100 Acts of Kindness

RAKtivism

Today my day was brightened when I watched a video about a young girl who had saved up her pocket money for her classmates to be able to afford milk in their snack time at a school in America. When her family realised what she was doing, they made a GoFundMe page and before long she’d raised over $5000. This meant the children in her class could have free milk for the entire year. This small act of kindness touched my heart and made me want to share with you some ways in which you can be kind this year. My RAKtivism post at the start of the year was all about making 2018 the year of random acts of kindness, so I wanted to share with you some ideas.

RAK for Others

  1. If someone is short a few pennies at the checkout, cover the few pence. It’ll make their day a whole lot brighter.
  2. Leave a post-it note for someone in your life with a positive message for them to read
  3. Smile at a stranger
  4. Comment something positive on someones blog or article that you enjoyed
  5. Give a meaningful compliment to a stranger you meet
  6. Offer your seat to someone on a crowded public transport
  7. Organise a charity event or sponsored run
  8. Buy the next person in lines drink in a cafe
  9. Lend out your favourite book for someone to read
  10. Donate to a charity of your choice
  11. Ask someone “are you okay?” and don’t except “I’m fine” as an answer
  12. Help someone clear out their garage/loft
  13. Invite someone for coffee rather than just texting them for a catch up
  14. Organise a community “library” – A bookshelf people can leave and swap books for free
  15. Make handmade cards
  16. Reach out to an old friend
  17. Offer your help to someone for free
  18. Bake for your community
  19. Visit a friend who lives far away
  20. Give someone that lives alone some company for a day
  21. Organise a film night with friends
  22. Write a positive message on a note and leave it in the pages of a library book for someone to discover
  23. Leave a generous tip
  24. Talk to your neighbour
  25. Offer to do (or drive for) someone’s weekly shop for them
  26. Write a letter to a friend or loved one
  27. Give old textbooks away to new students or donate them to a charity shop/library
  28. Cook someone dinner
  29. Offer someone free tutoring/coaching in something you’re good at
  30. Support local businesses
  31. Send someone a care package or surprise gift
  32. Offer a night of babysitting to busy parents to have a night off
  33. Share your study/revision notes with someone
  34. Become a lifeguard or first aider

RAK for Yourself

  1. Meditate
  2. Look after your possessions
  3. Sleep in
  4. Take a walk in nature
  5. Say “no”
  6. Be spontaneous
  7. Read your favourite book
  8. Check you boobs
  9. Write down your goals for the year and plans to reach them
  10. Drink more water
  11. Embrace some Hygge
  12. Read a personal development book
  13. Take a relaxing bath/shower
  14. Volunteer
  15. Watch a TED Talk
  16. Go outside everyday, even if only for a short while
  17. Clean your room/house
  18. Do yoga
  19. Disconnect for a day
  20. Adopt a pet
  21. Eat more vegetables and fruit
  22. Write a letter to your future self and post it
  23. Compliment yourself
  24. Start a “rainy day fund” for yourself to enjoy
  25. Wear your favourite outfit/shoes/pants
  26. Create a memory book or scrapbook
  27. Try a new food or activity
  28. Exercise regularly
  29. Get enough sleep
  30. Laugh often and smile more
  31. Travel the world

RAK for the Planet

  1. Say no to plastic straws in your drink
  2. Take a reusable bag with you for your shopping
  3. Pick up litter when you see it
  4. Organise a beach clean
  5. Walk or cycle instead of using cars/buses
  6. Donate old books to a library or charity
  7. Eat less animal products
  8. Use a travel mug for your morning coffee/tea
  9. Switch to paperless mail
  10. Donate old clothes to charity or second hand shop
  11. Car share with your friends
  12. Take part in walk to school week, or organise one in your local area
  13. Plant more trees and plants
  14. Use less paper
  15. Have a “no car” day
  16. Try and be carbon neutral
  17. Organise a community garden
  18. Buy a reusable water bottle
  19. Switch to renewable energies
  20. Buy a Pela phone case for yourself or a friend
  21. When using a piece of paper, make sure you use the whole sheet
  22. Choose matches over lighters
  23. Create as little waste as possible
  24. Eat local
  25. Watch Cowspiracy, What the Health, or Forks Over Knives
  26. Use energy efficient light bulbs
  27. When buying gifts, opt for local, sustainable and recyclable where possible
  28. Reuse/recycle wrapping paper
  29. Support your local farmer’s market or craft market
  30. Leave bird seed in your garden/birdbox
  31. Shop secondhand or in charity shops
  32. Email major supermarkets about their plastic waste
  33. Compost leftover food waste
  34. Grow your own herbs, vegetables and spices
  35. Live minimalist

Obviously doing all of these in one day is practically impossible, but do what you can, when you can and you’ll be surprised at the difference you can make. I’ll be sharing on my social media some of my random acts of kindness and I’d love to hear some of yours too!

Make sure you share this post around too! The more people that read it, the more RAKtivists we can have!

Ox

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