A kid that lives down the street from me stole my new car 2 months after I got it. He threw everything in the car away, including my granddaughter’s car seat and my daughter’s CD case that held 100 CD’s. He took the change, necklaces hanging from the mirror etc… At the time, he was on drugs. A very deep dark place to live.

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This happened over 20 years ago. My husband was in grad school and our son was 3. I was driving a couple of hours each way to work.

One night I saw a woman whose car was stopped on the side of the interstate with the hazards on. I stopped to see if there was anything I could do to help. She had been heading a few hours north of where we lived and her car broke down.

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I once heard a story about a husband and wife who had been at each other’s throats for years. The couple were so nasty to one another that they had nothing but hatred in their hearts and wanted to get a divorce.

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Just got my hair done for my birthday. When I went to pay, I was told the lovely lady I had a chat with had paid the $230 for me!

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Neighbors asked to borrow my truck. Told them I could not trust my truck because the tires were bad.

Next day my neighbor called and said he was getting new tires for his suburban and I could have his old ones. Told me to just show up at this certain tire shop and they would put them on.

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As we were sat at the kitchen table talking about kindness and how we can be kinder to people and show them that actually ‘it’s cool to be kind,’ my son told us a lovely little story.

The scenario was at school – where I’m sure you acknowledge that the playground can be a bit of a minefield for some children… there’s the cool crew, the sporty crew, the louder, the quieter crew, and then there are the children who aren’t always sure where they fit in and can often be left hovering around the edges, sometimes alone.

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A girl in my sorority once ran across campus to bring me a battery for my insulin pump because I was in lab. Today she pulled out a handful of batteries and said she carries them around just in case I need one and it’s honestly the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me. – @ailijones

Quote - I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.

Years ago, I was going through a divorce and it was my oldest daughter’s birthday. We went out to eat at a Chili’s and when I went to pay, the server said that a gentleman had seen us celebrating and had paid $20 on our bill!! It really lifted my spirits.

Now I like to anonymously do that for others, especially our service men and women!! – Janice 🙂

This is such a fun idea for Random Acts of Kindness Day or World Kindness Week! Get on board and start a ripple of your own. 

Some people are born helpers. They love to see how even a small gesture can make a big difference to someone's day. Making others feel better makes them feel good about themselves. Quote

I was finished putting my groceries in my car and was returning my cart. As I looked around, I saw a lady who was using an electric chair with a basket on the front (most stores have them here for folks who can’t walk well for whatever reason). She was at her car about to unload her groceries, and when I walked over, I saw she had terrible Edema in both legs – this happens when your lymphatic system doesn’t work properly and fluids don’t drain from your body, and I’ve heard it is both painful and debilitating – anyway I made sure I looked her right in the eyes and asked with a smile on my face, if I could help put her groceries in her car for her.

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I spread positivity wherever I go.

I was speaking to a patient last week at a cancer fundraiser in the chemo ward and he asked if I worked at the hospital. I told him I am also having treatment. He said, “you look so well, and you are so happy!”

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I remember in my last year of high school. One of the popular boys asked the chubbiest, most unpopular girl (that sounds mean but we weren’t a bullying year level so she wasn’t bullied) to the formal in front of the whole class!!!

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After spending a week doing random acts of kindness, our last day found us collecting trash at our local beach.

One of the highlights of the week was when my husband told me that this project has made him really try to show more kindness to strangers, such as when he told the painters that they had done a fantastic job on our local cafe as he walked by, and when he deliberately approached the chef after he’d eaten his delicious BBQ chicken, and told him it was the best he’d had. – Bryony