Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Good Deed on a Bad Day

--by kimmysue_1, posted Jan 23, 2007

I was having a rough morning and had to go in to work, it was one of those days where everything seems to go wrong.  I was waiting in a long line up for my coffee and I wondered how many other people were having rough mornings like mine. 

I decided to try and do something nice to help change my mood so I paid for the order for the car behind me.  It was the best $5 I have ever spent.  I have no idea how the people behind me reacted but it made me feel great.  I hope I was able to put a smile on someone else's face because this simple act sure did put a smile on mine.  I finished my day by dropping off two bags full of toys and clothes at the womens shelter in my area.  My day went from bad to great.  Thank you for your website and all its great tips!!

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Rajni wrote: Thanks for showing an easy way to turn bad day into a great day. It can also make a good day into a great day as well.
tara wrote: I love to hear these wonderful stories!
thaata wrote: We are social beings and like to share our joys and sorrows with others which will enhance our joys and reduce our sorrows. Kindness act is one such venting out our hidden needs which bring happiness all round.
pinkie wrote: a similar thing happened to me too. I was feeling pretty gross and so I went on facebook and wrote something nice to all of my friends. Within an hour, I had dozens of amazingly nice notes from everybody and ended the day feeling better than I've felt in a long time!
Passion4Life wrote: You know I have not tried this yet....but I will definitely try this the next time I am having a bad day. It is awesome that you were able to think of other people in the mist of a bad moment.
sewingsphynx wrote: Oh my God! I thought I was the only one that did that sort of thing. I noticed my daughter's close friend was in the car behind me so I paid for her order. She was elated and honked the horn as if she was in a wedding. it's fun to do!
speedi wrote: what a nice story,,good idea
wink wrote: The power of positive thinking. Sometimes I feel so down and this is the very thing that turns your day around - thinking of others besides yourself. What a way to a new beginning and a wonderful day. Great story!
Nicole wrote: I will definitely remember this the next time I am having a bad day and do something for someone else to change the way I am feeling!
markiejay wrote: Isn't it amazing that, in almost every act of service, we wind up receiving more than we could possibly have given? Your story alone will have brightened more than a few people's days.

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