Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Smile Counting

Try this, me and my friend went around our school asking people to smile and counting how many people smiled! I got over 70! Try this at home, It gives you that warm feeling inside and most people smile after you have gone!

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  • Posted by Ellie Davis
  • Jan 23, 2006
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It's a Small World

After work one day I was using a pay phone to call a friend. I found a wallet wrapped in tissue. I looked through it and it was a man's wallet. I decided to try to reach the owner but couldn't find anything to but credit cards. So i called the credit card company and explained what happened and gave them my name and phone number. Looking in the wallet a little further I found one of those identification cards you fill out when you get a wallet. I took a chance and called the phone number listed and got the man's wife. I gave her my name, phone number and office address so that her husband could meet me to pick up his wallet. She thanked me and told me he was looking for it and asked me if his money and theatre tickets were still there. ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by Christina Jones
  • Jan 17, 2006
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A Dropped Coin

Doing acts of kindness might not always pay off but this time it did.

Hi, i am 13 years old and just some of the smallest things can make almost anyone happy. Just the other day at the grociery store a elderly lady droped a quarter and i picked it up for her. unexpectedly she gave me the quarter. it made me happy and the lady was thankful.

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  • Posted by wayne briant
  • Jan 17, 2006
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Starbucks Kindness

I want to share something with you that happened to me yesterday. My family and I live in Sacramento, and after taking our son to school (1st grader) I thought I'd stop by the drive-through at our neighborhooh Starbucks to treat myself to a coffee before a busy day with my 5 month old. When I got to the window to pay for my drink. I was informed that the lady in front of me (who I didn't know) had paid not only for MY coffee, but all of the cars behind me! The girl working at the window said that this kind stranger wanted to 'return the favor'...that someone else had done that for her. It's amazing how such a simple gesture can affect another person...as silly as this may sound, it made me smile and reminded me that there are so many kind and giving people ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by Stacy Knight
  • Jan 17, 2006
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A Christmas Gift

Just thought i'd share a little story of holiday spirit with you. Last week i paid for 1hour for parking near my office in capitol hill, but only used it for 15min before i moved my truck to a free parking spot. as i walked to work there i noticed a parking officer about to ticket a vehicle that hadn't put a parking sticker in their window. i know what's like to get parking tickets, because i get a lot of them. since my sticker had time left on it, i put it on their window to save them a parking ticket. the parking officer warned me that someone might steal the parking sticker and i should put it on the inside of the window. i explained that it wasn't my car, but at least they won't get a ticket. the officer gave a smirk and proceeded to the next car. ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by Joseph O'Connell
  • Jan 17, 2006
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"Goodies Drawer"

I work in an office, and I am in charge of Quality. I monitor all of the outgoing paperwork and the phone calls inbound and outbound, and score the associates on their work. I have what I call a "goodie drawer" filled with items from the dollar store, and each month, each associate who has achieved 100% quality all month long receives a gift from the goodie drawer, and a "gold star" award with their name and which month they achieved 100%. I think these cards will be the perfect addition to my program! What better way to motivate others than by showing them that they can Pay It Forward to others?

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  • Posted by Marissa in Michigan
  • Jan 14, 2006
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Not Just Students, Staffers Too!

I got back from my trackout and found a packet with additional cards waiting on my desk. Thank you very much on behalf of Lufkin students and staff. We really appreciate your beautiful, simple design and the idea behind it. In return, I am sending you some of our responses to the first few cards we gave out in May. Both are from staff members: Last week I received a beautiful frame with the statement, "A teacher's guidance helps a child to lean and grow," with a handwritten note thanking me for being a great co-worker. What a wonderful surprise and heartwarming, especially for an emotional week. How uplifting! I passed it on this week to one always wearing a smile. I was pleasantly surprised in the middle of a busy day to find a beautiful gift basket at my desk. It contained a wonderful bottle of scented oil complete ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by Mirka in North Caroline
  • Jan 14, 2006
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Coffee Cups on the House

I eat out pretty often. So one thing I plan to do is to buy cups of coffee for others at the restaurant, and have the server deliver the cards to the customers. Something else I would like to do is send anonymous cards of encouragement to people, including a smile card with each one.

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  • Posted by Dianne in PA
  • Jan 14, 2006
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Shoe Repairer

I came across you whilst randomly searching for inspiration. I would like these cards because my husband and I run a small shop and he often does odd jobs (he's a shoe repairer) for free and it would be nice to give the customers one of these cards each time he does so. I also work for a charity part time and if you could send me any additional cards, I can also distribute them amongst the staff where I work. Thank you and what you do is fab!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted by Penny, in England
  • Jan 14, 2006
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Just Sitting There

So i was at a religious convention sitting in a lecture when a random person comes by and hands me a card, at first i thought it was a business person trying to promote for their company, ebcause there were a few people that i know are trying to expand their customers... after i looked up at the person silently smiling at me i looked back down at the card and realized what it was, it put a smile on my face for the rest of the day if not the whole weekend... I decided that i wanted to tag other people and spread the happiness as well.

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  • Posted by Ronak in Cali
  • Jan 14, 2006
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Comment Collection, July

Yesterday around 7:30pm in the evening, I was driving down Shallowford Road trying to concentrate despite the torrent of rain; it seems that the rain kept falling harder and harder. Just as I pulled up to a signal light, I noticed three women and a little girl walking down the sidwalk in the rain. Their arms were full of groceries. In fact, between the four of them they had three umbrellas but because the three older women were carrying so many bags, the little girl could not fit under the umbrella. She was sort of walking by herself carrying her own two bags. Just as I drew my mother's attention to them, a car that had just turned pulled up beside them and handed the little girl an umbrella. Right then and there, I felt as if I was protected and had been given the umbrella. Go ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by Hearts Everywhere
  • Jan 14, 2006
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Custodian Finds A Card!

How did you hear about us? My Friend handed me a card. What inspired you to join? The joy of doing good things. --Joshua, in New York This is my second time emailing you. First, I only asked for a few cards to try this at our school and the response has been great. Both teachers and students have been coming to my office in the Guidance, where I am Academically Gifted Resource Teacher, asking for more cards and wanting to join in this game. Also, some were quite excited when they had been tagged. Your cards really brighten our school days. If you could send us some more to brighten our already sunny days in North Carolina, we would appreciate it very much. Many thanks to you from all of us at Lufkin Road Middle School. We are getting ready to take the EOG's this month and could use some extra acts ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by A Custodian
  • Jan 14, 2006
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Comment Collection, May

How did you hear about us? What inspired you? The Fish 95.9 California --Ariel, in Orange County I recieved the card. I thought it was great way to see people smile. --Dusty, in Missouri Our family dog wandered off this afternoon. We got a phone call from a wonderful woman who lives some distance from us. She had found our Maggie, called her vet - had her vet scan Maggie's back for the chip we had put in her back (she is an ASPCA Rescue) and then called us! Maggie is a pure bred Daushaund and as sweet a dog as there ever was and our three kids would have been lost without her. I told this wonderful woman - and new friend of mine - that she has renewed my faith in the goodness of people. I told her that this random act of kindness would come back to her and tonight ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by Hearts Everywhere
  • Jan 14, 2006
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Smile Epidemic

Smile Epidemic I found out about the site due to a "SMILE" epidemic here in our office. A card was left on my desk, and I immediately logged on to your website to find out who you are and to figure out what you do. I've seen bumper stickers on cars that speak of "random acts of kindness," but have never been educated on how to commit these acts nor read the positive outcomes (which are provided on your website!). Thank you and have a SMILE of a day! --MM, in Baskersfield, CA Dear Anonymous Friend, It was really wonderful to receive those set of Smile cards from your side. I never knew anonymity could bring in that joy. You people are doing a great job I must say.I will try my best to spread your message out here in India. May Almighty assist you in your efforts to increase the level of kindness in this world. Wish you all the best Regards comrade.mumbai Kindness Counts Campaign Whoever you ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by Hearts Everywhere
  • Jan 14, 2006
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Comment Collection, Part 1

My Husband's Coffee What inspired you to join the smile revolution? My husband got a card when someone bought him a cup of coffee, then he gave the card to my daughter after he filled her car with gas. I love this idea I want to give out more. --DM, in New York Ninety-Six Thousand What are you going to do with your cards? I have found a list of funds and researched to whom they belong. Some moneys are up to 30 years old. I am almost ready to send out award info for $ 96,000. (so far). I was planning to include your card with their information. Thanks for the cards :) --LH, in Wyoming Sorority Sisters How were you tagged by the smile card? I received it in a card from one of my sorority sisters who left it anonymous. I was already having a really crapy day and I just so happened to look on our board and ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by Hearts Everywhere
  • Jan 14, 2006
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Half A World Away

While volunteering in India between April 2 and April 18, I experienced a smile card. Let me tell you how. The day before I left for home, Saturday April 17, I was cleaning up my office at LAICO, the training institute at Aravind Eye Hospital, and someone left me a Smile card and a beautiful poem on my desk. I was completely taken by this act of kindness. I had worked 12 of the 14 days that I had been in India and I was not sure that I had made a positive impact on those with whom I had worked. This card and poem really touched my heart and brought closure to my two weeks of work and helped me realize that I had made a difference to someone at LAICO. Then while at the Seva partner and board meetings last week, the extraordinary story came to fruition. We ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by John Inman
  • Jan 14, 2006
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Somebody Tagged Me!

"Katy, please come to the front desk. Katy, you have a package at the front desk." Immediately my sensors were on. Package? Why do I have a package? Did I order something? Did my mom send me something? Maybe it's from one of my clients. They might have mailed their paperwork in using priority mail. But they wouldn't have called me over the intercom. Hmmmm, a package. Wait a minute.........could it be........is it...did they.... As I approached the front desk Sabrina and Tatiana sat comfortably in their chairs in front of their computers. Nothing was out of the ordinary. They were focused on their tasks at hand and barely noticed me approaching, a smile already planted on my face. "You called me" I said, somewhat suspiciously. For an instant I became unsure that there even was a package there waiting for me, maybe I was confused. Sabrina turned to Tatiana. ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by Katy Turse
  • Jan 14, 2006
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This Buck Doesn't Stop

About a year back, I got off the train and was waiting for my ride to come pick me up. Suddenly I felt the inspiration to write a poem. I looked around and found a pen, but no paper. There was not even a scrap of paper in site. Bummer! So I sat there for a moment in a predicament, alone with the stunted inspiration. Then looked around a little more. It turned out that in my wallet I had a dollar bill. Looking at it a little more thoroughly, it became clear that there was very little writing surface on the dollar. But I could write something... So I took my pen and wrote something like this: "This is a very special dollar - given to you with love. Do not keep it. Do not spend it. Pass it on. Give it to someone else with love, and watch ... Read Full Story >>

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A Random Phone Call

I was out late watching a movie with friend in Georgetown. By the time the movie ended it was 2am. We walked to my car which was parked in the lot across the street. When we arrived, I noticed something strange- the doors were unlocked. I took a quick survey of the car's interior and was relieved to find everything intact, except for one thing- my briefcase was gone. After some discussion with my friend over technicalities- "Are you sure you locked the doors?", "Maybe you left it at work," I accepted the bag was gone and that was that. I considered myself incredibly fortunate that nothing valuable was taken or that nothing else in the car was damaged. The next day I got a surprising voicemail from a man that lived in the Georgetown area. He said he had walked his dog in the morning and came across a ... Read Full Story >>

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  • Posted by Rav from the East
  • Jan 14, 2006
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PB&J on MLK's birthday!

There they were; three people yearning to connect with the folks who live in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta. They chose an interesting day--grey, overcast, cold, rainy but something in their souls stirred them to connect with people whose faces we try not to see, whose lives and circumstances would make us cry and ask why in a world of full of so much surplus do so many have to go without? So, they set off--the three musketeers hell bent on providing some hot chocolate and pb & j sandwiches. In the week before, rapid email fire was sent between anywhere between 2 and 5 people--different ideas were thrown about, flying kites with kids in honor of India's National Kite Flying Day or making home baked cookies to hand out. In the end, we always come back to the basics--mouth watering hot chocolate and good for yo soul peanut butter ... Read Full Story >>

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