Is it just me or have you also noticed there are a lot of angry people out there? Everywhere I turn I hear and see people focusing on what’s wrong with the world, ranting about one thing or another. To make matters worse, I’ve recently noticed that I’m ranting about their rants! All this anger is making me angry.
I find it tremendously sad and disconcerting that feeling angry is so contagious. Luckily, do you know what else is very contagious? Random acts of kindness and feeling good.
I recently read an article in the Insider that talked about ten different people and their random acts of kindness that have gone viral on the internet. One of the stories was about a guy, Mark Chalifoux, who was accidentally added to a chat group that was talking about sending care packages to a family member serving overseas. Instead of ignoring the chat or replying wrong number he got involved and started a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy cookies for this serviceman and others in the unit. His genuine lighthearted gesture gained momentum and was promoted by celebrities on social media and picked up by news outlets. He ended up raising enough money to not only send 40 pounds of cookies, but also a second shipment containing nutritious snacks and toiletries to the soldiers.
Reading the ten stories not only bolstered my faith in humanity, but also my mood. I found myself craving more, so I did a Google search. Do you know what I found? There are lots of RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) out there! There was even an article in Reader’s Digest about RAKs that changed people’s lives. And an organization that exists solely to promote RAK: Randomactsofkindess.org There is also a Random Acts of Kindness Day. This year it is on February 17th.
The thing is, anyone can perform random acts of kindness. And they don’t have to be life-changing to make a difference. I remember back in my early 20s when a coworker paid me a spontaneous superfluous compliment. It was such a little thing, but I remember how it made my day. It had such impact on me I’ve tried to pay it forward and compliment at least one person every day. And even though I haven’t been very good at doing it every single day, I’ve found that I get as much out of giving the compliment as the person gets by receiving it. Isn’t that a wonderful phenomenon?! So instead of focusing on what’s wrong with the world, maybe together we can make this world a better place to live—one random act of kindness at a time.
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