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Random Acts of Kindness

February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Day in the United States. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has designated this week as RAK week!

I encourage each of you to do one thing this week for someone else.  Buy coffee for the next person in line, take cookies to a neighbor, take a meal to someone who lives alone, or scrape the windows of the car next to you in the parking lot (for those in the winter months right now).  If you want even more ideas for kindness, take a look here.

After your random act, stop by to share your story in the comments!

Update: Let’s keep the stories going.  Stop back any day of the year to share your Random Acts of Kindness – either given or received!  I am continuing to add additional stories in the comments.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Other

 

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Boom Boom Cards

A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed to either help or cheer up someone else. According to Wikipedia, the phrase may have been coined by Anne Herbert, who claims to have written “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat at a Sausalito, California restaurant in 1982.

Today’s profile is a product that encourages “Intentional Random Acts of Kindness” by passing along specific ideas and giving you the ability to track them online.

“Boom Boom” is the boomerang concept…whatever thoughts, actions, or words you put out into the world eventually find their way back to you.  Or as some would say, do unto others as you would have others do unto you.  Boom Boom cards are a way to encourage intentional random acts of kindness by giving you ideas, a way to pass it on, and a way to track the spread of your act.  The premise of the Boom Boom Revolution is that change can be made one simple action at a time.

There are four editions of Boom Boom card decks: Original, Family, Teen, and Green.  Each deck comes with 26 cards, a Boom Boom sticky notepad and a handy carrying sack.  The family kit also includes a command central kit to help you track as a family.

You start by picking a card from your deck and performing that act of kindness.  It may be buying a cup of coffee for a stranger, planting a seed, donating used books, or some other act.  Then, you pass the card along to a friend or stranger.  You can register your act of kindness online using the code on the card and track the card as it passes from one person to another.

My family has the family deck and has already Boom Boomed a couple of times.  One card encourages you to have a family game night and another has you building a family fort in your living room.  My daughter said she liked the cards because the activities we fun.  She is also excited to send one of the cards to her pen pal.  I enjoyed the cards because they provided a way to come together as a family, do something fun, and for some cards make a difference.  I am also excited to track the progress of the cards as they move on to other families.

You can purchase your own Boom Boom cards for $10 to $15 on their website.  Once you receive your cards, you can register your deck and a portion of your purchase price will be donated to the charity that you select.

You can also head to their website, click their interactive map, and see Boom Booms happening around the world!  You can even log your own Everyday Boom Booms – these could be any act of kindness that you do.  Some recent Boom Booms logged were walking the neighbor’s dog, raking a neighbor’s leaves, or washing the dishes.

You can learn more about Boom Boom Cards on their website, boomboomcards.com.  You can also visit their blog and follow them on a variety of social media sites linked below.

Twitter
Facebook
YouTube
Flickr
Vimeo

Please note: I did receive a set of Boom Boom cards for the purpose of writing this post.  This post contains my honest opinion of these cards. 

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Other, Philanthropy

 

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