Thursday, September 5, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness...


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

If each of us did one small, random act of kindness for a complete stranger, the ripple effect would be immense and life-altering.  Whether it’s paying for the car behind you in the drive-thru, helping someone put groceries in their car, or even just opening doors or holding the elevator for people, these small acts make a huge difference.

Think of this for a second: You pay for the lady in the car behind you in the drive thru. She is so touched that she pays for the family behind her. That family is so touched that they pay for the gentleman behind them at the toll booth the following week.  That gentleman is so touched that, an hour later, he anonymously decides to pick up the tab for a young couple at the restaurant where he’s having lunch.  

See how contagious it can be?
Your decision to create that first random act of kindness has reached people that you would have never crossed paths with. It’s amazing isn’t it?

Have you ever been touched by a random act of kindness? Do you ever perform these acts of kindness?

164 comments:

  1. Amen!! I try my best to do it everyday!

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  2. I've never purchased anything for someone in a random way, but I've done many things. Even a kind word goes a long way. Especially with those working retail. Blows my mind how someone can just totally ignore the person ringing up his purchase and treat that individual as if he wasn't even there. I always talk to those people and tell them to have a blessed day. Here in the South, that always produces a giant smile.

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    1. This!! It amazes me that people don't acknowledge the cashiers who are serving them. Sometimes just asking how their day is going makes a difference.

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  3. Once not too long ago a man in line ahead of me at the store told the cashier to give me his change. It was like $8. That was really cool.

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  4. Just last week my mom and my 9 year old niece were walking to the store and my moms neighbor was walking too. My mom introduced my niece to the neighbor and the guy after saying hello kept walking. "He then called them back and told my niece hey look what I just found $100 and they are just for you!" Of course my niece cried of joy!!

    I don't have that kind of money but a smile and holding the door for people will go a long way! ripple effect indeed.

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  5. random kind acts from random strangers always touch me. it's a reminder that despite all the bad things that people can do, there's always kindness. i think the smallest act of kindness is giving smile. i always feel good when some random strangers smile to me.

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  6. I don't do this often enough, so thank you for this very "kind" reminder. Just a smile can go a long way in making someone's day. I think the kindest thing I do is perform with my singing partner at retirement communities and nursing homes. We always get smiles from our audience. We can feel their joy from the music. It's magic.

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  7. When I lived in Paris as a nanny I was constantly navigating the city with a bulky stroller. It meant so much to me everytime a man would help me carry the stroller up and down subway stairs and hold doors for me. It really is contagious and makes you want to be thoughtful to others!

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  8. Random acts of kindness are never forgotten. They seem to be etched in our memories forever (perhaps because they are so rare).

    My mother was a great humanitarian - she was always doing kind things for others. Admittedly, my heart has somewhat hardened over the bitter years, but I still have compassion for others.

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  9. I am a pretty kind person really. Random acts of kindness don't really get done by me though. I do think that they can do a whole lot to the people we do them for, but because I'm such a recluse I don't get much of a chance.

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  10. I LOVE random acts of kindness. It's one of my favorite things to have a part in and to read about. Kudos to you for keeping us reminded!

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  11. I love random acts of kindness. I try to do them as much as I can. There is this older gentleman I work with (he works on a different floor than me so we don't really know each other), but he always waits for me when we get off work so he can hold the door for me. It's such a great way to end my day.

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  12. Kindness is in my blood, in my nature, by the grace of God :)

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  13. I very much like doing them, if only to show someone that we're not ALL schmucks.
    A disturbing situation regarding the "pay for the person behind you" at toll booths custom. I saw on the news that a locality (I can't remember if it's in New Jersey or New York...hell, it could be California for all I remember) has forbade (forbidden...?) that practice. Apparently, some toll collectors were pocketing the extra money and making the person behind the kind soul pay, anyway.
    Now THOSE people are schmucks.

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  14. I can be kind with my rhyming behind, to those who aren't a douchebag, those that are get a litterbox filed rag haha but is it really random if you plan on doing it? The person could be random but the act is planned.

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  15. when i was a youth pastor i used to challenge my kids to do random acts of habit...until we created a habit of them just doing it...you never know how it will impact the other, even with so small an act....

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  16. Nothing big. Just some door openings. Intentional acts of kindness are also greatly appreciated. Like when I had four small children and my twins were newborn, many people stopped over to help, and it was truly help. My in-laws even told me to go take a nap!

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  17. I don't think I ever gotten one of those truly random acts of kindness

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  18. I have given a "random act of kindness," though I'm not sure I remember ever being on the receiving end. That is not something I expect, however. I really like the Aesop quote.

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  19. This made me think of the movie, "Pay it Forward".
    Kindness is such an important thing to pass along. Much better than bitterness and anger.

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  20. Not really random. When one of my kids was sick in the hospital, my husband's co-worker had a dinner benefit to raise money for us. When Mica was 7 months he had a life threatening staph infection in his neck. When Isaak was 2 months he had meningitis. We never asked for his co-worker to hold the event. He felt bad because we had to pay for the births, and turn around and pay for their sicknesses. It was super nice of him!

    I do nice things for my students. I don't give them money, but I feed them sometimes. I was showing the branding of some ice cream packaging and brought in loads of different flavors. I also dressed up for Halloween one year as a baker and had tons of treats made, and an Asian girl another year and had candy sushi. I've taken in my nephew's a lot to when their brother was in the hospital. I tried to make their visits unusually fun to get their minds off of the fact that their brother could die at any time. Crazy, he's still alive! Again the kindness wasn't random.

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  21. so true--sometimes the littlest act of compassion or understanding, can make all the difference in a person's attitude---yes pass it on!!

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  22. I think we can sometimes get caught up in the idea of why bother doing something if it's not big and important and world changing. This post is a great reminder that even the smallest acts of kindness can have large, far reaching benefits. :)

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  23. I am trying to think. In recent times I haven't really consciously done a 'random act of kindness," I don't think. I don't think that the common courtesy acts that we do from day to day (such as door openings, etc.) qualify, as I think we all do this as a matter of course. I also don't think in recent times anyone has done a random act of kindness to me beyond the common courtesy acts. Good reminder, Keith!

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  24. I never have, but kindness in general is a good thing!

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  25. I love this post, great reminder and to inspire others people what little kindness can go, I always have heart for those people who needs little help..

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  26. I so agree with Madeline...it really hurts me to walk past someone begging in the street, yet I feel too embarrassed to offer them something because I feel anything I could give would be inadequate. I'd like to buy them a house or something like that!

    Keith...this post has opened my eyes...has taught me that it really doesn't matter how small a thing I can offer - as long as it comes from the heart. Even a minute act of kindness can help to ease loneliness and suffering.:)

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  27. Rarely are we the recipient of a random act, but we are often doing nice things for others. Often. It's a great feeling indeed.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  28. I am kind and compassionate and hate to see people and animal suffer. I've been touched by compassion and generosity when I had breast cancer and needed money to pay my huge medical bills for medication over and beyond what my insurance would pay. It was a humbling experience.

    Last year on a cold winter day, I gave my new pair of Tinsulate gloves to a street man who had very cold hands. He was so touched that I would take my warm gloves off and give them to him. It did warm my heart and my hands stayed warm for a while after.
    JB

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  29. Some of your random acts of kindness are, to my mind, just plain common courtesy. Having written that I realize that common courtesy is NOT common any more and so is viewed as a 'random act of kindness'.

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  30. Yes to both. Its a great feeling to be on either end. : )

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  31. All the time. I enjoy doing things for others "just because". It's very uplifting and the joy and kindness of humanity does continue from one to the next.
    We really can make a difference.

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  32. I have been the recipient of an act of kindness two times when I had car trouble. It may not have been random, but it surely felt like I had help from up above.

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  33. Great post, Keith! A good reminder to look for chances to be kind. I do try to be kind in my interactions.

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  34. Oh yes, think about it, its awesome, thanks Keith.

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  35. Yes, to both. Kindness is one of my favourite attributes in people. Lovely post.

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  36. I think little things are not really so little. :)

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    1. Let me re-phrase...in these types of instances (random acts of kindness), I think 'little things' are not really so little.

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  37. I know stopping for pedestrians is the law, but many do not. Help a parent with a stroller or kids trying to get to the bus or home and stop for them. Our daily lives are often made up of little things, letting someone with just a couple of things go ahead in the grocery line, a smile a comment of appreciation for the clerk won't hurt either.

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  38. No, I haven't been touched by one nor have I done one. Never thought about it.

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  39. That's the kind of chain reaction I can live with. I've heard a lot about prosperity but I'm so thankful it's not just money, it's so much more.

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  40. Just the other day I was in line at Mcdonalds. It was one of those weird split two lane drive-thrus. A guy pulled up to order after me but in the other lane. (I'm realizing this is a bit confusing but I will soldier on) When I was done he backed up so I could take my "rightful" place in line, because I was there first. In our busy world it's rare to find someone not in a hurry and willing to let you go first. I wound up paying for his meal as a thank You.

    And it FELT GREAT! I love random acts of kindness.

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  41. I love to hold the door open for people, whether we are going out or coming in. They always seem so grateful and have a huge smile on their face, even though it's something that only took a couple seconds of my time. It's always worth it!

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  42. I quite agree! How beautiful ways of touching each other through kindness... many a time strangers have helped us lifting my wheelchair to place inside our car dickey-seat.

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  43. Beautiful random contagion!!! A smile is a random act of kindness. I'm amazed at how many people I don't know step up and hold the door open for me or let me in traffic or wave to me. I do it too and view it as a circle of giving I am honored to be a part of.

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  44. I always try to hold the door, or help people if I can. I am always asked to reach the top shelf at the grocery store to retrieve items for people! HA! yea, I am tall. I love the random acts. It just brightens your day. And I hope I can brighten someones day too.
    BTW - have a great day!

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  45. Now I'm trying to come up with things I can do to brighten a stranger's day. I know a smile can have the same contagious effect. Smiles were very common in the small town where I used to live. We recently moved to a big city where smiles are pretty rare. I love the idea of paying for someone's meal!

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  46. It's challenging to do kind things for people when you're stuck at home but I actually enjoyed the challenge of reaching out. Whether it was to leave a comment on a blog post or writing a note to a friend or sending an ecard to someone just to touch base, I quickly learned that there were many ways I could make a difference in the world even when I couldn't leave my bed.

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  47. Yo Keith!

    My homie is always doing random acts of kindness. In fact, not only does he go out and work with the homeless, the rough sleepers, da man stayed online all of Christmas day to be there for others who might need some support on what can be the loneliest day of the year. And he often shares your postings. That's altruistic.

    Stay chillin',

    Snoop Bloggy Dog in da Gangsta's Pawadise!

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  48. excellent post Keith, I haven't gotton one of these random acts of kindness but I am not usually in that situation-since I live so rural-be we try to help others when we are able. our friend that teaches us about the wild foods in the woods-his wife is not able to cook any more-so allot of times if I make a big pot of chili or soup-I tell him I have his supper for him-so he doesn't have to cook.
    we can all do a little something for someone else-good post to remind of us that-thanks Keith

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  49. On our campus we often do the "smile" card and then pass it on! It's just a small card with a happy quote, nothing bit but definitely brings a smile to a lot of peoples' faces! Same concept. Have a great day, dear friend!

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  50. I try to do small things whenever I can, especially when my children are with me. I think that this teaches them compassion for those less fortunate, and also gives them a sense of how blessed they are.

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  51. It's a sort of paying-it-forward kind of thing - sometimes you just don't realise how many other lives you have touched and how it has affected them.

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  52. Sometimes it just isn't easy. I worked part time at the Florida Turnpike a few years after I retired. One day a really nice man gave me $100 and said to use it to pay as many tolls for as long as it would last. Instead of just paying the tolls of the next 25 or so people, I tried to pick those who looked like it would be a blessing. Keeping track was a nightmare however and somehow with all the shuffling, I ended up quite stressed and $8 short at the end of the evening.
    Now days, I prefer to do my own random acts of kindness.

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  53. People are always doing nice things for me...holding doors open and offering to carry things. It's very nice.

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  54. Hey Keith! You always pose such provocative questions. I've been the lucky recipient of many acts of kindness over the years ~ not necessarily random. I believe that you need to put goodness/kindness/generosity out into the universe ~ whether or not it ever comes back to you. Even in my darkest hours someone has been there for me, sometimes in the most unexpected and surprising ways. I give lots of random, big smiles to people I encounter. Even a simple smile can change someone's day for the better. Take care!

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  55. Yep and yep! It helps make the world a brighter place! Lovely post Keith :-)

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  56. I believe in these acts of kindness and try to do something every day. They make a huge difference to the people you do them for but more importantly, to you too.

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  57. I remember after seeing that movie Pay It Forward, a lot of people were doing random acts of kindness. I have and do when I can and have been on the receiving end of some as well. I remember one time the funniest one was buying a new purse at the store and after bringing it home finding a $5 bill tucked inside one of the pockets with a note that said, "An Angel has touched you, now you be the Angel and touch someone else"

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  58. Two years ago, I was having a very bad morning (my boss chewed me out for having arachnophobia). I walked to the bakery across from our office, and on my way, I smiled at an older gentleman who was leaving the bakery. He stopped me and thanked me for that smile. I don't know why he needed it that day, but ever since, I have done my best to smile at strangers. That interaction also turned my crummy day into a more meaningful one.

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  59. Such a lovely post Keith! When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. Compassion is the basis of all morality after all!!

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  60. ok, yes, you inspire me to get out there and just BE NICE! Why do we have to 'think' about doing it, it should just come so natural. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm on it!

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  61. I'm a supporter of 'kindness' in all its forms. Sometimes 'kindness' and good manners can get blurred.
    The former I believe comes spontaneously to the giver, and without thought - and the latter is mostly learned.

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  62. I'm a big believer in making kindness as natural a part of life as breathing. A simple act of kindness can completely change someone's day... or life.

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  63. I'm a big believer in making kindness as natural a part of life as breathing. A simple act of kindness can completely change someone's day... or life.

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  64. Will be trying out some random acts tomorrow thanks to your post. Nice one.

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  65. You are so right! Random acts of kindness are passed on from person to person. All we need to do is participate to keep it going. I try to be the best person I can be every day, and do little things that I hope will make someone else feel good. And when someone is kind to me, it is such a great feeling.

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  66. It is the ripple effect - we never know how one act of kindness can affect others. I do look for opportunities to show kindness towards others. In the same token I try not to do any harm. Recently a whole case of water fell off my shopping cart in the middle of the main driving lane and out of nowhere a strong young man lifted it up and carried it all the way to my vehicle and helped me with my groceries. I was so grateful and try to always help young mothers and the elderly the same way. xo

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  67. Great post! Being nice or kind does have a ripple effect, I try to be kind to everyone. Have a great evening and weekend!

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  68. Beautiful, Keith! I believe that kindness is infectious, like a smile. "One good turn deserves another."

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  69. I have actually heard and experienced this ~ And yes, these random kindness are very precious and contagious ~

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  70. The little things can sure make a difference

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  71. Yes to both questions....I love to find a way to help someone...even if it is just to listen to them express their feelings. Give them a smile.

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  72. Truly believe in this :) Thanks for sharing.

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  73. I love the idea of paying it forward... any sort of kindness that gets passed on it wonderful... I truly believe we can all do this in some little way :) Awesome post as usual Keith :)

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  74. Yes to both!
    We were given clear instructions to love our neighbor and turn no one away, and I follow them.
    I've been the recipient of random acts so many times I've lost count...I've been blessed. From the lady who paid for my gas when I went to the counter to buy gas with less than a dollar in change, to the man who changed my tire in that parking lot in Okolona...I don't know who these people are, but they're always in my heart as a reminder to pass it on. :)

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  75. This reminds me that there is a verse in Corinthians I think it is,that says that nothing we do for God is ever forgotten. I will admit that most of my kindnesses are targeted, being as I am a deacon. But perhaps huge smiles count...

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  76. Such a great topic! I am very fortunate to be surrounded by kind people, every day I meet them. I am trying to be kind back, too.

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  77. I try to do this when I get a chance, but I know I'm not kind enough.

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  78. I did one on my way home tonight.

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  79. An acquaintance gave me $500 for the fee for my study abroad trip when I didn't have it. The only request was that I help someone else in need someday. I was super touched. Kindness is a necessity in this world.

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  80. Funnily enough, often the person gets suspcious if you offer them a free coffee or whatever. In our world, a lot of people are suspicious of kindness. That is sad. We have ex-homeless people opening coffee shops now, and you can put chits in a jar which will provide coffee and a snack to a needy person. I think that's brilliant.

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  81. When I can, I buy lunch for homeless people that I encounter in the streets.

    It's the least I can do.

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  82. Just the other day I was visiting with family and there was a large group of us (about 13) that decided to go out to dinner. On our way in my uncle held the door open for an elderly man and his wife and said a simply hello. When we went to pay for our food the waiter said that the elderly man had picked up the tab for us.. which was rather pricey, and then left a note to my uncle saying: "I could see it in your eyes that you are a great man. Greater than most. Enjoy your time with your family and continue to share your light and strength with others."

    We decided to leave a tip for the amount of our order for the waiter/owner who was understaffed due to a recent graduation in their small town.

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  83. One of the most powerful things we can do. While traveling I have received many acts of kindness and I always remember them. I sometimes, not enough, give an act of kindness and the thing is it makes the giver feel good as well as the receiver.
    Even a smile to a stranger can have a big effect.

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  84. I do at times, but I have certainly been on the receiving end.

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  85. Random acts of kindness revitalize the world.

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  86. I like to leave money in an envelope stuck to drink machines with exactly enough to buy a drink. It's small, but I like to think people appreciate it.

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  87. Yes, and yes and you have reminded me to do it again.

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  88. such a beautiful reminder, thank you!

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  89. I might have puppies on the brain, but I recently had to take some strays to the animal shelter. There was another man there dropping off a stray, and he offered a donation for the dog. He said he'd pay for the dog to be neutered and vaccinated once the dog was adopted. His actions really touched me. I wish there were more people like that.

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  90. I guess the most recent random act of kindness happened before I left MD. The couple ahead of me at the toll paid for me and then I paid for the car behind me. Just genuinely nice and made my day. Need to do those more often!

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  91. I love to give ... it produces happiness and love for life :)

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  92. I've done something like that a couple of times and it gives you a glow the rest of the day!

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  93. I love this post... I recalled moving to London years ago. I spent practically all my savings on the homeless (and there were many) as I travelled to and fro for interviews. Good job I got a job when I did, just as it ran out. OF course, you can't help everyone and I had to learn I couldn't afford to keep giving so much. But it still felt good, in spite of all my pals telling me I'd been taken for a ride. Perhaps, but not all of them, and even if a few were genuine, they were enough. Great post.

    Shah X

    http://bit.ly/19mVwqD

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  94. Someone in front of me at the drive thru at Starbucks once paid for my coffee when I was having the worst day. In turn, I paid for the person behind me. I wonder how long that chain lasted. It was amazing how much that small act of kindness affected me that day. It definitely inspired me to do more.

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  95. Hi Keith - such an important suggestion .. today I visited someone permanently confined to bed - she appreciates my visits ... I gave one the carers a lift down to town .. and I take fruit up when I visit for them to share ...

    So important though as you say ... and I try and do the right thing .. cheers Hilary

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  96. Yes I have done and still do. But I do not usually share, after all what one hand is doing the other must not know :)

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  97. Yes, I've definitely practiced random acts of kindness and I've also been on the receiving end. Your post has inspired me to try and do one before day-end. You just never know who might be having a horrible day!!!

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  98. Yes and yes and yes. I am so grateful to the people who have looked out for me and made the world a better place.

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  99. http://disasterfilm.blogspot.co.uk/2010/01/worth-repeating.html

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  100. I love the whole concept of paying it forward....and love this post Keith....Once I had someone pay for me in a drivethrough line....I was so pleasantly surprised. I was very tickled when I did the same for someone else later...it reminded me the feeling of being in a beautiful cathedral with the light shining through the stainglass windows. You always inspire Keith...thanks for the warm words over at my blog. :-)

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  101. Did you watch, 'Pay it Forward,' Keith? I see other people have mentioned the film.

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  102. That works if you've got the money to pay for other people lol. But there are free ways of being kind. Have you ever seen Evan Almighty? I watched it recently, and one idea/phrase that was repeated throughout stuck with me. "How do you change the world? One random act of kindness at a time." I think it's true.

    Now, for a total mind-screw... I like to wonder about the acts of kindness I've done in the past... wonder if the people remember it, or me, and what-if any-kind of lasting impact it had on their life. I remember some strangers very well, because of an act of kindness. I wonder if there's anyone out there who remembers me, and I'll never even know that there's someone out there in the world thinking about me?

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  103. Gosh I love this so much, and I completely believe in the power of random acts of kindness/paying it forward. We can all help each other, some way, any way.

    Zauni | The Kind Side

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  104. I speak to people behind shop counters - it seem to shock them!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  105. I love giving RAOKs. Can't afford to do much, but a few weeks ago we won $300 at the casino, stopped at McDonald's on the way home, and paid for the car behind us. It felt GOOD! I had always wanted to do that.

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  106. I think the words "Random Acts" have been so over used. Whenever I read "Random Acts of kindness" it totally turns me off. It just makes me think of all the random acts of meanness.

    How about using "Thoughtful Acts of Kindness"? That is so much more in line with the actual act of kindness.

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  107. Yes and yes. Thank you, Keith, I needed to be reminded of this.

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  108. Yes, I needed to be reminded of this as well. Thank you so much!!

    And thank you for visiting my blog. :-)

    ~Andrea
    XOXOXOXO

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  109. I've.. so many times.
    It just restores my faith back in humanity :)

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  110. I have been blessed by many acts of kindness and try to give back to others--the check (I've only received one so far) for my goggle ad when to a ministry of the poor here in town and when my "coffee card" is filled and I get a free one I always have them to give it to the next person in line.

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  111. When we lived right in the city of Toronto, we used to walk the dog on Saturday mornings to go get coffee at Tim Hortons. While I was waiting for my husband to get coffee, homeless people would often chat with me about the dog. They would tell me about dogs they had when they were kids or dogs they had left behind to come and get work in the city. I was touched by how much animals meant to them.

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  112. Love this post. I've paid for the car behind me a few times in a drive thru and it made me feel awesome all day long. Just knowing I may have made someones day a little brighter makes me want to do every day!

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  113. Before I moved to London people kept saying to me that I would find it difficult to adapt to life here. They always mentioned the London Underground and how commuters stick their noses in their books/newspapers/iPads (nowadays) and pay no attention whatsoever to what goes on around them. That's rubbish. I have seen so many acts of kindness on the Tube that I have lost count.

    Many thanks for such a beautiful post.

    Greetings from London.

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  114. I try as much as I can. I wish we all did that more often :-).

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  115. Wonderful entry. Recently someone paid for my daughter and son-in-law's meal. Last week we gave a young mother in our hospital cafeteria money to buy a gallon of ice cream. We had noticed her children were sharing the little cups. Thank you for visiting my blog. Paula from south Texas

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  116. I do RAK's everyday. Even when I'm in a bad mood. I think all mine (coming to me) are all coming at once!
    One of my favourites is 'Thought of the day' ;)

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  117. I make this when I have the opportunity and love to make:)
    Mother Teresa said something like this,and yes we always can make something for other, I love this!

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  118. yes and yes, to both questions.

    But I don’t altogether believe that EVERY random act of kindness has a knock-on effect.
    Certainly not when it comes to paying for total strangers. One might give someone change for a supermarket trolley or a phone call (? surely that doesn’t exist any more), one would certainly hold a door or lend a hand with a push chair or wheel chair; one would see a child or blind person across the road. Those are almost givens for decent people. But I don’t think handing out cash other than as a gift to a beggar is all that common.

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  119. Yes, we do. We try our best and have been blessed by others doing it for us. It's lovely. I see more of it here in Hawaii than many other places though.

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  120. Yes to both. I've been touched by and performed random acts of kindness. It's a great feeling to give when and where you can.

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  121. I love this post. I am a giver in many ways and always will be. :)
    I'm your newest follower. :)
    Marie

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  122. even reading about kind acts inspires people to be more kind I reckon!

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  123. This is a beautiful post! You are absolutely right! I always try to do some random acts of kindness. When I still lived in Germany I always met a homeless guy with his dog on my way to work so I always bought him some breakfast from the bakery, gave him some money or brought food for the dog. And even the smaller things are important...like picking up stuff for people when they let something fall on the ground etc. I am always happy when people do nice things for me so I try to do the same for others.

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  124. i do little things but should do bigger ones!
    i love smiling at students in the hall, or strangers in a store. some of them need that little perk, just as an acknowledgment that someone noticed them
    the smiles back are priceless!

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  125. I always do small acts when I can. And yes, it was because of one done for me. I was in a grocery store in early March and so very sick of Winter. I saw several small pots of shamrocks and picked one up, thought how much I liked it. Then, I saw the price and hurriedly put it down. I was a new Mother and money was closely budgeted. As I left the store an older gentleman came up behind me and handed me a pot of shamrocks. "I bought these for you," he told me. "You looked like you needed them." It made me think and it prodded me to carry the tradition on.

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  126. It's so true! I posted on this a little while back, with a video I love.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYRS4FQXZrk

    That one, and Validation. If you haven't seen the short film on youtube, it's a must. I think even a smile is a gift that can brighten someone's day.

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  127. I do random acts of kindness - I bet you do too!

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  128. Keith, you're such a good Samaritan.

    I do like being kind and courteous. But to be honest, I'm conflicted about giving money to people who beg. Some are just scamming. Unfortunately, I witnessed people being taken advantage of by con artists.

    And I don't want to enable people who may have an addiction and then spend the money they begged for on drugs or alcohol. I just think enabling makes it worse for them rather than helping them.

    To me being kind is a state of mind, not necessarily giving money, but being courteous, respectful, helping in a healthy way.

    A few days ago, an elderly man in a wheel chair was reading and dropped his glasses and I picked them up for him. He was so grateful. It's little things like that. Smiles :)

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  129. You are doing a great job by being nice, Keith. I hope to be like this.

    You must read this post on quora.

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  130. People mistake doing good deeds as needing to be some big, grand gesture. It really can be this simple - and then it could snowball!

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  131. Yes to both of your questions. A fellow blogger sent me an unexpected lovely gift a few months ago. I often do something small, like helping someone in a wheelchair or an elderly person at the market get something from a high shelf. It's the little things that sometimes make the biggest impact!

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  132. i love love love this one. i am a HUGE believer in the ripple effect - YES! do one thing for someone that you wish you could do for everyone. it makes a difference

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  133. Oh gosh... I couldn't count how many random acts of kindness have been thrown our way... and they've been life changing--literally (Not a word I use lightly). The concept is strong and true. We should all look for such moments. Fabulous post, Keith. ;)

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  134. It is contagious, and such a good thing! We've been recipients and givers, and it is a blessing either way. I appreciate this reminder today!

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  135. I feel good when I do. In some cases, I want to do something, but feel too shy. I know that may sound silly; sometimes, my shy moments get the best of me.

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  136. It's interesting how simple these acts are yet how often we turn them down. We often get shy or afraid of others seeing us do things, but why should we? Kindness will never hurt us or others. Like you said, it is a domino effect that will only give a better example for everyone to follow. We all become better by both giving and receiving these small acts.

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  137. I see random acts of kindness ALL THE TIME at my job. People are always paying for each other's meals. It's pretty great to see!

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  138. Be nice EVERY DAY! it works! :-)

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  139. My hubby and I both love doing RAKs, especially when we see someone in uniform. Great post...

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  140. This is a beautiful post Keith. To give is so rewarding, and I have given and received many acts of kindness which have made a difference,they always do, and are never forgotten!

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  141. This is such a wonderful message to send out to the world and a great post. I always try to do something kind each day in the hopes that it brightens someone's day and that makes me happy! - Tasha xxx

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  142. It's always about the little things....cheers for the reminder, Keith ;-)

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  143. Once a guy in a coffee shop paid for my drink for me. I'm not sure if that was a random act of kindness or he was just trying to hit on me and in my youth I didn't see the signs :)

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  144. Yes cheers for the reminder, I've been doing loads of whining lately and I need to think about others just a bit

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  145. oh I missed random acts of kindness day which was 1 September in NZ Than again it should be that day every day. I try to make everyday a conscious effort to say or do something little nice and make a tiny difference and I do believe in the ripple effect. even a smile can change a mood and help you through the day. My little act to day I gave some muffin leftovers from the AGM to a client who needs it.

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  146. I haven't paid for people (other than friends and family) but I try to do other acts regularly. Holding a door open for the mother with the stroller, or even the guy walking behind me... I've always been a fan of doing little things like that.

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  147. I love doing random acts of kindness - it really is a ripple effect. My daughter, aged 12, wants to buy small Post-it notes so we can write sweet notes for strangers.

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  148. The man I have been dating for several months now does random acts of kindness towards me and my children constantly. Although car repair is not his profession, it's a talent he possesses, and he not only replaced my grinding brake pads recently, but purchased all the parts, AND taught my 11 year old daughter how to change brake pads. That's only one example of the many things he has done. His influence has been so positive in the lives of me and my children. I feel at times there is no way I can repay him, so I repay him in unconditional love, respect, admiration, and acceptance. So, it's exemplary to do random acts of kindness toward total strangers, but even more important to do them every day toward the people you love, who depend on you and that you depend on. IN this manner you can become part of a circle of endless giving and receiving.

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  149. I love RAK and paying it forward! I hope everyone can experience how good it feels <3

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  150. i love this post! i did this once at a local coffee shop (paying for the other person's coffee) it did not catch on.. but i must try again and i hope it does this time!

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbitblog.com

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  151. Hi Keith! :D I have been busy, so just got caught up reading your blog (the last 4 posts or so :o - lol). I won't comment on each separately, but I want you to know how GREAT your are and how much I appreciate you and your wonderful blog! Keep up the great work, because you add a lot of smiles and happy thoughts to this world of ours! YOU make a big difference in the world! And btw. I also greatly admire Mahatma Gandhi... Hugs through the miles... Corine :D

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  152. Beautiful post, Keith! If only we all could live by this....
    I was just pointing out to my family...with all of the religious fighting, etc....I refer to the words of the Dalai Lama...."My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."
    Wisdom at its' finest...
    Grateful to you for the kindness you bring!!! :)

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  153. It's such a great thing to have happen to you but even more awesome to do for someone else. I agree, the world would be a different place- a better place. Great post!

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  154. great blog and posts. Thank you for sharing

    http://agagasiniak.blogspot.co.uk/

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  155. Yes and yes to both questions. Many persons have helped me along my life in very touching ways and I try to do the same... now I can´t remember many of them but this is the nature of this sort of acts, they are spontaneous and soon they are forgotten, but they change the world around us

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  156. I love RAK's :) They are truly part of what makes the world go 'round. Thank you for posting this!

    (Just re-discovered your blog as you commented on mine several months ago. I love it!)

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