Did you think that headline was a misspelling?
A #RAKAttack is short for Random Acts of Kindness…because JCI members are usuallys RAKtivists. Think of RAKtivists like kindness ambassadors; like all ambassadors, they’re an active member of the community. The name was generated by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, whose main goal is making our world a better place for all. According to the Foundation, anyone who believes kindness can change the world, who reminds everyone around them how much love there is in the world, who inspires hope and generosity with their actions as much as their words — is a RAKtivist.
Scientific studies have shown that random acts of kindness are good for you! They improve your life satisfaction by increasing your sense of belonging and self-worth, and they improve your health by decreasing your anxiety, depression and blood pressure. Here’s the best part: According to the Foundation, these benefits apply to the giver of kindness, the recipient of kindness, and anyone who witnesses the act! Every act improves the lives of at least three people.
If you’re like most people, you’re tired of all the negativity in the news, frustrated by the politics, and sad to hear about all the pain and suffering out there. We need to get back to the importance of being kind to others; to show that love is the strongest emotion in our hearts, and that kindness is the antidote to all the bad stuff. Our country has been assaulted by a lack of kindness and humility recently. Many individuals report that they feel stressed, nervous and fearful and believe me, it does filter into the lives of our children, too.
There are a number of studies that show the importance of engaging students in acts of kindness. One study showed that when participants performed acts of kindness or took notice of the pleasant places they visited, their happiness quotient increased. However, those who performed acts of kindness received an extra boost. The study showed they gained an average of 1.5 friends during the month-long period — good support for the idea that nice guys finish first.
So after being inspired by Random Acts of Kindness Week in February, we’ve decided at JCI Portsmouth to create a monthly RAKattack! This month one lucky person will be receiving a very nice gift box sponsored by our good friends at EMARI (It helps that the JCI Portsmouth President happens to be CEO!)
So join the movement, become a RAKtivist and join in the #RAKAttack movement…because it might just change the world.
This post was written by Emma-Louise Munro Wilson