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Random Acts of Kindness

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I got an idea once from a local church pastor. He discussed a program called RAK. The program encouraged church members and citizens to commit random acts of kindness. Think about it, when was the last time someone did something nice for you when you least expected it? 

Random acts of kindness can come in many forms. You can hold the door open for someone, buy someone lunch, help a senior citizen with yard maintenance, say have a good day to someone or just do anything nice. As we all know, the last thing most people expect to happen for no reason is something nice. Not that it doesn’t happen every once and a while, but probably not as often as we would like.

Simply saying have a great day can have a major affect on most people on a given day. Now just imagine doing something way outside the box like telling the restaurant manager how good your waitress or waiter was or sending a nice complimentary letter to the company headquarters. There are many opportunities for participating in random acts of kindness. You can visit your local nursing home, a sick friend in the hospital, the children’s hospital or just do anything nice for no reason.

Trust me, it’s addictive. Once you’ve done it once you can’t stop and that’s the purpose. If we can convince more people to perform random acts of kindness, then the world and communities we live in can and will be a better place to live. Niceness comes in many forms, some expected and some unexpected. Either way, kindness is kindness and most of us appreciate and enjoy kindness. As a matter of fact, I can’t remember the last time I heard someone say, please quit being so kind and nice to me, it’s starting to get on my nerves, it just doesn’t happen.

Anyway, random acts of kindness can be given and received by anyone, especially family and friends. But to those that aren’t expecting it, it’s an awesome feeling and sight to behold. Random acts of kindness works both ways for the giver, it brings joy and happiness for the receiver and joy, happiness and fulfillment for the giver.

In closing, it never hurts to be kind, courteous, respectful, nice and sincere. We could all benefit from Random Acts of Kindness.

Kenneth Martin

754-2552

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