body as you come across this kind of news.

It’s important to realize that kindness is the antidote to hate. It eliminates the dark vibration of hate and replaces it with the light of love. The more kindness you send out to the world, the greater the chances of hate being gradually eliminated all together.

How to Commit Random Acts of Kindness

Acts of random kindness don’t have to involve money or material things. They consist of good deeds and thoughtful gestures that make someone a little happier. Chances are, you’ve already made some random acts of kindness in the past. To make this a habit, you need to make a conscious decision by offering a single act of kindness today.

My Random Act of Kindness

I try not to be in a hurry. Currently, working for myself offers me that opportunity. Often, standing in line at a checkout, I see people scrambling to get out of the store fast. When I see someone directly behind me looking like they’re in a hurry, I will offer them to get in ahead of me.

12 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

1. Volutneer your time to a worthy cause

2. Give away something you consider valuable

3. Complement a stranger

4. Spend some time at a hospital or hospice talking to patients

5. Pay a toll for the next person behind you

6. Leave an extra large tip at a restaurant

7. Give someone who needs it a ride in your car

8. Give food to a homeless

9. Clean up someone else’s mess

10. Put some money in a strangers parking meter

11. Send an anonymous gift

12. Pray for a stranger

This is but a small example of what you can do. Use your imagination to come up with your own unique act of random kindness, and be on the lookout for the opportunity to give it to the world.

Live well. Vlad

4 Responses to 12 random acts of kindness ideas

  1. Noch Noch | be me. be natural. January 19, 2012 at 4:13 am #

    smile at a stranger :)

    • Vlad January 19, 2012 at 5:16 am #

      :-)

  2. Christina May 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Let an elderly person get in front of you in a line if you are out somewhere. I let an elderly woman get in front of me at the DMV and I went to the back of the line so she wouldn’t have to stand for a while.

    • Vlad Rapoport May 29, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

      Hi Christina,
      Yes, letting people in ahead of me is my favorite act of kindness! It’s always pleasant to see their reaction. Most people just don’t expect that! And then I wonder, if they in turn will go out and do something nice for another. And so on…