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Archive for June, 2013

How Random Acts of Kindness Can Benefit Your Health

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By Priya Advani
Original story HERE.

My daughter and I were on our way back to our apartment when she suddenly slipped on wet concrete in the garage. She would be confined to a wheelchair and crutches for the next several weeks. A week before her fall, I had severely sprained my left shoulder. I wasn’t able to get her wheelchair into or out of my car without assistance. For weeks, I had to ask random people to help me. I was incredibly touched by how everyone was so helpful, without any hesitation. There were times when people would offer assistance, without me even asking.

I know how happy I feel when I get the chance to help others, and by the display of kindness that I received, it seemed that others felt the same way. My medical mind began to ponder. I wondered, “What happens to our bodies, physiologically, when helping others through random acts of kindness, and what are the mechanisms that are activated when this happens?” I was on a mission to find my answers.

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June 11th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

RAK #161 – Put Away Shopping Cart

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RAK #161 – I put away my shopping cart in the parking lot. Yes, that’s right. Amazing!

This one is so easy, it’s silly to even note it…but I see so many others that don’t do it.  Come on, America!  You can do this!

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June 10th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

RAK #160 – Adopted a Dog!

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RAK #160 – ok, so this is a tough one for anyone to just go out and ‘do”…and it isn’t as altruistic as it sounds. A close relative is making some life changes, so he needed to find a home for his beautiful Husky, otherwise she might be facing going to a shelter.  Our family discussed it at length, and we agreed to take on this responsibility – so welcome to the family, Shelby!

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June 9th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

RAK #159 – Picked Up Trash (again!)

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RAK #159 – During the dogwalk, I picked up trash along our route…unfortunately, I do have to leave some of it for sanitary reasons, but even the little bit I pick up makes me feel like I’m bettering the neighborhood.

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June 8th, 2013 at 11:28 am

RAK #158 – Cooler of Beer!

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RAK #158 – tonight I sprang for the cooler full of beer for the disc golf crew for tags tonight at Jellystone. Not random, but I’m countin’ this!

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June 8th, 2013 at 11:22 am

RAK #157 – Money for Vending Machines

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RAK #157 – another old standby…I added some money with a RAKnote near the vending machines at my office. Hope it made someone’s day!

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June 6th, 2013 at 10:45 am

Birthday celebration spreads kindness around the world

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By Lucy Luginbill — Tri-City Herald
Original story HERE.

Without a doubt, it was contagious. In less than 30 days, the phenomenon had affected countless numbers, traveled from coast to coast — even internationally — and spread smiles ear to ear.

The random acts of kindness had multiplied at an astonishing rate, all because of a 40th birthday invitation from Kristi Black to her Facebook friends.

“It’s one thing to do it yourself,” says the New Hampshire woman about her choice to celebrate her May milestone by randomly giving presents to others, “but then to get all your friends involved …,” her voice trailing.

Because of their busy lives, she was hesitant about including them in her unique month-long birthday celebration. Even so, she decided to give it a try and set up the Facebook Random Acts of Kindness page, complete with a creative invitation to join her in the project. Friends could respond with the “going” reply — and then it was “party on!”

“A group of people right away said they were going to do it,” Kristi recalls about her idea to give gifts to strangers during her birthday month. “It started slow, then one of my friends shared with her friend and then another shared,” the young woman’s words brimming with excitement. “That’s when it took off, friends of friends.”

Word spread to at least 16 states, stretching north to south, from Maine to Georgia, and east to west, from Florida to Washington and Hawaii. But the random acts of kindness didn’t stop on our country’s shores. From as far away as Peru to Italy, Brazil to New Zealand and St. Crois, the birthday celebration rocked with kind deeds.

Free lattes surprised unsuspecting drivers in the Starbucks drive-thru; quarters filled gumball machines and overdue parking meters; smiley-face cookies brightened a dreary day for cancer patients.
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June 5th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

RAK #156 – Listened to a Friend

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RAK #156 – a sense a pattern this week!  Another friend needed someone to listen, and also wanted some advice,  so I took a few minutes to accommodate him.

This is such an easy way to help someone…and it can make such a difference in their life. Make sure to make time for others, and really listen to them.

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June 4th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

RAK #155 – Donated Time

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RAK #155 – a friend needed some artwork resized for a project, so I spent a few minutes with him at lunch helping him out. Easy!

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June 3rd, 2013 at 2:52 pm

RAK #154 – Listened to a Friend

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RAK #154 – a simple one…just listened to a friend. He and his wife are facing some challenges, and he just needed someone to listen.

Try to do this for someone today. It’s free, it only takes a little time out of your day, and can be so meaningful to others.

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June 2nd, 2013 at 11:54 pm