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Random acts of kindness

I do "random acts of kindness" and find they really make me feel good. I find I now look for ways to brighten someone's day and it brightens my day too.

I recently bought a nice, plush blanket at a store and honestly it was for my dog. The young girl at the register was saying how much she liked it and that she was going to buy herself one as soon as she saved up the money since her blanket was thin.... I was aggravated from work and not paying much attention in all honesty. I left the store and was a couple of miles down the road when I realized it has been a long time (thank goodness) since I had to worry about spending $20 on something I wanted, much less needed. I went back, bought another one and gave it to her with the receipt so she could prove it was hers. She was "petting" the blanket when I left.

My sister does some too and I am going to steal her idea. When there is a policeman behind her in a fast food drive through, she pays for his lunch. They do a job I can't even imagine and put their lives on the line for us.

I will compliment at least five people today in some way. That costs nothing and I believe will brighten their day too.

I highly recommend you try it and see how good it makes you feel.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:24 AM
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What you posted restores my faith in humanity, so very nice of you to give the blanket to the young girl.

I totally believe in doing random acts of kindness, I believe in paying it forward whether it be through giving money or my time. I instilled this way of thinking in my son when he was growing up.

There are so many people in need throughout the US right now, more than a lot of people realize. All you have to do is look around to see someone in need. I always donate to the local food bank, take food and supplies to my area Animal shelter.

You never know when you might be in need some day, I'd really like to think someone would come through for me if I were in that situation.
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It's a great concept and I fully support it. The magic is that it makes you feel as good as the person you're helping out.

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You are truly an inspiration, and we could all take a lesson here. Most of us could look around, and see someone less fortunate. We should all take a page from your book, and do what we can, to help someone in greater need than us.


You made my day...but better, made me think...thank you....Dawn
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I think kindness should not be random, even while charity (giving money) should be a bit more measured and careful.

People do get embarrassed when given randomly given charity. One example I can think of was a woman at my church who saw me give up my seat to somebody else, even though it meant instead of kneeling on a cushioned kneeler, I knelt on hard tile. I was 8 or 9 at the time and didn't really think much of it. If my parents told me to give up my seat and move, I moved.

The woman found my parents and went out of her way to compliment me to them. That was very nice and all she needed to do. But then she gave us toys, clothes and money through one of our ushers not long after. She did this anonymously, so my parents couldn't gently refuse and direct her to give to others who actually needed things.

And she became extremely upset when my parents asked the usher to give everything to another family who had more children and were worse off then us. It somewhat put that woman and my family in a pretty awkward position - my parents were embarrassed about being given charity like that, and the woman was embarrassed when she found out the charity had been deflected. That's an extreme case, but in general - when people give money and goods out to people who aren't asking for help, it does cause awkwardness.

I think everyone should genuinely strive to be decent, warm, thoughtful and considerate of everyone around them. And there are a LOT of awesome people out there who are genuinely nice.

There are people out there who apparently were raised by pigs or something and OMG... good example is my sister goes to stand outside of the coffee shop every morning waiting for them to open. There usually are a handful of other people waiting as well. One woman in particular was cussing out the workers for not moving fast enough. This woman was young and well-dressed and appeared fairly well-off. It was my sister and an old guy standing there waiting as well and listening to this terrible woman yapping away. The old guy finally made a comment about her language, and the woman proceeded to be verbally abusive towards this man, including sexual and age related insults. My sister finally stepped in between the other woman and the man and told the woman to step off or she was calling police.

There are people like that woman out there, but thankfully I think they are outnumbered 10 to 1 by decent and GOOD people.
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I try to not give material items, unless say a person in front of me at a cash register runs out of money and tries to decide what must be put back - then I supply the cash

But, carrying something, reaching up or down to help someone, offerring to take carts back, letting people into traffic, opening or holding doors and elevators, smiling and saying hello etc - these are usually all gratefully acknowledged and I know that when I have had a really bad day and someone smiles and jokes with me, the whole world brightens. So I do try to play things forward like offering to help someone with a baby and several bags, holding doors and umbrellas for those in need, giving coats & gloves to someone who is cold etc.

And please don't forget those acts no one may be aware of - parking far away so those less able-bodied have an easier time, not sitting if there is limited seating so others may sit, waiting your turn quietly, returning carts, moving yourself & dogs to the side when someone approaches that either has out of control dogs or is looking reluctant to pass your dogs.

I actually have at least one neighbor who routinely clears the bottom of my driveway in snow storms and I have no idea who it is But these things too need to be played forward I think.
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I do "random acts of kindness" and find they really make me feel good. I find I now look for ways to brighten someone's day and it brightens my day too.

I recently bought a nice, plush blanket at a store and honestly it was for my dog. The young girl at the register was saying how much she liked it and that she was going to buy herself one as soon as she saved up the money since her blanket was thin.... I was aggravated from work and not paying much attention in all honesty. I left the store and was a couple of miles down the road when I realized it has been a long time (thank goodness) since I had to worry about spending $20 on something I wanted, much less needed. I went back, bought another one and gave it to her with the receipt so she could prove it was hers. She was "petting" the blanket when I left.

My sister does some too and I am going to steal her idea. When there is a policeman behind her in a fast food drive through, she pays for his lunch. They do a job I can't even imagine and put their lives on the line for us.

I will compliment at least five people today in some way. That costs nothing and I believe will brighten their day too.

I highly recommend you try it and see how good it makes you feel.
I'm not sure you are, but I really THINK you are an ANGEL and I also find that when I try to brighten someone's day, it makes mine. I love what you're doing. Please share more with us!!
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I have been known to give people in stores money if they are short or send donations to charities through online shipping.

Just donated a total $1500 of pet food and misc. to several shelters on the NJ shore. I had the money and won't miss it why not help another!
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You guys are such awesome people! I'm glad great people still exist, you see so much rudeness and inconsideration these days!
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I think 1 word summarizes you up perfect: "Awesome." Or maybe "Epic?" Or "Legendary?" Whatever the word, I think you're a pretty cool person
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