Rekindling acts of love

By on February 12, 2013

Words of Love and Gratitude

Many organizations are showering their love during Random Acts of Kindness week. In the above pictures, BlazerHall created cards to be passed out to the veterans in the Veteran's Affairs Clinic on Valentine's Day Carlene Robinson/News Editor

Many organizations are showering their love during Random Acts of Kindness week. In the above pictures, BlazerHall created cards to be passed out to the veterans in the Veteran’s Affairs Clinic on Valentine’s Day Carlene Robinson/News Editor

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

Whatever the relationship status is, participating the Random Acts of Kindness week from Feb. 11-17 is sure to raise anyone’s spirits by bringing unexpected joy to others. For those on the receiving end of an act of kindness, the gesture may mean more than the giver could ever imagine.

Melvin Griffin and Emily Sargent agree that the most common random act of kindness on campus is paying for someone’s meal when their credit card has been declined. Melvin and Emily both agree that there are many random acts of kindness that go unnoticed around campus.

Griffin said, “Some people may do [random acts of kindness] for the gratitude and admiration; others view it as a charity act. That is the total wrong mindset to have. The Golden Rule states ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’”

During Random Acts of Kindness week, people across the world are encouraged to spend a little time out of every day of one week out of the other 52 weeks of the year to make someone else’s day a little brighter.

Their suggestions include smiling at ten strangers, buy something for the person in line, and cooking a healthy meal for someone else.

The notion of random acts of kindness swept the world in such an influential way that there is now a foundation dedicated to the promotion of good deeds.

Kelsey Gryniewicz, of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation stated that “since 2000, [we have] inspired people to practice kindness and pass it on. Random Acts of Kindness’s goals are to inspire, empower, act, and share to build the kindness community.”

Random Acts of Kindness week has no definite foundation date, but it is still an important week of the year for many in society.

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Brooke Jones, manager of the RAK foundation states, “Perhaps if you see or experience an act of kindness, you’ll feel inspired and be motivated to do something kind yourself, much like tilting and unlit candle to receive the flame from another. [They] hope to see a measurable change in kindness during RAK week.”

To encourage the spread of generous acts throughout the year, the Random Acts of Kindness foundation provides an informational newsletter, daily kindness ideas, educational lessons plans, community and corporate activities, calendars, posters, and more.

Sarah Stephenson
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sarahlou@uab.edu

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