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Random Acts of Kindness Day celebrated worldwide Feb 17

February 17, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness Day is the name of an unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the world on February 17 in order to encourage acts of kindness.

It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, just smile at some passers by, look people directly in the eye when talking to them, give people some extra time to listen to actually how they are, help a coworker, take a friend to lunch, pay for a stranger’s bus ride or toll……

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These are just a few examples of simple little things to do today that could change someone’s life forever. And science has shown that it will change yours too!

Research shows that there are strong links between random acts of kindness and improvements in the health of people, so do not forget to do something kind today.

Post what random act of kindness you did today in the comments section! I want to hear from you!

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Act 155 – Just a little time….

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Act 155.

I’ve learned that you can do amazing things in only 60 seconds.

You can enlighten, inspire, or motivate someone. You can cheer them up or ease a burden. You can give them something they might need, and it just might be that single thing – a bit of information, an idea, help with something that before was overwhelming – that allows them to fulfill a dream and maybe turn their life around.

A minute is actually a substantial amount of time. (Sprint for just 60 seconds the next time you’re out for a run or bike ride, and you’ll see what I mean.) Set a timer, take a full minute and…………..

…find the phone numbers of three friends you haven’t spoken with in six months. And call them, rather than sending an email.

…go visit a relative that lives close by, but you never have the time to stop in.

…make a doctor’s appointment, if you haven’t had an annual checkup in more than a year.

It only takes 60 seconds to be kind – to others, to yourself, to everyone!

Act 153 – Lunch on the run

Wednesday, December 1, 2010, Act 153.

On this “Pay it Forward Day” I wanted to do something special for a person. I was lucky enough to be able to drive a friend to get some lunch for today. I even shared my two white chocolate and chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  Good times!

Act 149

Tuesday, June 8, 2010, Act 149.

During my trip to Texas I was out walking late in the afternoon downtown and the temperature was still sweltering hot. There was a park bench outside under a tree in the shade. I was hot and sweating and needed to sit down for a while. Then I saw a lady and her two kids coming over in the same direction. I got up so she and her young children could sit down and cool off.

park bench under shade tree

Paying It Forward Takes on a Whole New Meaning

Panera Celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week With New “Panera It Forward” Campaign

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Week, Breads of the World, the local franchisee for Panera Bread in central and southwestern Ohio, will encourage customers to pay it forward with their new campaign, “Panera It Forward.”  From February 15-21, in all Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio area bakery-cafes, Panera Bread will be giving coupon offers for free menu items in hopes of spreading goodwill throughout the community and encouraging others to use their coupons to “Panera It Forward” to friends, family, co-workers, or even strangers.

Throughout the week, more than one hundred Secret Good Will Ambassadors will hand out “Panera It Forward” coupons with offers ranging from a free Asiago Bagel Breakfast Sandwich to a cup of coffee. With each order, customers will be handed a flyer with suggestions of various random acts of kindness to help them “Panera It Forward” in their communities.  Attached to each flyer will be two offers, one for you and one for a friend, as a way to encourage consumers to pay it forward and spread the feeling of community during Random Acts of Kindness Week.

“We’re looking forward to spreading random acts of kindness into the surrounding community,” said Jeff Rains, President, Breads of the World. “We hope that ‘Panera It Forward’ will encourage others to help those in their communities, regardless of how small the act is.  In the long run, it has the potential to have a big impact on someone’s day and even their life.”

For more information on “Panera it Forward,” visit www.Panera-ohio.com where you can view our “Panera It Forward” blog and share your personal story or random act of kindness.  You can also find out more ways to spread random acts of kindness in your community as well as your local central and southwestern Ohio bakery-cafe locations by going to www.Panera-ohio.com.

Breads of the World, LLC, Panera Bread’s local franchise, operates 48 bakery-cafes in the Columbus, Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton–metro areas. With its identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh- baked, artisan bread, Panera Bread is committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. At the close of each day, Panera Bread bakery-cafes donate bread and baked goods to community organizations serving those in need. For more information on the franchise, including bakery-cafe locations, visit www.Panera-ohio.com.

SOURCE Panera Bread

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Yahoo! launches social site to encourge acts of kindness

Sunnyvale, CA -based Yahoo! has launched a new site to rally its audience of some 600 million people into random acts of kindness.  Timed to coincide with December holidays, the site encourages users to post activities, such as volunteering at a homeless shelter or helping an elderly neighbor.  Once an activity is posted, the user asks, “You in?” to inspire others to do likewise.

“We believe that one small act of kindness can ignite a ripple of generosity and we hope to inspire the Yahoo! community to create a wave of goodwill around the world,” said Meg Garlinghouse, senior director of Yahoo! for Good. “Update your status to share what you’re doing to spread holiday joy and inspire others to also pay it forward.”

you in yahoo for good

Just launched, the site already has a fair amount of content with people posting text and images. You can find the site at kindness.yahoo.com pictues can be uploaded to Yahoo! owned Flickr, or users may visit Yodel Anecdotal.

Act 124

Thursday, October 15, 2009.

Today a couple of coworkers and I traveled to Webster Springs for a grand opening event. It was a wonderful event to help local entrepreneurs with business ideas. After the grand opening we went to a local diner for lunch. It was a small quaint little local diner with great food. Only one problem, they didn’t take debit cards, only cash. In today’s age of debit cards and credit card usage who would have thought, but it was true. Everyone had some cash on them except one of the coworkers I was with.

dinerWithout a second thought, I hurriedly offered to take care of it for the person. It wasn’t like they didn’t have the money, unexpectedly they just didn’t have any cash. But it felt good to be able to step up and help a coworker out with no expectation in return. I’m sure they will return the money to me, but it’s okay if they don’t – I just wanted to help a friend out!