I was sitting at a coffee shop researching ideas about kindness when a spontaneous act of kindness occurred.

A man was ordering a fancy latte and a breakfast burrito and a woman walked into the shop, yelling obscenities and in a clear state of distress and suffering. Most people sadly paid no mind to this woman, as we were downtown and most of us have become accustomed to this kind of occurrence. However, this man made a point to connect with her and gave her the burrito he just ordered.

After listening to this whole interaction, I was left with a warm feeling inside and smiled to myself. It made me want to give a burrito to the next homeless person I saw and I first handedly experienced the ripple effect of this man being kind to someone else, despite the state she was in and her appearance. – Lauren Breden

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