Random Acts of Kindness~ Your Experience

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    WildIrisposted 13 years ago

    Share your experiences of random acts of kindness ~Either things you have done or things that others have done for you.

    1. DjBryle profile image70
      DjBryleposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      One form of a kind gesture that I did not expect today is the warm welcome of Cris A and Pollyannalana. I will cherish that always! It's wonderful to be back at HP smile

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      WildIrisposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      My not so random act of kindness was to forgive a debt owed to my father after he passed on.  My father was a man of small means and a generous heart that always loaned money to friends in need.  My father loan his friend a sizable amount of money so the friend could pay his bills.  This friend tried to honestly pay back the loan but could not.  Instead this person drove my father to chemotherapy, drove my father to the doctor hours away in the city, and he stopped by to fix things for my father.  I just could not continue to collect on this debt once my father passed on.

      I've been lucky to be on the receiving end of many act of kindness, so It felt  good to be on the giving side.

      1. DjBryle profile image70
        DjBryleposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        That's a very touching experience my friend. It surely is so good to give, that we realize how much we are rewarded much more than material wealth... it brings us so much joy no money can buy... smile

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    Madame Xposted 13 years ago

    The person in front of me at a bridge toll booth paid my way. I didn't know them, and when it was my turn to pay the tollbooth guy told me it was paid for by the guy who had just driven off. That happened twice to me - once at the San Mateo Bridge and once at the Bay Bridge. Amazing!

    It made my day smile
    (both times)

  3. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 13 years ago

    I occasionally walk into our local coffee shop and leave a buck in the tip jar.  I don't make a purchase, I just come in to tip.  The looks on customers' faces are priceless. smile

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    StormRyderposted 13 years ago

    I think one of the easiest ways to be kind is just by simply smiling at someone. I guess random isn't a good word for what I do but..I donate money to various charities and my time also when I can..I have volunteered at nursing homes and just last Thanksgiving worked at a homeless shelter serving food and just talking with the people there. I work with kids in Special Olympics when I can too...they are a blast to be around.

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    Kenrick Chatmanposted 13 years ago

    I am the host of an Internet radio talk show which consists of various career experts, bestselling authors, CEOs of HR related executive retained search firms, and placement professionals sharing their expertise to help as many job seekers possible land jobs during the worst economic downturn in some time.

    Tomorrow will be my 39th episode and I recently located a new co-host who will take over my nightly shows since I will start work sometime next month and will work long hours.

    Several of my listeners have landed jobs since I started this program last July.

    I love helping others, building my network, and reaching out to some well known experts to help with this cause.

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      brianzenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Need a guest? Okay I'll do it. (since you twisted my arm)

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        Kenrick Chatmanposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Are you an expert in career services such as resume writing, outplacement, and so on?

        If not, you could also help book some expert guests if you are interested.

        The hardest part is locating these individuals and afterwards acquiring their email address and/or phone number. Getting the majority of them to agree to participate, is a little easier.

        1. brianzen profile image60
          brianzenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Well no but I can be really quit and sit still for like hours so howabout it old buddy please? Wait actually I know a lot about sales careers? So what is the "pay" like?

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            brianzenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            "quiet" not "quit"

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            Kenrick Chatmanposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Actually, these shows are charitable or free; since job seekers funds are low and they need a job. The expert guest participates for free instead of charging a normal hourly rate of $250+.

            It is a form of philanthropy or giving back with the hope that job seekers who participate will pay it forward by sharing these free resources with others. 

            These shows are only one hour a week.

            On the back end, it takes a couple of hours to identify 4 guests and send out expert guest invites via email, a couple of hours to put together a show outline for the expert guests so they can prepare in advance, and about 2 hours to promote the upcoming show.

            My co-host will operate the shows every Tuesday night since I may be still at work and I will continue to perform all of the back end activities.

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    Kathryn LJposted 13 years ago

    I was at the theater once and it was really, really hot weather.  When the interval came, the tall guy sitting in the row in front of me came back and handed me a drink he had ordered from the crush bar. He wasn't trying to get in my knickers either, I was there with my husband, he said it was to make up for me having to peer over his shoulder!  As a tiny person, peering over peoples shoulders at events is a forgone conclusion.  What a nice guy.

    1. brianzen profile image60
      brianzenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Are you from New Jersey?

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    Madame Xposted 13 years ago

    A similar thing happened to me at a Chick Corea concert when I was in college. My girlfriend and I were sitting next to these six guys all in a row and they kept ordering sodas, ice cream, popcorn, etc. from the hawkers and every time they did they would buy two extras and pass them down to us. Chick was the first band and they weren't interested in the second band, which we stayed for, so after Chick was finished they left. We never even got their names.

    It was wonderful and so much fun smile

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    Lecieposted 13 years ago

    i just got some random kindness from a bunch of hubbers. i was having a tough time fitting in. but i feel very welcome now. thanks to all the kindness smile

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    west40posted 13 years ago

    My daughter stopped my unexpectedly and gave me a hug!  Nothing like an unexpected hug.

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    CrystalStarWomanposted 13 years ago

    I used to have a little shop - selling crystals, tarot, oils, incense, angels, fairies, etc.

    I always had several 'special' items scattered about the shop which had no price on them. Some tucked away behind other stock. Some prominently displayed. They each had meaning and I knew that they were waiting for their rightful owners.

    For example, there was a lovely elderly gentleman, who regularly popped into my shop to have a little chat and a browse, but rarely bought anything. One day he had been looking at something for quite a while and eventually came over to me saying, "can you please tell me how much this is?"

    I took great pleasure in telling him that the item was his and that it was a gift, because he was meant to have it - I knew he was the rightful owner. He couldn't believe it and I had to explain, but he was so happy. I knew he left my shop with a different view on life. It was wonderful to see smile

    (In case you're wondering, the item he picked up was a copy of Albrecht Durer's Praying Hands and the prayer, painted on a glass plaque.)

    Sadly I no longer have the shop - I lost it and was declared bankrupt! Some people said it was because I gave my stock away! :lol :

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    Faybe Bayposted 13 years ago

    There was a couple, who would go out to lunch every day. Co-workers actually, not dating. They would take turns paying and once each week each one would decide on another table in the restaurant to pay for. They said it was like getting Christmas twice a week, as they would watch when the table asked for their check, and the server would say it was already taken care of.

    One time in particular they chose a couple that was visibly having relationship difficulties and trying to be civil over their meal. When the man and woman found out someone had paid their check for them they looked at each other, each was obviously thinking the other had paid as an apology for their strife, they kissed and made up.

    That is my favorite story of random kindness.

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    terrowhiteposted 13 years ago

    Showing kindness is good doing is super but revealing it untill and unless someone gets a lesson of a lifetime is useless.. I think kindness should be done for everyone and must be forgotten.. smile

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    Beth Thereseposted 13 years ago

    I live in NY and take the subway every day. Pregnant women and the elderly are almost always offered up seats. I like to look for nurses or people who look like they've worked on their feet all day and offer up my seat. Perhaps more calculated than random, but I like to think it makes a difference.

    1. Rafini profile image68
      Rafiniposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      smile  you are very kind

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    Rafiniposted 13 years ago

    Years ago when my oldest son was approx 10 months my car died 2 miles from home.  We didn't have cell phones yet, it was the middle of the winter and snow was falling.  I had my son with me but he didn't have shoes since he wasn't walking yet.  I got him out of the car to begin walking home and a nice woman stopped and gave us a ride.  She obviously had money and didn't show any fear for taking us to our not-so-great neighborhood.

  15. Ohma profile image59
    Ohmaposted 13 years ago

    along time ago I was with my dad driving at night and there was a car sitting by the road. Dad pulls over to see if they need help and the guy gets out of the car walks over to Dad shakes his hand and hands him  a 100 dollar bill.
    he explained to my dad that he and his brother had been having a discussion that had turned into a bet over whether or not someone would stop and offer to help 2 very large tatoo all over biker types on a road in the middle of nowhere. Turns out the bet was for 200 and the winner gave dad half of it.

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    figmentposted 13 years ago

    Just today I left my purse in the shopping cart as I was leaving.  Drove a mile away before I realized what I had done.  I was in a panic.  I just knew some stranger took my purse, but i never expected they took it to lost in found, and nothing was missing. Thank you.

    1. Rafini profile image68
      Rafiniposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      sweet!   I did the same kinda thing years ago.  left my purse at a self-serve car wash in a bad neighborhood.  when we went back  it was right where I left it!

    2. Ohma profile image59
      Ohmaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I have done this with the same result there really are decent people in the world.

  17. Rafini profile image68
    Rafiniposted 13 years ago

    I have one!  lol

    The last major snowfall we had, I was less than 1/2 mile from home and I saw a car had done a donut and had gone front end into a telephone pole.  I had to stop & see if the driver was ok &/or had a cell phone.  He was fine, had a cell phone, & another car stopped before I got back to my own car.

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    trish1048posted 13 years ago

    I've actually written a hub titled Random Act of Kindness.  I approached construction workers in very cold weather and gifted them with donuts and coffee.


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