The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation is a small nonprofit that invests their resources into making kindness the norm. . When I found out that this week was their annual Random Acts of Kindness Week, I knew I wanted to participate. I’m hoping this blog post will give you loads of resources and ideas to spread kindness every day this week, and beyond.
Making the Cards
As card makers, we are familiar with the ideas of kindness and encouragement. That’s a huge part of why we do what we do. Sometimes it’s easy to make cards and forget to spread the love. One way to combat that is to pre-make cards for various occasions having them ready to go at a moment’s notice. Here are a few ideas.
Cards and Kindnesses That Go Together
One of the biggest ways to spread kindness and to encourage others is to notice them, to notice their work, effort, and kindnesses and to say, “thank you”. Those simple words can lift a weary soul or offer the extra push someone needs to keep doing what they are doing.
Sometimes the unexpected makes the biggest impact. You don’t have to have a solid reason to send someone a note letting them know you’re thinking about them or that you appreciate them. From the cashier at the grocery store to your best friend or a family member you haven’t seen in a while, simple little notes can go a long way.
It’s cold and flu season. It’s no fun to be sick, and on top of feeling crummy, being sick can be lonely, discouraging, and overwhelming. Paired with some flowers, warm soup, or a feel better kit, a handmade card can truly bring cheer to someone who’s under the weather.
You Are Loved
Have you ever gotten a note or letter that enumerates the things the author loves most about you? It means a lot doesn’t it? Taking some time to write down the qualities that make a person who they are, the things that make you smile when you think of them, can mean more than you might realize.
Remember Important Dates
From happy celebrations like birthdays, graduation, and meeting important goals, to more somber occasions like losing a loved one, going through a divorce, or any number of life’s unforeseen circumstances, a simple note letting someone know they are not alone can go a long way. Rejoicing with others makes the victory more sweet, and the comfort of a friend can help ease a hurting heart.
The Possibilities are Endless
There are so many ways you can share kindness with others around you – especially this week. If none of these ideas suit your fancy or if you just want more inspiration, be sure to check out all the kindness ideas on the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s website. I’d love to hear some of your ideas or to hear about the experiences you have as you initiate random acts of kindness in the comments below.
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