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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 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 148

Monday, June 7, 2010, Act 148.

At the same work conference for eXtension I met the only representative from Pennsylvania in one of my workshop sessions. I had interacted with him through Twitter, but never meeting him in person.  That evening, he had no one to go to dinner with so I invited him to join me and my coworker.  We had a fun evening of food and music and hanging out with our new friend from Penn State Extension Service.

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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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!

Act 119

Thursday, September 17, 2009.

At work today for lunch, I drove three friends to the restaurant. I did it to save them the hassle and the gas, and because my car was biggest out of the four of us.

I want to hear from you

Yesterday marked act 90 and over 90 days that I’ve been sharing the acts of kindness that I have performed each day. The receivers have been friends, family, my wife, and even complete strangers. But enough about me, now I want to hear from you. I would like for you to write and comment on this blog about examples of the kind acts you would like to receive. What random act of kindness would blow your mind and leave you speechless? Or tell us about your own acts of kindness.

What kind acts have you performed in the past that made a difference to someone and left an impression on you as well? I know there are many kind people out there, let’s hear your stories….