My city was highlighted in a recent Huffington Post article about how our residents are “paying it forward“. All sorts of Random Acts of Kindness were featured, and that got me thinking. This week has been busy, stressful, the usual gettting-caught-up-in-work-and-life and not pausing too much. But lately I’ve been gravitating towards sites like the “official” Random Acts of Kindness website, blog posts where people celebrated birthdays by performing RAKs, posts where people analyze reactions to RAKs, and news items which feature RAKs after stressful events such as Hurricane Sandy.
We need more RAKs. Regularly. Daily. Yes, it’s about the person performing the act “feeling happy” doing it. Yes, it’s about helping others so they hopefully “feel happy” doing it. RAKs need to be part of my daily intentional routine, with me internalizing which acts are RAKs that I already do automatically–like picking up garbage I see on the ground and putting it into the nearest refuse container.
I have a friend who, when using a public washroom, always leaves it cleaner than how it was when she entered. It’s her regular, internalized RAK that she knows very few people are willing to do. And it’s those kinds of acts that can help us shift our thinking back to one of “automatically helping” rather than being “automatically suspicious” of people who want to help.
My Saturday Upside this week is one that I am trying to intentionally remind myself of daily–performing RAKs so they become no longer random (and potentially forgotten), but intentional and part of my daily routine. Happy Saturday, everyone!
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