26 Acts of Kindness - HOW You Can Make a Difference and Pay It Forward

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Ann Curry's 26 Acts of Kindness

By now, you've probably heard about the movement, 26 Acts of Kindness, instigated by Ann Curry of NBC News. After the tragedy in Newtown, she asked what she could do as well as what could others do. What came of it was a resolve to do 26 Acts of Kindness in honor of the victims at Sandy Hook. Her story and response is inspiring.


What can you do to help?

Humanity One World (H.O.W.) is a group of writers who came together in their efforts to help heal the ills of humanity.

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Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

This is something I'm going to try to do, but I'm not going to limit myself to 26 acts. And I'm not listing 26 ideas, as those random acts could change as opportunities emerge, but here are some things I've thought of:

1) Pay for the person behind you in the drive-through. (We've heard this one before.)

2) Take homemade muffins to the neighbors--or the utility worker on your street.

3) Take a card with your phone number to the neighbors for the kids to use in case of emergency.

4) Donate your seldom used pet toys--and blankets--to the Animal Shelter.

5) Leave your quarter in the cart slot at your Aldi grocery store.

6) Let someone in front of you in line in a busy department store.

7) Donate backpacks and warm socks and caps to the homeless shelter.

8) Send a care package of goodies to a friend going through a difficult time.

9) Take doughnuts to the police or fire stations, or the greeter at Wal-Mart--or all of them.

10) Send a card to the Sandy Hook elementary school to let them know you're thinking of them.

11) Donate to your favorite charity.

12) Send a card telling someone you forgive them for past hurts.

13) Start a college fund for a new baby of someone you know.

These are only half of the 26 possible ideas for my own acts of kindness. This list may change as other opportunities present themselves. Random acts of kindness don't have to be extravagant. They can be as simple as opening a door for someone or as generous as tipping a server $100 for a $30 tab. An act of kindness can be as creative as leaving a lottery ticket on a windshield in a crowded parking lot. These are some of the examples you'll read about and see photos of as Ann Curry of NBC News explains her story.


Share a note and a tweet!

Ann Curry tweeted to ask "Who's in?" and found that many were. They followed with tweeting their completed acts of kindness. See the examples where many left notes with their acts, saying that they were doing this in honor of the 26 victims of Newtown, even numbering which one their recipient was. Neat idea! And, no, it's not about bragging. It's about sharing, encouraging, and spreading the hope that comes from kindness in all of these random acts.

Tweet with hashtag #26Acts to share with others. I've noticed that some are tweeting to @26Acts as well. If you feel the need to also let Ann Curry know what you've done, send her a message @AnnCurry.


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Make a difference one person at a time

Make a difference one person at a time. Who knows what lives you may touch and those they will touch in return.

See justateacher's hub, #26 Acts of Kindness, Ann Curry Style, for more ideas and inspiration. See also hubber healthylife2 from Connecticut, and what she is doing to make a difference in the very community that was affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I can definitely do this since I committed to doing 365 in 2013....good job and thank you for being a part of H.O.W.


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BrightMeadow 3 years ago from a room of one's own

Great idea. I follow billybuc so I've already read about the HOW challenge. Great way to pass it on.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

365 is incredible, Bill! Maybe by doing just 26, we'll all develop the habit of doing acts of kindness on a daily basis. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, BrightMeadow! Thanks for reading and commenting! :-)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Vee.....This is a positively beautiful thing and so refreshing to see and hear of people from all over, being a part of goodness and solutions...rather than Harm & more problems!.....Hey, gf...you might like to join Bill's 365/365 Challenge. It should be the most fun we've had in a long time!!...Some of us can even make it a COMPETITION between one another!! LOL...UP+++


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, Effer! Yeah, I'm just doing my part in trying to spread the word. 365 is a big challenge. Some days I don't even get out of the house, so what could I do? Leave cookies for the mailman? heehee. I think I'm going to start with 26 in January and see if that gets me in the habit of doing stuff all the time. Are you going to do 365/365? If you do, you should write hubs now and then to update your progress. What a year 2013 will be if we can keep this going!


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Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I like volunteering at the local Salvation Army because it makes me forget my problems and see how fortunate I am. Also like to donate to a few charities in my local area. Thanks for a wonderful hub. Voted up.


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mpropp 3 years ago from Minnesota

Great hub and a great idea by Ann. This is something that we all can do and it will make this country and world a better place. Spread the love!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I am in. This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing..


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Efficient Admin--That's a great thing to do for perspective. Thanks for sharing that!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, mpropp! I'm hoping this movement does make a significant difference.:-)


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Wonderful hub and I love the #26 idea - I thought about doing a photo project, but I might be teaching again, gulp, lol


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You've described some great ideas for helping people, Victoria Lynn. I wasn't aware of Ann Curry's plan, but it's an excellent one, as is Bill's 365 plan. Thanks for the suggestions and the information.


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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

This is a beautiful idea. It's so easy to be kind, and I really like some of the ideas you've listed...especially about donating or letting someone in front of you. Nice job! :)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

always exploring--Glad you're in! Happy New Year! Let's make it a better one!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CC--Teaching again? Full-time?? We have to talk, sis! :-) Oh, and thanks for reading the hub!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome, AliciaC! I'm glad you enjoyed the read. I think it's a great plan, too! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

MelChi--Thanks! It can be really easy to be kind if we just get into the habit. I know that it's something I'm going to work on!


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

When people wonder what good could possibly come out of such horrible tragedies... this is a perfect example and so touching. We can all do this and I know I will be doing my part.. will be keeping your list in mind and thinking of a few things of my own. It really is the smallest things that can touch someone and lift their spirits or change their day or even how they see the world. Wonderful hub.. voted up, useful, beautiful& awesome :)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Jamie--You're right about the smallest things making a difference. Sometimes when I am in traffic and people are driving me crazy, I think: Just let that person in front of you! That's one way to be nice! Horrible tragedies can start great movements, and I hope this 26 Acts movement makes a big difference!


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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina

This is an amazing movement. If everyone did this the world would be such a better place. I love doing what I can when I can. This is great encouragement to do even better. Great hub!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, tammy! If we could just continue to spread the word, what a better year we could have! Thanks for reading!!


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

If we all just lived in love, we can change the world. Simple kindness is sometimes the only love the receiver will see that day. You have some great ideas here and the ways we can help are truly endless. Enjoy receiving as you give. The sower reaps what he/she sows.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Nicely said, Hyphenbird. We do reap what we sow. I loved your comments.


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healthylife2 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Thanks for the great ideas. I've completed my first ten and wrote a hub about it also. I plan on doing my next five this week by going into Starbucks and giving out gift cards but then may do something different and will review your helpful list. Voted up!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Wow, healthylife2, you are rocking it! Way to go!!


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

Thank you, Victoria Lynn, for beautiful hub! If all of us incorporated being kind every moment, then the acts of kindness would flow freely, and they would be countless. Indeed it is move blessed to give than to receive. Voted up, useful and beautiful!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Dancing Water--I agree. What a difference it would make. With life so busy, too, it's been hard for me to follow through very much. We just need to give when we can. Thanks for the wonderful comments.


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DIYmommy 3 years ago

Not only are the initially acts pretty awesome, but I've read several stories about a trickle-down effect that occurs sometimes. Whether you pay the toll for the person behind you, or purchase any other product, it is interesting to see that sometimes it 'catches on', with each new person returning the gesture made for them for the next person. I had read a story about something similar that had happened, at a Starbucks, where a person had purchased a coffee for the person behind them, and there was a trickle down effect where each person purchased a coffee for the person behind them. It was said that quite a few people did this before it stopped. That's pretty revealing that there just may be hope for humanity.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

DIYmommy--That's the hope that kind gestures will trickle down. You're exactly right. Thanks so much for the input!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Good morning

Definitely subscribe to RAK...my Momma was a wise woman and she taught us this many years ago but of course it did not have the tag, random acts of kindness. She taught us that reaching out to another for no reason in particular was a good thing.

It diminishes us not to make these small gestures..for those whose lives are touched are often enlarged so by it and it is likewise good for our soul.

Pay It Forward, the movie, is so powerful. I imagine you are familiar with it.

Thanks for sharing Ann's message..and let it serve as a reminder to others to care a little more.

Sending you blessings and Angels this lovely Saturday morning :) ps


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

My friends and I used to pay the bridge toll for cars crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge behind us, way back in the 70s. We would laugh at how long it took the toll collector to explain to the next driver that they didn't need to pay.

I guess there's worse things teenagers can do to amuse themselves. I can't help but wonder though, if there are traffic jams being caused by some of these kind initiatives. :)

It is a shame it took such a tragedy to encourage people to start looking out for each other and making kind gestures.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

pstraubie--Yes, I'm seen the movie "Pay it Forward," but it was very painful. I don't think I could watch it again. They could have ended it differently. :-( That's just me, though. Yes, I agree that small gestures can go along way and mean a lot. Thanks for the angels. Always welcome.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

LongtimeMother--That's neat why you and your friends did. I'm sure it made a positive difference to people. It seems that tragedy does usually bring out the kindness in many people. Thanks for your input.


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sweethearts2 3 years ago from Northwest Indiana

The best gift I can give myself is an RAK because I like to believe that it is a gift that keeps on giving. I know it does!! There is no deed to small. Great hub, as always.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, sweethearts2. You're such a dear soul, and it's so good to see you again. I hope you're doing okay. :-)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome ideas of acts in showing kindness so nice to be kind to another and feel good about it to thanks for this valuable information.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

DDE--I'm glad you feel that way. I do, too. Thanks for the input.


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

I love this list, a few I've done before but I've never paid for someone in the drive thru behind me. That seems so simple and yet I've never once given it a second thought, you say that we've all heard it before....man I'm out of the loop, lol. I'm going to try this sometime. Thanks a lot for writing this and I'm looking forward to future kindness ventures from you. Voting up and sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for those comments, Kasman. I don't have a chance to pay for someone in the drive thru b/c I rarely drive thru anywhere, and the last time there was nobody behind me!


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EyesStraightAhead 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Great ideas! Being that I am from CT, this has been BIG around us. I like to write down notes of encouragement and hand them out to strangers throughout my city. I have also paid for people behind me, left great tips, and written thank you notes for service that is wonderful. I like to do things that people don't realize are from me, for example instead of paying for the person directly behind me, I will ask that they use it to pay toward the fifth person behind me. So there is no way they know it was me! It really promotes people knowing that others care! LOVE THIS! Shared and voted up!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Eyes StraightAhead--What you do is neat--and inspiring! I love all your ideas! Thanks for the comments!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

These are all so wonderful--I love the idea of paying it forward--of doing things for others just because --


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Me, too, Audrey! I'm glad you liked the hub!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Many of these things only take a moment of our time and are so simple to accomplish. Many up votes and pinning.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

So true, Peggy W. I should do more than I do. We just have to keep on keeping on. Thanks for commenting, voting, and penning!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

It's the little things that can really make a difference. Smiling, holding a door, offering encouragement. When my mother, daughter and I were recently lost in Paris late at night, we asked directions of a French storekeeper and were given terribly wrong directions. I knew the directions were incorrect.

Luckily, a fellow American overheard our conversation and stepped right in, saying, "Here, let me help you." It turns out that she was the French teacher from my small hometown in South Carolina which we had moved away from almost two decades ago! What a small world. She was never my French teacher -- she started teaching after I graduated and moved away. This wonderful woman had been to Paris 13 times and knew it like the back of her hand. She walked with us until she knew we were close to the hotel. Her act of kindness was a real gift.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

FlourishAnyway--What a neat story! Thanks for sharing that. What a small world indeed sometimes. I love that!


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I haven't heard of this movement, however, I breathed a small sigh of relief, as I have done a few of the things on your list already recently. Reminds me of the movie, Pay it Forward and how nice that people are participating!


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CyberShelley 3 years ago

Lovely ideas and what a great world we would live in if all of us consistently practiced kindness in thought, word and deed. Giving out of kindness does give one such a warm glow ...


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

epbooks--That's cool that you've already done some of these. I must admit I haven't gotten to as many as I would have liked. Yes, the movie Pay it Forward--so heartbreaking but beautiful. Thanks for your comments!


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

It is so true that when you do good you feel good. After getting through a list of 26 acts, it is sure to become a habit - a natural thing to do. I like the idea of making a list and checking things off as I do them. It's an awesome idea. I like it a lot.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CyberShelley--Yes, what a much better world it would be, huh? I like your "warm glow" comment. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Marlene--I need to do a checklist and hang it on my wall! While my intentions are good, I do much better when I can see something right in front of me. I need to hang it just inside the front door! Glad you like the checklist idea. Thanks for your great comments!


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Doing good to others -- what a concept. :)

Because kind deeds do perpetuate more kindness, the same is true about hatefulness--it often replicates itself in those who experience it. Each, kindness and hatefulness, have a way of taking hold of a heart and mind that indulges in them.

Lately I've been thinking of this concept in the context of bullying among kids. They see so much of horror-type entertainment this time of year, not to mention violent acts in so-called entertainment throughout the year. One has to ask when grownups will step up and say no more. Kindness, beauty, and goodness do not go hand in hand with hatefulness, violence, or nastiness.

Glad to see the topic of acts of kindness highlighted again!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

RTalloni--Lovely comments. You're right, so right. Kindness begats kindness just as hate brings forth more hate.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

All great ideas. One thing I always try to do is stop and talk with people when I know they want to talk. I don't mean people I know but people I don't know. A lady in the pet store a few weeks ago stop to pet my puppy and she started telling me about her husband passing away and a week later her dog died. I stood and talked to her until she was finished because I could tell she needed to talk.

Great hub voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

moonlake--That's so sweet what you did for that lady! I bet it made such a difference in how she felt. Bless you!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Yesterday I cared for a man with dementia while his wife and other ladies from their church took another church member on a trip to a hobby and crafts shop. The lady they took with them had recently lost her husband in an auto accident while her teenage grandson was driving the car. Take someone to a bingo game, or a senior center for lunch. take time to read something to someone who would be interested in the topic, make up a little present of a new pair of socks, a deck of playing cards, and some lip balm, give a homeless person several packs of the chemical hand warmers. The list of possible acts of kindness is endless.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Thank you. Keep this going. Peace.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Perspycacious, that's great what you did. I'm sure that meant so much. You're right in that the list is endless. Thanks.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Peace to you, too, manatita44!


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub Victoria so voted up, shared and wishing you a great day.

Eddy.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Eddy! Wishing you the best, too!


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Anamika S 2 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

I did not know about the movement. Most of the things can be done easily. Thanks for sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're right, Anamika! I just heard that tomorrow, Feb 17th, is Random Acts of Kindness Day, so the timing of you're reading this hub is perfect! Thanks for reading it! :-)


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

I heard so much about the tragedy but not the 26 acts of kindness. I think we all can do just a little better helping one another. Thank you for a great hub that will keep my prayers of those we have lost and thankful to others we still see. My favorite is letting someone go ahead of me in the grocery store with just a few items. It is always better to be thankful for what we have than complain about those who hurt us so much.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

DREAM ON I nearly always do that in the grocery store. Why not make someone's life a little easier? I'm glad you liked the hub. :-)


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

I live in CT, so Sandy Hook is very real and close to home for me. One thing I've started doing is saving all of my craft supplies that I no longer use and donate them to the art room at the school. The teacher really appreciates it.

Thank you for such good suggestions! Small acts of courtesy go along way.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Crafty--that is wonderful that you do that!


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Nancy Owens 2 years ago from USA

What a wonderful hub. Well-written and a concept that everyone can grasp and take action on.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Nancy--I'm glad you think so! Thanks so much for your wonderful comments.


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

What an awesome hub, Vicki! I loved your suggestions here. It's also fun to get children involved at an early age...creates compassion and awareness of others. Thanks-UP/A/U and sharing. :)


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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

I hope none of us ever forget that a random act of kindness can make the difference in someone's day. The world can be a dark place but we can bring light to it by being kind to someone or being selfless for even just a short moment. Thank you for sharing your great ideas!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Denise--Great idea about getting children involved. Thanks so much for your input!!


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

Your welcome. My daughter, who also writes for HP, ( cardelean) has already started involving my two grandchildren in volunteer work. She has them help at the Relay for Life each year, and they have participated in other community charity projects. They are: Grace, 7 and Alex, 6.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Torrs13--You're so right. A small thing can mean so much! Thanks so much for your great comments!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

That's neat, Denise! It's never too young to learn. And I do remember reading hubs by cardelean. That's cool that you're both on here!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Awesome movement and I bet Ann Curry appreciates your act of kindness by spreading the word. I practice random acts of kindness each day...there could never be enough kind people in our world :)


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CyberShelley 2 years ago

What an inspiration and thank you for the good ideas you listed. Being kind to someone else is such a wonderful experience as the giver immediately gets back a feeling of warmth and happiness that you were able to do something!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Sunshine, that's awesome that you practice that daily. I wish I could say that! Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I agree, CyberShelley! thanks for your nice comments!


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creativelycc 2 years ago from Maine

What a refreshing and encouraging hub. It just goes to show that there are still many good people in the world. Doing random acts of kindness is one sure way to beat depression while bring happiness to someone else. Voted up and shared!


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Keeping goodness going is what really makes the world go round. Your extension of Ann Curry's 26 should be read over and over by a different person every day. Random acts of kindness benefit everyone!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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misterhollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

Loved this hub and all of the positive energy!!! Voted up


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

creativelynn--I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I do believe there are a lot of good people in this ole world! Thanks for sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 24 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

tillsontitan--Yes, just think how the world could change if this movement really took off!


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Victoria Lynn 24 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, misterhollywood! I'm so glad you did! Positive energy is good. :-)


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great hub, Victoria. Very useful for everyday life. I love the bit about quarters in the carts for Aldis. I can do this too--at least some of them. Voted up!


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poetryman6969 21 months ago

People like you make this a kinder world. Upvoted and be blessed!


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Victoria Lynn 21 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kristen--just small things now and then can make a difference!


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Victoria Lynn 20 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, thanks, poetryman! You be blessed as well. :-)


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oceansnsunsets 20 months ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Victoria, I love your hub! These ideas are excellent. I recall after reading here, that our acts of kindness need not be something amazing all the time. Its the little things. Once, I took Christmas cookies to the elderly neighbors next door. They were so shocked and thankful. Then he said, "no one has ever done this for us before." I about fainted, I couldn't believe it. Sometimes, the small things can be very big and impactful. I like the idea of simply praying for someone behind you in line at a fast food place, or whatever. I am a believer in prayer, and wow, what a great thing to do for people because of the potential good that could come along! Thank you for sharing. Voted up and more, and pinned and shared.


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schoolgirlforreal 20 months ago from USA

Wonderful and inspiring, thank you!


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Victoria Lynn 20 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

oceansnsunsets--I agree! Any little thing can make a big difference!


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Victoria Lynn 20 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thank YOU for reading, schoolgirlforreal!


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AudreyHowitt 19 months ago from California

I love the premise behind this hub! Hoping you are well Vicky!


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Victoria Lynn 19 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Audrey. Doing okay. Hope you are, as well!


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Lady_E 17 months ago from London, UK

Very inspiring. Ripples of kindness would change the world...if everyone could get involved. Thank God there are still some kind people in the world who make that difference.


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Victoria Lynn 17 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, Lady _ E! Thank God they're still out there!


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

VEE!!!! Explain yourself girlfriend. Where are you hiding? Why don't I see you?? I MISS you.


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Victoria Lynn 17 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Effer! I miss you, too! I've seen a few of your new hubs that I need to read! I've just been so busy with summer teaching, remodeling my rental house, fixing my car after being rear-ended . . . . Too, too busy! I want to get back into writing! And reading others' hubs. I miss you, my friend, and I'll try to do better!


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moonlake 13 months ago from America

I see I commented on here before. I didn't know at the time I talked to that lady I would be in her shoes and lose my husband and dog very close together. Great hub.


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Victoria Lynn 13 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

moonlake, I'm so sorry. That must have been so very hard.


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sujaya venkatesh 12 months ago

small acts of kindness keeps us going


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Victoria Lynn 12 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

sujaya, I agree. :-)


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Blond Logic 11 months ago from Brazil

This hub is a great reminder for us all.

I live in rural Brazil and I have seen so many acts of kindness usually by people who have nothing but a big heart and a bit of time. I think it is just the normal way they act. Somehow along the way, the more modern countries have forgotten this.

I have paid for the person behind me at the grocery store, given lifts to those who are walking, and helped older people using the ATM. I think there is so much we can do when we just stop and think about it.


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Victoria Lynn 11 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Blond Logic--it sounds like you are doing your part! Yes, there are always things we can do!


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Kimberleyclarke 8 months ago from England

Thank you for this - a precious reminder of how we can be real humane humans. Help each other! Nothing beats the feeling of doing something for someone, and keeping it to yourself. Some of my most special memories are just between me and another person - a stranger I have helped in a practical way - that no one else need ever know about.


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Victoria Lynn 8 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kimberleyclarke--that's awesome. And so true!

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