Stories of Kindness from Around the World


The other day, I was getting ready to go volunteer teach my English class and I was pondering the current climate in my country, the United States.And I think I'm not the only one overwhelmed by all the disconnection and Fear and by how to try to bridge that with Connection and Love. And, time ran out and I had to go to class, where it was my night to get evaluated by the program director. It's such an honor to teach this class. It really is. My adult students are so dedicated and wonderful. They really motivate me to be as good as a teacher as I can be, to keep pushing myself to improve. So, after class, the director and I were talking about my teaching and she said she was so effusive in thanking me for my energy. Then! one of my new students overheard some of the discussion and ... Read Full Story >>

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A Christmas Tradition of Spreading Warmth

Two days before Christmas I was out in town finishing all the last minute shopping and I had not noticed it was pretty late and was closing time for all the shops. I hailed a taxi and piled in all the bags of shopping and presents and was on my way home. I looked out of the window and saw that many homeless people were settling down on the empty pavements in the cold night with very little to cover themselves and keep them warm. I had a sudden idea. The day I went to the shops and bought as many blankets and and quilts which were on sale and in the evening after business time set out in my car along the same route I had seen the homeless people on the pavement the previous night. I found several of them in the same spot. Most of them were curled ... Read Full Story >>

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A Young Lady Called Charlotte

I have seen Charlotte waiting for a bus many times. She is in her 80's. She is petite and thin. She lives in a little Fold for the elderly near my home. I have got to know her as I stop and give her a lift any time I see her. Even if I am going the opposite direction or I have just nipped out for a pint of milk, I still give her a lift. She is circumspect though and would be careful who she would take a lift from. When I changed my car she was used to seeing my silver car pull up beside her but was wary the first time I pulled up in my new white car. Charlotte looks elderly and frail but last time I gave her a lift she told me she'd been on a helicopter ride, photos even shown  to prove it! She ... Read Full Story >>

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Depression Didn't Stop My Act Of Kindness

The last 5 weeks turned me upside down. I talked about chronic depression June 5. In an attempt to treat it we induced an episode of hypomania. Something I have also experienced before but never this profound. Enter mood stabilizing drug and BAM! Another adverse drug reaction. Finally, finally I am starting to return to my version of normal. First, thanks to all of you who sent notes. Your encouragement helped so much. I have felt like my ROAKs have significantly decreased. I haven’t made any smile packs for over two months. I had a horrible few days of pain and being freezing cold. I'm not sure why. But Friday I had to go to Trader Joe's - a site of many ROAKs. I met Hosiah, a wonderful man,who was trying to reach ripe plums from his wheelchair with an already full basket in his lap. He is currently living at ... Read Full Story >>

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A Promise In Honor of Her Late Husband

I always saw a mom picking up her son at the same time I did at an after school program. We usually smiled and exchanged pleasantries but no more, as my German is limited.

Then a week before we were deciding to leave the country, she spoke to me in English and told me all about her time in America as a grad student with her husband and the book she had left her science field to start writing. We became sharing pals. She saw us off with gifts and well wishes and a request to sprinkle some of her husband's favorite petals in the Bay when we return since she had lost him a few years ago.

We have been running around unpacking boxes and living in piles of unorganized stuff and today we are going to the Bay with my pal's petals. Blessings!

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Coast To Coast Travel And An Inspiration In Connectedness

It was finally the day for my wife to travel back from her parent's house on the East coast to where we live here in the Bay Area (West coast). She set out her day with a 6:00 am beach walk on the east coast and geared for the airport to travel by air. Little did we know what this day was about to bring! All southwest flights nationwide were facing delays and cancelations due to a massive unexpected downtime of their IT flight system. She had to wait for about 4 hours to get to her first flight and we both knew the second flight will probably be delayed too. As she approached the first lay over and learned that the second flight was canceled. With hundreds of angry, tired, anxious travelers who were about to loose their patience, she instead decided to choose kindness. The last flight from Phoenix to our city ... Read Full Story >>

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Passing Forward The Kindness I Recived Many Years Ago

Many years ago while waiting in a long queue at a busy check in counter in an airport I passed out. I had rushed to the airport on an empty stomach. I have never forgotten the kindness of two strangers who picked me up stayed with me until I regained consciousness and gave me a hot drink that they had bought from the cafeteria. Having made sure I was OK they rushed off because their fight was already boarding. Yesterday I had some way of paying it forward. I went with some colleagues from my office for a dinner to a local very popular restaurant. It was peak business time and the restaurant was packed. We finally found a table in a corner for three of us. It was so crowded that the cleaning boy was just clearing our table as we were sitting down, while the waitress apologized for all the ... Read Full Story >>

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Dog-Gone Fun Movie

Last evening we went to see "The Secret Life of Pets" at our local community vintage movie theater. All seats $7.00 all the time! We worked so hard all weekend and wanted some fun, so we decided to see this new Disney animated movie. We laughed so hard and the animals reminded us of our pack!

There were 2 young girls behind us in line with their cash in hand. They were talking about splitting a soda and popcorn. Well, we could not have that! We purchased their movie tickets and gave them each $5.00 and told them to enjoy snacks on us. They told us they earned the money helping their mom's clean. They smiled and said "Thank you" with such sweetness.

We're going to make this a monthly date and give back at this small 1-room movie theater. Wonderful experience!

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The Pocket Watch

Last night I invited my ex husband's mother out for a meal. After the meal we came back to my house and sat and chatted. That's when she told me about the true value of the pocket watch.  She had nursed her brother Arthur when he was dying of cancer. He gave her an old pocket watch. He removed the old cord which had been on it for as long as she could remember, and with his mother's permission he attached it to one of his father's pocket watch chains. He was getting it ready to gift to her. A few weeks before he transitioned, the local priest came to speak to her. He knew the true value of the pocket watch and after much thought and prayers decided to share this story with her: A widow in the diocese was not only grieving her husband's death but she was also distressed about ... Read Full Story >>

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What I learned from a little girl at a train station

Lately, I had become so cynical about finding goodness in people looking at the happenings around the world. But I have also been pleasantly surprised by goodness in unexpected people. I am beginning to realize that goodness still exists in the world if only we have the grace to be surprised by goodness from unexpected people. A few weeks ago I had gone back to my hometown and I was traveling by train to visit a friend in the comfort of a new air-conditioned coach while it was blisteringly hot outside. After a few stations, the delivery man from the cafeteria in the train came around to deliver the pre-booked hot meals and drinks. Just behind him rushed in a young girl, maybe 9 or 10 years old obviously used to begging and put out her hand pleading for some food just with her gestures but no words. The food supplier was ... Read Full Story >>

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I've Learned

I've learned-- that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up. I've learned-- that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel. I've learned-- that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. The same goes for true love. I've learned-- that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have. I've learned-- that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated. I've learned-- that your family won't always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren't biological. I've learned-- that no matter how good a friend ... Read Full Story >>

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Food For Thought

Today I did something I have been really ambivalent about before joining your beautiful souls at KindSpring. I am not a shy person, nor am I a confident person, I also have no difficulty talking to strangers. I have always had difficulty though in dealing with homelessness. It is not difficulty per se about homelessness, it is more about whether the person is genuinely homeless and in need. This is because I have often heard that sometimes people are not homeless and they are just trying to hoodwink anyone who is naive enough to be hoodwinked. Today I spoke to a homeless man who was sitting outside shops in my town. He was sitting on his sleeping bag. I bent down and asked him if he would like me to buy him something to eat. He said he would and I asked him what he would like. He told me he would like ... Read Full Story >>

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My neighbor's keeper :)

My Neighbor struggled to buy his house and in so doing, he fell short on money for a Lawn Mower. He would feel so bad when he saw me cutting my lawn and all he had was a weed whacker.

I went on www., Where you can get things for free and found an Electric Lawn Mower in a nearby  city. It was almost new, the guy had it 6 Months before he landscaped his yard.

It came with a 100 FT Cord " Brand New". You should have seen his face when I test ran it on my yard & he saw it. And his face when I cleaned it and gave it to him. That was a Great DAY :)

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Inside This Card Is A Big Blessing

Inside this card is one of the biggest kindnesses I am yet to do.

The other day when thinking of a girl I know. Not a friend as such just someone I know through others. I thought of how much I admire her fighting spirit and 'never give up' attitude as she struggles financially. She recently immigrated here from her homeland of Croatia with her two children and husband.

As I was thinking of her so randomly I also heard a random 'thought' or inner prompting and voice. It said "Gift her. Bless her financially with whatever you can spare".

So I am. $100 in fact. A fresh green crisp $100 bill. Thankfully I know her postal address so can post anonymously. Inside the card it reads:

"I pray that this $100 bless you both.

I pray that this $100 be the beginning of an abundance so rich to fall upon you.

I pray that this $100 gives you both faith that the universe always provides.

And I pray that you both know how loved you always are 💜

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Grateful for being able to help family

I have had one of the best days of my year this week because I had the chance to spend time with my big brother. My brother is one of the most burly, independent and strong men I have ever known. He very seldom asks for assistance with anything (as he is quite prideful as well) so whenever he asks for help, I make sure I go running to do it. As a matter of fact, I have a sweet way of volunteering my time. I call him early in the morning and ask if there is anything I can do to help him throughout the day and that it would make me so happy if I ever could. It works most of the time and I rejoice in the experience. My brother has what we call 'an old soul'. He is very mature and levelheaded. He's made very good decisions and ... Read Full Story >>

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Winning Actions At Euro Football

Football fans get a lot of bad press but this story inspired me. Northern Ireland were playing Wales in France a few days ago and Tom, a 13-year-old Welsh fan got separated from his dad.

Northern Ireland fans lifted Tom up onto a bin and helped him locate his father in the crowd. The video shows the rival teams chanting and cheering as Tom locates dad. Beautiful.

Quick action from men who recognized the importance of Tom even though he supported the rival team. A young boy became more important than the Euro Football for those who were football fanatics and who were living and breathing for their team victory.

Don't you just love such a public display of solidarity and love from men especially when meeting in a rivalry situation?

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Saving The Earth One Door At A Time

Our newer neighbors have been doing massive re-muddling to their over 100-year-old
home. I noticed that they had disposed of several over 100-year-old solid oak doors with lovely hinges and hardware. I corraled my spouse and we rescued them from the trash heap. Not being able to use them ourselves, we contacted the former owners of the house who had moved into a "newer" house.

They were able to use the doors in many forms in their new house, by using them as their intended purpose, cutting one down to use as a table. They picked up the last door last evening. The earth has been saved of more useful things from landfills and those gorgeous old wood doors have been able to live many more years.

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It's A Small World

I was in the supermarket queue yesterday and was having a  lovely chat with the lady in front of me. A member of staff came to me and directed me to a checkout which had just opened. I was reluctant to go but felt obliged to do so. When I arrived at the said checkout the cashier was allowing a little child to scan through their shopping. My first thoughts were I'd have got served quicker if I'd just stayed where I was. Eventually it was my turn. The cashier was sweet and apologized for the delay. Then she asked me to pass my shopping bags to her so that she could pack I thanked her and told her she was busy enough I would do it. 'But I want to help.' came the big smiling reply. We chatted as we both packed and somehow through our small talk she told ... Read Full Story >>

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Helping a Stranger in Need on the Road

My mom and I were out driving when we saw a car ahead of us suddenly slow to a crawl in the middle of an intersection and then roll to a stop as it reached the side of the road. We pulled over and asked the woman inside the car if she needed any help. She said "yes, please!"

Since we were right next to a parking lot, we tried to push her car up the incline into it to get her out of the road. We were not super successful, it being a heavy car and all, but then a man and his kids came over and offered their help as well! Together we got the woman's car into the parking lot where she was safe and could get the help she needed. We all smiled at each other and then went on our way.

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  • Jul 14, 2016
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Odd Kind of Kindness

This is an odd little kindness I'm sharing here. It isn't even really that kind ... more the opposite! But I am sharing because it took some strength and I'm sharing because I'm proud of me. Earlier today when I was out shopping with my toddler he was in a real playful mood. Holding my hand, jumping up and down, and swinging on and off me. And quite frankly it peeved me off. I felt myself getting all worked up inside. It was SO annoying l. He kept yanking on my arm pulling it back one way then the other. I wanted to yell at him. Wanted to 'punish' him. But I didn't. Instead of reacting instantly to this annoyance I watched it or more so, watched myself. I watched how worked up I was getting. How angry. Then I thought ... "Really Nicole. Really?. Is this that bad? He is 4. He is ... Read Full Story >>

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