I know times are tough right now, we are all feeling the effects of our country’s current economic state. I see people when I’m out and about and they look so down trodden and sad. Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) states, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Choose to be cheerful and share your good cheer with those around you.
How can you share your good cheer? Share it with a RAK (Random Act of Kindness). Do something unexpected and nice for someone else. Make a game of it with your kids, it is a lot of fun and doesn’t have to cost any money. Here are some of the things we have done:
- Let the person behind you in line at the grocery store go before you, even if they have a full cart.
- Offer to return a strangers shopping cart back to the cart corral in a busy parking lot.
- Pay the toll for the car behind you.
- Leave a thank-you card for a waiter or waitress.
- Smile at someone who looks sad or lonely.
- Help a neighbor carry their groceries in from the car.
That is just a small list. Try it. See how many RAKs you and your children can accomplish in a day or week. Make it a habit of helping. You will feel better and so will those that you help.