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Should the Media Report More Good News Than Bad News?

Updated on August 23, 2017

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?

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 profile image

      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 5 years ago

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

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

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

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      srsddn lm 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Simple acts can often be the kindest of all-Blessed

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      Jogalog 5 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 5 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 6 years ago from McLaughlin

      Great idea for an article!

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      GramaBarb 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: I agree Kim!

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      anonymous 7 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 7 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 7 years ago

      I always try to compliment strangers.

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      sousababy 7 years ago

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

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      the777group lm 7 years ago

      Give some money to bad buskers!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

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

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      Great lens! Favorited and lensrolled!

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      Great lens! Favorited and lensrolled!

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      darciefrench lm 7 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.


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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.


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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!