Sunday, February 7, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness and a Raw & Spicy Giveaway!

I hope the “Raw and Spicy” giveaway brought you here!  :)

But you’ll have to read my other thoughts before I get to that!!

I have been wanting to do this post FOREVER…  Now is the day!  Ready to spread the love…?
Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) are an amazing thing.

Not only does it give you the power possibly make someone’s day, but you get to also feel the glow for doing something good for the world. 
And one act of kindness can cause a major ripple effect, many people will benefit from you.
Best part –it’s easy!

Imagine you have the power to make a difference today!

Have any of you been on the receiving end of random acts of kindness?
If so, do tell!!

If not, it’s time to begin the ripple effect!! 
I have a challenge for all of you.  

Commit to yourself to do one random act of kindness per day in the upcoming week – And then come back and tell me about it (one entry into the draw for every story)

Here are a few ideas! (easy and cheap) there are SO MANY MORE – if you need more inspiration “google it!”
  1. Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in the line up, if they have more than a coffee, oh well… how awesome would it be if someone paid for your breakfast?
  2. Send nice cards to random people in the phone book.
  3. Leave some operation beautiful notes somewhere special.
  4. Open the door for a mom, a grandpa or anyone.  Smile and say “have a nice day”
  5. Tape a quarter to a pay phone with a note welcoming someone who needs it to use it.
  6. Drop off flowers (randomly) at a friend’s place – even better drop by the thrift store to pick up some pretty little vases and then buy a bunch of flowers, this will cost much less than buying a bunch from the florist.
  7. Shovel someone's drive way (this happened to us this winter – it was awesome!)
  8. Clean up litter along the road – makes for a nicer cleaner walk for someone else.
  9. Apologize to someone, if you treated them unfairly. Quick story for you. I was grumpy, I snapped at someone at the grocery store.  I felt bad, went and apologized to her. It ended in a hug! Hugs ROCK!
  10. Send a letter (not an email) to someone who has made a difference in you life (ok ok, you can send an email too)
  11. Read to a child – EASY- kids get so lost in the shuffle sometimes.  I love to read to my friends kids when I visit, or to the little kids that I work with sometimes!
  12. When you ask someone how they are… mean it!

  13. Smile at a stranger – SO POWERFUL
I have lots more too, if you need more inspiration!

Ok… the give away – it’s raw and spicy!
2x Raw Revolution Bars
3x Green First – the green’s powder my Naturopath recommends
4x Chocolate spice tea
4x Yogi Vanilla Hazelnut Tea

Ways to enter
 Leave a comment about a random act of kindness you have received
  • Leave a comment about a random act of kindness you have done in the next week Feb 7-14th
    Tweet Tweet – about it (and let me know you did)
    Blog about it!  (My favourite one!)

    I will draw on Feb 14th!! :) The day of LOVE!
    Open to Canadian/US residents only!!

    Never miss an opportunity to make someone SMILE
    xo Jess


  1. Such a great post! I always go out of my way to say hi to strangers in the street lol. One of my neighbors once asked me if I was actually born in NY (yes), I guess I am too nice ha

    The other night when we had a blog meet up in nyc, we went to tlc and the girl was so nice to us that we tipped her 40 bucks and she was so grateful =)

  2. Your giveaway is too cute! I love the whole random acts of kindness thing!

  3. I am totally going to do some of these - I especially like the idea of sending cards to random people I find in the phonebook. I am writing some tonight!!!!

  4. so sweet :)

    as my first entering, a man working at gnc paid for my two cliff bars! it was so random, but it made my day!

    ♥ lindsey

  5. A friend of mine just commented on her Facebook page that someone paid for her coffee in the drive thru line and she LOVED it! It's amazing how a simple gesture like that can just make your day. I try to sincerely compliment people every chance I get. I know how just hearing something like "I love your skirt!" or "You're hair looks gorgeous!" can just lift your spirits so I try to do that as much as possible. We just had a talk at my "church" about how love it the #1 commandment and if you have love for God and everyone else, everything will be just fine. How awesome would it be if everyone in the world felt the same?

  6. You are a beautiful person Jessica! I love doing these acts of kindness! I do it all the time ;)

    Have you heard of wayne dyer? He has a lot of cd's on this topic. I will see if I can find them and send them your way!

    Have a fab evening doll!


  7. beautiful idea for a give away!

    random act I received...
    a lady at the groc store realized that skylar was not doing well and meltdown was imminent and she told me to go ahead of her, even though i had a big order. she was patient and just let me go. At the time, it meant alot!

  8. random act that I did...
    I gave away 80% of my household & personal belongings to others. I would post stuff on Craiglist Free and ask people to come take it. I didnt try to sell it, I just gave it away. Purging my emotional and real life clutter that way :)

  9. I love random acts of kindness...that random smile on the street can sometimes make my day.

    So, a few months ago I lost my debit card on the bus (!!!) and panicked when I noticed it was gone. When I got home, I already had a Facebook message in my inbox from the person who found it telling me he had it and would like to return it to me. He happened to go to my school, and we met on campus so he could give it back to me. When I think about that, I still get warm fuzzies.

  10. When I was younger I tore a muscle in my back and leg when I was at a fencing tournament in Ohio and a complete stranger upgraded me and my mom to first class so I could keep my leg straight and propped up!

  11. i've been text messages a girl at my school with autism...this shouldn't be just an act of kindness, but i know it means so much to her, and it makes me feel like i'm making her feel like she belongs :)

    so i guess that's my random act of kindness!

    ♥ lindsey

  12. This is my post letting you know I sent 4 cards randomly yesterday!!! But you knew that already from my blog :-) Thanks for the love.

  13. And, I am a follower! Bazinga! Another entry for me!!

  14. This is such a good idea!

    One thing I always do, and did yesterday, is when I go to a grocery store or any other store, I always ask the cashier how their day has been. I think it's important for people to remember that they are people too! Ignoring cashiers is terribly rude! Smiling and being polite always makes people feel better and appreciated.

    I'll definitely make sure to let you know what else I do this week!

  15. love this idea! I always like to tell someone if they look especially nice, that always makes me feel special :)

  16. my random act of kindness received was actually a runner reaching out to me today and inviting me to join their group each week for intervals!!

  17. my random act given was sending free popchips to a good bloggie

  18. The linkage love has been spread:

  19. On one of our recent trips to the thrift shop, a sweet lady couldn't find anything she wanted to buy, so she asked if she could buy my kids the toy & book they were carrying around (while waiting for me to finish looking, ha).

    I couldn't get over what a nice gesture that was - it didn't cost her much (under $2), but it totally made our day. My kids were amazed that someone we didn't even know was buying them something!!

    Fun giveaway, thanks!

  20. Tweeted:

  21. awesome giveaway! I think i want to start the operation beautiful notes-they are just such a great message!!

    I tweeted bout your giveaway!

  22. Aw I love this idea! I will start doing nice things tomorrow (haha not that I don't do them already of course)

    Actually this goes with my post tonight because doing random acts of kindness would make me more optimistic!

  23. I'm not very good at remembering all of them, but when someone does something unexpected and kind it totally makes my day. Most recently, I guess, is when my little sister left a piece of chocolate on my pillow. For no reason. She's the best. :D

  24. A random act of kindness I did recently was do the dishes for my family.

  25. I tweeted here:

  26. Blogged about the giveaway here:

  27. After having a crappy day my neighbor gave me a hug which helps to know that people are there to help cheer you up.

  28. I tweeted!

  29. Thanks for the opportunity! This winter we've had some pretty nasty snowstorms and my neighbor a couple houses down has snow blowed our sidewalk everytime! I'll wake up and it's already done, that makes me so thankful and appreciative!

  30. A random act of kindness I have done was a couple months ago at a gas station. A man who looked as if he was homeless(and I'm guessing he was)was paying and I was in line right behind him. He was buying a couple food items and was short about 70 cents so I gave him a five so he could buy all the items and I told him to keep the change. He thanked me so sincerely and and I mean I probably would have used that money to make a starbucks run later that day so I felt really great afterward!

  31. I love randmon acts of kindness! I don't know if this counts but I was chatting with a lady at the gym and she mentioned that she was having trouble working out because she forgot her book...I went to my locker and found my magizene stash and offered her her pick to keep her going.

    On the recipient side: a lady at the gym stopped me the other day and said "watching you motivates me" it was SUCH a great thing for her to do and made my whole day. :)

  32. Jess! What a great idea!! Look at all the posts. My random act of kindness was... AND I did it before your post :)
    A friend just hurt her back, so I took her an iced cap and a bran muffin from Timmies.. I thought it was a pretty simple but nice way to say get better and Im thinking of you.... turns out no one has EVER done that for her. I was so excited to be the first one. I don't want to be added to the giveaway though, there is a lot I can't have right now.
    I did a bit of a random act of kindness a few months ago and paid for the person's coffee behind me in the drive thru. I told the above friend about it and she came and cleaned my whole car out! Vaccumed and all :)
    So fun to share it with you.

  33. my mother in law is always sending the sweetest cards in the mail, just to let me know she is thinking of me....

  34. My random act of kindness...I donated blood this past thursday..feels so great to know that 1 hour of my time could potentially help up to 3 other people.

  35. Random act of kindness that I did:

    Today I was waiting in line to apply for a shopper's card at the grocery store, right next to the line to buy lottery tickets. When it was my turn, the cashier called out, "Who's next?" and a woman from the lottery line "cut" in front of me. Instead of saying something, I let her go. When the cashier was finished with her, she motioned for me to come over so she could help me, but I decided to just let another woman go in front of me.

    Sorry if that was a bit confusing, but in sum, I let a couple of people go ahead of me in line. :)

  36. A random act of kindness I have received: I received a text from a friend saying how grateful and blessed he was to have me as a friend. That just about made my day.

  37. Great idea! Today when i was at the grocery I took a person's cart back up to the store for them. Not that big of a deal except that it's snowing and the parking lot was a mess!

    *Check out the week of giveaways going on now @*

  38. Great idea! I baked dinner for a lady I work with who was off because she was in a car accident last week! It's great to see how something so simple makes people happy :)

  39. And I had someone in front of me in line at Starbucks pay for my tea a few weeks ago - it was the loveliest surprise. It's the small things!!

  40. Check out this website: I work with Chris, and it's a fabulous idea :)


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