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Okay guys, I’m going to be honest with you I didn’t complete one big random act of kindness every day for the past week. However, it’s not one of those things where it was laziness or I just didn’t care to, but it’s a lot harder than it looks when you go looking for ways to go out of your way to help people.

The second day of the week when I was on my way to class the girl who was walking in front of me dropped her water bottle but I was in too awkward of a position to pick it up for her, so that was a fail.

The days after that there was just no opportunities in between school and then going straight home to do homework and soccer practice. I mean I let people in on the freeway and I stop for pedestrians in shopping centers to let them cross. I hold doors open for people and say please and thank you.

However not once was I faced with someone who needed help pushing their car or anything of that nature and I feel like it defeats the whole purpose if you go way out of your way to look for things to do. Of course just average volunteer work and things of that sort are exempt from this, but you get my point. 

I guess what I’m getting at is that “Random Acts of Kindness” aren’t about saving the world or helping everyone, everywhere, all the time in some big significant way. It’s just about doing the little things you can do that can make everyone’s life run a little smoother. Like giving someone a quarter when they come up $0.14 short when paying for their food, or just simply opening the door for them. Every little thing counts.

I still encourage all of you to take part in tblRandom Acts of Kindness Week whenever you like, but keep in mind that it’s not about changing someone’s life in some big drastic way, it’s just about keeping it in the back of your mind so you’re a little more likely to do the little things that really matter.

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Continuing on the topic from yesterday, today in my psych class we were assigned a project related to altruism.  Part of the project is for the next week everyday we are to Practice Random Acts of Kindness. I think this is something that would be good for anyone to do,  and I encourage you guys to take part in this week with me.

Each day I’ll be posting about my random act of kindness and I encourage you all to do the same,  either in the comments or on your own blog with the tag “tblRandom Acts of Kindness Week”.

Include details such as what you did,  how the other person reacted, and how you felt afterwards.  I’m really looking forward to reading what you all have to say!!

**Please note: You can start this whenever you want, even if it’s after my week has already passed,  I’d still love to read about your RAoK!!! 🙂

Altruism or selflessness is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others.

I like to think that if I were put into a situation where I had the opportunity to step up and help others or to ignore it and walk away I would choose the first option. I think we all like to think that about ourselves. However, if you were actually put into the situation, what would you do?

Imagine you’re waiting at an intersection and an old woman is crossing the street carrying groceries when suddenly the bag breaks and she drops her food. Would you just drive by figuring she’ll take care of it herself, or would you pull over and run to help her?

The first thing that many people say is that it’s situational. It depends on what kind of mood you’re in, where you’re going, how difficult it would be to pull over, etc. If it were under perfect circumstances to help her, what would you do? If it would be completely out of your way to help her what would you do?

Unfortunately I have to admit to myself that if I was in a hurry somewhere or in not the best mood I probably would not help her. However, if it would be quick and easy for me to pull over I like to think that I would go over and help her.

Some more food for thought: do you think people do things like this for the satisfaction of selflessly helping someone, or for the recognition of their selflessness?