Time for a festive RAK

December 14, 2015

I love a random act of kindness (RAK) at any time of year.  But as silly season fully descends and the festive mayhem begins, I think now is as good a time as any to show someone a little RAK.  These gestures can have such a big impact – easing a frazzled friend for a moment and putting a smile on an unsuspecting face.  A RAK can be quick and easy, doesn’t have to cost a lot and feels as good to give as it does to receive.


Need some inspiration?  Here are my favourite seasonal RAKs to bring some festive cheer…

  1. Make a tray of festive cup cakes and deliver them to the local fire station for the night watch.
  2. Let someone go in front of you in the supermarket queue.
  3. Write a Christmas card to your neighbour and leave it on the doorstep with a box of crackers.
  4. Put £2 in a Christmas card and tape the envelope to your nearest bus shelter offering someone their next trip free.
  5. Offer to run an errand for an elderly friend or neighbour.
  6. Put a food ball out for the birds to help them through winter. For a great recipe, click here
  7. Write your favourite festive joke(s) on a slip of paper, print off multiple copies and joke-bomb the local car park.
  8. Deliver a box of festive chocolates to a hardworking receptionist you know.  Your local A&E hospital reception is a great place to start.
  9. Leave a small present on the doorstep with a thank-you letter for your postie.
  10. Offer to wrap up presents for someone who is really busy and could do with an extra pair of hands.

For more inspiration, check out the Random Act of Kindness Foundation webpage here.  Packed with kindness ideas, inspiration from international ‘raktivists’ and loads of kindness resources, they make it really easy to take a moment out of your day for a RAK.

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