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Kindness Counts

Kindness Counts

by Becca Brannan, RN - February 12, 2015

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” –Bob Kerrey

Did you know that this week is Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week? We often get so busy and caught up in the day-to-day grind of our life that we forget how powerful a small act of kindness can be. We have all heard stories on the news about someone paying for the person behind them in the drive-thru and the RAK chain continuing for 10, 15 or even 20 cars.

I particularly like the ones when someone surprises a police officer or fireman and buys their dinner or pays for their groceries. I don’t know about you, but I can be pretty sappy when I hear one. I usually tear up a little bit! It doesn’t even have to cost you anything to be nice. It could be as easy as giving a genuine compliment to co-workers or helping ease the workload of someone that is really stressed out.

Do a little experiment for me.

1. Get in a nice comfy position. Relax.
2. Remember a time when someone did something truly kind and selfless for you. How did you feel in that moment?
3. Now I want you to remember a time that YOU did something truly kind and selfless for someone else. How did you feel in that moment?
4. Cherish those memories!

Wouldn’t you like to feel that way more often? If you can’t recall a good memory, you need to get up and go do something kind right now!! Having a National Random Acts of Kindness week is a great way to remind us to be kind, but we don’t have to limit our kindness to one week out of the year.

Try to do something truly kind every day or at least once a week. Wouldn’t it be great to harness the power of kindness each day? We have all seen how kindness can be contagious. If you did something kind daily (no matter how small of a gesture it is), who knows how many other people would continue the RAK chain? Put it in writing. Add a reminder for a RAK on your calendar or set an alarm on your phone. After a while, you won’t need it. It will be second-nature to you!

Need some RAK ideas? Check out the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. They have some great suggestions to get you started. Remember… it can be as easy as making eye contact with someone, giving them an authentic smile and saying a friendly hello, hola or salut!

Share your RAK stories or ideas with us!

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Gandhi


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