Perform a "Random Act of Kindness"

Good deeds are the best and most pure when the persons you do them for doesn't know who you are. Here are some examples:

  1. Put a quarter in a parking meter that has expired and the vehicle not yet ticketed.

  2. Let someone in front of you when the traffic is heavy.

  3. Help someone with her or his luggage in an airport or airplane.

  4. Throw you neighbor's morning paper closer to their door.

  5. Share your newspaper with someone else on a plane.

  6. Turn in lost items - hang items dropped on a path where others people can see them.

  7. Leave magazines on plane for others to enjoy - remove the address label.

  8. Put mis-delivered mail back in your mailbox with a note to the post office indicating the mail was mis-delivered.

And how does one repay an act of kindness?  In a June 2001 Reader's Digest article, Julia Alvarez describes the many acts of kindness she witnessed and received during an emergency landing caused because her flight was hit by lightning and lost one of its engines.  And now when she hears an airplane, she is reminded of the flight and wishes she could pay them back.   Remembering how her aisle mate reached out to hold her hand and how she then reached to hold the hand of the high school student next to her, she feels struck by lightning all over again as she realizes that "the point is not to pay back kindness, but to pass it on." This sentiment is the theme of the 2000 movie Pay It Forward starring Kevin Spacey.

Perform a random act of kindness

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