perform a Random Act of Kindness every day, for an entire year. Can you do it?

Archive for the ‘RAK Ideas and Articles’ Category

NaplesNews: I Learned Today that Random Acts of Kindness Really Do Exist

without comments

Fantastic article from!

I witnessed the most extraordinary thing this past Friday…..

Friday was the last day to pay local property taxes without incurring substantial penalties and interest. As several of us last minute taxpayers were waiting in line to pay, a nasty old man was giving the girl behind the counter a very hard time.

He has proven to be a difficult customer and insisted he paid his taxes, when in fact, he had not.

After berating the cashier and the cashier’s supervisor, he slowly walked away, dejected. (I think I can safely assume by his labored breathing and painful posture, his cantankerous disposition comes from old age and ill health.)

The gentleman standing next in line as all this was going on, stepped up and had noticed the man wore a veteran’s cap. He asked the cashier if she knew if the man was indeed a veteran and she said yes he was.

Read the rest HERE.

Written by RAKproject

June 2nd, 2013 at 10:40 pm

A kind word and a smile don’t cost a penny…and yet, they’re a priceless gift

without comments

Anne McTavishCALGARY, AB, May 30, 2013/Troy Media/ – My Uncle Fred died recently, and the world lost a truly kindhearted man. His presence will be missed, but his legacy of kindness will live on.

His wasn’t the big-event, the splashy show of doing something good, the type of thing that dazzles your mind but that you quickly forget. His was the small, apt kindness that warmed your heart and snuggled into your memory. A kind word. A smile. And often, just being there for you.

More than ever, we need kindness. Our society is becoming more aggressively competitive. Today, it’s only winning that counts. How you play the game only matters when it helps you win the game.

We are entertained by violent actions and by violent language. It’s the cutting comment and putdown that get the applause.

These are not the types of behaviours that foster acceptance, respect or trust, attributes that are essential for social cohesion. In other words, our social fabric is fraying because aggression, competitiveness and violence are shredding our social bonds.

But we are not powerless. We can do something to counteract the shredding.

We can be kind.

It can be as easy and simple as saying thank you. Whenever I buy lunch from a fast food outlet, I make a point of saying, “Thank you for making my lunch.” Invariably, they break out into a smile. I’ve just made their day, in a positive way, and their smile warms my heart.

We can practice random acts of kindness. When we notice an attractive outfit, it’s easy to compliment the person on their outfit. We can buy a few $5 gift certificates from a coffee shop and hand them out at random. We can hold the door open for someone, or let someone who seems to be in a hurry go ahead of us in line. We can donate used books to a school library or nursing home or seniors’ residence.

The idea for random acts of kindness apparently started in 1982 in Sausalito, California, when Anne Herbert scrawled “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat. The idea caught on because the act of kindness benefits the giver as well as the receiver.

Acts of kindness trigger good feelings and reduce stress. An act of kindness triggers the release of dopamine (the feel-good neurotransmitter) and oxytocin (the social bonding hormone). It also triggers the vagus nerve, whose effects are known as the relaxation response.

And those are just the effects it has on the giver and the receiver. Each act of kindness re-weaves a thread in our social fabric.

The idea of random acts of kindness has grown to the point that The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has its own website with ideas, information and resources.

Remember, it doesn’t take a huge effort or big dollars to be kind. A kind word and a smile don’t cost a penny and yet, they’re a priceless gift.

Thank you, Uncle Fred.

Troy Media columnist Anne McTavish is a conflict coach and lawyer, and her website is Her book, Beyond Anger Management, is due for release shortly.

Written by RAKproject

May 30th, 2013 at 11:57 am

Random Acts of Kindness surprises Quad City shoppers

without comments

It was a lucky day for Quad City shoppers who found themselves on the receiving end of some random acts of kindness Monday.

Laura Bettenhausen’s morning stop at the gas pump got a whole lot brighter when Jennifer Naeve surprised her with $20 towards her purchase.

“$20 is great, $20 for anything is great, much less gas. Definitely have to pay it forward,” said Bettenhausen.

In celebration of their branch’s grand opening, workers from Ascentra Credit Union spent the day surprising their Bettendorf neighbors with the random acts of kindness. They called the program “Stepping Up,” and made stops paying for gas bills, drinks and snacks, and lunch tabs at restaurants near their new 53rd Avenue location.

Read More:

Written by RAKproject

May 13th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Random Acts of Kindness Captured by Car Dashcams in Russia

without comments

When a huge meteor exploded over Russia back in February, the incident was captured by a large number of drivers who drive around with dashcams pointed out the front of their windshield. The story put a spotlight on the fact that dashcams are widely used in Russia due to the prevalence of insurance fraud.

Footage from Russian dashcams found online is often quite dark (figuratively, not literally), showing horrible accidents and tragedies. Not so with the video above — it’s a compilation of random acts of kindness captured by ordinary drivers.

It’s a video that may restore some of your faith in humanity. “The world isn’t without good people,” a sentence found in the video says, “Any act can become one of great kindness if it is done selflessly. When was the last time you did a good deed?”

The video shows many scenes of people doing good to one another, from men and boys helping elderly ladies cross the street, to people brushing snow off cars and lifting/pushing them back onto the road, to people protecting a family of ducks and a baby (?!?) from oncoming cars.

If you’d like to see a video that’s similar both in subject matter and in style, check out the “happy moments” security camera compilation we shared last June. For that video, Coke took a bunch of happy security camera clips and strung them together into a feel-good video.


Written by RAKproject

May 4th, 2013 at 11:34 am

“Be Delightful,” get McDonald’s reward

without comments through the end of May, McDonald’s wants you to practice being kind.

McDonald’s is Tampa Bay, Florida, is challenging residents to perform random acts of kindness as part of a “Be Delightful” campaign. During the month of May, participating fans will be rewarded with a gift card for a new Egg White Delight McMuffin when they tweet @McDTampaBay an act of kindness that includes the tag #BeDelightful.

Each unique random act of kindness a person shares on Twitter – holding the door open for a stranger, helping a neighbor, letting a car ahead of you in traffic, etc. – must include a tag with @McDTampaBay and include #BeDelightful.

An example of a qualifying tweet would be “@McDTampaBay you would be so proud of me! I rescued a kitten from a tree today #BeDelightful.”

The free food offer is redeemable in Tampa Bay only and will expire Dec. 31, 2013.

To read the full participant guidelines, visit


Written by RAKproject

May 2nd, 2013 at 11:23 am

‘Random Acts of Pizza’ sent to thank Boston-area first responders

without comments