“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”
This was said by a famous storyteller named Aesop, and it is full of truth. Sometimes you may feel that you cannot do anything important enough to make a difference in someone’s life. But even in ancient Greece someone knew that even the small things can make a huge difference to a person who needs it. Some may say that these random acts of kindness, known around the world as RAKs, are what makes us human.
Share Your RAK Story
Here at Auto Credit Express we want to hear how others have been kind to you! Since 1999, we have helped people with bad credit get the auto financing they need to improve their lives. So tell us how someone has helped you, or how you’ve helped someone else! From now until February 3, 2014, e-mail your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first 50 entries will receive a $10 gift card for coffee (maybe you can buy someone else a coffee too!). We’ll publish your stories during our Week of Kindness (Feb. 10th – 16, 2014) to help inspire others. When you submit your entry, be sure to your full name and address and your and email address. We value your privacy, and will only publish your first name, last initial and your city, but we need to know where to send your Starbucks Gift Card!
Take for instance, this story that has recently been quite popular and endearing on the Internet. It is a letter that a mother wrote to a stranger that sat next to she and her 3-year-old daughter with autism called “Dear ‘Daddy’ in Seat 16C’. Expecting to be apologizing the entire flight, this mother was surprised and extremely grateful that a complete stranger acted so kindly towards her daughter that she immediately trusted him enough to call him a “Daddy,” her word for someone safe.
Playing and chatting nearly the whole flight, he kindly never corrected the small child on the title she had given him. Even when she got upset as the plane landed, he tried to help keep her calm. This act of kindness cost him no extra time, no extra money from his pocket. And it will be an event that this mother will likely remember for a long time, if not forever.
Ideas for a Random Act of Kindness
So what are some simple RAKs you can do to show someone kindness? Below we’ve listed just a few ideas from the Random Acts Of Kindness Foundation’s website for you to try next time you have a chance present itself.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Say “Good Morning” to someone you may usually just pass by.
- Encourage someone who’s down
- Let someone cut in front of you in traffic.
- Compliment your waiter or waitress
- Help someone put their groceries into their vehicle.
- Let someone go in front of you in the checkout lane.
- Donate food or clothes to your local shelter.
- Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
A Kindness is Free to Be Given
There are so many ways that you can be kind to the people you see everyday whether you know them or not. Don’t wait, choose today to show someone some needed kindness. After all, ‘kindness begets kindness’, meaning that your kind acts creates other kind acts in people around you. And perhaps this world will become a much better place.
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