By Stephen Walton
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.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Promoters of Random Acts of Kindness Week with over 250 ideas for random acts of kindness.
This is one of the most comprehensive sites on kindness.
It is very impressive: a must for inspirational ideas.
The Pay It Forward Foundation
Founded in 2000 by Catherine Ryan Hyde (author of the Pay it Forward novel).
The Pay It Forward Foundation is a non-profit organization that leads a worldwide movement committed to inspiring, recognizing, and celebrating the kindness and gratitude of individuals who simply choose to pay it forward.
The Kindness Crew
Connecting the world through kindness
Bestselling authors, corporate trainers and internationally acclaimed advocates for social change, the Kindness Crew is sparking a global revolution in kindness. From audiences at Fortune 500 Companies to entire metropolitan centres, the Crew has inspired and mobilized millions to commit acts of community service.
The Ripple Kindness Project
A wonderful site based in Australia promoting kindness through school programs. You will find many ideas and tools to develop random acts of kindness ideas.
Created by: Patience Salgado from Virginia, USA
Also known as: The Kindness Girl
Guerrilla Goodness is international, anonymous acts of kindness performed in playful, creative ways for strangers, friends and family.
Guerrilla goodness is dropping flowers on stranger's doorsteps, chalking up sidewalks outside of schools with good wishes on the first day of school, leaving quarters in all the gum-ball machines in town, slipping Starbucks gift cards into books at the library for the next reader to find.
One Million Acts Of Kindness
Bob Votruba, father of three college-age kids is on a personal mission to encourage all of us to commit to performing one million acts of kindness in our lifetime.
With his painted up 1990 Chevy school bus (The Kindness Bus) he's on a ten year journey with his Boston Terrier, Bogart, to college campuses across the United States to encourage a kindness movement for a better world.
He is promoting volunteerism and inspiring youth to be "Kindness Ambassadors to be role models for the world and inspire others by example.
The Great Kindness Challenge
The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a 50 item checklist.
Help create a culture of kindness on your campus! It's free, easy to implement and has the power to increase tolerance, unity and respect for all grades Pre-K through High School.
Return To: "The Virtue of Kindness"..from: "Random Acts of Kindness"
Go To: "Role Modeling Kindness"
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