Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Creating My Own Challenge

I did my own 21-day challenge with a group of twelve friends. Every day, I created and emailed them a challenge for the day and encouraged them to share what they did with our group.

It was so fun hearing the different ways people completed their challenges. We agreed that being kind was something we all did every day, but mindfully fulfilling a challenge made it all the more special. One member is going to repeat all 21 challenges.

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Little things can go a long way

In my local supermarket, there is a woman who is having brain surgery again. She had it almost a year ago and it did not help. She is terrified and sharing with me, her customer. What can I do? Brought her an Angel and some feel good books, donated items to a raffle to help some of the costs and just listened to her. I cannot imagine how scared she is, but I can care!

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Cashier Remembered Me As ...

Cashier remembered me as soon as I told her to keep the dark Dove chocolate bar that I added to my grocery purchase.

"Oh, I looked up the website (KindSpring.org) and showed your origami (peace) dove to my manger," she said, her whole face lighting up. "I don't have much time to go online, but liked the site."

I gave her another dove to give her boss, as well as a candy bar and dove to cashier in next lane.

Was almost out the door, when she caught up to me and asked if she could please have another dove, for a colleague who really needed a positive lift.

Grateful that I happened to have a small bag with SMILE card, dove and a blessing token that I had tucked in my purse.

Love how the kindness is rippling, my friends.

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The Best Kind of Bank Deposit

Today at the bank I got served by a girl called Lauren who was being trained. I remember how nerve-wracking it can be when you are just starting out and young. I got some roses and gave them to her. She was so surprised and sparkled. It was a lovely moment.

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A New Start for Their Friend

Yesterday afternoon was great for me. Over the past couple of days on our local Freecycle page there have been a lot of 'wanted' posts, all from the same person, basically asking for everything you'd need to set up a house from scratch. One of the things they asked for was a queen-sized bed, which we just happened to have an extra one of (we get given lots of random stuff, lol), so I messaged them to offer them the bed. They snatched it up right away and came in the afternoon to get it. The people who came, two ladies and a man, are actually friends of another woman with a young boy. This woman has escaped from a dangerous, violent relationship and these friends of hers are helping her and her son start over again, with everything from furniture to toothbrushes on their list of needs. While they were here I also ... Read Full Story >>

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Farewell to Good Neighbors

Our good neighbors sadly are moving away, and they've just finished packing their house up. I invited them for dinner tonight, as everything is packed up and ready to go.

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Parking Lot Angel

The other day I was backing out of a small parking lot that did not have much room for backing out. A mother with her son saw me, and she asked if I needed help. She kept telling me how far back I could go without hitting other vehicles. I so appreciated her kindness. She was my parking lot angel.

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Colorful Postcards for Kids

I sent out these postcards to terminally ill children today. If you have a chance, please do so as well. I am sure it supports not only the child but also the parents!

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Seeds for sparrows

I saw a bluebird and a sparrow looking for seeds outside of my bedroom window this morning, so I sprinkled some grains on the ground for them. I think we will have to make some bluebird nesting boxes for next spring! Random acts of kindness aren't only for humans :-)

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Bookmarks for random people

Made these bookmarks from magazines, clear sealing tape, colored pencils and a little imagination :).

Have put one in a book for sale at store and will be aware as more opportunities arise for random giving.

So glad that I packed art supplies for extended vacay!

You just never when the creative urge will manifest, my friends.

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Mama Duck parade

Recently when going to work in rush hour traffic, I saw something that renewed my faith in humankind. A mama duck and 8 ducklings all in a row proceeded to cross a busy 4 lane highway. I cringed as I saw them leap onto the road, just knowing that they would all be killed by the cars rushing to get to work. Instead, all four lanes of traffic stopped to let this little parade pass by onto the other side of the road. I could not believe it actually happened! All four lanes stopped. It made my day, and reminded me that there is a lot of goodness in this world. :)

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Stationery Library

I teach at a school in a lower socio economic area. Often the kids have low nutritional food and have challenges at home (over crowding, staying with relatives...)

I was tired of hearing 'I haven't got a pencil/pen/ruler..." So I bought some extra supplies on the weekend. Today I had a stationery library, they could borrow, but they had to pay with an act of kindness on the lunch breaks!

They offered to pick up litter, play with the younger students, help a teacher at lunchtime. I hope the novelty doesn't wear off!

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How she celebrated her 35th birthday!

The last thing Kim Powell-Woods wanted for her birthday was a newspaper story. But her day on Wednesday was just too unusual to ignore. Instead of a traditional celebration with gifts and a birthday cake, the Limestone woman wanted smiles. Her plan: For her 35th birthday, she would do 35 acts of random kindness for strangers. "I thought of it a couple weeks ago, and I sat down one afternoon and started making a list of things I could do," she said. She added that her job — as a 911 operator — put her in touch with people who were having very bad days. She wanted a day when she might help people have a good day. "And, as a single mother of two, I know a lot about what it's like to be in all kinds of predicaments. So, I wanted to give people a little boost," she explained. She started at ... Read Full Story >>

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Time For Breakfast!

Every morning at work, I get the best made to order omelette in our cafeteria. The best part is that the guy who makes them is always cheerful and happy. It is a great way to start my morning.

I decided to let his manager know what a great job he was doing and he said he would give him movie passes as recognition. He deserves this as he gets my morning off to a great start!

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Love card for a waitress

I ordered cards from "The world needs more love letters". My 3-year-old daughter handed one to our favorite waitress that said "you are loved". It brought tears to her eyes, and mine. Now people are telling me that she carries the card and tells people the story. Yay! 

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My Son's Big Heart

I'm having a tidy up in our home office. A thought popped into my head regarding my son, he was about 8 years old at the time. His school was having a food drive for 'the poor' and he wanted to take something to school the next day.
I was a full time student and struggling along to make ends meet at the time, the thought of a brighter future once I was qualified kept me motivated. Our pantry was all but bare apart from one or two cans and a jar of homemade jam.

My son made his request again, and in despair I said to him "For goodness sake Logan, we haven't got anything to give, WE ARE THE POOR!" He looked at me in astonishment, and said "no we aren't Mummy, we've got a house and we've got each other" humbling, and he proudly took the cans and the jam to school.

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Opportunity to help a security guard at work

Increment Amount (The Joy of Giving) Few months back, my office security guard was diagnosed with mouth cancer and had a tough time. I was really concerned about his health and the mental trauma he was facing. I prayed for him, counseled him and sent a request to all my co-workers for a small amount of contributions for his hospitalization expenses. A few colleagues were quite generous and contributed for him. He was on Chemo and had only one chemo left, when the hospital asked to pay around 20K. Being only working as a security guard, of course he did not have that money. I prayed for him and promised myself to help him during this difficult time. I got my salary today with some increment and I sent the increment amount to meet his last chemo expense. What I've learned from life, is that you can earn more money but the opportunities to help ... Read Full Story >>

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Helping a villager get back home

I was waiting in my car and noticed a lady with a small child, distraught and hesitant. She seemed from a village here in India and seemed lost in this city.

She looked at me hesitantly and I asked her if she wanted to say something. That gave her the courage to talk to me, and she told me that she had come from her village for treatment and now had no money.

She hadn't eaten and neither did she feed her baby. I gave her money for food and for traveling back to her village. She took the money with tears of gratitude.

I wouldn't have reflected on this at all and it would have passed away as something that I do without a blink... but penning it for KS has made me reflect, feel good and also to consciously do good. Thank you KS

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Sharing Time

A neighbor last month was diagnosed with skin cancer. She has just returned this past week from surgery (out of town). So I went over and sat and talked to her. We spent time together. I believe time is the best gift I give to people. She was very happy because some of her next door neighbors and good friend have avoided her since the diagnose I believe they are scared and do not know how to react.

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Nice Cashier

The young lady in front of me at Safeway had rung up about $85 in groceries but did not have a club card. I was going to offer mine, but I wasn't sure how the checker would feel about that. I soon found out, when the checker asked me if I had a club card for the young lady <3. She was able to knock off a little more than $10 from her bill! I then noticed that I was overcharged for an item, which I brought to the stores attention. Rather than just refunding me the overage charge, Safeway refunded me the entire amount :)

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