Saturday, 9 June 2012


So I signed up to the  Million Acts of Kindness this morning after I read Jo's from Country Life experiment's post last night on giving and saw the button again on How I spend my Dash blog today.

I've been feeling down after watching friends struggling this week - one with her mother-in-law undergoing chemo and her own child ill in hospital again. On the way to hospital her vehicle broke down at a busy freeway exit and NO ONE stopped to help - cars just hurtled by , she was all alone with her sick daughter , though twitter offered their help.

Another internet friend's mother is gravely ill in ICU where they are preparing to say goodbye. A kind friend of hers was trying to organise something to help her and keeping her URL friends updated.

It brings back intense memories of being called to ICU to say goodbye to my own Dad 6.5 years ago.

My own life is not without it's dramas too.

It is times like this that acts of kindness are so important , though any time is perfect to start making a difference.

Countless times I've been gifted  Acts of random kindness . So many good and kind people have crossed my path, I feel blessed.

I loved what Jeanette wrote ...{the blog it was posted on originally no longer exists} -

The Simplest Acts of Random Kindness (A.R.K)

Build one! :)


Say hello

Help for no reason

Embrace with a look

Hug with your words

Listen and actually hear

Make eye contact (but do not stare)

Don't argue even when you are right

Leave encouraging, anonymous notes

Wave at a total stranger just because

Laugh for no reason at all (it's contagious)

Turn the texting off and make an actual call

Pay for the coffee for the person behind you in line

Look at yourself in the mirror and say Thank you

Buy a bag of groceries and give it to a family in need

Hold on to your opinion and encourage another person's

Let a child teach you something (even if you already know)

Share your umbrella... even if it means you are left in the rain.

Tell your spouse at least one thing that makes you fall in love with them all over again

Say please and thank you as you tell the Deli person what you want on your sandwich
I feel motivated today to keep the kindness moving .

50 acts of kindness a day for 55 yrs - one bus stop at a time. That's a commitment!

.. what can you do ?

Check the website ~ find daily ideas, hints and suggestions for what you can do to make life happier for the people around you ...not to mention YOU !!

I took the pledge even if I am late to the party.
  1. Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." ~ Scott Adams
  2. Make the world a better place by practicing acts of kindness - one A.R.K. at a time ...soon we will all be sailing.
  3. Loving will never empty your heart and giving A.R.K. will never empty your pockets.
  4. Ask yourself: Have you been kind today ? Make kindness your daily modus opernadi and change your world ~ annie lennox.
  5. I still can't imagine what 1,000, 000 acts of kindness would do ...
What are your thoughts on random acts of kindness do they make a difference ?
How have you been RAK' ed or ARK'ed   ?