random acts of kindness

I heard on K-love the other day that there was a research finding that kids who committed to doing random acts of kindness for a short period of time were happier and more popular compared to their counterparts. To some extent I would say that this is a given. Doing good for others equals feeling good inside. The big question is whether you take time and thought out of your day to do it and follow through on it. So the question is, do you accomplish one random act of kindness daily? If you don’t do it daily, can you commit to starting small and do one once a week? It doesn’t have to be anything grand; it can simply be saying hello to someone and wishing them a good day, or holding the door open for someone. For example, it’s amazing how helpful it is when someone holds the door open for me as I try to push a stroller through a non-automatic door. I am so thankful! The fact that someone was thoughtful and acted accordingly made my day. The beauty of random acts of kindness is their selfless nature. It’s thinking of how to help others and offering a hand, sometimes at your own inconvenience. I love following through on random acts of kindness. It makes me feel fulfilled. The difficult part is actually thinking to do it. I think as I go about my busy day, I forget to think of others. At this point in my life, I am committing to doing one “larger” random act of kindness with Zane weekly (ie. visit someone who needs it, cooking a meal for someone) and everyday I try to do something small (ie. speak to a stranger, go out of my way to thank a worker). So far, so good. :)

What random act of kindness has someone done for you that made a positive impact on you? How do you go about remembering and following through on being kind to others randomly?

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About Reaksmey

hi :) i'm reaksmey (reeks-may) and I love to think, reflect, and grow. do you? my life includes a handsome husband and a lively infant. here's where i write about how i grow through life's ups and downs so that i can humbly encourage you daily.
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2 Responses to random acts of kindness

  1. J. K. says:

    I encouraged the boys on the way to school today to practice at least one random act of kindness and told them it would be our secret experiment to do every day for 2 weeks and see what happens. When I picked them up they remembered and shared their stories. Tonight we saw what looked like a child in dark clothes walking on a very dangerous part of the road, and I thought it was an 8 year old runaway. We turned around to find out it was an elderly woman from Mexico who didnt speak English and needed a ride to the trolley station. We used our best Spanish to offer her a ride. She was so small she decided to sit in the boys’s booster carseats in the back on the way, and was very grateful! To be continued.

    Reaksmey Reply:

    Keep us posted! Great work encouraging the boys. It starts young and modeling is an effective way to go about it. I learned from my mama.

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