Random Acts of Kindness Week

I’m a pickup artist.

No, I don’t hang out in bars reciting cheesy come-ons (“You must be tired ‘cause you’ve been running through my mind all day…heh heh heh”).

I’m the type of person who’s always picking up things that other people drop. Here are some examples:

  • A woman was putting on her coat and unknowingly knocked off her bracelet, which rolled under a bench. I reached under the bench and returned it to her before she walked away.
  • A girl was sprinting on a treadmill at the gym, and as I walked by, I noticed that her towel had fallen down between the machines. I picked it up and secured it on the arm of the treadmill for her. The grateful look she gave me still makes me smile.
  • I’ve picked up an array of baby items: balls, mittens, shoes, teething rings. Babies can’t seem to keep it together.

I like to think that I’m good at noticing when people drop things because I’m so short and close to the floor. It makes me feel nice to do something kind (and easy) for others.

Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 13-19, so I’m watching out for opportunities to be kind to the people I encounter in my life. You can find out more about RAK Week here and read stories about kindness; download free resources, cards, and bookmarks; and browse a list of ideas so you can start sharing kindness today.

Here’s a fun video about how random acts of kindness can really boost someone’s mood.

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  1. xvavaveganx on February 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I didn’t know that this was an official week for kindness but I love it! I try to do random acts of kindness when I can but I’ll be especially mindful this week 🙂 Hopefully it’ll catch on!

  2. Cara on February 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I didn’t know it was kindness week either but I will keep my eyes peeled for opportunities. I did bake cupcakes for my coworkers for helping me with my blog post today 🙂

  3. Shybiker on February 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I love doing random acts and watching ripples of kindness radiate out.

  4. Molly on February 12, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I like the new look of your blog!

    Had no idea it was random acts of kindness week, but now that I do, I’ll definitely try to do more acts that are kind. I try to at least smile at several people every day, if only to spread a little cheer.

    • Sage on February 12, 2012 at 7:43 am

      Thanks, Molly. I’m trying something different: a little prettier, more streamlined.

      I smile at people a lot too. It’s so easy and it puts people at ease.