Stories of Kindness from Around the World

My first ever random act of kindness

--by zjm409, posted Feb 23, 2014
I stumbled across 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 McDonald's and get her some chicken nuggets and another friend offered to drive me!

On the drive over I nonchalantly suggested that we actually go inside the McDonald's instead of going through the drive-through, because it would be "more of an adventure." She said that was fine. The only money in my wallet was a $20 bill, so I paid for the order with my Debit card and asked my friend to wait at a table until I was done checking out. I would have been embarrassed if she knew what I was about to do. I then handed the cashier the $20 bill and told him I wanted to pay for the next few people to order, "just to make someone's night."

He seemed kind of shocked and unsure of what to do and called a manager over who was walking by. I repeated my request to her, and she also looked dubious but said "If you're sure that's what you want to do." I assured her wholeheartedly that it was and walked away with a huge grin on my face. As I walked out I saw the cashier, the manager and another employee who had overheard the conversation all standing side-by-side at the counter looking awed. I was walking on air as I left that McDonald's.

Next stop, CVS, where I bought an iced coffee and bag of snacks for my friend who had driven me to McDonald's and a huge bag of pistachios (one of her favorite foods) for my other friend who had asked me to go to McDonald's for her. I hid the bag of pistachios inside the McDonald's bag and could hardly keep from grinning from ear to ear when I handed it to her back at the dorm and she didn't immediately open it. I walked away knowing she was going to be very pleasantly surprised in a few minutes :)

I did chicken out at the McDonald's register and ended up not giving the cashier Smile cards to give to the people who's meals I had payed for, like I had intended on doing, but for my first act of random kindness it went extremely well and I'm proud to say I'm already irrevocably hooked. I have a lot of great ideas for future gifting events. As I type this it's 2:45 in the morning but I'm still so stoked up and elated at what I did that I'm not tired in the slightest! Giving solely for the sheer joy of giving is absolutely addicting and I hope to make a real change in my school and larger community. Starting tomorrow, everywhere I go I'm going to be armed with Smile cards, gifts, envelopes and, of course, a smile of my own. 
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Readers Comments

Satwinder wrote: So nice and touching story.
Trish wrote: So wonderful to hear your enthusiasm for having made someone's day/night! Another thing you might try sometime is in fact going through the drivethru at mcd's and paying for the person behind you. My children get so excited when someone pulls up behind us because they know that person could be leaving the window with a big smile! :) god bless you!
Beth.gehred wrote: Thanks for sharing. After performing some acts of generosity like these myself, and floating on the good feelings as you described, you get the aha feeling that this, afterall, is what money is for. What a discovery!
moral12 wrote: So cool that you have caught "the kindness bug"! Thanks for sharing your adventure(s) with us.
Linda wrote: I wish you all the luck in your endeavor, only hope people. Take you seriously in doing all of this. Please try to think out who you are treating, as not everybody is going to be as thankful as you think they are going to be. There are a lot of "unsuitable" people out there, so, just be careful. Great reading your post.
brindlegirl wrote: Welcome to the club. Its a beautiful club and we all have one addiction in common. Being kind and sharing love with others. Making someones day always brightens your own more than you can ever imagine.

I cannot wait to hear more about what further acts you do. No doubt they will be just as amazing. Join us over at the community and in our forums. We would love to see you there xox
sandy wrote: It is wonderful when you give, be it a smile, interest in other's thoughts, or do something for others. I believe we were made to do so naturally. Great start! Make every thought beautiful and you will manifesting who you really are! And. There is no coincidence! The great master plan was in action the moment you decide to execute! Namaste, sandy
annjav wrote: You did a great job for your first attempt! Thanks for sharing this fun and exciting experience. May we all go out an do likewise!
KnitNana wrote: You sound like me (and i am much older than you! ) we live in a very small town & i was embarrassed to pay for someone behind me in line, or tell hubby what i was doing, etc. - so one time i left a $1 bill in the grocery store, sticking out between cans - hope someone who needed it found it - another time i left a $5 dunkin donuts gift card in the yarn section of walmart - i guess i'd rather be anonymous but some people do it (not anonymously! ) you are to be congratulated - keep up the good work!
Thaata wrote: Thanks for sharing your first experience. The sheer joy it brings to both the giver and the receiver cannot be explained only to be experienced. God bless you and keep in the wonderland of kindness.

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