By Stephen Walton © 2012
What exactly are Random Acts of Kindness?
When we think of the word random, it implies an act done "without method" or "conscious decision."
But!… In fact, random acts of kindness can be either spontaneous or planned in advance.
The main difference between random acts and everyday loving kindness is the element of surprise to the receiver of such kindness, it is generally unsuspecting.
When we practice random acts of kindness, we often create a ripple effect that encourages the "pay it forward" philosophy.
The instantaneous force of such warm and positive energy creates a momentum that profoundly touches the lives of all those in its path.
We make the world a better place by encouraging a world of caring, compassionate and respectful people… "One Kind Act At A Time."
You Bet It Can!…
People all over the globe are making an enormous impact by practicing random acts of kindness and pay it forward initiatives.
Here is a very compelling fact, taken from the "Ripple Kindness Project" (at rippleeffects.com)
DID YOU KNOW?...
It is said that: If you perform two acts of kindness a day, and the recipients of that kindness go on to perform two acts of their own, more than a thousand acts of kindness can be shared in just 10 days….
But!… If each of those same people shared five acts instead of two, more than 19 million acts of kindness could be shared in just 10 days!
Every compassionate act of kindness big or small has the potential to change the world in a huge way.
Often the smallest act is the most heart warming.
Your own lot in life, has no bearing on the goodness you can endow. It doesn't take money, just a little compassion and respect for life circumstances of others….
“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”
- Tahera Mafi -
It is important to say, there are millions of people in all corners of the globe making a positive difference in the world through everyday random acts of kindness.
However, we can't sit back and expect others to run with the torch. We need to do what feels right in our own hearts.
We need to challenge ourselves to look for opportunities to help others and commit to practicing random acts of kindness daily until they become habits.
Involve your children and let them see how good it feels to truly make a difference in the world.
Once they start, they will soon realize how genuine goodness becomes an addictive, gratifying and integral part of their life.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
- Mother Teresa -
Our article on "Modelling Kindness through Positive Parenting" suggests good ideas for performing acts of kindness , both planned and random.
Below are some links to ordinary people like you and I, making a difference in the lives of others while making this world a better place to live.
You will find many ideas for random acts of kindness and motivation to create your own strategy to pay it forward.
I encourage you to watch the short video clips provided for inspiration.