RAK Ideas

Remember that you are doing all of these things without the need or expectation for something in return. RAKs should be things that you do not ordinarily do (not chores or things you are required to do by other groups), they should be things done without being asked to be done, and they should be positive things. You do RAKs without complaining or making a big deal or asking for recognition. You are doing these things to make other people happy.

1. Smile at 3+random people in one day, make their day brighter.

2. Randomly, for no reason tell your parents/guardians you love them.

3. Write a handwritten note or letter and give it to a friend.

4. Give your favorite teacher a handwritten note telling them you appreciate them or thanking them for a lesson they recently taught.

5. Write a thank you letter to your parents for all they do for you.

6. Instead of just thinking it, sincerely and genuinely compliment someone (not only on their appearance).

7. Ask someone “how are you?” mean it and stick around to hear their response.

8. Make some baked goods for your neighbor or family.

9. Hug your loved ones for no particular reason.

10. Make breakfast for your family without being asked.

11. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while to catch up and see how they are doing.

12. Give someone a flower.

13. Visit a senior center or nursing home and talk to people who are there and want company.

14. Say “thank you” for the otherwise routine, things you take for granted.

15. Pick up trash even if it isn’t yours and throw it away or recycle it.

16. Pay for the person behind you at the drive-thru.

17. Buy dessert for someone eating out alone.

18. Pick up the tab for a random table at a restaurant.

19. Let someone who has only a few things go ahead of you in line at a grocery store or Walmart.

20. Send anonymous gifts to the school secretaries, janitors, teachers, paras, etc.

21. Leave your waiter or waitress a huge tip.

22. Tape an anonymous joke to a teacher’s door or desk and at the bottom write “just to make you smile” -signed RAK

23. Tape positive notes, thoughts, or quotes to peoples lockers (not just people you are friends with)

24. Send a nice card to a family member, just because.

25. Invite a friend over for dinner with your family.

26. Read to a child.

27. Push in chairs at tables.

28. Leave positive notes, happy thoughts, inspirational quotes or a funny joke in random places such as on tables, desks, chairs for people to find.

29. Refrain from gossiping and only speak well of others for a whole day.

30. Act as if the glass were half full. No complaining allowed all day long.

31. Babysit for your own or other parents for free.

32. Create an inspired piece of art or simple gift and give to someone (need ideas google it).

33. Run an errand for someone without complaining.

34. Ask someone or your parents what you can do to help them and then do it without complaining.

35. Send/give your sibling a small gift anonymously.

36. Offer to donate your time and talents to help someone out.

37. Leave chocolates or other treats for your teachers & school staff.

38. Spend time with the elderly. Ask them to share their life story if they are willing and actually listen.

39. Introduce yourself to someone you always see around but don’t actually know.

40. Cook dinner for your busy parents.

41. Stop everything you are doing to help someone else.

42. Offer to help someone carry their things if it looks like they are struggling or even if they are not.

43. Befriend a new person at school and try to get to know them better.

44. Be thoughtful- Did your friend have a bad day at school? Bring them a coffee or handwritten note.

45. Hold the door open for someone.

46. Say “Thank you”, 20 times in one day- Everyone works hard. Thanks are especially important to the postal worker, teachers, school staff, bus drivers, janitors, the grocery store cashiers and baggers, etc.

47. Let your sibling watch their show - And don’t roll your eyes or huff and puff about it.

48. Offer to get groceries or run an errand for your friend or relative who has a broken leg or other mobility problem.

49. Call and tell your loved ones that you love them.

50. Donate warm clothes, shoes, and boots that you don’t wear or that don’t fit you anymore to those in need.

51. If you are able, offer to help someone whose car has broken down or is stuck in the snow.

52. Walk a shopping cart (that isn’t yours) that is in the way back to the front of the store or to a cart corral.

53. Send a care package to a solider.

54. Make an Operation Christmas Child shoebox and fill with small presents and supplies.

55. Visit a local business and bring some treats for the staff with a note telling them you appreciate what they do for the community.

56. Send a letter to someone (like a teacher or coach) who made a difference in your life.

57. Know someone who just had a baby or some other major life event? Bring them a meal, offer to clean up their house or do a load of laundry for them.

58. Do something that you know your parents or siblings hate doing, do it for them as a surprise.

59. Already shoveling the snow off your sidewalk or brushing the snow off your car? - Do your neighbors sidewalk or brush off their car too.

60. Give chocolate generously and often.

61. Leave nice comments on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.

62. Rather than throwing away obviously lost items turn them into the “Lost and Found” desk.

63. Say “Hi” to strangers.

64. If you have a driver’s license and car, offer a ride to someone who is car-less or who can’t yet drive.

65. Hang out with the person who just moved to town and invite them to hang out with your friends or sit with you at lunch.

66. Drop quarters on the sidewalk for people to find.

67. Leave pennies heads-up for kids to find on the sidewalk or other public places - Kids love finding heads-up pennies.

68. Pack extra snacks and offer them to your friends or to classmates who you know maybe do not have a lot of extra food at home.

69. Forgive a person you used to dislike or have problems with.

70. Let someone else have their way without putting up a fight about it.

71. Participate - The people who organize events always worry that no one will take part.

72. Burn a CD for your friends that have their favorite songs on them.

73. Leave a small gift at the door of a family suffering severe illness, like cancer.

74. Select a person in your neighborhood or class who is feeling down. Send that person a greeting card anonymously.

75. If you’ve been a jerk (for instance, if you got into a name calling situation and lost control or bullied someone), apologize.

76. Offer to work with another classmate and help them out with doing their homework.

77. Reverse roles. Do something for others who usually do something for you. Clean up the living room, make breakfast on Sunday, or do the laundry.