Kindness

Every act of kindness is the same because they all make someone smile!

My boys and I were leaving a parking lot when the oldest says, “Wait Mom.” He says I need to help that lady. It’s an elderly woman with a walker trying to go into a store. My young man jumps out of my truck, runs over and helps her get inside. Things that make my heart smile! So proud of him!
– Proud Mom

 

I recently drove to Washington D.C. for a charitable event. I arrived in the early part of the morning and as I was searching for a place to park I couldn’t help but notice all the homeless people sleeping wherever they could find a warm spot. Just as I was thinking about how sad this was a big cargo van pulled up next to the curb. A woman jumped out armed with brown paper bag lunches. She ran from person to person, handing them each a bag. Not a word was spoken, immediately after handing out the bags people were eating what was their first meal of the day and quite possibly their only meal of the day. I couldn’t help but smile and think what a beautiful act of kindness. I have never looked at a homeless person the same after that day.
– Lynn F.

 

I let my sister squeeze my hand when she was in pain. It hurt my hand a little, but my sister felt better.
– Age 9

 

I shared my school lunch with someone who didn’t have one. I felt good and wasn’t hungry even though I didn’t have my whole lunch to eat.
– Age 11

 

I randomly got talking to an Australian girl at a coffee shop in Kathmandu the other day and we were talking about trekking and such. Today we run into each other again, and she’s about to catch a flight to India. So she gifts me her Lonely Planet guide to Nepal! Those books are great, and not at all cheap, so you can imagine my delight as a traveler trying to make my way around the world without flying anywhere and on a budget.
– Niall D.

Kindness Ideas:

  • Hold the door for a stranger…
  • Give care packs to the homeless…
  • Read to a child…
  • Encourage someone with words, a hug, a gift, an email or a phone call…
  • Return someone’s shopping cart…
  • Send a thank you note to your local fire department anonymously…
  • Donate used clothing–23.8 billion pounds of used clothing goes to landfills each year…
  • Mow your neighbors grass…
  • Volunteer at a local shelter…

Please submit your stories of random acts of kindness through the contact page or post them in the comments on the Journey page.