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I Appreciate the Kindness of Strangers

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    My mom met a 10 yr old kid in a public hospital.

    She asked for directions from the kid and he readily helped and guided her. My mom is a cancer patient at the hospital and the kids mom was in line for surgery checkup. My mom then asked the kid to accompany her to lunch since his mom was still busy. The kid was very shy but...
    feebiechichi feebiechichi 31-35, F Feb 28

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    The1960texan The1960texan 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 13, 2013

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    The Nicest Thing a Stranger's Ever Done For Me Happened Tonight.

     Tonight, I was out having dinner with my friend Cat, and we were talking about vet school (she is also applying to vet school this year, so it's on our minds a lot lately). Let's just say my voice carries. I'm a bit of a loud person. Anyway, near the end of our meal, a man...
    Jenniedvm Jenniedvm 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 2, 2009

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    Ah, The Kindness Of Strangers

    It never fails to amaze me when a complete stranger does something nice ... unless they have the complete wrong picture. *cough cough* That time a friend was so drunk she just wanted to lie down and sleep in the main street, and got abusive when my mate and I would not let...
    IdleTraveller IdleTraveller 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 26, 2010

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    Faith Realised

    I have travelled quite a deal on my own, and very much have had strangers take me in and treat me as though I am part of their family.  At my lowest and darkest times, my faith has always been renewed in human nature and kindness by a simple gesture from a stranger, even if...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 2, 2008

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    Purse Duty

    For some reason, I remembered this story from my college days...  Ok, I'm in a college town and I'm in a graduate program with a lot of other females because you rarely find males in my career choice.  I was the "dating service" for all the guys that I grew up with...
    silentwellofsorrow silentwellofsorrow 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 22, 2010

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    Kindness Is Far Reaching

    Anyone who has been graced by the kindness of a complete stranger, may know that sometimes these small incidental acts, can reach out far beyond just a simple smile.  One uncomplicated and innocent act of kindness can brighten up what seemed at first to be a bleak...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 23, 2009

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    I Genuinely Appreciate the Kindness of Strangers

    I think the capacity for kindness that strangers have is extraordinary. It is one thing that helps my faith in humanity. I have gotten a lot of kind gestures from strangers. From everything from rides to water on a hot day to directions (and the list is quite extensive.) I...
    maryjana maryjana 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 23, 2008

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    I Appreciate The Kindness Of Strangers..

    when i was in seattle, homeless, and with less than 5.00 in my pocket, i was riding a bus into the city from sea-tac airport...this black lady asked me where i was from, i told her, and that i knew no one here, and was homeless and broke and had no idea where i was going to stay...
    john65999 john65999 46-50, M 2 Responses Oct 31, 2013

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    Thank You So Much ...

    Everytime that ppl are good and kind to me I am so much appreciated in their kindness Especially if they were strangers And be good to me without any purposes I feel so happy and thankful Please make this world so wonderful Please be kind and good to each other We are...
    DollyDiva DollyDiva 22-25, F 6 Responses Jun 6, 2009

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    I Hope Others Do To

     Today, me and my friends were cooking, and in downtime, we were watching tv on my computer in the study room adjacent to the kitchen. Sometime in the middle, this girl comes in with some artwork, probably preparing them for a final portfolio to turn in later this week. Well...
    KeasbeyNights KeasbeyNights 22-25, M 3 Responses Dec 10, 2009

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    I have experienced strangers going a little bit

    out of their way to help me. But there is one I can still remember clearly about 4 years later, because what he did was not something I asked for at all, it was just a random kind gesture, it surprised and touched me a lot. I was in college studying psychology toward my B.A...
    naranja naranja 22-25, F Mar 9

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    Kindness.

    i was walking through town today and a woman stopped me. "you look really sad, are you alright?" she asks. kinda shocked, as i didn't think i looked that depressing, i say the usual, "yeah, i'm alright thanks, why do you ask" etc etc, but she refused to hear any of it. she...
    SebR SebR 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 28, 2013

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    Thank You Nameless Stranger For Jumping My Car!

    Thank you thank you!!!!    My battery died, two days ago, so - I have been charging and jumping my battery since then.  Yes - I know I need to go to Pep Boys, get a battery, etc.  Easy huh?  Coming out of the dentist today, again my car...
    MizzBlue72 MizzBlue72 36-40, F 7 Responses Dec 2, 2008

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    What Kind Of Person Isn't?

    It's almost inconceivable not to be grateful for any kindness from strangers.  It seems logical to see the own group's interest first.  Kindness from a member of another group is not a priori to be expected.  There's no right, nor is there an obligation.  So...
    moreandless moreandless 56-60, M 4 Responses Feb 8, 2010

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    I Love The Kind Acts Of Strangers XD

    Tonight, probably around 1:00 am, me and my sister were walking from Our house to my mothers work. It's only about a 3 mile walk. We started to walk on this street that was a bit darker and harder to see. This stranger and two much younger boys passed us on bikes. He stopped and...
    Alisaperne6446 Alisaperne6446 18-21, F Nov 8, 2013

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    Friendly Old Guy At Mcdonalds

    So it was Halloween, and McDonalds was giving away those green&orange buckets to put stickers on as the prize in their happymeals. i had simply gone in to get a McFrappe when i noticed the buckets and wanted one! (sad right?) but i decided i was too old for a Happy Meal when this...
    DecemberLynn DecemberLynn 18-21, F Sep 1, 2012

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    Blessed Be Always

    There are a lot of groups about kindness. I've written something on it a while back... and well, the magic of a kind human being could always make one's heart explode with utter joy and gratitude. We had a blizzard yesterday, a whole day of snow storm that brought about 6-10...
    Sylphy Sylphy 41-45, F 11 Responses Jan 12, 2013

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    A Nice Stranger

    Strangers aren't all mean and evil like our parents want us to think. Today at the bus stop around 1pm I got off the 132 and this guy had a corndog and saw I looked hungry so out of his bag he pulled out another corndog! Some people can be so randomly nice!
    angeldelinkwent angeldelinkwent 22-25, F Oct 6, 2008

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    Is So Heart Warming

    Hebrews 13:2: Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.     "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." ~ Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Played by Vivien Leigh.
    Josie06 Josie06 56-60, F 1 Response Sep 22, 2009

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    Irony

    It is the kindness of complete strangers that I find so ironic. I hear stories of abuse and neglect within families, relationships and communities, where people know each so well. Yet the kindness of complete strangers can be just as frequent... why does this happen? I suppose I...
    EPAngela EPAngela 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 24, 2010

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    I was so tired this morning

    that I didn't make my usual lunch salad..but there is a Subway on my daily walk, so I stopped and ordered a Veggie De'lite salad..when I went to pay..the cashier said..no charge..the guy that was in front of you already paid.. Wow..there are such good people in this world and I...
    LOOKN4NSIGHT43 LOOKN4NSIGHT43 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 6

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    Kindness Is A Gift To Be Given And Accepted Freely

    Although it is a rare thing in my everyday life...when I witness it it touches my heart beyond words that people still can be kind to one another just for the sake of being nice. Now I do not mean the normal smiles and hello greetings of our everyday walking life just to be...
    SoulUndiscovered SoulUndiscovered 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 2, 2010

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    Just Two Words.... That Meant So Much.

    ..My Mom had a stroke three months ago. She is stronger now, strong enough that I took her out for lunch today. Mom is not steady on her feet so I help her walk... She is mostly blind and has dementia. She lives in a small group home.After getting us settled with our lunches, Mom...
    Kathieredart Kathieredart 56-60, F 10 Responses Aug 4

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    It Was Raining

    I was taking both my young girls out shopping. I decided my eldest was old enough to walk beside me and the baby in the stroller. She did well enough at first. Then she got a wild hair and took off by herself sprinting. I started screaming her name and she just appeared...
    Tekkamaki Tekkamaki 31-35 6 Responses Dec 18, 2009

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    My Ray Of Sunshine

    Lately I've haven't even viewing the glass as half empty. I've been viewing it as going all the way down! Today though someone a complete stranger got my half empty glass shooting all the way up. I was on my daily commute home from school : train ->bus-> two more trains and then...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 14, 2013

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    Sketched In My Memory With A Sharpie

    i have been in desperate times of need..and when a stranger reaches out, they are an angel to me. whether it be to protect me, give me a ride or any of the situations i've been in, i'll never forget these people. i could never thank them enough. the guy who cared enough to stop...
    inwonderland8 inwonderland8 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 10, 2009

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    One of the greatest traits of being a human

    being is the fact that social acceptance is a necessity for most all of us. We just can't seem to live without it. Even though we're living in a world were depression, stress, anxiety, and panic are affecting so many of us, it still seems that we can push through that to some...
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    Both Of Us Still A Stranger

    it started in 2009,when i'm still in my pre-university year. i try to give my all out at that time because i need to go to which university that i really preferred to go. my dream is always i want to be a teacher. a graduate teacher. but now i need to change my concept and i...
    iluvshrimppaste iluvshrimppaste 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 20, 2012

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    Simple Acts

    I appreciate the simple acts of kindness offered by strangers. I was homeless, and I put an ad on craigslist saying I needed a place to stay, that I was willing to pay my share of rent and bills. I received many emails, mostly from people wanting...
    sabergirl08 sabergirl08 18-21, F Dec 19, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    Perhaps one day when I stop being terrified of my social awkwardness, I'll actually do nice things for strangers. But random acts of kindness that I witness make my day! I saw a...
    unicornbombz unicornbombz 16-17, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    “I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments...
    livelaughlovedream3 livelaughlovedream3 41-45, F 6 Responses Sep 14

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    I so appreciate honesty. I am sick of peoples false hopes and promises. Let down once again! Anyone got a couple of virtual hugs for me?
    Devillinside Devillinside 46-50, M 4 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It...
    coolsmile coolsmile 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 16

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    I found here a great person that we have begun our friendship Hope we see each other soon. Thank you for your kindness, it makes me better.
    peterrizk peterrizk 22-25, M Sep 16

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    I know I am naturally a kind person but in this post, I want to share a random act of kindness someone did for me a while back. I went to Red Lobster one day a long while back and...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 5 days ago

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    I decided to make one contribution a day to the people of this world. I do not mean 'monetary' contributions, I mean acts of goodness and kindness. I believe this would restore my...
    A888888 A888888 26-30, F 1 Response 19 hrs ago

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    If random act of kindness was easy we would see it all the time. But we don't. After watching a short clip on the topic I decide to set a goal for myself, To be a leader with...
    xsimplysara xsimplysara 16-17, F Sep 12

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    "Your kindness...creates a ripple effect" Unknown
    margai margai 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 22

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    Kind is one of the best ways to be and random acts of kindness is one of the best ways to share it.
    khewster khewster 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 22

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    Today I read it is better to treat everyone with kindness from the first moment,because you always can be unkind later,but once you are unkind there is no turning back.
    4biandu 4biandu 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    “Your critics are the ones telling you they still love you and care. Worry when you do something badly and nobody bothers to tell you.” ― Randy Pausch Honesty is a...
    Cpaz33 Cpaz33 26-30, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I do like meeting strangers, the thrill of the anonimity, but only like to talk about naughty stuff when and if there is a connection on other levels. Like a personality that leaks...
    osito2polar osito2polar 36-40, M Sep 4

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    I do like meeting strangers, the thrill of the anonimity, but only like to talk about naughty stuff when and if there is a connection on other levels. Like a personality that leaks...
    osito2polar osito2polar 36-40, M Sep 4

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    I don't mind if my friends touch me like a hug. But random strangers No. There's this tenth grader and I'm a ninth grader that always touches me he hugs me ,when I'm wearing a...
    cchristinaa cchristinaa 13-15, F Sep 9

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    I think there's enough negative in the world, and that there's enough exclusivity that people feel excluded and just generally upset..... Human beings are designed to intergrate...
    SarahTheHooker SarahTheHooker 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 11

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    I smile at strangers before I chop their heads off. Good manners and proper etiquette is something these millennials could learn from us.
    RagnarLodbrok RagnarLodbrok 41-45, M Sep 11

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    Most of my life I have been in such a hurry and so focused I was expressionless when going from place A to place B. As I have aged, I realize the power of smiling at strangers...
    KnightMoves KnightMoves 46-50, M 3 Responses Sep 18

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    A little about me..... Passionate, introspective and shy with a wild streak...I wear my heart on my sleeve even at this stage of my life where it has been damaged, hurt and cut...
    MFeisty MFeisty 41-45, F 6 Responses Sep 1

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    Now that I am single after 11 years, I miss that feeling of being loved and appreciated. My ex kept getting laid off, so I worked two jobs for years. Never a thank you. I'm a...
    phi0318 phi0318 36-40, M 6 Responses Sep 3

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