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I Appreciate the Kindness of Strangers

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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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    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 1 Response Feb 28, 2014

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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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    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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 9 Responses Aug 4, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 10 Responses Jan 12, 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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    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 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 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 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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    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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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 20, 2014

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

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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 was 23 then. we were travelling first

    class n it was an overnite journey . he was very nice n mature to talk to, n somehow he lured me into having sex with him starting with some casual conversation ,which got a little personal , then he started casual touching my hand....n as he noticed i m not objecting to his...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 20

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    It's been a hell of a couple

    if weeks. I was On trial for things I didn't do but still A horrid n scary situation because my abusive ex Husband used the power n connections he has in the police force to control n abuse me through the legal system. I was found not guilty but that wasn't enough for my ex so...
    Sunrise13 Sunrise13 36-40, F Nov 18, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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 Jun 6, 2014

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I am a kind woman and female. I love helping my family and friends when I can. I have helped strangers as well. There is a huge blessing when one helps others in need. What...
    maryannelamb maryannelamb 46-50, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I now realize you can't be a nice guy. People don't appreciate acts of kindness. I'm tired of hearing I'm too nice. What does that even mean? I'm just a little fed up given so...
    safaree safaree 22-25, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    Kindness to all things matter. I'm the type of person where I don't care how you talk to the people above you it's the people below you that matters most. Respect and kindness go a...
    Plungeintoadream Plungeintoadream 18-21, F Mar 18

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    I do, don't get me wrong, i know it is felled with countless atrocities, and gregarious elements, I know this. In the heart of mankind lies the seed to hate, bigotry, prejudices...
    stupendusdude stupendusdude 46-50 3 Responses Mar 7

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    Nice article about hostile vs benevolent sexism.. http://jamesmsama.com/2015/03/12/kindness-is-not-sexism-so-get-over-it/
    Tinboxdoll Tinboxdoll 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 13

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    A common belief in what at times seems to be a cynical age is that we are powerless to make any real difference to the lives of others. It is true, we're not super big...
    Joanne0chan Joanne0chan 31-35, F Mar 13

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    I've had a very rough night in real life. My sweet aging dog isn't well, and it's breaking my heart. Thank you to those who have comforted me with positive thoughts and prayers...
    SavannahAnsley SavannahAnsley 41-45, F 6 Responses 3 days ago

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    Hi I want to update you on my recent news at the supported housing for adults with mental health issues ..as I walked into the staff office yesterday morning to tell the support...
    Powerlesss Powerlesss 31-35, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    You must always employ kindness in all you do. Treating others as you will have them treat you. Kindness will get to the heart of a problem and solve it!
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 17

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    There are some strangers that are nice. mean, and crazy. Working in retail as got me to open up to strangers.
    CoolKid77 CoolKid77 22-25, M Mar 20

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    True kindness lies within the act of giving without the expectation of something in return.
    Daydreaming2 Daydreaming2 46-50, F 3 Responses Mar 7

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    A random act of kindness saved my life. Don't think they know what they did and how much they helped but I really am glad they did it. Anyone who reads this don't be afraid, your...
    Simiyes Simiyes 26-30, M Mar 9

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    A little act of kindness can go a long way. I think it is important to help those in need. You never know when you might need a stranger to show you compassion...
    Rangerkindness Rangerkindness 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 10

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    What if today we remember to be a little kinder? Speak a little softer? Show people a little more grace? Remember that woman who doesn’t crack a smile today might not be rude...
    Jerseygirl72 Jerseygirl72 41-45, F 6 Responses Mar 14