Through out the week I attempted many different random acts of kindness. Simple things such as holding the door for someone or smiling at them in the hallway goes a long way. One act that I felt stood out was when I helped a teacher from last year carry in a couple of boxes they needed for class. It was a pretty big load and I thought the job would get done much faster if there were two people. During the time we also got the chance to catch up on each others lives as he was also my coach.
What did you notice about the person who benefited from the RAC?
Once I started to help it felt as though a bit of stress was lifted off of their shoulders. I know that they live a pretty chaotic life, so it was the least I could do. I think they were happier because I also asked how their day was going and so on.
What did you notice about yourself?
From this experience I learned that as I said before, simple things go a long way. Thinking about it makes me realize how easy it is to make someone smile and by doing so it makes me a lot happier knowing that I was able to do that. Also by doing small things can build relationships with people for the future.
How did performing a RAC contribute to your personal awareness and responsibility?
Performing random acts of kindness allows me to realize how little time it takes to help someone. Being able to cut time helps everyones day. Carrying in the boxes saved them from having to take 2-3 trips. I see people not being helped all the time they struggle to get things done while people just stand around and watch. From helping this person I am more aware of the time it takes to help and get the job done. It takes less time with 2.
Did you enjoy this RAC? Would you do it again? Would you change it? If so, how?
I did enjoy this random act of kindness. I would definitely do it again so that I can help relieve some stress from someone and maybe even make their day with a conversation. Next time I would try and help someone that I maybe don’t know or just have a conversation with someone I don’t know.
How did it contribute to your leadership skills?
This act helped me to put myself out there a bit more and not be so shy. Even though i hadn’t talked to them in a year I still was able to say hi and have a conversation. I also improved my communication skills as I was able to confidently have/keep the conversation going.
Did you notice it “catching on” to others?
At the time no one was around to see but I think this act put the other person into a better mood which made them become happier and have a better day. It may have helped them teach better or coach better that day.