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, 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 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.
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:
- “You’re smile is contagious!”
- “That color looks really great on you!”
- “I’ve learned so much from speaking with you!”
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.
- 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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Covid-19 has challenged our generation in ways we have never imagined. While some people still have to go to work, most of us are helping contain the virus by staying at home and practicing social distancing. Being in quarantine doesn’t mean we should stop spreading random acts of kindness though! If anything, it’s when we need it the most.
We thought of simple random acts of kindness you can do for your family, friends, and community during this time of quarantine:
1. Thank those who are still working that you know or encounter day to day
Whether it’s a doctor, a delivery staff, the cashier at the grocery, or the customer representative on the phone, smile and thank them! We need to let them know that we are thankful that they’re working in the frontlines so we can have a more comfortable quarantine life.
2. Catch up with friends and family
Everyone’s anxious during this time, so a simple call or text to make sure your family or friend is doing well can make a big difference. Your extroverted friends are probably suffering from all the isolation so make sure to check up on them!
3. Support your local restaurants buy buying a gift card for later use
Local restaurants and shops have taken the brunt of the recent shutdowns in local communities. Buying a gift card from them and encouraging friends to do so as well will go a long way.
It might seem small, but if more people do it, your favorite restaurant might just stay afloat and survive this pandemic. If you also opt for delivery or take-out, choose the local places and not the chain restaurants.
4. Rate your favorite local shops or restaurants on Yelp and other rating sites
This is a very simple random act of kindness you can do that won’t cost you a dime, but can help struggling local businesses in the long run.
5. Foster a pet if you can
Animal shelters need help in fostering pets as they were also affected by the closing of “non-essential” establishments. Fostering a pet doesn’t only help the pet, it has benefits for you, too, especially during this time of isolation and social distancing.
6. Secretly leave a treat or note offering help in your neighbor’s mailbox
It can be as simple as baked goods or a hand sanitizer, your neighbor will appreciate the surprise. You can also leave a note in your neighbor’s mailboxes offering help such as getting the groceries on behalf of an elderly neighbor or a time to chat if they need anyone to talk to.
Just don’t forget to make sure your hands are clean before you leave anything in their mailbox!
Which among these simple random acts of kindness will you do to RAK this Covid-19 quarantine away? And how are you staying sane while in quarantine? Let us know in the comments!
We at RAK Experience believe there are so many effortless random acts of kindness you can do everyday for anyone. But since March 8th is International Women’s Day, we should go out of our way to show random acts of kindness to the women in our lives that we love and inspire us the most!
Doing random acts of kindness on this day will become extra special for your favorite ladies because they don’t really expect much on March 8th (except in certain European countries where it’s a big deal!). So why not step up your International Women’s Day greetings and do any of these three ways that you can RAK your favorite ladies on this special day.
1. Celebrate this day like how our friends in the Czech Republic typically do: surprise your favorite ladies with a flower or a box of chocolates (or both!)
As we have mentioned earlier, certain European countries celebrate March 8th at a different level than we do here in the US. In the Czech Republic, it’s almost like Valentine’s Day! Men give flowers to their mom, sisters, friends, and colleagues. Many companies have something special for female employees. In Berlin, they have recently announced March 8th as a public holiday!
Since it’s not as widely celebrated in the US, the flowers won’t be as expensive as on Valentine’s Day. Here’s a great tutorial on how to wrap flowers individually without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for a box for your homemade chocolates, why not try our RAK favor box?
2. Mail them a card and write why they’re one of your favorite ladies in the world
People typically expect to get cards on Christmas, birthday, or mo thers’ day, but International Women’s Day? Nah-uh. No one really expects it, unless, again, you’re from Europe!
Make this random act of kindness extra special by writing what makes the recipient inspiring. Maybe even tell them why for you, they’re better than Frida Kahlo, braver than Rosa Parks, or funnier than Ellen Degeneres. Think long and hard why you value their presence in your life and write it down.
Too busy to go to the post office? It’s 2020 and now you can send stamped mail without getting out of your chair! We like using Postable to send printed cards with “handwritten” messages. You can customize their cards and use your own pictures or just choose from their huge library of designs. Postable’s cards are recycled so you’re also doing an act of kindness for the earth!
3. Think of their “quotable quote” and share it on social media
When you spend so much time with someone, you can’t help but notice certain recurring statements from your close friends and family. It doesn’t have to be deep and meaningful. It can be something as silly as:
“‘I don’t know’ is not an answer!”
You can even quickly design it on Canva to make it look like it’s an actual inspirational quote before posting and tagging her on social media.
There’s a lot more random acts of kindness you can do on March 8th, but however you decide to celebrate your favorite ladies in the world, make sure to take a photo/video and tag us!written” messages. You can customize their cards and use your own pictures or just choose from their huge library of designs. Postable’s cards are recycled so you’re also doing an act of kindness for the earth!
Now in its third run, “California’s favorite winter film festival” is held in Mammoth Lakes, California. To say the least, we’re incredibly pumped to celebrate and see the brilliant work of filmmakers, producers, actors, and writers (and everyone who worked behind the scenes). We also can’t wait to participate in random acts of kindness and we hope you are, too! Here are the top five simple random acts of kindness you can do to make someone’s MFF experience RAK even more:
1. Buy someone coffee. And make it a Black Velvet Coffee while you’re at it!
“Brrr. It’s cold in here,” is what you’ll probably say while in Mammoth Lakes. What better way to start your and someone’s day than with a steaming cup of coffee. Black Velvet Coffee has an espresso bar that we love! As long as you’re not dairy free make sure you try a raw milk latte. It’s RAK-a-licious! And if you’re looking to unwind after a day of movie screenings and wandering about Mammoth, they also offer a wide selection of craft beer and wine. You can find them here.
2. Surprise someone with a gift from the Mammoth Fun Shop. They carry an array of fun stuff--from bath bomb cakes to the world’s smallest jigsaw puzzle--that you can buy. Know someone with a sweet tooth? Everyday is a sundae fun day at this local shop as they also offer delectable old-fashioned ice cream served in home-made cones. The ice cream comes with free toppings, too! Get directions here.
3. Treat someone to a hot bowl of ramen at Ramenya. Film Festivals are about the films, but they are mostly about the relationships you make while you’re there. Invite some of the filmmakers you meet to join you for dinner. We highly recommend Mammoth Lakes’ sole noodle house. Their shoyu ramen and kimchi is perfect on a cold night! If you’re up for it, their sake is also a must-try. The owners and staff are warm and friendly, too! Visit them here.
4. Get your furry friend treats and toys from Tailwaggers Pet Store and Bakery. The random acts of kindness you can do extends to pets, too! Whether it’s your own pet or your friend’s, they will surely wag their tail when they see you with any of the selections of pet food, baked goods, treats, and toys that Tailwaggers carry. RAK yourself right now by checking out cute photos of Tailwaggers doggos here (warning: cuteness overload). They are located here.
5. Cheer someone up with chocolate from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. From the Tailwaggers Pet Store, you can walk to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and grab chocolates for old and new friends you’ll meet at the Mammoth Film Festival. As an adage goes, a chocolate a day keeps the blues away. Visit their Mammoth Lakes shop here.
Among the five random acts of kindness you can do, which one are you looking forward to doing? Or are you doing all of them?! Either way, tag us when you RAK someone at the Mammoth Film Festival!
Kindness doesn’t mean having to make huge sacrifices like what Mother Theresa did. Smiling at a stranger, giving compliments to the cashier, or holding the door for a colleague. Doing these simple random acts of kindness can significantly make someone’s day brighter. Being kind can be easy. In fact, it can be so so easy we came up with 100 simple acts of kindness that you can effortlessly do for your friends, family, or a random stranger. They’re so easy you’ll probably want to do five of them in a day!
1. Give someone a hug.
2. Donate books to an orphanage.
3. Smile and thank your server.
4. Buy a friend or a colleague coffee.
5. Compliment a stranger.
6. Spend time with a friend or family member.
7. Hold the door open for someone.
8. Get in touch with an old friend or relative.
9. Write or send a thank-you note to someone.
10. Offer to help someone.
11. Do something kind for yourself.
12. Smile at everybody. It's contagious.
13. Spread the word about a charity doing great work.
14. Thank someone who has gone out of their way for you.
15. Send an encouraging text or email to a friend.
16. Let someone know that you appreciate their work.
17. Sponsor someone or share a fundraising page.
18. Pick litter up off the street.
19. Bring treats to work or school.
20. Give someone an inspiring book you think they'd like.
21. Let an influencer know they have made a difference.
22. Write a letter and mail it out to someone you love.
23. Go the day without complaining.
24. Forgive someone who wronged you in the past.
25. Make dinner for a family in need.
26. Use a travel mug and reusable tumbler instead of a disposable one.
27. Surprise someone with a thoughtful gift.
28. Avoid gossip.
29. Do something you love for 30 minutes.
30. Apologize to someone you did wrong in the past.
31. Send a postcard to a friend.
32. Buy groceries for the person next to you in line.
33. Ride your bike or walk to work.
34. Volunteer for a charitable cause.
35. Recycle things that you see in your home.
36. Take time to listen to someone.
37. Offer to give a friend a ride home.
38. Lend a friend your favorite book.
39. Pay someone's bus or train fare.
40. Give your seat up on a bus to another person.
41. Offer the spot ahead of you while waiting in line.
42. Buy flowers to hand out on the street.
43. Leave letters of encouragement on people's cars.
44. Participate in a fundraiser or charity.
45. Donate old clothes to a charity.
46. Help someone put groceries in their car.
47. Plant a tree.
48. Do someone a favor without asking for anything in return.
49. Help a child or an older person cross the street.
50. Run an errand for someone.
51. Tell a boss about a good employer.
52. Pay for someone's meal at a restaurant.
53. Mail someone a random gift.
54. Share your umbrella with someone.
55. Offer to take someone’s photo for them.
56. Donate towels or blankets to the animal shelter.
57. Bring someone a souvenir from your trip.
58. Take a new acquaintance to lunch.
59. Send a random thank you email to someone you admire.
60. Put your phone away when you're with family and friends.
61. Make someone laugh.
62. Adopt an animal.
63. Return a stray grocery cart.
64. Encourage a friend when they try something hard.
65. Sit with someone at lunch who’s all alone.
66. Join town clean-up day.
67. Turn in a lost item you found.
68. Cheer up a friend who is sad.
69. Decorate crafts for a nursing home or retirement home.
70. Donate food to a food drive.
71. Leave a nice note on a colleague’s desk.
72. Share your lunch with a stranger.
73. Leave money in a vending machine.
74. Give someone homeless a blanket or a coat.
75. Bring flowers to nursing or retirement homes.
76. Write kind words on rocks and leave them at the park.
77. Keep bags filled with snacks and sample-size toiletries to give to the homeless.
78. Take time to write a great online review for a restaurant you love.
79. Talk to a person sitting on their own at a party.
80. Organize a donation drive for coloring books, toys and art supplies for a children's hospital.
81. Write a thank-you note to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
82. Pay the toll for the car behind you.
83. Keep bottled water in your car and hand it out on a hot day.
84. Leave a great tip for a waiter/waitress who did a fantastic job.
85. Offer your handyman/service repair person a snack or beverage.
86. Volunteer to do a family member's laundry.
87. Get someone to go on a spontaneous adventure with you.
88. Give someone a list of things you love about them.
89. Prepare and organize a party in a retirement home.
90. Treat someone to a movie.
91. Prepare breakfast in bed for your family.
92. Say thank you to your building’s janitor.
93. Be courteous and kind to customer care representatives.
94. Learn to say "hello" in a variety of languages.
95. Teach a random act of kindness to kids.
96. Help a driver in need fix a flat tire or whatever kind of help they need.
97. Hide a happy note for someone to find.
98. Support a small independent business.
99. Tell your parents how much you love them.
100. Share this with someone kind.
Which simple act of kindness will you do today? Or if you already did one of them, how did the recipient of your kindness react? Let us know in the comments or tag us on our socials using the hashtag #RandomActofKindness !