I have been a fill-in personal care attendant for a woman with Multiple Sclerosis. At one point, I was wanting to create a group similar to this but not online. I asked her what would be an act of kindness to her that would make her smile. She said a check in the mail. My offline group never came together but I never forgot that wish. I knew it was just a matter of waiting until I got enough spare change to send something that would be enough to make her smile. About six months ago, enough time for her to forget she made that wish, I sent a blank money order to her with a card that said, "Be one with yourself and all good things will come to you." Inside, I pasted a typed phrase, "You are the awakened heart." I sent it anonymously. I counted the hours when she would arrive home from work and tried to imagine the smile on her face and her getting a lift that lasts for a good while.
No one really knows how they will react to being told they are very ill. In March of 2005, I was told I had a benign brain tumor. I wasn't so much scared as ignorant of the rehab involved after a neurosurgery. I just want to thank the nurses and therapists who helped me get back to myself. It is no small feat that these people perform every day with little thanks. Here is a smile for you!
I was in line at the grocery store yesterday and the lady in front of me was purchasing her items and buying a treat for her grand-daughter - a bag of mini M&M's.My 3-year-old daughter started clamoring for the same thing. I only had a little bit of money with me as payday wasn't until hubby came home that night, and I tried to tell her that we couldn't get it this time, that mommy didn't have enough money.
She was fussy about it but I finally calmed her down.
Then as I started to ring up my purchases, the cashier passes me a bag of M&M's. I asked her what this was about. She said the lady in front of me bought it for my daugher while I was trying to calm her down. I didn't notice and I didn't even get to thank her because she had left while I wasn't looking.
If you're somewhere reading on this board - I say Thank You! My daughter smiled all the way home!!Since I now had one of the smile cards, I thought I better come to this site and see what it was all about.
What a great concept by the way!!
That's my story - not the grandest thing I suppose but it made my day a whole lot brighter that's for sure.
Last week my close friend was not feeling well and she hesistated to tell me thinking I will be worried. I was not sure what I could do for her to make her feel better. Monday morning as I was entering my office building, I went to the flower shop next to our building. I sent a beautiful basket full of flowers to my friend with a note saying "Have a wonderful day".
She was so delighted to see the flowers coming into her office
Sometimes a small act like these for those so close to your heart can make their day.
Keep spreading the love...
Recently we went to a Wal Mart store (big adventure in the city for us). When we arrived, it was really busy (maybe normal but seemed very busy to us). When we went into the store, there were no shopping carts to be had, so my husband went outside to collect as many as he could. Before he ever made it back into the store, he had given away all the carts and went back for more. As we shopped, people pointed and smiled at us and told him thanks for being so nice.
He said, "I don't know what the big deal is. Anyone would have done the same thing."
If you have always thought that the Daughters of the American Revolution were just a bunch of little old ladies sitting at tea with their white gloves on discussing their Patriot Ancestors, you may have to change your opinion. I am an associate member of the Elizabeth Ellington Chapter of the DAR in Bremerton, WA and this is an email I received yesterday. Ladies, Today Annie and I went to the Naval Base Kitsap (Bangor) Navy Exchange and purchased $810 worth of phone cards to be sent to our injured war heroes at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany . Our service men and women will be able, because of your generosity, to utilize a total of 2,479 hours of "talk" time with loved ones. That equates to 14,874 minutes. A total of 75 $10.00 cards and 3 $20 dollar cards were purchased and affixed with DAR phone card labels. I ... Read Full Story >>
My fiancé and I are back from vacation and the smiles that I planned on spreading were actually nothing compared to the smiles that were shared with us by the local people. We are still overwhelmed by the friendly people that we were blessed to come in contact with and the beautiful places that we saw thanks to there patient directions.
It just solidifies the importance of what we are doing here at helpothers.org. I can't wait to get some smile cards in Spanish and Vietnamese so I can start spreading smiles to the other folks in my community!
Peace and Love Integrity!
I was in a great mood last weekend and started talking to a homeless person near Times Square. Watching me being nice to that old lady caught the fancy of 2 passerbys who came by and gave her a soda and some cookies.
I'm having chemo at the moment and got on the bus feeling rather weak and sick. A little old lady got up to let me sit down saying "I know what it's like." She was glancing at my headscarf which covers my baldy head. Full marks to her for consideration and KINDNESS XXX
When my husband and I go to a fair and we get beaded necklaces, or if we win prizes (my husband loves games) or if we have extra tickets to the rides, we give them to a child who looks they need a smile. We don't have kids so who better to give them to?
At the petting zoo, I always share my food with young kids and let them feed the animal with my hand underneath if they are scared. There is nothing better than to know you just lit up a child's face.
My mom came to see me at college and then we went to see my little brother play basketball. While we were there, we saw one of her students who had a lot going on in his life at the time. He had it pretty rough.He finished playing basketball and was now just waiting. So my mom grabbed a smile card from her purse and smiled at me and we were off! We decided to purchase a hot dog for him and I was going to deliver it (he didn't know me)!! So we bought the hot dog and mom wrote "great job tonight" on the card with a smiley face!!! I went and got the hot dog, and delievered it! He just sat there and looked at me!!! He was in shock! But then he took it. It was so cute! He was one of those kids that didn't have nice things happen to him too often so this little gesture knocked him off his feet! It was cute, and my mom and I had fun!
The strangest thing happened to me. I was up early with the baby and decided to go to the grocery store. When I entered Albertson's grocery store, there was a cart full of FREE candy and kid's treats. I was so surprised- they even had nice candy corn (a treat I think of fondly from having neighbors in Wisconsin who used to give this out to the kids) for free. I still couldn't believe it - chocolate, candy corn, stuffed animals, balloons. I checked with the manager to make sure this wasn't a mistake! He said "Take it all. Give it to the neighborhood kids." Then it dawned on me- how about taking it and spreading kindness to all the kids in the neighborhood! So I loaded a cart full (and still had to pinch myself because this just doesn't happen to me. I give a lot of free ... Read Full Story >>
My lovely roommates are always complaining about my messy ways.
My roommates were out of town this weekend so I decided to completely clean the kitchen, the bathroom, and the living room as a surprise.
Boy, were they shocked!
Here's a story my mom recently emailed our family. I thought I'd share with the group! Per your invitation card instructions, I decided to do my first truly anonymous act of kindness as my baby-shower offering. For Junior, I wanted to crochet a receiving blanket and I just learned crocheting. Then I realized what you had asked for was an anonymous act of kindness. I decided to do it for someone unknown. I got white yarn and started crocheting with as much good wishes and blessings as possible for an unknown baby. It came out beautifully with a center area of shaded blue. And I myself felt a little bit attached to it by the time it was completed! But I remembered what you had asked for. So I asked a friend to accompany me. She had no experience of this sort either. First, we decided to ... Read Full Story >>
I plan to hand these cards out to college students to encourage them to go out and change the world. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
I was renewing my library card the other day, and overheard the transaction of the user being assisted by the adjacent clerk. If not outright homeless(he carried with him two large bags of possessions), the scruffy man was clearly going through an extremely hard time. It seems that he was unable to check out a book because he had an outstanding $3.00 fine on some books he had turned-back late. He told the clerk there was no possible way for him to pay the fine. I reached over and slipped the man three dollars. He paid his fine and thanked me profusely: "I don't know how I could make it through a night on the street without my science fiction." That is not the story. Here's the story. As he was getting up to leave, I was in the process of fishing through my wallet for a photo ... Read Full Story >>
I was at a grocery store today. Rob, a second grade student and his mom were in line ahead of me to pay.
Rob had a 20 oz Coke bottle in his hand. As soon as his mom paid, Rob opened up the bottle and started guzzling Coke.
Apparently he dropped the bottle on the floor and made a mess. His mom slapped him and the store keeper was pissed as he had to clean it up.
As Rob was crying, I decided to buy him another Coke.
I gave the coke and a smile card to his mother. I also offered the store keeper, if I could help him clean up. He just smiled and took care of it.
Rob stopped crying and actually sang a song for me before leaving cheerfully.
Today at Union Station, two female paramedics were carrying a heavy stretcher. I simply opened the door for them so that they could go in and out at will.
I held the door in the cold for about 10 mins as they rushed between their ambulance and the track where the patient was! Not sure if this is a random act of kindness, but felt good :-)
I was volunteering at a pie fair in early fall this year and when I visited a white elephant tent called "Grandma's Attic" I found a jar of smiles for 25 cents. They were slips of paper with random encouraging sayings printed on them. How perfect!? So I grabbed it, a whole jar of smiles for a quarter, and planted it next to me on the pie slice table. As people purchased their pie slices, they were encouraged to also take a smile, to go.
Once you add smiles and kindness to your personal routine, the universe finds ways to support you!
I was interviewing a friend near a school, and a man came up and started unloading bricks near us. He was doing his best to be very quiet and not interrupt our shooting, but was having difficulty keeping the noise down and had a huge load to unload. We decided to help him unload his truck and spent the next hour chatting as we did that.It turned out he was the father of a kid at the school and was volunteering his own time finding bricks from the neighbors to build a natural plant garden at the school.
The beauty and coincidence of the situation was that we had selected that shooting location because of the stunning murals on the wall of that school. It turned out that this man had been instrumental in getting the PTA to agree to allow an artist to paint those murals. So in a way, he had already done something for us by giving us an amazing shoot location-- and then happened to show up right as we were shooting to continue his good work such that we could repay his kindness by helping him.