I'm grouping this with my Television OFF/Creativity ON campaign because what's better than wasting time with TV than practicing Random Acts of Kindness?
I recently experienced an extreme "RAK" that blew me away. According to the person who did it, it was someone I knew, but they preferred to remain anonymous, so I don't know exactly who it was. Anyways, it really blew me away and inspired me to practice at least one RAK every day. And I'm going to involve my kids as much as possible - what a better way to make the world a better place than teaching kids to be kind?!
I also found this amazing concept called "The Birthday Project," in which a woman spent her birthday doing RAK's - one for every year she was alive (so 38 in total). Having been recently inspired, I'm planning on doing 36 RAK's next week for my own birthday. You can bet yer bottom doller I'm gonna bring my kiddos along for the fun :-) Her list had a lot of great ideas, although several involved spending more money than I have to spare (giving restaurant-goers gift cards, etc). So I'm going to add to my list a few different ones. Any ideas you readers might have are welcome!! AND, since I'm getting old and my kids (and I) have limited energy supplies, we will most likely take two days to complete the list.
Here's my list so far:
1. Bake (the day before) and deliver homemade cookies to the fire station up the street.
2. Repeat for the police station.
3. Load groceries into cars for shoppers at the local grocery.
4. Purchase the coffee for the person behind me in line.
5. Deliver a homemade lemonade to the kid returning all the carts at the grocery (a particularly rough job here in Tucson AZ in summer).
6. Bring some old clothes/toys to the local children's shelter.
7. Bring homemade pictures to the nursing home up the street.
8. Deliver "Eegee's" fruit slushees (a local favorite) to our favorite nurses (my husband is one and, although he won't be working that day, we have lots of other fabulous nurse friends!)
9. Do chores for our friend who is undergoing chemotherapy.
10. Feed parking meters.
11. Tuck notes (or bookmarks!) saying "Have a Wonderful Day!" in windshield wipers.
12. Write/mail handwritten (ok for me, maybe typed - my handwriting is AWFUL) letters to people we love telling them how much they mean to us
13. Light a candle at church in honor of some family members that passed.
14. Let my kids have "double" (or triple!) books at bedtime (normally they each get two).
15. Make a lemonade stand in the front yard but don't accept any money.
16. Pick up trash in our neighborhood
17. Make a delivery to Goodwill of no-longer-needed items.
18. Plant something.
19. Bring stuffed balloons to the children's floor of a hospital
20. Tape change to a vending machine.
21. Bring cookies to neighbors
22. Cookies/thank you note to mailman.
23. Bring old books/magazines to local used bookstore and give someone the trade credit.
24. Write inspiring words on the sidewalk for walkers to read.
25. Take the dog for an extra long walk.
26. Give everyone in my family a few extra hugs.
27. Pull the weeds in my neighbor's yard.
28. Bring bubbles to the park with my kids and make sure we have extra to share.
29. Tell my friends that in lieu of gifts, I'd prefer a donation be made to a charitable cause.
30. Pass out waterbottles to thirsty walkers/runners on the local activity path.
31. Be generous with compliments to those around me (especially strangers), and smile a lot.
32. Let the person behind you go in front of you in line.
33. Give blood.
34. Open doors for anyone.
35. Bring $10 to the library to pay someone else's late fees.
36. Tell my children why I love them.
(Yes, I know I skipped around with tenses...oh well ;-)