Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Good deeds = good life

I always want to inspire people to smile, breath, and be happy. Think positive and remember how good it feels to help others.

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Lessons from an old woman on the bus

Last night on my way back from work, I was caught again in a crowded bus where you don't even have space to put your legs on the floor at times. Every person's attention is to the next seat which gets vacant.

It is a like a tight musical chair situation. An old lady with heavy luggage got in this bus. And after some time, somebody offered her a seat. A generous act.

What I saw after this was a display of an unconditional love. This lady kept offering to share her seat with whoever was standing next to her. The seat is meant for 2 people.

An old lady was showing me how easy it is to be kind and generous and what unconditional love is. She was passing her kindness to everyone of us without a smile card in her hand. I felt fortunate to be witnessing this standing behind her. She didn't even knew that she was doing a random act of kindness.

God bless her!

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U2 Tickets

I work in media and often get some pretty great perks in my job. I wanted to share one of them with you - probably one of the hardest acts of kindness I have done yet!!! But it was worth it!!! I was at work yesterday and was about to leave when my supervisor walked into my office and handed me an envelope. She had two tickets to the U2 concert that was playing that night in her hand and said they were mine if I wanted them. I LOVE U2, they are my favourite band, and I quickly said yes very excited about the night ahead of me! Then I wondered who to take with me. My boyfriend is a big fan and would have loved to go, but 2 of my sisters are massive fans and I know they had been trying to get tickets (with no luck). So... ... Read Full Story >>

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The Next Generation of Smiles

I am a teacher and am dedicated to inspiring my students to explore the joys of participating in community and of random acts of kindness. I'd like the children to use the cards in an act of kindness and come back to the classroom to describe that act and the results of the act.

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Kindness Not Just for Humans: Kindness for our Doggy Neighbor

I was just thinking that kindness doesn't need to be restricted to human beings, and maybe can even extend to all of God's creatures. The other day, I was playing soccer with our two puppies and my baby boy in the backyard. And all of the sudden I saw two sad little eyes peering through the neighbor's fence. There was this great, big, golden retriever girl "puppy" who was crying because she was tied up to a chain and usually left by herself in a concrete backyard. It broke my heart. I know the neighbor's are nice people, just a little out of touch with dogs. And then, two ladies on the hill behind us started calling out to the puppy. Hey little puppy. (They could have said hey big puppy, if any of you know how large golden retrievers get in a year). I let them ... Read Full Story >>

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Tagging the Homeschoolers

We homeschool and I think it will be a good lesson for both the kids and the grownups in the house to find a way to make other homeschoolers we meet smile. I think it would be a welcomed ripple to start through the homeschool community.

Homeschoolers often are one income families and with the holidays coming, I think surprise donations to some who are struggling a bit would be a good start:) But I don't want it to be just about money- so some annonymous admiration notes would also be a good ripple to spread. Thanks so much- I love this!! I can't wait to get started!!!

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  • Posted by Susan Jones
  • Nov 12, 2006
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Kindness at a Challenging Time

All of us have co-workers who have trouble being kind. They can be hard to deal with and can make work a nightmare. But do we know why they are like this? Do we know the story behind their actions? I have a coworker who has done all she can to make life hard for those around her. We had a particulary hard week at work this week and she was taking it out on the rest of us. At the beginning I was mad and hurt and was letting her bring me down. Then I stopped and thought to myself. Do I know why she is acting this way? Do I know what goes on behind closed doors or why she does the things she does? I remember my mother telling me that the best way to feel better when you have been hurt is to be kind towards ... Read Full Story >>

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An Inspiring Comment

I want to use smile cards to secretly touch the lives of those I know and of strangers too, in an inconspicuous way.

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Seek and you shall find

I am a religious sister and newly assigned in Hong Kong. I have been talking to the students about being kind to others and this morning I received a chocolate from a student. I write a note of thanks but I wished I had a card to give along with my note. It has been on my mind for a long time to have a smiley card so I searched the internet to download a smiley picture and I found your website. Thanks be to God! I congratulate you for this simple and yet noble work of kindness. You are surely making a difference in the world.

I am planning to put your smiley poster in my room for the students to see and I might use your stories of kindness in my sessions with them. God bless you all! Sr. Maricris, mnda

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  • Posted by Maricris
  • Nov 11, 2006
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Stress Relief

Someone I work for has two sons I've gotten to know. The oldest is becoming more and more uncommunicative since his parents have split up. I offered to play with the younger son for a few hours on my time so the dad could get some quality time with his older brother.

His busy dad has been highly stressed during this transistion. He agrees that his son could really use an ally right now is so-o-o-o-o grateful for this outreach. I can't seem to get enough time with kids, so everyone is looking forward to this time of relief for everyone.

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Love "Drive-Bys"

I am giving them as part of a birthday gift to a friend. We had discussed doing "love drive-bys", and this is perfect.

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  • Posted by Dorrine
  • Nov 10, 2006
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Actions of Love

I have done quite a few acts of love, but I struggle to share them. First because I don't want my ego to take credit for it, and second, English is my second language and I am very aware of my inability to express myself correctly most of the time.
I suffer from chronic back pain due to a bone disease that makes sitting in front of the computer very difficult, but I will try to do this more often.
Last week, I lent my mountain cabin to a young couple to celebrate their anniversary, it was a huge step for me because that place is my sacred land, where I go for peace and quiet. I never had done that before.
At the same time, I took care of my four-month old first grandson so my son and his wife could take a trip away to celebrate.
Those are the things I like to do, to provide others with things that can make their life happier and fuller.

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Niceties in the Nursing Home

I will use these cards to anonymously brighten other's day by random acts of kindness.

I will leave some cards at the nurses station where my Mother is in the nursing home.

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Colours of Light

It's Diwali or the Festival of Lights. During the five days, women draw beautiful images outside their homes with coloured sand, rice and grains (called rangolis) to decorate their homes and welcome the new year and visitors. This year, I took inspiration from a wonderful person I work with who is absolutely amazing at making rangolis. His work is beautiful. I decided after seeing him make so many that I was going to try my hand at rangolis. So I did. Off I went, practicing first outside my home. Loaded with tons of coloured sand, I thought of whose homes I should make rangolis at. Good family friends of ours live in the same city as I. They treat me like a daughter and are my family here. My uncle and aunt as I call them have two sons, no daughters ... Read Full Story >>

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When A Rose Is A Rose Is- More Than A Rose.

A woman on a pavement with an armful of roses-to-sell and a tired expression in her eyes. She is surrounded by people who are very not buying roses tonight. We walk past her, and then walk back. I love flowers, but roses are far from being my favorite flowers. They are too-written about. Too poeticized. Too perfect. But this was not about the roses. We buy ten buds, some tightly wrapped up in themselves, others just starting to open. Give her one, he says, just loud enough so I can hear and she can't. I pull one-long stemmed beauty out of the bunch and give it to her for the pricelessness of a sudden smile. We walk on newly-burdened, one down, nine roses to go. Do we hand them out to random strangers? Or wait to stumble across someone sad-faced and in-need-of-exactly-ten-minus-one roses? No- we decide instead to let the ... Read Full Story >>

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Flowers of Appreciation

I am the advisor for our high schools Fellowship of Christian Athletes and will give one to each student along with a flower and have them pass both out ramdomly to someone they appreciate at our school. I was inspired by the story in this news letter.

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Stress Relief

Someone I work for has two sons I've gotten to know. The oldest is becoming more and more uncommunicative since his parents have split up. I offered to play with the younger son for a few hours on my time so the dad could get some quality time with his older brother. His busy dad has been highly stressed during this transistion. He agrees that his son could really use an ally right now and is extremely grateful for this outreach. I can't seem to get enough time with kids, so everyone is looking forward to this time of relief for everyone.

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Musical Chairs

Having read many stories on this board on giving up airplane window seats, I was on the lookout for a similar opportunity recently. The international flight back home was going to be long and I wasn't thinking of much except sleep. The row was split in 2-3-2 and the gentleman sitting next to me casually asked if I wouldn't prefer a center aisle seat. His wife had been separated from him. I immediately acquiesced and the couple was together. I admit, I might have let out a little laugh at having finally been able to do this for a stranger (are we really that?) - I hope they didn't take it the wrong way.

But the story was not over for me. Shortly a hostess came over, asked me if I wanted to change seats (the other two passengers next to me were also a couple). For the next 10 hours, I'm in a row all to myself.

So I'm on the hunt again, till I actually give up a window seat without getting anything in return. Will post my progress here.

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Smile Therapy

I am a therapist and I interact with people on a daily basis. I always try to find new ways that I can let people know they are special and that someone is thinking of them. I plan to send smile cards to clients as well as to co-workers anonamously to just brighten their day. Everyone needs that affirmation sometimes in their life.

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Ripples of Smile Cards (Orders!)

I organised a large volunteering event at the non-profit organization I work for and because it was such an organisation-wide affair, so many people helped to make the actual day come together.  I was very grateful for the way that nearly 25 staff members contributed on the day as they provided an amazing source of support in making things happen the way I had planned.

I decided to thank each of them with a big swiss chocolate bar with a smile card tied around it with ribbon and a thank you card to tell them how much I appreciated their support.  As I handed them out the following day, many people were a little surprised by this gesture, as it was largely unexpected.  But, what really made my day was when I was shipping Smile cards a few days later and noticed that one of the people who received a card had already ordered more! 

This smile movement really is infectious and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to spread ripples wherever I can :)

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