I have a 65 year old friend who loves teddy bears - she feels they are part of her family and they give her great joy. Not being a teddy bear person myself, (cute, but I don't 'get' the fascination) I bought, arranged and covertly delivered a basket full of teddy bears and a sympathy note to my friend whose adult niece lost her 2-year battle with cancer. She said the new bears joined her others and they were 'having a party' . She said they brought comfort, put a smile on her face and made her day a little happier. My lesson was that I don't have to buy into someone else's passion or belief in order to to cheer them up.
I went to pick up my dry clean and paid for my bill. Then, I kindly said, I wanted to pay for someone else’s bill as an act of kindness today. The lady said you what? I repeated myself. Keep in mind she had a smile on her face and she was saying that is so nice of you to do. I started to tell her about Helpothers.org and showed her the Smile card. She just starts beaming with smiles. She said is this money from the website? I said no, the website gives us a place to share our stories and ideas with other people. She asked if this was a religious site. I said it’s a site for anyone that wishes to share acts of kindness with people all around the world. She said should I pick someone I know? I said that would be fine because I do not know them. She ... Read Full Story >>
I received in my inbox an order confirmation for a phone cover to be shipped to NYC. Funny, because I live in San Francisco and I didn't order a phone cover. I texted the number that was on the email and introduced myself. Turns out, we have the exact same name and very similar email addresses! I forwarded the email to her invited her out to SF so we could meet.
I gave my friend, who doesn't drive, a ride to work this morning.
She has stage 3 breast cancer and I have been giving her rides to work while she is undergoing treatment. I also give her rides to appointments and go with her to chemo once a week.
I am not working at present because of my own medical problems. So, not only does this help her, it helps me too by giving me a reason to get up and do something every day!
My friend/new found kindness buddy and I were walking down a familiar street near our university and we stopped by an ATM to withdraw some money. We were in the queue when we noticed a young girl helping a blind girl on her way home, by holding her and not letting her come in contact with any danger. My friend H and I felt we needed to thank her for the immense act of kindness that she was doing. So, we decided to make a balloon animal for her to express our gratitude. We created a balloon giraffe and handed it over to her when she stopped by a pharmacy next to the ATM and told her that we were touched by what she was doing to help someone else who is disabled. A connection emerged so strong out of this interaction that we had that she wanted to join us ... Read Full Story >>
Too often, I think that small things in our everyday lives get taken for granted. When a long-lost friend calls to say a random hello, it can definitely make your day. Knowing that people care and do nice things for your family when you're living far away... they probably have no idea how much that means to you. Or, what about the child you used to nanny for that checks-in once in a while to keep you posted on how they are doing, even though they are full-grown adults now? These are all things that give me something to look forward to, and make a huge difference in my day, but all of a sudden feared that they had no idea how much those things meant to me, so wanted to do a "random act of kindness" to make them realize. I slightly changed my original idea, of being a two-step process, ... Read Full Story >>
A fire completely destroyed my mobile home last year, just four months after I had paid it off! I had, wrongly, assumed the insurance was still good until the end of the year and so had to rebuild with what little I had saved. I knew what I had in the bank would not be enough so I began to rent out my RV (recreational vehicle) as a way to help ends meet. One woman who had reserved a week in the RV called and told me she just found out from her doctor that she had cancer and that her husband thought they probably should not be spending unnecessarily right now but saving for doctor bills. He felt that they should cancel the trip. I could hear the disappointment in her voice as she told me how she had thought the trip was just what she and her family needed. Then she ... Read Full Story >>
I live in a beautiful village. An ancient, but small, river slowly winds its way through the heart of the village.
Visitors come from all over England to enjoy our village and the neighboring countryside. But, lately, people have been tossing their rubbish into the river, leaving it looking sad and neglected.
So, I found my longest pair of gum-boots, a pair of elbow-length rubber gloves, a hefty rubbish sack, and waded down into the river. I cleaned out all the plastic bottles, potato-crisp packets, broken beer bottles, takeaway cartons, and all the plastic I could find.
My refuse sack was filled, the river was cleared, and I got to enjoyed my home town from a whole new perspective!
I offered to print a few documents for a friend since the person who normally helped with that was out of town.
It was especially nice to be able to make this offer since we have been having some misunderstandings lately.
The gesture was appreciated, which brought a smile to my face - and, I think, to my friend's face too!
My husband and I enjoyed breakfast twice today!
The first time was at 6:45 a.m.when we served pancakes, fresh peaches, and homemade syrup to our dear neighbors who were flying out early to start a 9-month bike trip across Europe.
Then at 9:30 a.m. we served a fresh round of the exact same meal to our close friends who were on their way out of town to get married in another state.
Afterward, my husband and I joked about finding someone else to invite for elevenses, but at that point I don't think we could have eaten anymore pancakes!
I had been waiting in the doctor's reception area for more than an hour and was getting little restless!
I saw this frail lady trying to open the door to leave. I got up right away, opened the door, and took her out to the bus stop. As I was helping her climb the steps onto the bus the driver asked for a dollar. She was ready with the money in her hand but, before he could take it, I handed him a dollar of mine!
The lady looked puzzled at first but then her eyes showed her gratitude. She thanked me several times. I just gave her a big hug and big smile!
The driver just looked at me - and then smiled too.
I returned to my seat in the reception area, smiling, and waited for my turn like a good patient ... patiently!
I have been absolutely exhausted since I started my new teaching job in the UK (after 10 years in Australia) and I was definitely at a low ebb driving home today. I had spent eleven hours at work, it was raining, and the rush-hour traffic was so slow.
I saw these poor people sitting at a junction, unable to get into the main stream. So I made a gap and let three cars in. The look of relief on their faces was immediate. They flashed their lights and waved in appreciation as they took their places in front of me.
The good feeling was only slightly marred by the car behind me honking his horn at me, but I chose to ignore him!
I made one auto-rickshaw driver happy by asking him where he wanted to go and buying him some food when we got there!
I paid for the journey and the food. Hopefully this little diversion will make him happy and that happiness will be passed on to his other passengers.
I stumbled across Kindspring.org two days ago, and read the stories posted here for hours. They moved and inspired me so much that I just knew I had to be a part of this. I am a college student and work at the library here on campus, so I was able to print out dozens of Smile Cards and I spent over an hour cutting them all out. One of my "primary targets" that I came up with during my brainstorming was McDonald's, because the area around my college is economically depressed and I figured most of the people going to the McDonald's were probably strapped for cash. Unfortunately I don't have a car and I didn't know when I'd be able to have the opportunity to do some random acts of kindness there. As luck would have it that very night one of my friends asked me to go to ... Read Full Story >>
One of my co-workers brings her dog into work with her everyday.
This animal companion of my friend has expanded her "pack" to include everyone in the office. She is not a young dog and has recently been under the weather. I just found out she has not been eating and is generally lethargic. The vet can't seem to track down the cause of what is happening so there is a lot of sadness surrounding this.
I had brought some left over steak in today for lunch and gave what was left to our animal friend. It was the first time she had eaten in three days.
I have been watching kids after school for a single mom who just got a job after so many months of searching.
I just made a huge pot of chicken soup and a pot of chili and divided them up in containers for freezing. Then I wrote a note saying, "Some help with dinner for when things are a little hectic until you get back into the daily routine. Good luck with the new job!"
I plan to deliver them when I drop her kids off after she finishes work.
I listened as a woman told me how her father, who is almost 100 years old, is a full-time career for his 96 year old wife.
I told her I thought that was wonderful and asked, "What does your father do to indulge himself a little?" She told me he likes a drop of whisky and also enjoys chocolate.
Now, I didn't know his name, or where he lives, but I went out and bought whisky, chocolate, and a jar of malt whisky marmalade. Then I gave them to a family member to pass to him.
On the day I decided to go out and buy the gifts I won more than the equivalent cost in Premium Bonds!
Someone posted a note on the vending machine at work about the change they lost in the machine. I believe they were hoping the vending maintenance person might give them this amount back when they come to fill the machine.
So, I preempted the vending guy, took a Smile card, taped the "lost" money to it, and then taped the card to the note on the machine.
It may be a small thing, but I believe every good effort adds beauty and kindness to the world - like a little sprinkle of glitter!
I took my daughter's pregnant friend who's having a lot of trouble with her blood pressure, blood sugar, water retention, and so on, to the emergency room last night. She has been admitted again.
I wish they would just let her stay. She's in her seventh month.She has no car and doesn't know anyone (except us) who has a car. She takes the bus to the hospital whenever she can, but that's not the best way if you are in a hurry.
At least she's in good spirits and she knows she can call us.
I also ran and got my daughter supper while she stayed with her friend. And, later, my husband went to pick my daughter up once her friend had been admitted.
Today I made up a luscious face cream for a friend who is housebound. I also took my treatment couch round and massaged her feet!
She was not expecting me and I had already said I was too busy - but I made the time to do it and it worked out fine.
Her smiles and relaxed mood after the treatment made it a special occasion.