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I Appreciate the Kindness of Strangers

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 9 Responses Jan 12, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Oct 31, 2013

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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 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 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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    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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    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 26-30, F Feb 28

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

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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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    Related Experiences

    I don't get many opportunities because I don't go out much and I hardly have any money.. But the times I have done acts of kindness they felt very rewarding. Sometimes people...
    kbeary kbeary 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 10

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    I've always loved to smile at strangers hoping that it could make them happy. I hate seeing sad and stressed out people so I used to smile and wave at them in tell they would smile...
    mymindsalivingnightmare mymindsalivingnightmare 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 7

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    Kindness is never wasted,even if it does not seem appreciated at the time,it is never forgotten.
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 6 Responses Jul 9

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    Because I don't have one.. In my heart, I can't found one.. Kindness in my actions is a choice to make every day, it's like memorising a formula or an etiquette to perform it with...
    9thguy 9thguy 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 18

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    In the past ten days, I've performed many random acts of lovingkindness, as my heart lead me. Some were returned to me almost instantly...and brought me lovely "happiness" waves...
    jenga1 jenga1 46-50, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I wish I could get into the minds of the people around me so I could understand what they think of me. Why do they not initiate conversations with me? Do I annoy them? Do I talk...
    harhailija harhailija 18-21, F 2 Responses 13 hrs ago

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    I make an effort everyday to be kind to others because i know they will pass it on. It doesn't have to be something big or showy. A little kindness such as saying Hi! or a smile...
    Segmeister Segmeister 26-30, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Yeah I kinda like talking to strangers it's cool.. But some strangers are Pervs so I rather just keep it moving and say nothing.. But I often do talk to strangers =]
    BabyCakex BabyCakex 18-21, F Jul 5

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    I have never been around with other people with disabilities and sometimes I feel intimidated by them I try not to be because I have never had this experience. well, I have had...
    starlight88 starlight88 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    "With kindness, comes love, understanding & gratitude." ~lovingRIZA
    lovingRIZA lovingRIZA 51-55, F 1 Response Jul 4

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    Love is the most important thing ever. Understanding begets wisdom. And kindness is good for the soul.
    Flygirl827 Flygirl827 41-45 Jul 4

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    It's very difficult to do a lot of the time but, I try not go judge someone by their appearances, or their words and behaviour, I try to add a little kindness to my thoughts...
    Paca24 Paca24 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 9

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    I saw a kid at space center today, he looked like he was going to cry couldn't have been older then 6 and so I have him my card (they put tickets on cards) and told him how much...
    ImNotOkayWhyCantYouSeeThat ImNotOkayWhyCantYouSeeThat 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    Be kind to someone and you will make her/his day.It is contagious too! that person will smile and do the same for others.Of course,not always works but at least you gave example...
    4biandu 4biandu 26-30, F Jul 16

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    support 4 life has posted on most of my experiences with rude comments on how I live my life. All I did was laugh, post to him and he didn't even have to balls to reply back, he...
    TheVirginRapids TheVirginRapids 18-21, F Jul 18

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    I think someone randomly doing anything nice for me no matter how small the act can literally turn around my entire day no matter how bad of a mood I was in before a random act of...
    mlgpro7 mlgpro7 16-17, M 4 days ago

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    I seriously don't appreciate people who take everything for granted because they know they can so they will but of course this is a generation where giving a single appreciation...
    acesha16 acesha16 18-21, F Jul 17

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    I love have long random talks to strangers. If I'm standing in line and you get behind me, 99% of the time I'm going to start a conversation with you. Some people think I weird...
    Jrwill8701 Jrwill8701 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 30

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    This girl said I was stupid for talking to strangers and making friends on here. 😂😆 I just said its funner talking to them than u. ✌😉
    LifeRebel LifeRebel 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 7

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    My job requires me to talk to strangers so it's all good XP
    4ngel314 4ngel314 16-17, M Jul 7

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    I like talking to strangers but trusting them is another story
    Ryenowa Ryenowa 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 7