In a world full of busy people, it’s easy to get engrossed in our own day to day lives full of long work hours, kids sporting commitments, family engagements, running a household and many more activities that we cram into our days.
All this can lead to times of stress and we forget to take that moment to just, be. Take a breath and reflect on your life, your achievements, and your goals. Take care of yourself so you are better prepared to take care of others. Then, look outside of yourself.
Do you see a parent whose child is having a melt-down in the supermarket? They are stressed but a kind word of support let’s them know that they’re not alone. What about a co-worker who has worked hard; they would appreciate that you’ve noticed and taken the time to praise them.
These may be small gestures but they can make a huge difference to someone’s day. It’s taking the time to think of others and how they are coping/feeling/managing their day. It’s not only a positive for the recipient but it feels pretty darn good for the person delivering the act also. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that acts of kindness may decrease levels of stress, anxiety, pain, depression and blood pressure!
So how can you deliver a RACK? We want to encourage our community to not only look after themselves, but look out for others too. Here are a few examples of how you can make a difference in someone’s day:
- Pay for the next person’s coffee at your local café. If you’re going to stick around it’s nice to see the look of surprise, then delight on that person’s face.
- Leave a used book on the seat of a bus-stop with a sticky note telling them it’s free to enjoy and pass on when read.
- Have an elderly neighbour? Give them a hand with their garden. Getting older makes it more difficult with the upkeep of the garden but pulling some weeds and a bit of pruning makes a huge difference. You could even get your kids to help you and make it a regular family act of kindness.
- Write a poem for someone special. Taking the time to write a poem shows how much you care and it can be a great way to express your feelings without getting tongue-tied.
- Let someone go in front of you in a queue. People are usually impatient standing in a queue but being courteous and allowing someone to go ahead of you, gives those around you a moment to think. Slow down, take a moment and smile.
- Speaking of smiling, make it a habit to smile at passers-by.
- See a shopping cart sitting out in the carpark? Return it to the trolley bay and give those that serve us, a helping hand.
- Cook a meal or bake some muffins for a friend in need or new neighbours to welcome them.
- Bring in your neighbour’s wheelie bins.
- Surprise your or your children’s coach with a small gift or genuine thanks for the great work they do.
- Get your child to make kindness bookmarks and deliver some to various letterboxes in your neighbourhood.
- Compliment someone on their hair/outfit/jewellery etc. It’s a small thing to do but it can brighten someone’s day when they are feeling down.
We want to hear about your RACKs. If you have received or delivered a RACK, please post your story. You can remain anonymous if you wish but we would love to hear from you as your experience may just encourage others to do the same. Let’s fill our community with love, compassion and kindness.
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