I popped into a little patisserie that hasn’t long been open. They have lots of tempting delights both sweet and savoury and, as it turns out, very nice coffee!

I had still been feeling low and overwhelmed and decided to put together a little envelope containing one of your “Smile because you are …” cards with a $5 note tucked inside and with a big smiley sticker on the front. I attached a little note saying, “Perhaps you know somebody who may be feeling low, somebody dealing with grief or illness. If so, please pass this on and shout them a treat from me. Thank you”.

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The night of December 17, 2016 was horrid. But I found comfort and healing the next day in a very unexpected place – a chaotic, extra crowded mall. A place I rarely go, even outside of the holiday rush.

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

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One of the things we were able to offer at our outreach program before COVID forced us into lockdown was pre-loved clothing. We would set it up on tables once a month for our members to look through and take what they needed.

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My 94-year-old friend was in a pharmacy buying perfume. As she chose a bottle and put it in her trolley she made a couple of casual remarks about it to a young man who was shopping nearby.

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Not long ago, I was waiting in a long line at my favorite bakery, which makes some amazing scones. The delicious pile in the glass case dwindled quickly as those in the long line ahead of me snapped them up, until there was just one perfect beauty remaining — and one woman ahead of me. To my everlasting joy, she chose a croissant, so when I got to the counter I pointed to the last scone and declared, “I’ll take that.” No sooner had I spoken than the fellow behind me cried out: “Hey, that’s my scone! I’ve been waiting in line for 20 minutes!” Which he had been — behind me.

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Random acts of kindness generate others…

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There are some truly beautiful people in this world! 😀

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When Karen lost her job and her the place where she volunteered was shut down because of COVID, she needed something. She was feeling down because everything in her life had stopped so suddenly and much earlier than for many other people.

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This morning I got a call from my neighbor. She is 92 years old and is the sweetest person you may ever meet.

When we first moved in, she made us homemade Italian cookies and wanted to make sure that we knew that Malachi is always welcome to play in her yard area since we don’t really have one. She remembers both of my boy’s names despite not really seeing them that much and always asks about them when we see each other.

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I really feel compelled to post in here about the four teenage boys we had the pleasure of meeting yesterday and again today at the BMX track at Pepi’s land on our walk.

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My daughter was 13. We were on holiday in Santa Monica and were out shopping. There was an airline giving away snacks they serve with drinks as a gimmick. I saw she’d collected loads in her bag. As we walked back to the parking lot she handed them to the homeless people on the benches.

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