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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!

Act 69

Sunday, March 22, 2009.

I left this afternoon for a quick trip down to Fayetteville. It was to attend a meeting for an International Rotary trip that I will be going on this June. The trip was only a drive down, attend the meeting, and then drive back home. The drive is easy with only a little over an hour’s drive time each way. Straight down I-77 South towards Beckley.

I have read many times that a great act of kindness is being able to pay the toll for the vehicle behind you in line at the toll booth. I have done this random act of kindness before on other trips down south and I couldn’t wait to have the opportunity to do it again. A good suggestion for people that would like to do this too, is to have printed out random act of kindness cards to give the toll collector to pass on to the car behind you (they are available at www.actsofkindness.org or www.giftofkindness.com).  

toll-both-attndntAt the first toll booth I graciously paid for my car and told the booth attendant I wanted to pay for the car behind me. Next came the tricky part, I handed the attendant the “kindness card” and said to please give this to the person in the car behind me. This time the attendant didn’t even look at me strange, he just had a big smile on his face and wished me safe travels.

It felt great! I was happy and hopefully the people in the car behind me was happy too! I wonder what the conversation was like in the car when they pulled up to the attendant at the toll with their $1.25 in hand and were told, that’s okay it’s been taken care of for you. I would love to see the expressions on those people’s faces. But it didn’t matter, because in my heart I knew that my kindness had changed those people’s day for the better.

Act 40

Saturday, February 21, 2009.

Saturday evening I was returning home from Charlotte. This time heading North on I-77. And I knew that tolls were coming up and my opportunity for kindness was at hand.

I enjoyed the feeling so much from the surprise on Friday that I did it again on my return trip home. It’s so easy to do, just to pay a little extra and cover the toll for the vehicle behind you in line. But what a relief and help it is to the stranger that receives your gift.

Don’t forget to print out your kindness cards to pass on to the car behind you or whomever you give your random act of kindness to.  The cards are available at http://www.actsofkindness.org/ or www.giftsofkindness.org.

Give thanks for the little things and pay it forward!

Act 39

Friday, February 20, 2009.

I left this afternoon for a work trip. It is just a quick overnight trip down to Charlotte, NC and back for the opening and dedication of UNC-Charlotte’s Center for Global Public Relations. It is an easy drive of about 4 hours straight down I-77 South right into Charlotte.

I was looking foward to this trip. And the reason was because since starting my journey of “Being Kind 365” I had not had the chance to go through any toll booths. What you say??

I have read many times that a great act of kindness is being able to pay the toll for the vehicle behind you in line at the toll booth. So I had to try it. I was prepared well ahead too. I had printed out random act of kindness cards to give the toll collector to pass on to the car behind me (they are available at http://www.actsofkindness.org/ or www.giftsofkindness.org).  The first toll booth I came to in my travels I graciously paid for my car and told the booth attendant I wanted to pay for the car behind me. Next came the tricky part, I handed the attendant the “kindness card” and said to please give this to the person in the car behind me. After a second of a strange look, she said okay and off I went.

It felt great! I was happy and hopefully the person behind me was happy too! The car that I paid for never did pass me on the interstate later, but it was okay, I knew that my kindness had changed that person’s day for the better.