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Acts of Kindness Change Your Life

Updated on April 28, 2018
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Random Act of Kindness Definition

"A random act of kindness is a nonpremeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. The phrase "practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty" was written by Anne Herbert on a placemat in Sausalito, California in 1982."

The Act of Kindness

I am so impressed by all the people who have written articles about positive attributes of living. I think writing about kindness is a brilliant idea. Over time I have figured out that it is really not the big things in life that are so important, but the little day to day occurrences that occupy our lives.

I heard a long time ago that I should compliment at least three people every day. That is such an easy thing to do, and I do not expect anything in return even though you usually get a smile.

However, I think kindness changes us in a positive way because what goes around, comes around. I believe I reap the rewards of any acts of kindness.

Definition of Kindness

Sent to me from a friend.
Sent to me from a friend.

Definition of Kindness

The definition of kindness is: a kind deed; the quality or state of being kind and the archaic affection. There are also many synonynms for the word kindness and these are a few examples:

  • Spoil
  • Pamper
  • Cherish
  • Cosset
  • Indulge
  • Fuss over

Monetary Acts of Kindness

Now, I am not rich, so monetary acts of kindness primarily help my grandchildren have some extra money for their huge cost of college.

I also give to my church. At Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays we bring perishable items and toys, so large gift baskets are given to needy families. We also help the birthing center that provides care to indigent mothers when they give birth to a new baby.

Certainly I helped my children when they were younger, but fortunately they are all self-sufficient now.

I give all my used clothing to the Vietnam Vets as my husband served. I try to give some money to feed the homeless when I can also.

Elderly Man and Baby

A friend gave me this photo.
A friend gave me this photo.

Simple Acts of Kindness

My kind acts must come in much simpler ways. I can think of so many little things that I can do without giving it much thought.

I greet my loved ones each day with asking how they slept and how they feel. I want them to know I care. I find I am happier when I treat others the way I want to be treated.

When I go out of the house, I always look a cashier or a bank teller in the eye and smile. I am courteous and thank them for their help. I often stop and let someone pull their car out in front of me if there is a lot of traffic.

I am not saying I am perfect by a long shot. I get annoyed when driving at times. I have learned if someone is tailgating me to move as quickly into the other lane as I can. That is not just being nice, but there are a lot of crazy drivers out there these days.

Self-preservation is not a bad thing. I always find a parking place where ever I go, and I wonder if this a reward for kindness. Or, maybe an answer to my prayers as I am having difficulty walking right now due to painful arthritis.

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

Did you know that February 17th is the National Random Acts of Kindness Day? This day has grown in popularity. there are some groups and organizations that now encourage acs of kindness.

Kindness Quote

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop

Gratitude

I try to notice the blue sky, the birds, which I feed continually and the flowers. I am fascinated by the huge variety to small birds that come to my bird feeder.

We live in a beautiful world. I think it is good to remember how many people have more difficult lives than I. I thank God every day for my healing, my family and friends.

I pray for the fallen soldiers and the families that suffer their loss. I have a nephew and grandson in the Navy. My grandson is in nuclear submarines, and when he was in submarine school he scored high marks on all his tests. Out of 90 cadets attending this training school he was at he top of his class. I am so proud of him.

Funeral of a Soldier

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Army.Mil

Act of Kindness

I try to be kind to the elderly, even if it just hold an elevator or a door, with a smile. They always smile back. There is no room for racism. I try to treat all races and nationalities the same, whether they are Afro-Americans, America Indians and others. After all, we all bleed the same color.

We can change the world if we care about our neighbors. I have given numerous grapefruit away this year as the tree has grown so large. Like so many people, I take food when someone has a death in their family or is very ill.

Remember people with a card on their birthday, a holiday, when they are sick or just a "thinking of you" card. Cards are always appreciated.

An older lady I know has a neighbor who is helping do yard work. This lady's husband recently passed away, and she said she needs to stay busy anyway as she misses him so much. It is much appreciated, and it helps the neighbor get through her grief process.

Picking up trash on the beach, helping a disabled person cross the road, help at a homeless center, and I am sure you may think of many more acts of kindness.

My husband almost always stopped if he sees someone stuck on the side of the road, or we saw someone fall in their yard. He doesn't even hesitate even though he may be headed somewhere and in a hurry.

Kindness Quote

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Hebrews 13:2

Now isn't that an interesting thought!

Random Acts of Kindness

I am touched my random acts of kindness expressed in the pictures below. I have been the receiver of a random act of kindness at a difficult time in my life, and it is something I will always remember.

Touching Offer of Dry Cleaning Establishment

Source

New tires

Thoughtful - Buying Lunch for Mom

Summary

I guess we all have to figure out the best way to live, and what we might do to help others. I have worked on my ancestry for many years now, which is not really an act of kindness I guess, but it is something I can leave for those that come along after I am gone.

I think quite often many people are kind, but do not give it much thought. When you become conscious of the things out do each day, it takes on new meaning. If you have not thought about your daily actions and how they might affect others, this may a good time to evaluate your life and how it touches others.

Random Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindess

Do you consciously take time to do acts of kindness for strangers?

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Dred, i like your quote and I believe in that ripple effect. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Dred Cuan 

    2 weeks ago from California

    I love this! Most of the time, a simple act of kindness from a stranger gives us the strength to keep our lives going. I used to remember this quote: "A simple act of kindness creates an endless ripple." Whatever we do, it will create a domino effect in the future. It's something for sure.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Linda, I am so glad you enjoyed this hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Linda Rogers 

    4 years ago from Minnesota

    Dear Pamela-I agree with Billy that this beautiful hub is an act of kindness for your readers. This made my day and uplifted my spirit. I really liked the letters you included here. Gave me goosebumps! Blessings Pamela.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Mary, Of course I agree. It is so simple to be kind and it can change someone elses day and yours. I appreciate your comments.

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    Mary Craig 

    5 years ago from New York

    "We can change the world if we care about our neighbors." That sentence pretty much says it all! Caring is kindness and you've shown some lovely examples Pamela.

    Kindness can start anywhere and be shown to anyone. This hub is a great reminder.

    Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drpastorcarlotta, I am glad to hear you are counseling people as I believe that is a high calling. I am glad you enjoyed the hub and it is good to hear from you. Thank you for the comments.

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    Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

    5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    Kindness is a great compassion!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It makes my day, my life to be kind, to help someone in need. God Bless this Hub and you too Pamela99. I have been so busy counseling but I haven't forgotten you! Your message is wonderful. Come visit me when you have some free time. Voted-Up!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Patricia, These types of actions restores my faith in mankind also. It is so easy to show a little bit of kindness and I know how much I appreciate it when people are kind to me also. Thanks so much for your comments. Of course, angels are being sent back to you sweet Patricia.

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    Patricia Scott 

    5 years ago from sunny Florida

    Pamela

    Reaching out to others in whatever way we can will often turn a day around for someone. The ways you have cited remind us that we can accomplish this in so many ways. It restores my faith in humankind when I see such kindness to others.

    Voted up++++

    Angels are on the way :) ps

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Diana, It would make a huge difference! Thanks so much for your comments. God bless you Dianna.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    5 years ago

    The notes really makes this hub zing home with me. I love the message and it is what we all need to hear and remember as we are out among people. What a difference it would make if we all did this each day. God bless you, Pamela.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Bravewarrior, I really like to hear some heartwarming stories as I know there are many people who are kind. Too often we only hear the negative. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    5 years ago from Central Florida

    Pamela, being kind is in our nature as humans. At least that's the way I like to see us. Not everyone taps into that. By the same token, I think random acts of kindness happen every day, even if we don't recognize them.

    The notes you've included in this hub are very heartwarming. It's nice to know there are good people out there.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Escobana, I think it is easy to get so busy that people forget the importance of a kind act. I appreciate your comments and the share.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Gypsy, Yes, a simple act of kindness does make a difference. Thank you for your comments.

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    Escobana 

    5 years ago from Valencia

    Very inspiring and uplifting Hub! It reminds me of living your life mindfully, aware of your actions and words as they can be so influencial to the lives of others.

    I'm touched by your message and feel very much the same. The act of kindness is a gift to pass on to anyone around you and to keep practicing day by day...

    Beautiful, inspirational, up and shared...

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    Gypsy48 

    5 years ago

    Beautiful hub and a motivating reminder how a simple act of kindness can make someone's day. Voted up and awesome.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Dianna, You have demonstrated your kindness in many ways on Hubpages, and that scripture is perfect. I appreciate your comments.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    5 years ago

    Pamela, Hebrews 13:2 comes to mind every time I see someone who needs a assistance. I enjoy opening my home to those in need, it is true blessing. Lovely share.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Jan, Thank you so much for your kind words and comments. Random acts of kindness touch our hearts for sure. I appreciate the votes.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Vellur, Pay it forward is a good way to look at kindness. Thank you very much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Mekenzie, Your words are so kind also. The pictures, especially the notes of random kindness tugged at my heartstrings also, which is why I wrote this hub. Thank you so much for your comments. God bless you.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    KenVu, It is so easy to get totally involved in our own fast paced life. Thank you so much for your comments and the share.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drbj, I agree. It is amazing what a smile will do and just asking someone how they are. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Faith, Thank you so much for your lovely comments. The world would be a better place if we each took a bit of time to be kind. Thanks again.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Midget, That is really the point, and it is so simple to do. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    jenbeach, It sounds like you mother had a big heart for anyone less fortunate. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Janis Leslie Evans 

    5 years ago from Washington, DC

    Pamela, love this hub, makes me feel good all over. Your kindness and sweet spirit come through this hub. I bet you're a wonderful person to meet. Thank you for making random acts of kindness so accessible by your down-to-earth expression. Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.

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    Nithya Venkat 

    5 years ago from Dubai

    Great hub, it touched my heart. Kindness needs to be paid forward and shared. Loved the way people were trying to help. Voted up.

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    Single Shot 

    5 years ago

    I enjoyed your Hub immensely Pamela.

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    Susan Ream 

    5 years ago from Michigan

    Pamela, a beautiful hub of kindness and love. The pictures you displayed pull at the heartstrings. So many people are hungry for someone to care and a random act of kindness can change a life.

    Thank you for writing so beautifully on the worthy topic of Random acts of kindness. May we all seek to bless and give to those around us each day.

    You have a beautiful heart dear one.

    Blessings! Voted Up +++

    Mekenzie

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    KenWu 

    5 years ago from Malaysia

    I can find lots of inspiration in this hub. Kindness, the virtue that most human have ignored in this fast paced world.

    Voted Up and everything except 'funny' and shared it too :).

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    drbj and sherry 

    5 years ago from south Florida

    It takes so little effort - sometimes only a smile will make a difference to someone. Thanks for reminding us, Pamela, how important little random acts of kindness are. Your examples are perfect. Voted up, m'dear. And that's not just a random act of kindness. Trust me.

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    Faith Reaper 

    5 years ago from southern USA

    What an inspirational hub dearest Pamela. You're the best!!! If each and every one of us were to do at least at the very minimum one kind act a day for another person, this world would be such a nicer place in which to live. Love all of the examples you have provided here and the quotes, music . . . well, the entire hub is superb!

    Voted up ++++ and sharing

    God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Michelle Liew 

    5 years ago from Singapore

    Pamela, it is the little things, really! Smiling to someone shows them that they do matter. Thanks for sharing this....passing these acts of kindness on!

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    jenbeach21 

    5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I loved the notes you put on there giving examples of kindness. My mom didn't have a lot of extra money growing up but whenver she could she would do things like you have showed. She signed a money order Michael Jackson once! It is something I carry on with my kids.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Martis, I am not perfect. I am more aware of kindness than I was when I was younger. I very much appreciate your comments however, and it is nice to hear from a friend like you. I hope you are doing okay.

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    Martie Coetser 

    5 years ago from South Africa

    Pamela, I would like to correct you - You are not trying to be kind - you ARE (always) kind. I cannot see you in any other light.

    This is a beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring hub about the act of kindness :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Marie, I think you are making me blush. I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I certainly appreciate your comments. Hugs for you Maria.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    kashmir, I love the thought of everyone doing one act of kindness and changing the world. Thank you for your comments.

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    Maria Jordan 

    5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Ah, Pamela,

    Nothing about this piece surprised me, as you are one of the kindest women in our community. Your compassion, decency and thoughtfulness is most evident. This is an inspiring and most uplifting read.

    Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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    Thomas Silvia 

    5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Pamela, very beautifully written article and great message within in it as well. One act of kindness can change someones world, and if everyone did it once a day we could change the world .

    Well done ! Vote up and more !!!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Linda, Your comments very very kind also! My hope is everyone will think about those little things that take such a little bit of time, but bring happiness for others and a good feeling for yourself. I appreciate your comments.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    This hub alone is a random act of kindness! If anyone walks away from this hub and doesn't learn something new or perform more acts of kindness then they need to be evaluated for not paying attention! :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    POP, I am glad the hub uplifted you as we do not live in times where that comes very naturally. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    breakfastpop 

    5 years ago

    Your hub uplifted me, they really did. Voted beautiful and awesome.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sadika, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    DDE, You are absolute;y right. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Lizam, I agree with you on kindness. I love the random acts also, which is what inspired me to write this hub. I appreciate your comments.

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    Sadika Alloush 

    5 years ago from Baja, California

    Yeah you are totally right. Thanks!

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    Devika Primić 

    5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    A little bit of kindness changes ones heart from sad to happy, or from a cry to a laughter.

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    Lizam1 

    5 years ago from Victoria BC

    Very nicely written hub. Kindness is such a simple thing to offer and yet so often it is absent. Thanks for the reminder and I love the examples of the random acts that you found. Voted up and beautiful.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Mark, That is how I feel about this subject. If I'm kind, I gain from knowing I am doing the right thing. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Vicki, I am so glad you enjoyed this hub. Not everyone is kind for sure, but we are only responsible for our side of the street. i would hope those people would read this hub also. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sadika, It is so easy to get caught up in a busy life, but kindness really takes such little time if we just think about it. I appreciate your comments very much.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Billy, Finding those notes inspired me to write this hub. When I was younger I didn't think much about kindness but as we age our perspective changes. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Mark G Weller 

    5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    Nice Hub Pamela, kindness goes a long way. It can hurt, if it is not returned, but in the long run it is the thing to do.

    Mark

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    Vickiw 

    5 years ago

    I loved this, and totally support your way of thinking. Love your photos too! Kindness is a recipe for happiness. Not all people know how to follow the recipe, but we can only hope they learn better reading skills!

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    Sadika Alloush 

    5 years ago from Baja, California

    I always try to do nice things on a daily basis, but I am definitely going to go out of my way after reading this. I think people get caught up in the "busy " life that they forget to help others out of their way. Thanks for the hub and reminding us. :)

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Well, Pamela, I think you know how I feel about this hub. Beautiful message....the notes gave me goosebumps....how cool those people were....thank you my friend. This hub is an act of kindness and it has your heart and soul in it.

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