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Does a Random Act of Kindness Really Do Any Good?

Kindness Produces Good Ripples Did you know that Saturday was Random Act of Kindness Day? Might someone have provided you with a random act of kindness that simply made you smile? If so, please share the experience in the comments section below. We could all use a little good news about now. It would be nice to know that some people are out there doing good for others. How grand it would be if we applied the principle of Random Act of Kindness Day to our everyday lives! Oh, just think of what a nicer world it would be, if we were all kinder to each other.

Kindness Produces Good Ripples

When someone is kind to you, you naturally want to respond in a positive way. Kindness produces good ripples!!! If everyone did one kind thing for someone else every day, then kindness would spread everywhere. For example, making the bed every day, is normally my job. But there are days when my husband sleeps in, while I’m off getting work done. When I walk into the bedroom and see the bed nicely made, it brings a smile to my face. It makes me want to do something nice for my husband in return.

Create Your Own Good Ripples

Although this past Saturday was Random Act of Kindness Day, let’s carry forward Random Acts of Kindness into this coming week. Here’s a few suggestions, to get you started:

  1. Hold the door open for a stranger.
  2. When in traffic, let another car into your lane; give them the right of way.
  3. Say a kind word to a neighbor; offer a compliment.
  4. Visit with the elderly and/or sick.
  5. Give of your time and talent to a worthy cause.

Come back next week, and tell us what you did, and how it made you feel. I guarantee that you will be glad you did something nice for someone else! Now, go produce ripples!

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6 Responses to Does a Random Act of Kindness Really Do Any Good?

  • For many years, my wife and I have like to share kindnesses. Now having been through a Pacemaker incident other newish friends (only lived here 3 months) have given us lifts and also fed and opened their homes to near strangers. This has been surprisingly hard to receive as one feels oblidged to return the favour, which is not expected at all.

    • Alan: God seems to open our hearts, in more ways than one! Happy to hear that you are on the mend. I encourage you to also take a look at my posts on the virtue of acceptance. It is a virtue to accept the kindnesses of others. God brings people into our lives when we need them, because we need them. He always provides. Perhaps you will have the opportunity to pay it forward with someone else down the road. The beauty of it all is that God’s Grace comes with no strings attached! Have a blessed day! – Virginia

  • I knew about random acts of kindness but I did not know its own day. I have done it more times then I can count. I have enjoyed seeing the person smile! It makes me happier when I receive a thank you note. My mother taught me the importance of saying thank you.

  • “Acts of kindness” are like “gifts” to me. Personally, I get more pleasure out of giving than receiving them.

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