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Should the Media Report More Good News Than Bad News?

Updated on March 31, 2016

Acts of Kindness in the World Today

You hear about random acts of senseless violence in the news all the time. You don't hear as much about all the random acts of senseless kindness. Here you will find the song lyrics for A Random Act of Senseless Kindness, you can post your thoughts on kindness in the duel, you can see some good news, blog stories, and videos, and you can leave some good ideas for ways to show kindness in the guestbook.

Acts of Kindness

Would it be better for the media to report more good news than bad news?

It would be good to hear more about acts of kindness.

It would be good to hear more about acts of kindness.

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      There needs to be balance.

      Yes! ..The world does not actually suck, contrary to what the media portrays 90% of the time.

      There are so many good things happening in the world that people never hear about because they are busy being fed so much doom and gloom.

      Let's be honest here, that is EXACTLY what it is like!

      There needs to be some bad news, because it has a focus on public safety, especially in regards to natural disasters and the like, however, more good needs to be projected on the other hand because all that it happening now is people are being influenced by the gloomy messages of the media, which in reality is not constructive at the best of times.

      More needs to be acknowledged on scientific break-throughs, more on inspiration, amazing feats of kindness and articles that leave one with a warm fuzzy feeling. These things certainly cannot do any harm and they reveal the other side of the world we need to focus on more.

    • Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I wish they would. It doesn't all have to be roses and chocolates, but if we knew more about what people are doing that is working, maybe we could emulate those behaviors and make the world better.

    • drcarl 4 years ago

      Are there any real investigative reporters left, or has everyone been essentially bought? I see too little real news. The Talking Heads introduce a story, the provided video plays, then they close with a vanilla comment or two. It used to be that the media outlets were owned by hundreds of companies. Now it's 6. Six corporations own 90% of the media so our "choice" is an illusion. I can find the good and the bad in anything, though, if pressed, I'd say yes, bring on some good news even if it has to be made up! LOL! Just remember "Don't believe everything you think" --and feel free to visit my very first lens. Be Well!

    • Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      How about the truth for a change?

    • ChristyZ 4 years ago

      It would be great if it were an equal balance, it would be nice to hear more inspirational stories!

    • IamShea 4 years ago

      Unfortunately bad and negative news increases ratings. People are fascinated and intrigued by things that happen to other people. I would like to hear more about how people have made a difference as well.

    • Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think it's important to report bad things that are happening around so everyone is alerted, however, I think good news is seldom reported anymore and it should be reported.

    • Delia 4 years ago

      Personally I want to hear good news, I'm tired of living with all the bad and negative things... It's so uplifting when you hear a story on acts of kindness or just a happy story... I actually turn off the news, it affects my day hearing all that negativity.

    • Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      As a journalist, I absolutely say Yes. But I'll tell you something: good news is hard to find. If you know some good news, call or e-mail the editor of your local newspaper. If it's truly 'newsworthy', he'll be interested.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes more good news....brings more good in people!!! Show more bad news, and it will bring more bad in people...its common sense!!!

    • april-lewis-3591 4 years ago

      Many times the media makes a mountain out of a molehill. It causes unnecessary stress in an already stressed-out world.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes it would, when we feed our minds on violence, hatred, and other acts of unkindness we only breed more acts of this, for those that don't understand the power of the mind. So if we are able to focus on good things we can help to create good all around us. We create what we focus on. And that is why it is so depressing wehen you watch the news because the only thing you see is bad.

    • lclchors 4 years ago

      good news for sure

    • sunlightseer 4 years ago

      Realizing there is both good and bad news, I think there is too much emphasis on the bad. I would like to hear more of the good stuff.

    • ara-bella 4 years ago

      Yes, I'd love more good news. Bad news don't help anyone.

    • WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I know there are many bad things that happen in the world. However, there are many good things, too and it would be nice to hear more about them.

    • srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Certainly yes. Media can play a great role in molding opinion and good news can certainly keep people cheerful. Unfortunately it is not happening most of the time.

    • siobhanryan 4 years ago

      It gives you heart and encouragement to hear of the good deeds

    • Kristen 4 years ago from Boston

      It gets depressing watching the news. I wish that they would report more good news. The good deeds that people do in life deserve more attention than the terrible things that people do. If the media paid less attention to some of the bad stuff, then people wouldn't do bad things just for the attention/publicity.

    • Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      We need some good news, at least a balance with the bad.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      There is a newspaper that reports only good news!! It's called Positive News, is published in print from the UK and is also online at http://www.positivenews.org.uk

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think it would be better for everyone if we could focus on positive things and not negative.

    • Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have to admit that I limit myself to watching the news once or twice a week. The reason behind that is that I get so upset when I do watch it. I would love to hear about more acts of kindness and maybe I wouldn't feel so disgusted every time I turned the news on.

    • kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      They should report more bad news. I don't know if you get into this further down the page, but Mean World Syndrome is what happens when the media constantly reports all bad news. People begin to believe that the world is more dangerous and worse than it really is because that's all they see on the news. Yes, it's important to know about the bad things and know that they can happen but no so much so that people are too scared to leave their house or do anything because they have an over exaggerated idea of the badness in the world.

    • Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      It would be nice if they reported at least some more good news. One begins to lose faith in humanity with the deluge of bad news that we see on a daily basis.

    • ElectricCarBuff 5 years ago

      Acts of kindness will fill us all up everyday.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      love to see good news

    • Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      Absolutely! I always love it when the press catches someone doing good! It is inspirational.

    • hydroelectricenergy 5 years ago

      absolutely, I'm convinced that the immense amount of bad news that's published desensitizes kids and makes it "ok" (in their minds) for them to re-enact some of the things that they hear/see in the media

    • bigjoe2121 5 years ago

      Yes, maybe I would watch a bit more if there was something good to see.

    • carredsal 6 years ago

      Any kind of news that is truthful works for me...

    • yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      good news will ruin the paper/ station... people want bad news

    • Internetcrateorg 6 years ago

      I say yes, I believe the media doesn't seek out the good in people. Most likely due to it doesn't produce the ratings they would most likely want to see. Most of our world news is about devistation,war and crime. It's sad to think thats all their is when you turn it on, I know theirs millions of people that give back to communities and children across the world. The media should focus on the positive to show our chilren THE RIGHT thing to do. Excellent lens, excellent subject A++++ on this topic!!! great job jack2205...

      William

    • Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I definitely believe that if more focus were to be placed on acts of kindness and the goodness that is in the world, that this might rub off on more people. The fact that many kids growing up today are only aware of drugs, gangs, violence, terrorism and wars, they are often not aware of how different things could be. Sadly many parents don't take the time to teach them what is write and what is wrong these days.

    • miaponzo 6 years ago

      Well.. I don't even watch the news because of the miserable news that is always on there.. :) I'm insisting that everything in my life is positive!

      Life is difficult enough without watching and reading about bad news!

    • carny 6 years ago

      It would be better, but that's unlikely to happen. Thankfully we have the internet where we can find any sort of information and news we want :)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      It would be good if there is a balance. All the media reports is disasters, killings and bad things. It will be good if for a while the news is only about good things.

    • Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Yes, I gave up on mass media news a long time ago because of the negativity and lack of insight. Now I can get much better info from online sources and also as many cute kitten pics as I can handle :)

    • KDimmick 6 years ago

      Definitely

    • Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The media just love to gloat on negative things. I don't mind reporting but what they're doing is no longer that. I really don't know what they're doing.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      The media needs some help. People want to hear more good news. We would be doing great if there was a balance.

    • MikeEssex 6 years ago

      I think in certain scenarios more good news is better. Like with the recession the media kept saying it was coming, but the only way we could get out of it was to spend money. Which no one did as the media made it seem like we shouldn't soend money due to the recession. Kind of a catch 22 in a way.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      It would be a far better world if we didn't spend our entire time listening to bad, it just promotes more bad!

    • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Oprah has good news a lot and she gets great ratings. The others should learn from her

    • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Oprah does a lot of it, and she has huge ratings. They should learn from her.

    • sousababy 6 years ago

      Kindness is contagious. We need to hear the facts though, but not the sensationalized violence that media tends to focus on (to boost ratings, perhaps). People who do good, often do it anonymously...but our children need to know that there are good people in this world. Absolutely, let's inspire others by reporting more good news than bad.

    • KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      It would be nice if there was more good news in the media, but we always have the option to tune out stations that promote nothing but bad news.

    • darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Absolutely, viewers would innately follow through with kind actions (just as we do with the violence we ingest) and it just might change the world.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Its good to know evenly both. as a balanced optimist , i know that we win and lose some. one kind act each day can change our world.

    • KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      I think they should report both. Yes, you do see good news stories, but not quite enough, I think, because they're not as scintillating. It is easy to get unbalanced perspectives from news.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Of course it would!! :) :) :) :) :) <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 I've had enough of being around mean people everywhere! I mean, I hardly see anyone being kind to someone else; they're usually putting someone down by calling them ugly, slow, etc. I try to be kind to everyone I meet, no matter what their personality, or whether I like them or not. It's like a rule of life for me. I refuse to be mean to people, and don't engage in conversation with those who are. This is why I hate watching the news, because they always show the negative stuff. At one point I even lost hope that there are any kind, nice, non-judging people left in this world. But this website is cool!! I know I can find kind people here, and be myself. It seems that nowadays, if you do a random act of selfless kindness, you are considered weird, because apparently, YOU don't get anything out of it, like money or materialistic things. Yay for this website!!!

    • RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Yes, it would be much better if they reported more good news. They only know that if they sensationalize the bad things, and grip us with it, that's when they make a name for themselves.

    • Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Yes, the news does a great job of reporting the negative...more positive stories would be great!

    • NotHere 8 years ago

      Random acts of kindness happen every day. Because they are good acts, know one talks about them. Letting someone go ahead of you in line at the checkout, Stopping someone to give them something they dropped, letting someone out of a parking lot onto a busy street. These are some of the everyday acts of kindness that most of us take part in. And yes, I think this makes the world a better place.

    It would be better to know about the bad things.

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      • Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

        From the business point of view bad news sale better. It seems everybody is saying he like good news, but bad news are true magnet.

      • Jogalog 4 years ago

        No, we can't live in a bubble and need to know what is happening in the world, even if it's bad. This can actually motivate people to do something to make a difference.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Does not the bible speak of blessings & curses? It's your choice to choose.

        If you are not aware of the, "bad things" how would know where not to go.

      • the777group lm 6 years ago

        Good news - Sch-bad news. I worked in the media for many years and what many people outside the media don't understand is that it exists m-e-r-e-l-y to selll advertising space.

        Hysteria and anger generate higher ratings = more advertising earnings.

        Warm and fuzzy generate lower ratings = less advertising earnings

        The brutal truth = bankruptcy

        That's the equation. Now you work out which model these multi-billion dollar businesses (when statistically, 1 news viewer = about 0.75 of a viewer for the ensuing prime time viewing) are going to follow.

      • darciefrench lm 6 years ago

        Perhaps it could be more balanced, with less drama attached to the negative.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        well that's tricky because everyone should know the awfull things some people do. whilst it makes you have a skip in your step when you glance at the papeer and the staories are nice! :)

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Definitely.The world might be a better place with less tragedies?

      • Tammylove 8 years ago

        Yes I agree! Amy (an ex-girlfriend of my oldest daughter) use to change her cell phone greeting with messages of what people could do as "Random Acts of Kindness", it was so cute. Your lens so much reminded me of her messages. I loved to call and have her not answer... just to see what she would come up with for the day. Once she was on a rant about the police giving so many tickets for "errors" in driving but why didn't they stop "good drivers" and reward them with... donut and coffee gift certificates or other type of rewards. We see what we focus on... and that is why I don't read the newspaper or the news. I would love to see a "good news" newspaper published... where the reporters tell the world about the "random acts of kindness" and other happy and beautiful stories, then maybe if the world could start to be retrained people would begin to focus on being a positive force to become a "headliner" instead of blowing up something to be front page new. Thanks for this lens it's wonderful.

      A Random Act of Senseless Kindness

      By South Sixty Five

      I picked up the morning paper

      The headlines were no surprise

      A random act of senseless violence

      Was committed again last night

      It seems the whole world has gone crazy

      And something needs to be done

      So starting today, I'm gonna find a way

      I'm gonna repay someone

      With a random act of senseless kindness

      Unexpected hand to help remind us

      A little bit of love is the cure for hate

      It's easy to give up but it's never too late

      A single step in the right direction

      Person to person making a connection

      We can change the world that's become so violent

      With a random act of senseless kindness

      How I long to live the simple life

      When neighbors were still friends

      And the sidewalks leading downtown

      Were safe to walk back then

      The classrooms and the school yards

      Were havens for our kids

      Well, it's a long way back but we can get on track

      Today's a good day to begin

      With a random act of senseless kindness

      Unexpected hand to help remind us

      A little bit of love is the cure for hate

      It's easy to give up but it's never too late

      A single step in the right direction

      Person to person making a connection

      We can change the world that's become so violent

      With a random act of senseless kindness

      With a random act of senseless kindness

      Unexpected hand to help remind us

      A little bit of love is the cure for hate

      It's easy to give up but it's never too late

      A single step in the right direction

      Person to person making a connection

      We can change the world that's become so violent

      With a random act of senseless kindness

      A random act of senseless kindness

      This is different from regular song lyrics. Permission was given to spread the kindness message.

      If You Have Ideas For Ways To Show Acts of Kindness - You Can Leave Them Here

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          CampingmanNW 4 years ago

          Unfortunately, sensationalism and bad news sells. Thanks for a lens presenting the other side.

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          Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

          I work with youth. I'm planning to do a 10 day random acts of kindness challenge this summer. I hope I get TONS of participation - from youth and their families.

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          Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

          It would certainly be much more pleasant watching the TV news, if each day had a kindness segment!

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          Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          If you encounter a person who doesn't have enough money for groceries when paying at the cashier, offer to pay for the groceries. Smile at people and greet people that you come across everyday. Stay kind and blessed! :)

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          Delia 4 years ago

          Yes, a smile, holding the door open for someone, saying thank you, giving a complement or just being nice in general...gee, h.ow hard is that!

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          Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

          A kind word and a smile go along way

          to help someone through the day.

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          sunlightseer 4 years ago

          Smile. Beautiful lens, thanks for sharing. It is an act of kindness.

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          Ruthi 4 years ago

          I think good news should - at the least - get equal air time.

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          srsddn lm 4 years ago

          Media is mostly interested in making sensational news at the cost of cornering acts of kindness. It is good that this lens focuses on this aspect of media.

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          Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

          Simple things really make a difference. holding doors, waiting with elevator, saying good morning... This would be a good start.

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          Srena44 4 years ago

          Nice lens

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          siobhanryan 4 years ago

          Simple acts can often be the kindest of all-Blessed

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          Jogalog 4 years ago

          I think we should just be positive, thoughtful and encouraging to everyone we meet. Treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves.

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          Kristen 4 years ago from Boston

          I try to promote random acts of kindness every day. I don't think we need to search for things to do, it should just be second nature to us.

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          Jen withFlash 5 years ago

          Great lens! Thanks! I can't even watch the horrifying news anymore. Too depressing. I love it when I hear stories of people doing awesome things for others.

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          Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

          I really like the message of your lens. I work in an industry where people usually only call me when upset. My mantra is to "kill them with kindness." More times than not, the person is no longer angry when they get off the phone. Instead of fueling a fire, simply put it out. Fantastic lens!

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          kburns421 lm 5 years ago

          You don't even need to go out of your way to be kind. When you see someone who needs help, even if they just drop something while out shopping, you can help them out in the moment. This is a nice lens with a nice message.

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          ElectricCarBuff 5 years ago

          Buy people a drink at lunch... or offer to pay for a meal.

          Tidy the house for a friend. Or take flowers to her.

          I like helping people in the street too.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Thank-you for the wonderful lens

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          Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

          Great idea for an article!

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          GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

          I have a friend who is very crippled and has to walk slowly. A couple of weeks ago she was trying to cross a busy street and a bike rider went speeding by her - then stopped and came back and got off his bike and walked with her across the street. That random act of kindness should have made headlines. But it did make a senior very happy and she told everyone she met that day! Blessed this lens.

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          Heidi 6 years ago from Benson, IL

          You aren't kidding about the bad news. I know it's a slow news day when I see a big article about how farmers are planting more corn because corn prices are up. Anybody who's had a basic economics class gets that one. Even if it's just putting your change into those donation boxes at the checkout counter, it can make a difference in somebody's life. If you notice your waitress looks especially harried in your favorite restaurant, slip her a couple of extra bucks in the tip; she'll appreciate it.

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          jolou 6 years ago

          I realize a lot of bad things happen in the world, but it would be nice to hear some positive things. I seldom watch the news these days, and keep up with what is happening on the internet. It's the same with election campaigns. Many of the ads are personal attacks, how about saying what they would do if they are in office?

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          Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

          Great idea for a lens. I feel that so many parents don't teach kids right from wrong. In some ways maybe it's due to the lack of religion in schools, although I am not really religious, but one thing that religious education, at least Christian education teaches is how to treat others, and how to behave. Today there is so little respect for others and for other people's property. Excellent lens.

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          miaponzo 6 years ago

          Thanks for this :) I LOVE kindness! I'm about to do an entire lens on it! :)

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          RinchenChodron 6 years ago

          I do get tired of all the reports of violence (today a Senator was shot in AZ). More good news would be refreshing.

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          grannysage 6 years ago

          I have been reading and listening to Wayne Dyer books lately. He emphasizes the importance of turning off the negative tv, music, and video games, and surrounding yourself with a simple life. I try not to listen to the news, but it still gets through. Silence is my friend and brings peace to my heart. Acts of kindness help spread joy around the world and has a ripple effect far beyond what we will ever see. All we need to do is to open our eyes to our neighborhood and we will see many ways to be kinds.

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          Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

          I think it starts with what we talk about with our family members, friends, and coworkers.

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          poutine 6 years ago

          The media thrives on bad news. They do sell more newspapers

          when there is plenty of bad stuff happening all over the world.

          It would be nice to insert a few happy news in every edition though.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          It would be great if benevolence and act of kindness makes the headlines.Most of the times - the media is focused about sensations and screeching break-ups, spicy stories. Most of it is made-up, highly distorted to get public attention.

          I wouldn't blame them if people stopped buying newspapers if "All was well".

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          darciefrench lm 6 years ago

          Being kind to one's self too -:) Sometimes that's like the instructions on the airplane- put one's own oxygen on first before helping another, otherwise we're running on empty.

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          Nightowl John 6 years ago

          I first stopped by and favorited this lens about a month ago. Now I back bringing Angel blessings!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @KimGiancaterino: I agree Kim!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I am so tired of hearing about all the bad in the world, I will not even watch the news anymore.

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          javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

          I use freecycle to give away items. Our unwanted items are very useful for others who can't afford them.

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          MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

          I always try to compliment strangers.

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          sousababy 6 years ago

          Remind those struggling with forgiveness that, "Love is everything. Hate is nothing." Great lens!

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          the777group lm 6 years ago

          Give some money to bad buskers!

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          KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

          A good policy is to treat people with respect and help those who truly need it.

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          Nightowl John 6 years ago

          Great lens! Favorited and lensrolled!

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          Nightowl John 6 years ago

          Great lens! Favorited and lensrolled!

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          darciefrench lm 6 years ago

          Some more angel dust for this great lens :)

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          Jack 8 years ago

          Thanks for your comments and angel blessing. :)

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          AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

          Great lens. Thank-you for the wonderful detail.

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          religions7 8 years ago

          great lens - blessed by a squidangel :)

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          FunGifts4All 8 years ago

          Very nice lens. I like the topic.

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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

          Nicely done lens.

          Brenda

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          Jack 8 years ago

          BlackroseBugg and Snozzle, thanks for the comments, stories, and ideas for showing kindness.

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          Snozzle 8 years ago

          I'm 100% in favour of random acts of kindness. It helps the giver as well as the recipient. Our world is full of bad news because it sells newspapers, advertising and so on. How great though to leave flowers on a doorstep, pay the toll fare for the car behind, pop some money anonymously in the mail to someone who needs it or maybe give a small luxury item to cheer someone up. There's so much we can do - even a smile or good word.

          Mike.

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          Melanie Barniskis 8 years ago from Southern Oregon

          My hubby and I just moved, and are job-seeking. We are not rich, and the savings are depleting. But we were fortunate enough to get what we need for the next few months, and we owe on that good fortune. So we keep a ziploc baggie in the car, and throw all of our change into it. There are panhandlers in this area, people far worse off than we are. When the baggie is fairly full, we go looking for someone to give it to. It's not a stimulus recovery package, but it is what we are able to do. That change will do a lot more good in the hands of someone who needs it than it would in a water bottle in the closet, or scattered around the top of the dresser. It's only a small kindness, but we feel that it is paying off some of the debt we owe for the luck we had in coming here. Great lens! Badly needed reminder in this day and age!