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RAK #171 – Listened a Friend in Need

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RAK #171 – this tends to be a common thread on here, which I think is a good thing…another friend of mine is going through some challenges, so I reached out, and talked and listened to her for a while about everything she is going through.  We all enjoy let people know what we think about everything, but sometimes all someone wants is to be listened to and reassured…it’s a good reminder for all of us to just take some time and listen to someone who needs it.

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June 20th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

RAK #169 – Sent an Email

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RAK #169 – OK, so I know that sending an email isn’t exactly special…but sending an email to my wife to tell her how much I love her is.  We all need those little reminders, to let us know we are loved and appreciated, and that we have value to others.

Take some time today and let someone know you care!  It only takes a small amount of time and effort, but the result is immeasurable.

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June 18th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

RAK #168 – RAKnote & Candy at Drive-thru

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RAK #168 – another simple one, with my son giving a RAKnote and candy to the employee working the booth at the restaurant drive-thru. Hope it made his day!

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June 17th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

RAK #167 – Patience

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RAK #167 – today, I was in line at a local grocer, and the lady in front of me was writing a check (which I haven’t seen for years!).  The cashier actually didn’t know how to process this, and had to ask for help, so it ended up taking a few minutes.  The people behind me were annoyed, sighing loudly, and the lady was obviously feeling self conscious.   I told her not to worry, and it wasn’t a big deal.  Yes, it was a little annoying, but there was no point in me expressing that.

The whole thing only took maybe 5 minutes, but it’s amazing to see how easy people get agitated by these kinds of things.  A good reminder that we all need to have a little more patience.

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June 16th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

RAK #166 – Water for the UPS Driver

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RAK #166 – while at home, I had a delivery from UPS.  It was really hot outside, so after I signed for the package, I told the driver to hold on and I grabbed a bottled water from the fridge.  He was really appreciative, and I hoped it made his day better.

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June 15th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

RAK #165 – ANOTHER Cooler of Beer!

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RAK #165 – tonight I sprang for ANOTHER cooler full of beer for the disc golf slackers. Granted, some of it was left over from softball…but I am counting it!

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June 14th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

RAK #164 – Left Quarters on the Ground for Strangers

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RAK #164 – another easy one again…I left a few quarters on the ground in my office parking lot for people to find.  Yes, it’s silly, but who doesn’t like finding a free quarter??

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June 14th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

RAK #163 – Cleaned Up the CFM

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RAK #163 – I stopped by the Colorado Freedom Memorial to walk around and help clean up little bits of trash that had blown into the area, and to also arrange flowers and wipe down the glass panels…it’s just my small way of giving back to this amazing project.

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June 14th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Kansas City Group spends the day spreading Random Acts of Kindness

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By Laura McCallister, KCTV5 Multimedia Producer
By Alan Shope, KCTV5 Multimedia Journalist
Original story HERE.

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – Despite what seems like high amounts of violence in today’s day and age there is a group in Kansas City trying to spread good feelings Tuesday with random acts of kindness all over the city.

“If we went to the restaurant and bused tables then we could go down to the police station,” Jami Byer said.

Tuesday, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions Leadership Program held their random acts of kindness day.

Eighty people, split up among 20 groups, spent their entire day trying to help complete strangers and have them pass it forward.

“If you make a difference in one person and they spread it, it spreads that love and that joy and makes everybody feel good,” said Bill Sosna with MRI Global.

It’s an idea to try to make Kansas City a kinder place with free gift cards, food, even cash, and it’s a feeling that quickly spreads.

“We believe that everyone does kindness in their everyday life and yet collectively we don’t necessarily do that as a community,” said Eva Schulte with Communities Creating Opportunity.

And residents on the receiving end felt the joy that came along with the free gifts.

“They just came and made me feel a little bit better. That’s awesome, it’s very sweet of them to do that,” Janelle Stone said.

But Tuesday was about more than just about giving stuff away, it was about helping neighbors. From a waitress busing a table, to helping a guy at a gas station clean his windows, volunteers said the day was about spreading the word kindness.

“Sometimes people get caught up in the financial act and not in just the generosity of your heart,” Byer said.

Participants even passed out lemonade to those working in the heat.

“If everybody makes it a habit and does something good every single day, it’s a better place,” said Callie Merritt-Jones with Sprint.

Sometimes the generosity was as simple as a friendly, caring conversation.

“We’re Kansas Citians and together we’re saying, ‘kindness matters,'” Schulte said.

Along with all the kind gestures Tuesday, the Centurions Leadership Program gave away more than $2,000 in cash citywide.

The program started in Kansas City in 1976. It’s the first of its kind in the country. Click here to learn more.

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June 11th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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