Well Being & Mental Health

Random Act of Kindness Day

Today is (supposedly) random act of kindness day – RAK day for short

Even if this isn’t the *official* day I’m going to celebrate anyway 🙂 So what is RAK day? It’s a day when people are encouraged to do something nice for someone. I love this as it’s basically a day to make people happy. If ‘Blue Monday’ in January is real, this is the antidote to it. But what does it actually entail?

First decide what you’re going to do, then pick a recipient. It could be a stranger, it could be a friend or family member. You can do something as small as giving your change to a homeless person, or buying a drink for the person behind you in the coffee shop. If you can’t get out maybe send a nice message to a friend you haven’t spoke to for a while, or call up your gran for a chat. Whatever you do, make sure it’s something you feel comfortable doing, and that comes from a place of kindness and respect. The whole point is to spread positivity and happiness by being kind and aiming to make someone smile.

So besides the thought of making someone else happy, what does RAK day do?

I hope you’ll agree that the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you make someone smile is pretty great. If you’re anything like me then making someone else’s day can give you a lift for the rest of yours too. Of course the point of RAK day is to give to others and do more good, but I think it’s also important to talk about the fact doing something nice can help you as well. Happiness is often seen as an elusive state which we’re all chasing constantly. When you do something for someone else, you make them feel happy, and in turn that makes you happy too. As the saying goes, sharing is caring!

If I haven’t convinced you I dare you to try it out and see.

Smile at the next person you see, and notice how it makes you feel if they see, and especially if they smile back! A smile is quick, free, and easy. So is a kind word – you know when you see someone in the street and love their boots? If you feel comfortable why not go tell them? They’ll probably be surprised, but usually pleasantly so to get such an unexpected compliment. If you don’t feel up to approaching someone randomly then why not tell the cashier at the next shop you’re in to have a nice day? Just a few little words can change how someone is feeling. I know when I worked in retail the customers who were polite and friendly were the ones who stuck in my mind, and could turn a long, tiring shift on its’ head.

I’m going to do random acts of kindness throughout the day

and document them on my Twitter account – follow along and use the #RAKday tag to share what you’re doing to make someone smile! Here are 10 ideas for random acts of kindness you could do today:

  1. Give someone some flowers
  2. Leave a few pounds at the coffee shop to pay for the next persons’ drink
  3. Help someone carry heavy bags up the stairs
  4. Give up your seat on the bus/tube/train
  5. Leave a little ‘happy note’ somewhere public
  6. Tell everyone you talk to today to have a good day
  7. Let your boyfriend/girlfriend/sister/hamster choose what to watch on TV
  8. Make a sandwich and give it to a homeless person
  9. Lend a friend your favourite book (or give it to them if you can bear to part with it!)
  10. Share this post to let other people know about RAK day 🙂 (I know, this one is a bit cheeky…)

Can you think of any more? Let me know in the comments or using the #RAKday tag on Twitter or Instagram!

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