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When was your last random act of kindness?

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What was the last time you did a random act of kindness?

Bonus: If you’ve never done a random act of kindness, do you think you should? why or why not?

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  1. Something i’ve found myself doing a lot is opening doors for people. It’s almost become a habit. “It stirs something up in your heart, and maybe even gives you that extra push to do it again. Kindness can be catchy, and that’s certainly a good thing. So why don’t we take advantage of moments where we can express this sentiment?”

    I blogged about this subject awhile ago, when it was a fairly prominent subject on the radio.

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    1. Just so you feel good about yourself, and ease some guilt banging at the doors of your soul? This could well be the manifestation of a trauma. Kindness sure is catchy, and whenever practised a lot, pathologic.

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  2. How ironic that I’m reading this as I wait for what seems like an eternity at the drive thru window of this Mc Donald’s! After 15 minutes just to order some cookies, the cashier gave me too much change back. I honked, smiled, gave it back to him and told him to take it easy. His smile? Priceless!

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    1. I applaud you. It would have been just as easy to drive off. Congrats on your honesty, and making the cashier’s day, I’m sure.

      hugs…hugmamma. 😉

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  3. I was raised to be nice to everyone all the time, especially if I don’t like them. I don’t do random acts of kindness because I figure people should be kind all the time. I wrote about an act of kindness that doubled in return and how it affected my career on Feb. 24.

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  4. A couple of months ago when it was really cold, I saw a homeless guy and went into Dunkin Donuts and bought him a coffee and a bagel. He was very thankful. I really felt for him and thought it was the least I could do.

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    1. As I just replied to another comment below, “Thanks from a senior citizen. It’s nice when the young folk help us old folk.”

      hugs…hugmamma. 😉

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  5. Isn’t this something that we do everyday – part of being human? Sad to think we have to inspire people to do a random act of kindness. I’m sure most people easily do more than one kind thing to others each and everyday.

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  6. This is a great topic … random acts of kindness are part of being a nice person, and hopefully occur frequently without even thinking about it. Very poignant for us New Zealanders at the moment with the tragedy that has devastated our second largest city. Finding it quite difficult to write in the face of this overwhelming sadness.

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  7. I agree with Ros. Acts of kindness should not be Random , they should be a normal part of your everyday life. A kindness can be a smile to someone feeling lonely, or holding a door open for someone to pass through and not expecting the thanks for doing it. Or even giving a stray dog a bowl of water.

    When driving in Bulgaria there are many dead dogs/cats/wild animals that have been hit by a vehicle and just left there in the road. We always stop the car so that I can remove the animal to the side kerb. This way at least it won’t be run over twice. Is that an act of kindness or am I completely barmy! My husband thinks I am nuts!

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  8. Wasn’t random, but I was having lunch with my wife and a friend in my hometown when an older couple sat behind us turned around and asked me if I knew where a certain church was. They were on their way to a wedding that afternoon.

    I explained that I had lived in the town most of my life, though I hadn’t lived there for several years and that I hadn’t heard of that particular church. So I used my smart phone to locate it and scribbled the post code and some (admittedly rough) directions to help them get to the wedding.

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  9. I agree, acts of kindness should not be random, and I know myself that a smile from a stranger can help me through the week nevermind the day! I remember I was driving down a country lane where there seemed to be a lot of rabbit carnage all over the road. It was obviously a rabbit “highway”. The vehicle infront of me was driving obliviously to the rabbits running out of the hedge and I was quite frankly driving dangerously trying to avoid them. The inevitable happened with the vehicle infront and it hit a rabbit. I was upset as I could see the rabbit was not quite dead but in death throes, so I stopped. It was a dangerous place to stop but I got out, and picked the rabbit up and got back into the car and kept it on my lap. I drove to a safer place and stopped, and I held the poor animal to my heart until its last breath passed. I was heart broken but felt in my weird way, that I’d helped its passing.

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  10. todos nós já solicitamos algum tipo de caridade, não todos: mas 80% da população mundial, sim. em termos de alimentos, vestuários, remédios, e
    outros… eu já fui muito capaz de praticar a caridade, para muitas pessoas tristes, e as mesmas voltarem a sorrir , é muito eficaz para a alma, e o coração
    leia, e medite em Hélio HCF. sobre Amor , e Felicidade !!! .

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  11. Hmmm… the other day a group of friends stopped me on the street and asked me how to get to ‘palermo viejo’, they were CLEARLY foreigners, so I asked them if they spoke english, they did, and said ok, follow me, I’m going that way, and if you have a piece of oapaer, i’ll draw you a little map. And I did. Does stuff like that count?
    Coins are something very difficult to find in Buenos Aires, so I always try to give change, I tip, when the bar is crowded and I’m waiting on my drink I offer to give others who are waiting a hand and order theirs… and I do hat because I like making people smile.

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  12. Random Acts of Kindness – It’s the little things in life that make the difference. A smile, an opened door, a friendly hello, a kind word, these are just a few of the things everyone can do everyday. I do it all day, everyday, whether it benefits the other person or not. I know it benefits me just knowing I tried to make someone else’s day a little brighter.

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    1. I totally agree with you! Kindnesses can be doled out in mini portions, every day. It’s seldom that opportunities for grand gestures occur. Why wait? A smile, a “hello,” a nod of one’s head, a “thank you,” an excuse me, letting someonelse go first, can all go a long way in making someone’s day good, better, or great. When I’ve the urge to tell a stranger she looks beautiful, I do. Recently a woman exiting the elevator I was entering, looked gorgeous in a gown and fur coat, and I reached out to touch her gently, and told her so.

      And you’re so right. Regardless if the recipient acknowledges my act of kindness, I’m glad I put it out there. What’ve I got to lose? Truth is, they usually express appreciation.

      am in definite agreement with you…hugmamma. 🙂

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  13. My last random act of kindness? Telling my husband that I don’t agree with him. Makes no sense to continue to let him think this is truly his fiefdom – it isn’t – and it’s not fair to allow him to control the weather in this marriage. It is the kindest thing I can do for him today.

    In the place of kindness, he sees only a random attack. But what CEO would believe his workers could run the business just as well as he?

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