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or not – Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 13, 2011 43 comments

Random Acts of Kindness Week Feb 14-20, 2011February 14 – 20, 2011 is Random Acts of Kindness Week. There is nothing bugging me today!

The mission, for those bold enough to accept it: Do one act of kindness every day during Random Acts of Kindness Week.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation will suggest a new kind action every day to their members and online community fans. You can learn more on how you can take part by reading their Press Release or by visiting their website or Facebook.

About The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Established in 2000, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has a mission of inspiring people to practice kindness and to pass it on to others. RAK’s goals are to inspire, empower, act and share to build the kindness community. To that end, RAK provides free educational and community ideas, guidance and other resources, and allows everyone to share their kindness ideas and actions through its website at The Foundation celebrates World Kindness Week and sponsors Random Acts of Kindness Week the second full week in February. RAK is on Twitter (@RAKFoundation), Facebook and YouTube.

What acts of kindness can you perform this week?

It’s time to give a shout out to some of the blogging community here on WordPress. First I would like to welcome all the new visitors and subscribers to my blog.

The other day I read a story about how important making eye contact is when talking to people and this is so true. The eyes tell you what words can’t. He performed a true act of kindness.

I also took part in my first blog hop organized by EOF737 – Mirth & Motivation. Thank you for putting that together it was fun!

And just because I want to, I can’t forget my first blogging buddy, Piglet in Portugal. She went to market and saw a cute little piggy this week. 🙂

Yesterday I said I had something special planned for the coming week and I got the idea from Random Acts of Kindness Week.

While some of us have received a bump in our stats there are still other new bloggers out there who have yet to see it. Comments I’ve read in the daily posts suggest they don’t know how to get new readers to their blogs.

I’m sending out a challenge to all those participating in the PostADay2011 and PostAWeek2011 challenge.

The Challenge

I’m encouraging bloggers in the WordPress Challenge to commit to reading at least 2 new blog posts everyday at a blog they have never visited before.

Anyone wanting to participate in this challenge will tag their posts with RandomBlog2011.  You will be able to find blogs taking part in the RandomBlog2011 Challenge using this tag the same way you are currently reading the PostADay2011 and PostAWeek2011 blogs.

I will be adding comments to the Daily Post inviting anyone who wants to participate to tag their posts RandomBlog2011. Each participant is asked to read and comment on 2 random blogs every day for the week.

I have no idea how many will decide to take part in the challenge but I’ve had this on my mind since I noticed the special week for Random Acts of Kindness and I just had to give it a try.

How many random blogs will you read this week?

Make sure you visit the special page I’ve set up for the RandomBlog2011 Challenge.

🙂  Please share this page to get the word.  🙂

There is nothing bugging me today!


Quote for today

You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments that stand out
are the moments when you have done things for others.
Henry Drummond

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – Reach Out and Touch a Soldier

December 30, 2010 8 comments

It’s the holidays so I’m continuing with another “or not” posting.

Reach Out and Touch a Soldier Overseas

Earlier this year a member published an article on performing Random Acts of Kindness.

This is the perfect time of year to remind you of it and urge you to perform a Random Act of Kindness.

Reaching out and sending a note to our soldiers overseas is just one of those acts you can easily perform from the comfort of your own home. How simple is that?

So please, go visit:

or on FaceBook at:

Adopt A Soldier

and send a note or card to a soldier overseas.

The site also has listings for Marines, Sailors, Airmen and the Coast Guard.

If you haven’t performed a Random Act of Kindness in a while, how about doing it now.

I bet it will give you a good feeling reaching out and touching someone.

Happy New Year everyone!

NOTE: Don’t let the .com worry you, the organization was registered as non-profit and you can read it all in their history.

History of

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or not – Random Acts of Kindness

December 27, 2010 5 comments

Being as it’s still the holiday season, I thought I would continue with another “or not” posting and remind you that there are some who could use some help, kindness and friendship at this time of year.

This was originally posted in October 2010.

Random Acts of Kindness

By Rosemary Bell

The week November 8 – 14 in 2010 is designated World Kindness Week.

This is observed in communities all around the world and can help to bring a community together.

It’s an opportunity for people to perform a small act of kindness for someone for absolutely no reason at all. Some have been known to print up business cards with a Pay It Forward message asking them to return the kindness to someone else that day. Some communities also offer posters that can be posted in your community, office or apartment building to spread the message.

There are plenty of acts you can do for strangers that won’t cost you a thing. Some of them are:

– Let someone into line with fewer items than you at the store
– Open and hold a door for someone
– Help someone obviously struggling with a heavy load
– Carry groceries to the car and return the cart for a parent with a child, or a senior etc
– Safely assist someone in need of roadside help
– Let someone into the line of traffic
– If you see someone who has locked themselves out of their car, offer to make a phone call for them
– Give up your seat on the bus for someone who needs to sit
– Pump gas for someone at self-serve
– Thank a police officer/firefighter and stop to consider what would happen to our community without them

Some ideas you can do for family, friends or neighbours:

– Invite someone to dinner who is alone or on their own
– Visit a shut-in, elderly friend, or someone who is sick
– Offer a ride to someone to appointment, shopping etc
– Offer your services of childcare to allow a new mother some personal time
– Take the garbage out for your neighbour
– Help rake your neighbour’s leaves
– Offer to fix or repair items for someone who doesn’t have the skill set to do it themselves

Speaking from experience, there is one act of kindness I know would be really appreciated. If you know someone who spends all their time (24/7) looking after a sick family member, offer them some of your time. Let them know that you will take over for the day or evening. Being a caregiver 24/7 can be quite stressful and a little time off does wonders for the mind knowing that someone responsible is looking after their loved one.

For more information you can check out:

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

On Facebook

What acts of kindness can or have you performed?

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