Kindness is Contagious

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Acts of Kindness

What are acts of kindness? Random acts of kindness are the little ways we show another person that they matter. They are the most powerful tool that we can use to connect with another human being. Random acts of kindness are a way of brightening another person's day by doing something thoughtful. By practicing random acts of kindness you can change someone's life for the better.

Have you ever noticed that when you smile at someone, they smile back? Did you know that almost always that person passes that smile onto someone else? Yes, a smile is contagious.

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Acts of Kindness

  • Smile at everyone you meet.
  • Say please and thank you.
  • Pay a tab for the person behind you.
  • Let someone know how much you appreciate them.
  • Offer to help someone carry their groceries.
  • Return a shopping cart.
  • Offer to babysit for free.
  • Compliment a parent about their child's good behavior.
  • Donate your used books and clothing.
  • Hold the door open for someone.
  • Write little notes to people to let them know you appreciate them.
  • Give up your seat on a bus, train, subways to a senior citizen.
  • Bring in a cup of coffee for a co-worker, just because.
  • Give a care package to the homeless.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  • Do the errands for a shut-in.
  • Tell your loved ones that they love you.
  • Compliment a stranger.
  • Say something nice.
  • Listen, especially when others don''t.

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Importance of Kindness

Why is kindness important? To put it simply, kindness leads us to a happier life where we can make a difference in anothers life as well as our own. There are many reasons to be kind.

  • It makes us feel good.
  • It makes someone else feel good.
  • It softens your heart.
  • It makes people want to be around you.
  • It helps make others feel less alone.
  • It helps others feel respected.
  • It becomes a gift that others pass along.
  • It makes the world a better place.

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Kindness

Acts of kindness are important for many reasons. One of the foremost reasons being, kindness is essential to our well-being. They help us interact as caring human beings. They release us from selfishness and self-obsession. They free us from isolation and loneliness. They help us form bonds with others and make friends.

Kindness is accepting others as they are. It's helping others through their problems and everyday life. It's giving of yourself without expecting anything back. It is caring about your fellow man.

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What does your kindness say to another person?

Kindness says to another that:

  • You want them to be happy
  • You genuinely care about others
  • You care
  • You want the best for others
  • You're a nice person
  • You are patient
  • You are loyal
  • You are secure in yourself as a person

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Kindness Quotes

  • Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless. - Mother Teresa
  • The shortest distance between two people is a smile. - Victor Borge
  • When words are both true and kind, they can change the world. - Buddha
  • I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness. - Mother Teresa
  • He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. - St. Basil
  • Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. - Lao Tzu
  • One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness; it usually comes back to you. - Anonymous
  • Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. - Kahlil Gibran
  • Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. - Mother Teresa
  • No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank
  • Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain
  • Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. - Plato
  • Genuine kindness is no ordinary act, but a gift of rare beauty. - Sylvia Rossetti

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Such a wonderful hub! I love the idea of kindness for the sake of kindness itself


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you Audrey. So do I. If all of us practiced the art of kindness think of what a beautiful world it would be.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for reminding us, KKGals, about the importance of kindness. The video was perfect!


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Very nice hub and indeed kindness is a good thing. The world would definitly be a better place with more kindness and good will!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Well, it was certainly kind of Audrey Howitt to share these very good thoughts of kindness. It's so much easier to be kind and thoughtful than to be the opposite isn't it? Voted up!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kindness is is so special and different and it shows character too you have though of such great idea.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

This is a great hub on kindness. The world would be a much better place if people did what you suggest in this hub. Voted up and sharing with followers.


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

" So I write about anything that catches my interest. And I am having a ball."

Good morning, KKG!

The above quotation is the closing to your wonderful profile. It certainly holds true for this wonderful hub about the random acts of kindness. Thank you for this sweet and uplifting reminder to the rest of us! Aloha from SE Washington!

Joe


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend this is such a beautiful well written article with all great and useful advice within it. A little kindness will go a long way, if each one of us did it daily it would be a very awesome world we would live in. Well done !

Vote up and more !!! Sharing !


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

drbj, it seems that kindness is one of the keys to happiness.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

kidscrafts, I agree. Thank you.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

vocalcoach, if more people thought like you it would be a wonderful world.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love this. A smile is contagious indeed!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

DDE, thanks. Kindness is such an easy thing to give to another.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you. I agree, if people would be a little kinder to all it would be wonderful.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Joe, first of all - thanks for reading my profile. I really am having a ball. I write about what comes to mind.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

kashmir56, thanks. I wrote it from the heart.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

always exploring, I agree. I'm sending you a smile.


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

KoffeeKlatch, I will give out as many random acts of kindness tomorrow when I go to work. There are a lot of people who aren't happy so I'm going to display whatever acts I can to cheer them up. Thank you for sharing this hub. It's brilliant!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Great hub, kk gals! These little acts of kindness can make or break someone's day. I don't know if you are familiar with billybuc and the HOW movement but this hub would fit right in. If you are comfortable with it, if like to share it on our Facebook page. Up+


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Wonderful KKG and have a great day.

Eddy.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Careermommy, I try to do the same thing at my job. It's nice to see them smile.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

btrbell, I would love if you shared it on facebook. Thanks. I am familiar with billybuc and I think he's terrific.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Eiddwen, thanks. It was kind of you to comment.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I am so glad that you did this piece. In view of the turmoil around the world, and with this last problem at the Boston Marathon, we need acts of kindness more than ever. We cannot lose faith in each other, for it will be the downfall of humanity. Awesome and up, as well as sharing. This must be read by as many as possible for it to help.


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Consider it done. I will put the link here and would like to invite you to join us. Do you have a facebook page?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/294777667307474/


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

avainnovice, thank you. I was pleased hear about all of those people so willing to help during the Boston Marathon tradegy. My understanding is that they had to turn potential blood donors away because there was so many they could help them all. Fortunately many of them cam back the next day. I like to see the kindness that comes out in the majority people when there is a tradegy.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

btrbell, Thanks


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

An awesome hub about the wonderful act of kindness, voted up.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you Vellur. It only takes a few seconds to brighten someone's day.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I went in Kohl's today and I said to the lady in front of me that I forget to take my coupon out of the plastic they send it in now I can't get it out. She turned around took my coupon popped it out of the plastic and handed it back to me. Fast little piece of kindness but made me happy. Enjoyed your hub voted up.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

moonlake, as I said it only takes a second or two to make someone happy. Pass the kindness on.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a terrific hub and one that definitely needs to be passed on and shared. Consider it done and well as voted up, useful and beautiful. We all need to keep these things in mind. Kindness goes a long way towards making this life easier and pleasant for everyone.


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India

This is a wonderful hub! Kindness is important for building up relationships. Enjoyed this hub.

Thanks for sharing. Voted up!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks Peggy W. Kindness does make things more pleasant for everyone.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Sneha Sunny, kindness is great for building any kind of relationship, business and pleasure. Besides that, it makes you feel better about yourself. Thanks for reading.


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agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

You're kindness in sharing this beautiful hub really touched my heart. Thank you. Voted up and sharing.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

agapsikap, thank you. I really do believe what I write.

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