Are you really living for yourself or just social media “friends”?

We are currently living in very strange times where a generation of people are surviving in a warzone and constantly at battle. I am not talking about Iran, Burma or the Ukraine; I am talking about Great Britain. They aren’t happy and are at constant war with themselves and others fighting off the feelings of self-loathing unless they have the latest car, iPhone or designer clothes.

This new generation of ‘youngsters’ all deem their popularity and feelings of self-worth by judging the number of friends they have on Facebook, how many followers they have on Twitter and how many ‘likes’ they can gain on their latest Selfie which they posted on Instagram 30 seconds ago (and if enough ‘likes’ aren’t achieved, they will delete the photo and try posting it again at another time).

Depression is a term thrown around willy-nilly by youngsters because they don’t look as good or have the things which the latest ‘celebrity’ appearing on a reality TV show on Channel 5 has. I have actually witnessed people say they are depressed because Kim Kardashian looked ‘totes amazeballs’ at some recent awards ceremony and they would love to have her life – this truly pains me.

This same generation will go to extraordinary lengths to appear to be popular and important in the eyes of their ‘friends’ and will even fake it to look good! What kind of a fucked up existence is that? It is like a modern day version of ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’

When I was young (did I actually just say that?!) being popular and having the latest things were still sadly classed as important but nowhere near like it is today, so what has changed? SOCIAL MEDIA. These days it is all one giant worldwide popularity contest due to social media and everyone feels left out if they aren’t part of this worldwide cult which sucks them in.

As I get older I am realising every single day that none of this even matters, and why should we care or give a fuck what other people are doing or what other people have and try to better them? We are ALL guilty of having our phones in our hands way too often, and also posting too much on social media about our lives and what we are doing; there is nothing wrong with that if you enjoy it BUT do you ACTUALLY enjoy it or are you just posting things for the benefit of other people?

I personally get a huge amount of satisfaction and enjoyment from social media. I have talked to some wonderful people with shared interests, had some unforgettable moments with others and have even made life-long friends as a result of them – the difference with me is ‘I am who I am’ and I don’t post things for the benefit of other people, I post what I want, when I want – simple as that. I am not a ‘people pleaser’ and couldn’t give a fuck if people like me or not; I would rather have just 10 real people around me who like me for who I am. I like sharing and posting about certain aspects of my life with people I class as friends and I also post certain things to motivate others too.

Social media is going nowhere and is almost inescapable, but just make sure you use it in the correct ways for yourself and not just as a way to try and look good to other people. It is too easy to forget the most important things in life such as health, food and water, a roof over your head, friends and family.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller.

My top 100 ‘dance anthems’ of all time

This post has been on my ‘to do list’ for quite some time now, and over the Christmas period I have been chatting to lots of like minded people and as a result I decided I was going to invest the time compiling my top 100 dance anthems of all time, so I could share it with others.

I have spent hours compiling this list and I must stress it is my personal choice of ‘dance anthems’ from 1992 – 2004 (but only a small handful are pre-1997) There is no surprise that there are 27 tracks from 1998 alone as I have always said that 1998 was THE year for dance (62 of the 100 were from 1997-1999!)

Where I have stated a date, this is either the release date OR if there are multiple versions of the track and it is the version I prefer. Every single one of these tracks hold a certain memory for me and have been hand-picked one by one and added to my list.

I would love to know your thoughts about my top 100 and also your own ‘dance anthems’ from this era so get in touch.

Moby – Go 1992
Robin S – Show Me Love 1993
Cygnus X – The Orange Theme 1994
Faithless – Insomnia 1995
Josh Wink – Higher State Of Consciousness 1995
La Bouche – Be My Lover 1995
N Trance – Set You Free 1995
Robert Miles – Children 1995
Underworld – Born Slippy 1995
BBE – Seven Days And One Week 1996
Hysteric Ego – Want Love 1996
Magic Carpet Ride – Mighty Dub Katz 1996
Robert Miles – Fable 1996
Waterfall – Atlantic Ocean 1996
Age Of Love – The Age Of Love 1997
Brainbug – Nightmare 1997
BT – Flaming June 1997
Da Hool – Meet Her At The Love Parade 1997
Energy 52 – Café Del Mar 1997
Nalin & Kane – Beachball 1997
Run DMC vs Jason Nevins – It’s Like That 1997
Sash – Stay 1997
Sash & Rodriguez – Ecuador 1997
Sash! – Encore Un Fois 1997
Sneaker Pimps – Spin Spin Sugar 1997
The Space Brothers – Forgiven (I Feel Your Love) 1997
The Space Brothers – Shine (Original Mix) 1997
Ultra Nate – Free 1997
187 Lockdown – Gunman 1998
Agnelli & Nelson – El Nino 1998
Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone 1998
ATB – 9PM (Till I Come) 1998
Ayla – Ayla 1998
Binary Finary – 1998 (Paul van Dyk Remix) 1998
BT – Godspeed 1998
Camisra – Let Me Show You 1998
Danny Tenaglia – Music Is The Answer 1998
David Morales – Needin U 1998
Dj Quicksilver – Planet Love 1998
Eiffel 65 – Blue 1998
Faithless – God Is A DJ 1998
Fragma – Toca Me 1998
Humate – Love Stimulation 1998
Klubbheads – Kickin hard 1998
Liquid Child – Diving Faces 1998
Lucid – I Can’t Help Myself 1998
Paul Van Dyk – For An Angel 1998
Sandy B – Make The World Go Round 1998
Sash feat. Tina Cousins – Mysterious Times 1998
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You 1998
Storm – Storm 1998
The Tamperer feat. Maya – Feel It 1998
Three Drives – Greece 2000 1998
Ultra Nate – Found A Cure 1998
Vengaboys – Up & Down 1998
Ann Lee – Two Times 1999
Armand Van Helden – You Don’t Know Me 1999
ATB – Don’t Stop 1999
Basement Jaxx – Red Alert 1999
Darude – Sandstorm 1999
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence 1999
DJ Jean – The Launch 1999
Mucho Mambo – Shaft 1999
Paul Johnson Get Get Down 1999
Pete Heller – Big Love 1999
Phats & Small – Turn Around 1999
Shanks & Bigfoot – Sweet Like Chocolate 1999
Sonique – It Feels So Good 1999
Southside Spinners – Luvstruck 1999
Sun Is Shining – Bob Marley Vs Funkstar De Luxe 1999
System F – Out Of The Blue 1999
Veracocha – Carte Blanche 1999
Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle 1999
Yomanda – Synth & Strings 1999
York – On The Beach 1999
Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 1999
Chicane – Don’t Give Up 2000
Duke – So In Love With You 2000
Fragma – Toca’s Miracle 2000
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love 2000
Ian Van Dahl – Castles In The Sky 2000
Matt Darey – Beautiful 2000
Matt Darey – Eyeball (Eyeball Paul’s Theme) 2000
4 Strings – Take Me Away 2001
Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire 2001
Lange – Follow Me 2001
Lasgo – Something 2001
PPK – ResuRection 2001
Rui Da Silva – Touch Me 2001
Sound De-Zign – Happiness 2001
Apollo – Dance 2002
Dirt Devils – The Drill 2002
DJ Jessy – Look At Me Now 2002
DJ Sammy – Heaven 2002
Jurgen Vries – The Theme 2002
Lange – Drifting Away 2002
Scooter – Nessaja 2002
Armand Van Helden – My, My, My 2004
Eric Prydz – Call On Me 2004
Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes 2004

Never forget how far you have come

I haven’t posted on my blog for a good few months, as I have been busy working on projects both online and offline, but I felt I had to make the time to do this post titled “Never forget how far you have come” due to something which happened this week.

Two days ago I was alerted to something by a friend of mine who had seen something posted about me on a large internet forum, which I used to frequent daily. There was a new post which someone had started entitled “Who Inspires You ?” and the actual post was as follows :

“Hi Guys

1) Which well-known people inspire/have inspired you in the domain industry?

2) Which well-known people inspire/have inspired you in the internet marketing industry?”

There were a few replies to this question, then there was this one which was from someone I knew and had chatted to a few times in the past (but I have never met) :

“I find Frank as a big inspiration, mainly because we both used to frequent a forum completely unrelated to internet marketing (it was a fitness forum) in about 2004/5 (we didn’t know each other) and he was posting about struggling with money but needing to get his car fixed, trying to save some money for a wedding, not being able to sleep for stress, having a baby and generally stressing about life and finances. (I hope Frank doesn’t mind me saying this)

Then he started posting about wanting to start his own business offline, then an online business, then he started offering offering his wife’s services with her new business decorating chocolate bars (iirc) then he posted up his first affiliate site (which was bloody terrible) it was a daily deals, offers type website iirc, then about a website he was starting about business networking (iirc) and then kind of disappeared out of my online life.

Fast forward a few years and he reappears in my online life doing extremely well, with several lead gen/aff sites, selling £xx,xxx domains, has a great domain portfolio, a big house, several luxury cars, happily married and his Mrs also has what appears is a thriving lifestyle business and they have a great family.

What he has achieved in such a short time is amazing, as is his attitude and willingness to help others – a true inspiration.”

Now anyone that knows me will tell you that I am never lost for words or speechless – however this was one of those rare moments. When I saw that post I honestly couldn’t believe what I had just read about myself and the journey I had been on the past 8 years or so, as I hadn’t looked at it like that at all. Sure I was aware of some of the success I had gained over the years, and also I was very aware that back in 2005 I had £10,000′s of debt and no money to my name, and even had to borrow money from my own mother so I could afford to put shoes on my kids feet and food on the table BUT seeing it laid out like that and hearing it from someone else truly astounded me.

Everyone is on a journey in their lives and have their own meaning of ‘personal success’ but success for me boils down to two things – Freedom and happiness. Everything else is just a bonus.

I had a very shit year in 2013 in lots of ways – not financially, but in terms of productivity, self-doubt, questioning what I was doing with my business life, not enjoying what I was doing any more, outside forces and also lack of motivation. I have massively changed direction in so many ways over the course of 2014 in how I move forward with my businesses and how I spend my time, and I have also made a few very drastic and bold changes too which had a huge positive effect on all of the above, so the post which Ian wrote (by the way, here is Ian on Twitter) really did strike a chord with me and actually made me realise how hard I had been on myself for a very long time. I truly want to thank Ian for making that post as as I had truly forgotten how far I had come, and that post has solidified even further the reasons I take time out every week to help others too.

My new website is launched and the title of my forthcoming book is finally revealed

Quite a few people have noticed I have been quiet on social media and email over the past couple of weeks, and I have had a few messages of concern asking if I was okay, so what was the reason for me being so quiet? Well the short story is that I have been busy sorting through every single one of my domain names and also reassessing the direction in which I move forward in my business, and I am finally at a point where I know what I will be doing for the rest of 2014 and the years ahead (more on that another time)

With the launch of the new .uk domain name extensions finally released last week by Nominet, I thought I would take the opportunity to totally overhaul my old company website and re-brand on my brand new shiny domain name (the website will be 301 redirected over the next week or so, for the techies amongst you)

I also took this opportunity to totally overhaul my domain portfolio, and include it on my new website also. This is the first time I have EVER revealed my domain names publicly in this way before, with over 95% of my domain names listed on the site for people to see and enquire about.

Whilst I was at it, I decided to also reveal the name of the book which lots of you know I have been writing (it isn’t completed yet before you ask) and finally get my mini site launched to coincide with me launching my new website. The name of the book which I have spend a fair bit of time over the past 12 months preparing, researching and scribbling down notes for is titled

I am not going into detail on this post regarding what the book is about, but if you are interested, then feel free to click the logo above and see what it is about. I know some of you will be wondering about the domain name too, and to save the messages and emails I will inevitably receive regarding it. I thought I would post it here instead. I purchased the domain name back in 2012 with the sole intention for my book. I knew the title of the book was going to be and took months trying to acquire the domain name, and my patience and persistence paid off.

Anyway enough from me, I have done enough writing for the next few months, so take a look at the sites if you wish.

Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort LIVE at London’s ExCel 28th May 2014

I have to admit that I had never even heard of Jordan Belfort aka The Wolf Of Wall Street until I had watched the recent blockbuster movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio back in January, but ever since watching the film I was intrigued and mesmerised by his story and his huge success (and downfall) which he achieved in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Jordan Belfort is now a world class motivational speaker, but he originally made $100’s of millions as a stockbroker in the late 1980’s and 1990’s. Belfort was convicted of fraud in relation to stock market manipulation through his company Stratton Oakmont, and was sentenced to four years in prison in 2003 of which he served 22 months. Jordan recounted his life in his book entitled ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and in late 2013 the film adaptation was released and starred Leonardo DiCaprio who played Jordan Belfort.

Just over two weeks ago on 28th May 2014, I travelled 200 miles to London along with a friend of mine as we had heard that the actual ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Jordan Belfort was appearing at the London ExCel centre for one night only as part of his world tour.

Armed with VIP tickets and first class train tickets, we both headed off to the big smoke psyched up to hear what he had to say and learn more about the Wolf himself. Now anyone that knows me will tell you that I don’t buy into these ‘guru’ bullshit and ‘yes man’ type seminars so I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was just as intrigued in listening and meeting the man himself as I was to hear about ‘The truth behind his success’

Upon arrival at the London ExCel it was buzzing with so many people all there to see Jordan in the flesh and listen to how he made and lost his millions. The atmosphere and enthusiasm was amazing, there were approx. 2,500 – 3,000 people all there for their own individual reasons and ranged from young, attractive, professional, suited women in their early 20’s right up to older gentlemen in their late 70’s dressed in jeans and a jumper. Jordan certainly has a diverse range of fans.

The seminar started and Jordan (a quite short and stocky individual in his early 50’s) ran onto the stage greeted by a huge round of applause and a standing ovation from the entire room – just his presence was electrifying.

Jordan began by making a few jokes and references to the film, and after a few minutes he was in to the swing of the seminar and started speaking naturally and openly about his past and his regrets and how he is trying to be ‘The ultimate redemption story’ by motivating, empowering and giving back to people. One of the main things he concentrated on was trying to help people understand and to overcome their self-limiting beliefs which we all suffer from (myself included)

The seminar was three hours long, and the majority of people were expecting a mid-session interval to go to the toilet, have a refreshment etc. It didn’t happen. Jordan talked straight for the full three hours, pausing only momentarily to take a swig of his Gatorade – he even joked that whilst most people have a fear of public speaking, he had a fear of not public speaking and that the three hours was nowhere near enough to say everything he wanted to say. One thing that I was very aware of and somewhat amazed by was his charisma, charm and energy as he wandered around the stage speaking with total fluency at all times – this guy was good and I could totally see why people had bought into him as a person both in the 80’s and 90’s and also still in 2014.

The three hours seemed to fly by and there was never a dull moment or boring element in sight, as Jordan spoke in great depth about his ‘Straight Line System’ which is a sales and persuasion system that he created whilst on Wall Street and which enabled him to building one of the most successful stock brokerage companies in all of Wall Street’s history.

The Straight Line System consisted of some key elements which he spoke about in great detail and included seven main points which I felt were important to me personally :

-          Establishing rapport and charisma with new customers using tonality

-          The formula for creating referrals and turning them into customers for life

-          Overcoming your self-limiting beliefs about money

-          The four main rules of entrepreneurship

-          Mastering the hidden language of influence

-          Increasing your confidence in sales, your closing rate and your income

-          The major difference between having a goal and having a vision

I am not going to go into the full details of the Straight Line System which he taught and spoke about, as it wouldn’t be fair to reveal the techniques and training he gave to all the people who had paid between £79 and £395 for a ticket that evening, but what I am going to say is this – I can honestly say that it was probably the best value for money I have invested in my life. The techniques and the way he has got me thinking differently has been amazing, I have already made some drastic changes and decisions partly as a result of him alone.

I still don’t buy into the whole ‘guru’ and ‘yes man’ mentality but it is hard not to feel motivated and energised by a man who made $100’s of millions via the system and techniques he spoke about and taught, and then realising that I can apply those techniques in ethical ways in my own businesses to achieve much better results, plus he has spurred me onto finally completing some projects and also finishing my book which I have been writing for some time now but keep getting side-tracked by other things, and therefore putting it off.

I am one of the most sceptical, critical and non bullshit type people you will ever meet, but if you ever get the chance to see Jordan Belfort in person, then I cannot recommend him highly enough and you will not be disappointed I am certain.

I will be appearing on Dragons Den in 2014

Yes that is right – I will be appearing on Dragons Den in 2014 ! Want to know what my idea is ? then read my pitch below

“Hello Dragons I am here today to pitch to you for £250,000 investment for a 1% equity stake in my exciting and unique business which will be the first of its kind in the UK. The business is called ‘The Anti Social Club’ and it is a pub type establishment serving traditional ales and pub meals and will be aimed at people who prefer to sit with their phones in their hands all night instead of talking to their friends they are with.

This may sound no different to any other type of drinking establishment that already exists but my 100% unique selling point from other venues that have similar offerings, will be that I have chargers available for every smartphone on the market and 5 minutes of free charging time with every drink purchased, and from that alone you can see it is a 100% sure fire winner. I welcome any questions and I am sure that all five of you will be interested in making an offer, as we all know it is a sure fire winner”

The sad thing is, I am not actually appearing on Dragons Den in 2014, but perhaps the even sadder thing is in 2014 is the idea would be probably be a sure fire winner – which is a pretty sad reflection on the way we spend time staring at our phones, instead of spending time ACTUALLY socialising with the people we are with.

Enjoy your Friday evening.


Choose Life, Not Phones

How many of us are guilty and/or victims of what is happening in this video ? – I know I am.

2 minutes, 11 seconds of your time will make you realise why we aren’t living in the moment, and how we are missing out on lifes precious moments.

When the game is over – it is over !

A friend of mine posted this on her Facebook and I had to share it with my readers, as it is fantastic.

Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest :

Each morning your bank would deposit £86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has condition – just as any game has certain rules.

The first set of rules would be:

1.    Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2.    You may not simply transfer money into some other account. You may only spend it.
3.    Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another £86,400 for that day.

The second set of rules:

1.    The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, it’s over, the game is over!
2.    It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you do?

You would probably buy anything and everything you wanted, right? Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right? Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, even if some of the cash was wasted – right?


Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank, but we just can’t seem to see it – The MAGICAL BANK is TIME!

Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost. Yesterday is forever gone.

Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time…WITHOUT WARNING.

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds? Aren’t they worth so much more than the same amount in £’s? Think about that, and always think of this:

Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think! So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!

UPDATE TO “Domain Trading – Turning £100 into £10,000+ a true story”

Avid readers of my blog will remember a post I did just over 2 years ago entitled “Domain Trading – Turning £100 into £10,000+ a true story” and seeing as I sold another one of the domains today from the original post, I thought I would post an update.

In summary I originally did this :

- Bought and for £100 for the pair

- I then sold for $8,000 (circa £5,000) and done a trade deal on for £1,500 and 5 domain names –,,, and

Fast forward 2 years since this has happened, and during this time I have sold for $1,000(circa £650) and for $1,500 (circa £950) and purchased 3 small websites for £2,200 for all 3.

Website 1 is a simple 10-20 page content website, which offers a total solution to the traffic it receives. It has not had a single update or link added to it since I bought the site, all I have done is monestised it slighlty different and changed the layout. It cost me £1,200 and it has made me £5,987 to date.

Website 2 is another very simple website but this one has less than 10 pages of content. It was a 14 year old website which had some very solid links already in place and is PR6. It was originally being used as a linkfarm, but I dropped the site and redone one myself and added some pages of very strong content which was in relation to the original purpose the website was built and it gained some very strong rankings in a matter of weeks and i haven’t touched it since. It cost me £900 and has made me £5,911 to date.

Website 3 was actually the cheapest and the best of the three websites I bought. It was a 15 page website which was very topical at the time and was receiving between 500-1000 unique visitors a day (it still receives approx 200 a day now) but was virtually impossible to monetise due to the subject matter and demographic of the site – at least that was what I thought until I tried something totally unrelated and thought different 11 months ago and I soon realsied it worked better than I thought. The conversion was totally rubbish, but the ones I did convert were worth a small fortune. It cost me £100 and has made me £11,918 to date (that is in the past 11 months too)

So here is the total outcome so far :

£5,857 from website 1
£5,911 from website 2
£11,918 from website 3
£5,000 from selling
£1,500 from selling
£650 from selling
£950 from selling

Sub Total = £31,786

minus the cost of the three websites – £2,200 and the 2 domain names at the very start – £100

Grand Total = £29,486 profit to date (which obviously rises daily as my websites contine to earn) Plus I still have, and to sell too.

I will end on the 4 key points I posted in the original blog post and the 4 points I stand by and have made this possible for me  :

  1. Reinvesting – Always reinvest the majority of the money you make from domain trading, into more domain names. I see too many people sell a domain name for a few K and then spend it all on pointless things and then have nothing to show for it apart from a few hangovers and a nice designer watch worth nothing, and then having to start all over again.
  2. Investment spreading – I never stick to one ‘type’ of domain or niche. I sometimes reinvest the some of the profits from domain trading into an earning website which requires no input but earns some level of passive income every month. This obviously contributes to the overall income from domain trading, albeit in a different capacity.
  3. Scaling up – When you have more money to play with, then I would advise to buy better quality names for even bigger ROI’s.
  4. Research – Make sure you invest in names which actually have commercial value and the bigger the better. Niche names are good also and can get good results, but it is far better to have a name with 100’s of potential buyers as opposed to just a handful. A quick Google search for the keywords will give you some indication of how popular the domain name could be.

Maybe I should change the tite of the original blog post to “Domain Trading – Turning £100 into £30,000+ a true story” ?

How I Plan On Making People Happy This December

Anybody that knows me well, will know how much I love Christmas and I usually take the whole month of December off work so I can make the most of the festive season and also so that I can spend lots of quality time with my friends and family. About 6 months ago, I read on article about people all over the world who were making a positive difference to other peoples lives (usually strangers) by comitting ‘Random Acts Of Kindness’ and as a naturally giving person it struck a chord with me and it was something I wanted to get involved with myself.

But what actually are ‘Random Acts Of Kindness’ aka RAOK ? “A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people”. Over the last couple of months I have been getting involved and actually doing some myself. They have only been minor RAOK but the positive effect that it can have on both parties is just brilliant.

Some of the RAOK I have done myself have included leaving a couple of £1 coins close to where kids play so they find it, paying for the car behind me in the drive-through Mcdonalds so when they drive to the window they are told that I have paid their bill (after I have left), I have gone out of my way to speak to homeless people (they are human beings too remember) and bought them a warm drink, I have stopped to help someone whose car has broken down, I have struck up a conversation with elderly people knowing that I am probably one of the only people they will speak to that day – anyway you get the idea, but I have been actively looking for things to do, to brighten up someone elses day even if it is just something minor and only once a week.

However this December I plan on doing at least one RAOK a day, and I have began compiling a list of things that I could  do for people to make them smile and feel good. The reason for me writing this blog post is NOT to make myself look good or for any kind of pat on the back, I have taken the time to write it in the hope that others will follow suit and see the difference just something so small can make such a difference to someone else. Think about when a stranger has complimented you or said something nice to you totally unmotivated in the past – remember how that felt ? it probably made your day. Why not do that for someone else ? it doesn’t even need to cost money, just simple things like complimenting a stranger on someting they are wearing will make someones day.

Remember – Random Acts Of Kindness make yourself and others smile, and what is better than making someone smile ?

Here are some ideas to help you and show you how you can spread the kindness too.

- Compliment a stranger
- Instead of ignoring christmas carolers, open your door and smile as they sing to you
- Pay for a coffee or a bus fare for the person behind you in the queue
- Introduce yourself to your neighbours
- Offer to help someone you know is struggling with something
- Ring someone and have a conversation instead of texting, tweeing or facebooking them
- Make time to talk to an elderly person, as you may be the only person they speak to that day
- If you are sweeping leaves or shoveling the snow off your pavement, do your neighbours too
- Let someone else have your seat on a train or bus
- Say “Hello” or “Good Morning” to strangers
- Ask an elderly neighbour if they need anything from the shop, to save them venturing out in the cold weather
- Give a taxi driver, takeaway delivery person or a person working in a restaurant / coffee shop a large tip
- Pay for someone elses car parking ticket in a car park
- Drop some £1 coins in random places for people to find (even better if somewhere kids can find them)
- Call in to see someone you know is ill
- Make a point of telling someone what a good job they are doing
- Leave a post it note on someones car telling them they have good taste in cars and it made your day seeing it
- Buy a lottery ticket for a stranger
- Buy a warm drink for a big issue seller
- Offer to walk your friends dog
- If you receive good service from someone in a restaurant, tell them you want to speak to their manager and when the manager arrives, give them a glowing review in front of them
- Send someone a small present anonymously
- Pick up a neighbours bin which may have been knocked over in the bad weather
- Offer a delivery person a piece of fruit or bottle of water
- Prepare a home cooked meal or take a knitted hat and scarf and give it to a homeless person
- Visit an animal shelter and offer to walk some of the dogs
- Buy flowers for a nurse at a local hospital and tell them they are doing a great job
- Give your postman something warm to eat when he next delivers your mail
- Help a mother carry her baby pram up the stairs
- Give your umbrella to someone clearly struggling in the wet weather
- Introduce yourself to someone you see often but have never spoken to before
- Send a friend a card in the post saying how much you value you their friendship
- Visit a nursing home for an hour or two and speak to someone who doesn’t get many visitors
- Visit a local childrens hospital with dozens of bars of chocolate
- Buy some food and drop it off to a local animal rescue
- Donate your old books, magazines and DVDs to a local nursing home
- Stick a £2 coin to a vending machine with a note that says “enjoy something on me”
- Take a parent out for dinner for no reason at all
- Send a bouquet of flowers to a hospital and let the staff know it should go to someone who doesn’t receive any visitors and is lonely
- Leave a 20p coin in a childs vending machine
- Give something of yours away to someone for free
- Leave a hershey’s hug with a note that says “sometimes you just need a hug” attached to it in random places
- If someone compliments a random thing you have, give it to them
- When visiting Santa with your children this year, take him a present yourself

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, I will leave you with one of my favourite RAOK I read about some time ago :