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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness in 366 Days


I just watched our local ABC news which had a story about a young area man who set a New Year's resolution that may be a bit different - actually, as the story said 366 resolutions. He's doing a random act of kindness each day this year, and with leap year, that means 366 random acts of kindness. Today he was on a corner downtown giving out free hugs. Some of his other random acts this year include participating in an MLK day service activity, sending condolences to parents of a fallen soldier, writing a thank you to a former teacher, mentoring a child, giving compliments to 25 people. Just doing something good for a person, some little, seemingly inconsequential thing, can make a big difference. On his day of complimenting people, he got strange looks and some people who didn't appreciate what he was trying to do. But a woman on the bus saw him and said she was going to give compliments to people, too. When you start something like this, you never know who may be touched by these random acts, even if that person wasn't the intended target of that act. So it got me thinking. What little things can we do? What are some possibles for this young man during the rest of this year's random acts of kindness? Yes, his story touched me. I'm not sure what I'll do, but I know I want to do something. What about you? Can you do just one random act of kindness this year? You never know where it will lead!

9 comments:

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Hold a door -

Take a shopping cart back -

SMILE -

Three to get ya started ;-)

Amber DaWeenie said...

This is wonderful. If only there were more on this planet that cared about others that much.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Just a simple hello and a smile to an older person.

Let someone with one or two items go ahead of you in the checkout line.

Bring some food to an animal rescue.

Doesn't take much to be kind.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Two French Bulldogs said...

good one OP Pack
Benny & Lily

Payton said...

Very inspiring. I'll have to think what I will do.
Love,
Payton

Shelia and Mister Bean said...

I love this idea! How grateful I am for the kind people in this world!

Thanks for the post dw!

Shelia

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I think this is a great idea too.
Sometimes when a car is trying to come out onto the road- its nice to let them.
love
tweedles

Hank said...

This is a nice story. Can you imagine how happy this world would be if everyone did this even just one day out of the year?

Payton said...

I'm back to tell you about the award I gave you today!
Love,
Payton
Ps. Just email me and I'll let you know when I'll be in Chicago next. Mom doesn't like to public ally advertise it on the blog.