This article is an extract of chapter #6 in Karl Moore’s best-selling book, “The 18 Rules of Happiness”.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
We’ve all felt it.
That spark of happiness which ignites within us whenever we do a good deed for someone else.
We hold open the door for the elderly lady behind us, and she returns the favor with a loving, grandmother’s smile. You bring a box of chocolates into work for no particular reason, and get the warm attention of all your colleagues.
The truth is that doing things for other people really makes US feel great!
The more we give, the more we receive.
And one perfect way to add a little extra happiness to your own life, and the outside world, is to indulge in Random Acts of Kindness. Or RAKs as I prefer to abbreviate.
So, what are Random Acts of Kindness?
Well, the clue is really in the name. A RAK is a small act of kindness that you grant to someone else in the world – for absolutely no reason whatsoever, without expecting anything in return.
The classic example of a RAK is to pay at a toll booth for the car behind you. The recipient of the Random Act of Kindness will not only be flattered and uplifted by your generous deed, it’s likely they’ll “pay it forward” to someone else too. And that person may pay it forward yet again.
Indeed, your single Random Act of Kindness could just change the world.
So, what Random Acts of Kindness could YOU indulge in – to make yourself, and the world around you, happier?
Donate to a charity shop. Give someone a hug. Write a letter of appreciation. Say “I love you” to your parents. Pay for someone behind you. Donate blood. Scrape the ice off a stranger’s car windscreen.
Do something for them that they can’t. Give $1 of your money in the best way you can. Become a conservation volunteer. Give your groceries to a neighbor. Take someone out for the day. Spend time with a local elder. Send someone a bunch of flowers, randomly.
Take chocolate into work for sharing, without a reason. Thank your mentor for their support. Plant a tree. Pick up litter. Be someone’s biggest fan for a day. Be nice to someone who looks low. Smile more. Give food to a nearby shelter. Hold open the door. Give a cup of food at www.thehungersite.com.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be exuberant, and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny.
Just throw a little extra kindness out to the world – and watch how you find greater happiness starting to flood back into your own life.
So, do Random Acts of Kindness – and you will be happy.
It will look like this: Do Random Acts of Kindness