40 Easy Ways to Be Kind
by Mike O’Connor
- Smiles are irresistible. Don’t hesitate to smile warmly at friends, family, colleagues and even…strangers.
- Write hand-written thank-you notes. The notes don’t need to be an essay and people love to receive them. It’s the personal touch.
- If you use public transport, it’s busy and there are no free seats, be the first to stand-up and let a weary traveller, pregnant woman or elderly person take rest.
- Pay it forward – When you are in a coffee shop or café , maybe you could buy a coffee or cake in advance for the next customer that comes in. How tasty! Imagine what a sweet surprise that person will get when they discover that a kind stranger has paid it forward for them.
- When you see a homeless person, think about how you might be able to help them in some way…
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One day Susan went to the ATM at her bank to withdraw some cash. When she put her card in the machine, she realized that someone had left a large amount of cash in the machine. It was $500! She immediately took the money inside and handed it to the Manager. The Manager then asked her, “Ma’am what do you expect me to do with it?” She told him to find out who was at the ATM before her so he could return it to that person’s account. She then left the bank, satisfied that she had done all that she could.
The next day she received a phone call from the Bank Manager. He had found the owner of the money, and he had a surprise for her. It was 92-year-old Edith who had taken out the money to pay her rent. But after she took her receipt, she…
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Thought for Today
In our every day lives we come across so many people, some we know and some we don’t – but we have a duty to look out for all of them … after all they are human.
In my job I come across people from all walks of life and I realise how easily we make snap judgements about them. Behind every one of the humans on this planet there is history, a story that has made them who they are today and in most cases we have no idea what that story is.
It is easy for us to look down on that homeless person, that drug addict, that alcoholic, that obese person, that anorexic etc. but should we be avoiding them, segregating them or should we make the effort to sit with them and try and understand them. Should we help them, we have no idea what has…
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This will make you cry and it is well worth watching.
Some people call it good and evil. Some call it darkness and light. Others, yin and yang. No matter what you call it, life has a way of showing us both the best and worst that the world has to offer.
In the life of Ben Moon, Denali was the absolute best that life had to offer, even through the darkest times.
Ben and Denali were inseparable as they traveled and experienced life and nature throughout the western United States.
From hikes through the wilderness to surfing at the beach, Denali earned the title that so many dogs are given…man’s best friend.
In 2004, Ben was diagnosed with stage three cancer. Denali stayed by his side, refusing to leave the hospital room. With Denali by his side, Ben recovered.
Ten wonderful years later, Denali faced his own battle with cancer. Ben responded in kind, staying with Denali…
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It’s been too long since I posted. Reading this story reminded me how important it is to share good news.
Craigslist is one of the most unique tools that the Internet has to offer. You can use it to find anything from a new couch to a reliable dog walker.
There is one very special part of the site that’s usually overlooked, which is sad, because it often holds emotionally gripping, heartbreaking tales.
That section of Craigslist is called “Missed Connections.”
The point of Missed Connections is to bring people together who wish they knew each other. If you saw a beautiful woman on the street, for example, you’d go to the Missed Connections page and write about how you felt about her in hopes that she would read it and respond to you. It’s kind of lovely, really.
One Missed Connections listing about a chance encounter, one day in 1972, was posted on Craigslist. The person writing the post, a Vietnam veteran, met a woman while wandering aimlessly in…
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In every moment, you can choose your attitude.
Time slowed as the coffee cup slid from the counter and took it’s maiden voyage to the ceramic floor below. Shattering fragment mixed with the hot blacken java as Jack stood there helpless only to watch. There wasn’t time for this. His routine was already behind schedule due an unscheduled power outage compromising his alarm. A near by towel made quick work of the mess, and soon he was back to the list of morning agendas; most important was getting some coffee.
Using his cell phone to maneuver though his house, it began to beep. A quick glance revealed he had ten percent battery. Forcing a smirk Jack was determined not to let this deter him. It was Friday, payday, and a three day weekend was starting after work. His optimism dissipated as he stepped into the cold shower. How long was the power off? He asked himself. It was times…
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It’s the season of giving.
My parents, at the height of the Depression, were forced to go on home relief, which is known as welfare today.
It was 1935, when I was 10 years old, and we lived on the first floor of a walk-up apartment on 43rd Street, in Brooklyn, New York.
A few days before Christmas, I looked out a kitchen window to see my father sitting on the stoop, dejected and depressed, with tears in his eyes. The mailman was approaching our building and asked my father what was wrong.
I heard my father say that he had used up his food vouchers and that the rent was past due. He had tried to work as a laborer through the Works Progress Administration, but he wasn’t a very strong man, and the work had been too hard for him. I was scared, having seen newspaper pictures of people being put out on…
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It is so sad that fear is often the thing that stops us from being kind. Let’s find a way to overcome that fear.
A touching note from a single mom posted on the Facebook page of San Francisco television anchor Frank Somerville has been liked 22,000 times and is being shared around the world.
The story is a moving tale about a 29-year-old single mom with four daughters, stuck in the parking lot of a grocery store with a broken down truck in a rainstorm. The family’s truck had a dead battery, a bad alternator belt, a leaky tire and other problems.
Mom’s cell phone was also disconnected.
Below isTawny Nelsonwith three of her four lovely children.
“She(Tawny) just told me about what happened to her in Florida and how a 74 year old man knocking on the window of her truck has helped restore her faith in people.
(I swear I got chills when I read what happened next)
Here’s what she wrote me;”
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I’m Less Interested in Reality. I’m More Interested in Perception, the Truth of the Universe That We See – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu — The Seeds 4 Life
It has been said perception drives reality, meaning our view of our world actually shapes our world, more so than the “reality” of it. I was reading a book the other night and in it, there was a reference to a study done with a tribe in Namibia. This tribe has no word for the…
Share kindness. Do kindness!
Especially during tumultuous times, law enforcement finds itself under intense scrutiny and receives a lot of negative press.
However, with perspective, we can easily see that these men and women do a hard job, often in very difficult circumstances and in sometimes thankless conditions.
Here’s a question to consider…can youreally imagine what life would be like without the police?
Here on Kindness Blog, once again, we celebrate the Police and the great examples of kindness and humanity they regularly do.
How Wonderful!! ♥
Have not posted for a while. I think this qualifies.
This woman is my hero.
At 87, She’s the Oldest Current @PeaceCorps Volunteer: Alice Carter heard JFK’s call & responded 50 years later: nexav.org/1Li1qka (https://twitter.com/PBS/status/706882218971553792?s=17)
The good news is … there really are kind people in this world.
I saw the most incredible display of humanity on the sky train.
While everyone was scared, this one seventy year old woman reached out her hand, tightly gripping his hand until he calmed down, sat down silently, with eventual tears in his eyes.
I spoke to the woman after this incident and she simply said,
“I’m a mother and he needed someone to touch.”
and she started to cry.
Don’t fear or judge the stranger on the bus.
Life does not provide equal welfare for all its residents.
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A story of love … truly!
Betty Morrell, 82, arrived at Greater Binghamton Airport on Jan. 15, eager to see her mother. As she waved across the airport, her 96-year-old mother Lena Pierce began to cry. It was the first time Morrell had seen her mother in 82 years.
Morrell told ABC News;
“It was like the beginning of my life,”
She had been searching for her biological mother for 50 years.
Pierce gave birth to Morrell in a Utica, New York, hospital on Feb. 11, 1933, when she was only 13 years old. Pierce named her daughter Eva May. The State of New York took Eva May away from Pierce after six months, due to Pierce’s status as a ward of the state.
Eva May was then adopted by a family in Long Island and grew up as Betty Morrell. While she had cousins and relatives, Morrell was an only child and always “wanted a…
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Check out this amazing event. Be sure to watch the video at the end.
Muharrem, a deaf man living in Istanbul, received a huge surprise. one morning, everyone he bumped into in his neighborhood responded to him with sign language!
A team of people from Samsung and the Leo Burnett ad agency spent a month setting up cameras and teaching people throughout his neighborhood sign language. On the appointed day, Ozlem went for a walk with her deaf brother, who was stunned to meet so many signing people in a world where those who can communicate in sign are often few and far between.
The ad was designed to raise awareness about Samsung’s new call center for the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Turkey. It’s nice to see advertisements that can both raise awareness and make the world a better place.
Muharrem’s neighbors spent a month secretly learning sign language
Hidden cameras were placed throughout his neighborhood
One day, Muharrem, a deaf man living in Istanbul, and…
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America!s history has been written by refugees.
We often forget that each one of the immigrants who entered this country between 1892 and 1954 was a unique person with their own cultural identity.
These people came to the United States filled with the hope of a better life, and the mingling of their cultures eventually wove the fabric of American identity.
But it’s easy to quantify these people into lists of numbers, names, and nations. It’s far more difficult, however, to reach back into the past and reveal the faces behind those facts and figures.
This is the image that we associate with Ellis Island today.
But the images that Sherman captured over the course of his career show the true faces of immigration.
From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island saw…
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Imagine a world where people paid attention to others, asked about their needs and were ready to help.
I was wandering around San Francisco Mission district drunk late at night.
An old homeless guy asked me for a dollar, I gave him one and then sat down to roll us a joint and we got to talking. Turns out he had just gotten out of prison for killing a guy when he was driving drunk and had served almost twenty years.
He told me his whole story, it was fascinating and heartbreaking. I could see that he was a good man with a serious problem.
We talked for almost an hour. I asked him what he missed most when he was in prison, and he said
“being touched. No one has touched me in a loving way in twenty years”.
I gave him a great big hug, and he burst into tears. We just sat there hugging for a few solid minutes.
I asked him if he…
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Kindness Wins … Again!
A random act of kindness (and a little patience) goes a long way on the Internet.
Ishmael Gilbert, a Target employee in Glendale, Indiana, inspired many people with his kindness when a customer took a picture of him patiently helping an elderly woman pay for her groceries with coins.
Sarah Owen Bilger wrote on Facebook;
“[I] was frustrated with this woman and the inconvenience she had placed on me…I watched him help her count her change, ever so tenderly taking it from her shaking hands. I listened to him repeatedly saying “yes, mam” to her…Never once did this employee huff, gruff or roll his eyes. He was nothing but patient and kind,”
Bilger was also with her daughter and she was especially happy that her child was able to witness the interaction.
“I realized I hadn’t been inconvenienced at all.That my daughter was instead witnessing kindness and patience and…
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This beats it all ….
Eugene Bostick, an 80-year-old retiree in Fort Worth, Texas, spends his days operating what just might be the coolest train in the world.
His homemade dog train takes rescued strays out for fun rides around the neighborhood and in the surrounding woods.
Eugene and his brother Corky live on a dead-end street where many locals bring their unwanted dogs to leave them behind. Eugene began adopting them and taking them for rides with his tractor.
“We started feeding them, letting them in, taking them to the vet to get them spayed and neutered. We made a place for them to live,” Eugene said.
“I seen this guy with a tractor who attached these carts to pull rocks. I thought, ‘Dang, that would do for a dog train.’ I’m a pretty good welder, so I took these plastic barrels with holes cut in them, and put wheels under them and tied…
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8-Year-Old Girl Saved Her Pocket Money for a Year Just so She Could Buy Christmas Presents for Sick Children
It’s the season. What can you do to help others?
An eight-year-old girl saved up a year’s worth of pocket money so she could buy Christmas presents for sick children.
She even remembered to buy batteries for them all.
Maisie Hymers managed to save £400 pocket money this year and used it to splash out on 50 Christmas presents, including teddy bears, board games, colouring books and felt tip pens.
But, none of it was for her – she donated all the presents to sick children who will be spending Christmas at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, her local hospital in Portsmouth.
She got the idea after she had to spend some time in hospital herself last year.
‘I broke my arm last year and I was in hospital for a bit,’ Maisie says. ‘Then I thought the children who are in hospital won’t get presents and I decided to save my pocket money to buy them things. I have got board…
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It’s the season! Let’s make every day the season ….
Acts of kindness are the simplest way to be the change you want to see in the world.
Choose one of these ideas per day to spread kindness like wildfire.
1. Give compliments with wild abandon.
2. Tweet a few of those compliments out.
3. Make eye contact.
5. Let her go first, just because.
6. Recommend a book. Better yet, lend that book.
7. Send her a recipe, a pin, a blog post, a magazine clipping that you know she’ll love.
8. Drive carpool — both ways.
9. Take her kids on an outing. Feed them, sunscreen them, hydrate them, and bring them home happy and tired. Don’t mention any of the above.
10. When you think that thought — I like her outfit, She’s a good mom, Her Instagram photo was perfect — say it.
11. Invite her family over for pizza and store-bought cookies.
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Autism from the Inside — a must read!
“What is your name?” someone might ask.
It’s a simple question, but when I try to make the sounds that form my name, other words push and shove their way forward.
Instead, “you may not spit,” or “Rosie’s not here!” are examples of seemingly random nonsensical, declarations that come out of my mouth.
I call these utterances my “mouth words.” They could be seen as traitors, belligerent bullies who seek the spotlight, but they are not. My mouth words are funny to me, but misunderstood by others. My typed words are hard for me, but understood by many. Mouth words are witty accomplices to a mind that speaks a different language entirely. There are no words, but instead a beautiful environment where feelings, sensations, colors and sounds coexist. I often think if all humans could experience the world in hi-res, technicolor, surround sound as I do, everyone would be…
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For all my Holiday Project friends and those who work on AARP’s caregiving initiative … This is a must read!
Audrey, 70, from North East England spent over 20 years being alone at Christmas, and at all other times of year too, until a visit from a volunteer called Sue changed her life.
For years, Audrey cared for her brother, husband, and son, who each had serious health problems. In her 50’s, they sadly all passed away, which made life for Audrey a real struggle. She was on her own. She suffered depression which lasted for years and years. Days and weeks could go by, and she wouldn’t see anybody, especially around Christmas time. It was just her and her dogs, year after year, tormented by long dark nights.
All she wished for during that dark time was to have friends.
Unfortunately, a story like Audrey’s is all to familiar. In fact, it’s tragically common among older people to experience a similar situation.
Here are some statistics about loneliness among…
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Meaning or Meaningless
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One little act of kindness.
Not so hard to do.
Just imagine someday…
The kindness could be for you.
Ed was an elderly man living in an assisted-living home in Washington and under hospice care.
He had not been outside for several years as a result of his illness and the difficulty in transporting him, but his last wish, which he shared with his hospice chaplain, was to go outdoors. When he was healthy, Ed had been a forest ranger and lived for being outside.
The chaplain contacted the local fire department, and soon after, Ed and several members of the fire rescue team went on an outing to Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds, Wash. Ed was picked up and transported in the EMS vehicle, and other members of the fire department traveled in a fire truck.
Together, the group took Ed up and down the trails, bringing him the scents of the forest by touching the trees and bringing their hands close to Ed’s face.
Program Manager Diane…
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