There are many books about random acts of kindness (RAK). This description has always bothered me somewhat. While I understand the intention, the actual phrase “random acts of kindness” makes me want to point out that there is nothing random about being kind. If one tries to perform a random act then it is no longer random. It is intentional.
Semantics aside, it is a great thing to be kind. We should be kind not because we have to or because we will get some kind of warm fuzzy feeling. People should be treated with dignity and respect just because they are human beings. If all of us were intentionally kind to everyone, no matter who they are, this practice alone would improve our world. Sometimes those we least feel like being kind towards are the very ones who need to be shown kindness the most.
Almost everyone enjoys nice surprises and that is what the kindness movement is all about. The library has many wonderful books with suggestions of intentional acts of kindness. The internet contains a wealth of ideas as well. Be creative and make someone’s day today by an intentional surprise kindness.