"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." -Amelia Earhart
What's a RAKtivist? Simply put, it's a Random Acts of Kindness activist. What qualifications do you need? A belief that kindness can change the world. How do you become one? It's easy. Practice random acts of kindness or RAoKs defined as: selfless acts performed by kind people to either help or cheer up random strangers, for no reason other than to make people happier.
Let's face it, 2016 was not the most positive year in US history. Our lives have been inundated with negative news, politics, and attitudes. While we may not possess the power to change some things, we can choose to do our part, however small, to affect our communities and those around us in positive ways. We have opportunities to practice kindness daily:
- Open doors for people.
- Offer your seat to someone on the bus.
- Help someone with their luggage.
- Pay it forward in the coffee line.
- Give someone a sincere compliment.
- Let someone go ahead of you in line at the supermarket.
- Smile... A LOT!
- Visit wikiHow to Practice Random Acts of Kindness for a more comprehensive list of practices you can adopt.
To learn more about becoming a RAKtivist and a Random Acts of Kindness Week 2017 partner, visit Random Acts of Kindness.
Need inspiration? Enjoy one of these life-changing titles about people who made a difference through random acts of kindness. You won't be the same after reading them.
The true story of a life-long friendship between a busy New York City sales executive and an 11-year-old boy that began as a small act of kindness and ended up changing their lives forever. Also available in large print, audiobook CD, eBook, and downloadable audiobook.
The unbelievable true story of Steve Klakowicz, a boy taken from his mother at age three and forced to live a terrifying existence with an abusive foster family. Through a neighbor's small acts of kindness and caring- and a box of books- Steve finds hope to persevere and fight his way out of his tortured existence. Also available in eBook and downloadable audiobook.
When a cancer blog leads Jenna to show up at the door of her long-lost friend, Claire, the two stop to pick up another childhood friend, Nicole, before embarking on a cross-country road trip to their hometown. Their journey, which begins with Jenna's act of kindness, not only rekindles their friendship but transforms all of them in ways they never expected. A book full of hope and inspiration. Also available as a downloadable audiobook.