Here at the RAK Experience we think every day is the perfect day for random acts of kindness. That being said, Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s a PERFECT opportunity to spread the love to your friends and family with simple gestures that go a long way. Valentine’s Day is a day of love and these random acts of kindness ideas are sure to make your loved ones smile and feel as loved as they are! 

 

Make Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

Remember how fun it was to give and receive Valentines from all of your classmates back in elementary school (especially when they had candy attached!). Break out the doilies and glitter and get creative this year. Write personalized messages in each of the cards then drop them off in the mailboxes of friends and family or on the desks of your coworkers to let them know you’re thinking of them. 

 

Give A Relative A Call

You know that aunt or grandparent (or whoever) who you love but just haven’t been able to talk to in a while? Carve out some time and give them a ring on Valentine’s Day. Seeing your name on the caller ID is sure to make them smile. 

 

Bake Some Goodies

We think the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach and there’s nothing like a tasty treat on Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas for inspiration. This random act of kindness words will make anyone’s day. 

 

Why stop there? 

Once you’ve shown love to your friends and family, why not send an anonymous RAK to a stranger to keep spreading the love. When you sign up to be an anonymous RAK donor, we’ll match you to someone worthy of a random act of kindness and send them a RAK gift box. It’s super easy!

 

Take this Valentine’s Day to show your loved one’s how much you care with random acts of kindness. In a year where we haven’t been able to see as much of each other as we would like to, a little kindness goes a long way! 

 

 

 

We don’t know about you but we’ve been doing our best to expel the bad juju of 2020 and leave it in our dust. This means creating positive energy and prioritizing our mental health. Science shows us one thing that definitely works is random acts of kindness #RAKing. It’s true! Studies show that carrying out small acts of kindness creates a “helpers high” which is good for our brains. It all comes down to chemicals, specifically: dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. 

 

Oxytocin 

Oxytocin, a.k.a “the love hormone” is important in creating social bonds and forming relationships. It helps to create trust as well. Carrying out random acts of kindness releases oxytocin into our brains which lowers stress, lowers your blood pressure, and connects you to the person/community you are helping. 

 

Dopamine

Dopamine is a feel good transmitter that is also released into your brain during a random act of kindness. It’s what makes you feel good and euphoric and we know we could all use a little more of that in 2021. 

 

Serotonin

Being kind can also lead to an increase in serotonin which stabilizes our moods, feelings of well-being, and happiness. It’s a complex and extremely important neurotransmitter. 

 

Judith Orloff MD says kindness and generosity lead to a better life full of positive energy: “Generosity accelerates the free flow of everything positive in your life. Of course, when it comes to finances, a good job, smart investments, and saving wisely are important. But beyond these essentials, the secret is to be generous, whatever your net worth.” 

Beyond all the benefits a random act of kindness has on us, spreading kindness benefits our communities and people we love! You never know how a simple gesture could turn around someone’s day. Get those good chemicals flowing and make someone smile today by sending them an anonymous RAK gift box!

 

 

Let's send 2020 out in style. Here are our top 10 random acts of kindness ideas to set 2021 up to be our best and kindest year yet.

 

1. Send someone a thank you note. 

Put a smile on someone’s face. A thank you note is a simple gesture to show someone that you appreciate them. Whether you are thanking a family member for helping you move or a friend, just for being a great friend, it’s sure to brighten their day! And who doesn’t love getting something in the mail that isn’t a bill!?

 

2. Buy coffee for the person in line behind you. 

The holiday season is so busy for so many of us. A little surprise like this can make a stranger’s day! It’s a random act of kindness that can keep on giving because oftentimes, it will encourage them to pass it on, creating a chain reaction of kindness. Talk about RAK-ing the planet! 

 

3. Call an old friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while. 

Sometimes we all get so caught up in our day to day life that we forget to reach out to our loved ones. The holiday season is a perfect time to reconnect with someone you love but who you might not have spoken to in a while. 

 

4. Donate food to a food pantry. 

Due to so many factors, including the current pandemic, it is expected that over 50 million Americans are facing food insecurity in 2020. Find a food pantry in your area to help these families. Food pantries are typically looking for foods like whole grain pasta & rice, canned vegetables, canned soup, canned fish, and peanut butter. 

 

5. Compliment a stranger. 

If you think something positive about a stranger, share it! Some compliments you can give to a stranger are:

 

6. Put coins in an expiring parking meter. 

We’ve all been there. We forget to top up the meter and get back to our cars to find a ticket on the windshield. Look out for a stranger and put some coins into a parking meter to help them avoid this fate. 

 

7. Tip a little extra!

It’s been a strange year for businesses and bars and restaurants have suffered a lot! Whether you are getting take-out or safely dining in, bump up that tip percentage and show appreciation for your server or bartender who has surely seen a decline in their income this year.  

 

8. Find a pen pal at a nursing home

Any other year, we’d encourage you to visit a nursing home, but 2020 is not just any year. A safe way to connect with a senior citizen this year is to become pen pals. Plenty of nursing homes are encouraging people to send letters to their residents and making it so you can find someone you share interests with! 

 

9. Donate blood

If you’re not squeamish around needles,  this is a great random act of kindness gifts. The need is always great and you are truly making a difference in someone’s life. 

 

10. Scrape ice off a neighbors car

Imagine how you would feel if you came out to your car on your way to work and saw the ice was already scraped off of your car’s windshield. It would feel good right? You can give that feeling to your neighbor with this kind gesture. 

 

Bonus Idea: 

  1. Sign up to be an Anonymous RAK donor or nominate someone they know to receive a RAK. 

 

 

 

It will come as no surprise that here at RAK,  we really love random acts of kindness. In fact, it’s in our name! We love to RAK our friends and family by sending them gifts to brighten their day but we also think that it’s so much fun to send a gift to a stranger. We want to connect strangers around the world with random acts of kindness ideas so we created our Anonymous RAK and RAK Donor programs. 

What is it?

A RAK is a random act of kindness. We have created RAK boxes for you to customize and send to people around the world. You RAK a little or you can RAK a lot but every RAK is meaningful. You can choose between a $10 box and a $25 box, each filled with goodies to put a smile on anyone’s face. The only difference with the Anonymous RAK is that instead of choosing someone you know to send the box to, it is sent to a stranger! You never know who your RAK is sent to but you will know that it brought them a lot of joy! 

 

How Does It Work?

Our RAK nominee list is full of people who are deserving of a Random Act of Kindness kit - and this means it could be anyone because we all deserve kindness in our lives! You can nominate someone that you know (or even yourself!) to get onto the list. Then you can sign up to send an Anonymous RAK. Our patented RAK technology will then match all of our RAK donors to our special RAK nominees. We’ll announce on our social media when we send out our Anonymous RAK’s so you know when your gift is about to make someone’s day. Now you are a true #RAKStar! 

 

Why send an Anonymous  Random Act of Kindness gifts?

There truly is a different kind of thrill sending a RAK to a stranger! Not only do you make a difference in someone else’s life without expecting anything in return, science shows that a RAK a day keeps the doctor away! Okay, that may not be entirely true but research does show that carrying out random acts of kindness is really good for our mental health. It can reduce stress, improve our emotional wellbeing, and sometimes even our physical wellbeing. It connects us to others and creates bonds and our brains really love that! 

 

The Anonymous RAK stories are some of our favorites to hear about especially this year. We have all been spending a lot more time at home and away from strangers. People are feeling isolated and disconnected from other people, now more than ever. We may not be able to go to the movies, see live music, or meet new friends but we can always keep on spreading kindness and connecting with people through RAKs. 

 

Make sure to tell us your RAK and Anonymous Acts of Kindness stories by tagging us on social media. That is your gift to us because seeing your stories makes our day! 

 

 

It seems like everywhere we look these days--from social media to news outlets--all we can find are heart-breaking and worrying news. 2020 has dealt us with quite a terrible hand so far, but that doesn’t mean there’s no good news out there! During what feels like a chaotic time, there are still heartwarming stories of acts of kindness, we just have to keep our eyes peeled for them. Here are the top five sources of good news that you should check out whenever you need some uplifting news.

  1. Some Good News by John Krasinski

Just when we thought we couldn’t love John Krasinski any more, he starts hosting his Some Good News series on YouTube! Some Good News is the polar opposite of the typically anxiety-inducing mainstream news. It’s funny, heartwarming, and it serves as a good reminder that there’s still good in the world through the light news and simple acts of kindness featured in the series. This episode’s intro is particularly funny!

2. Good News Network

From breakthroughs in the field of science to inspiring stories of acts of kindness all over the world, the Good News Network has them all. Did you hear about a teenager who led a peaceful protest in Detroit or the first black valedictorian from Princeton? Didn’t think so! Find more stories like these on Good News Network.

3. The Good News Movement

Founded by former journalist Sue Papadoulis, The Good News Movement collates good news from all over the world. Want to learn about the “Real Tiger King” in Cambodia? Click here. Make sure to follow them on Instagram as well: @goodnews_movement.

4. Positive News

True to its name, Positive News brings us uplifting stories from all over the world. The website features “What Went Right This Week” where you can find the week’s snippets of good news. We particularly like this story on acts of kindness in the time of Covid-19.

5. Follow #goodnews on Twitter and Instagram

You don’t even have to leave your social media feed to learn about good news! Inject your newsfeed with some refreshing #goodnews from individuals from all walks of life--from news reporters to random users sharing random acts of kinds they came across.

Instead of simply reading good news, why not take it up another level and be the source of positive vibes for someone? These simple acts of kindness you can easily do this summertime are sure to brighten up someone’s day!

  1. Hand a homeless person an extra-cold drink, a smoothie, an ice cream, or anything that will help them cool off on a hot summer day.

  2. Make homemade ice cream or any frozen dessert and deliver them to family and friends. Try this healthy lavender honey ice cream recipe for starters!

  3. Find a local food shelf where you can donate food. They can use donations year-round.

As always, we’d love to hear your very own stories of acts of kindness! Don’t forget to share them in the comments below!

 

Simple acts of kindness go a long way every day, but even more so during this time when millions of Americans are unemployed and businesses have been heavily affected by the pandemic. Here are simple random acts of kindness you can do this spring:

1. Donate to your food bank

Springtime is when we typically start going to farmer's markets or food festivals. However, this year, more and more families line up at food banks instead due to job loss. To help Americans who are struggling to put food on the table during this pandemic, you can donate to a local food bank in your area.

Feeding America has an extensive list of places where you can donate. Don't know what to give? It is advisable to donate non-perishable goods such as canned soup, rice, pasta, and similar items. Your pantry may have enough items there that you can bring to your local food bank. Some foodbanks also accept personal care, household items, and monetary donations.

2. Support or set up a GoFundMe campaign

Skip spending on that new Prada outfit and support or set up your own GoFundMe instead. Who needs a new pair of designer clothes when you are mostly at home anyway? This simple act of kindness can help many lives who have been affected by Covid-19.

Whether for a friend who was hospitalized, a neighbor who needs financial assistance, or people who lost their jobs because of the present crisis, GoFundMe campaigns have been effective in helping thousands of people. You can search for existing campaigns or set up your campaign, share it on social media and other communication platforms, and receive donations.

What's good about this random act of kindness is you can do this in the comforts of your own home.

3. Send a RAK box to someone

Surprise your family, friend, or even a stranger with a RAK box! You can put sweet treats (because who doesn’t need one right now?), hand-written or customized positive quotes, or a gift card for a local business by the recipient’s place.

Fill the RAK box with whatever you think your friend or family will appreciate receiving during this time or whatever will show them how much you care about them.

As flowers start to bloom in spring, so also do people begin feeling hopeful to start anew.

Your simple random acts of kindness can do so much more than what you can imagine. As the old adage goes, "A little goes a long way."

We can't wait to hear about your RAK stories! Share them with us in the comments section or tag us in your photos!

 

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