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I Appreciate the Kindness of Strangers

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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...
    stevemcq stevemcq 36-40, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    We all do kind things to others. You remember that you were told when you were younger, "treat others how you would like to be treated yourself"? When I perform an act of kindness...
    Shiznitone Shiznitone 18-21, M Apr 12

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    I really do. If it weren't for good people doing random acts of kindness, this world would be ****.
    eleeciadavis eleeciadavis 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 14

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    Don't talk to strangers Cause they're only there to do you harm.... Don't write in starlight 'Cause the words may come out real.... Don't hide in doorways You may find the key that...
    LuvButtz LuvButtz 36-40, M Apr 9

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    I believe in the act of random kindness...i believe if by our small deed or action you can bring happiness to a person's life..then you should do it...i am not saying we all should...
    raul6592 raul6592 18-21, M Apr 2

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    An act of kindness to a stranger is one of the most heartwarming and joyful things to witness. It completely restores our faith in humanity. I once witnessed someone pull a injured...
    Doman5222 Doman5222 13-15, M Apr 3

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    I feel like doing a random act of kindness. My goal is to do it atleast once a week. Any ideas? ^-^
    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 6

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    So give me some examples of your random acts of kindness u amazing people out there x x
    FuzzBroadway FuzzBroadway 26-30, F 5 Responses Apr 12

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    I love and appreciate all the everyone does on this topic. I know it's not much but at the same time it is possible, which in turn means that one day you guys will find the person...
    kxCobra kxCobra 18-21, F Mar 30

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    I've always been the weird person who enjoys talking to anyone who wants to talk. But if you think about it everyone in your life starts out as a stranger, so talking to strangers...
    nordicgirl nordicgirl 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 26

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    OMG THIS SO MUCH. Idk maybe I'm just self-conscious or smth???? Idk but I don't like being touched by strangers. Especially when we sit in the hall & my knees touch another person...
    ELSAhugsyou ELSAhugsyou 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    I sometimes find it easier to speak to strangers than friends. about everything. And i have found someone. through another site believe it or not! Who listens.
    prettybrowneyes1993 prettybrowneyes1993 18-21, F Apr 9

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    Sometimes strangers can make your day the way no family member or friend can
    BlahItsM BlahItsM 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    I think there nothing nicer than to smile at a total stranger. It makes me feel good know I might have made someone feel better with a smile. One day when I was out this stranger...
    Aquamarine74 Aquamarine74 36-40, F 2 Responses Apr 13

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    I don't need it per say. Thought it would be amazing. Everybody I've been with, genuinely hasn't cared about me at all. Why's is so hard to find somebody like me who isn't selfish...
    93rp 93rp 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    I would like to take a moment to tell everyone what a truly wonderful Gentleman MasterLee is. He takes time for so many. Not just here on EP but also in everyday life. I wonder...
    JennaR JennaR 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 11

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    It hurts not to be appreciated by someone who you love so much. It hurts to see him appreciate other girls while he can't even have the time to see how worthy I am. I know what to...
    dramacloset dramacloset 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Sometimes the best way to appreciate something is to be without it for a while.
    colleenzeddy colleenzeddy 22-25, F 7 Responses Mar 24

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    I would appreciate if too many old pervs don't send me private messages . Thank you!
    deleted deleted 26-30 17 Responses Mar 28

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    I feel that I do so much for my friends, all I get is ridiculed. I'm always there for them whenever they need anything. I feel that they only appreciate me when they need something...
    winchester1995 winchester1995 18-21, M Apr 6

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    When I was little I never realized how good I had it. Now that I'm older I'm starting to realize that. Yeah sometimes I still get mad over something I should be glad about, but hey...
    CDraven CDraven 18-21, T Apr 7

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    I want to thank all of you who have encouraged and supported me especially when it comes to the stories I write. Know that your encouragement and support has been a real healing...
    RhodeIslandLady RhodeIslandLady 56-60, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    Sometimes I feel like my hubby just doesn't appreciate me... I do so much for him but it never seems to be enough :(
    SgrKtn420 SgrKtn420 26-30, F 1 Response a week ago

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    First time I met him, I thought he was the sweetest guy ever... we had fun, he treated me with the greatest respect.... Soon after he became telling me what to wear, how to act...
    Samysam Samysam 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Father, I thank you today..Thank you, God, for giving me another year of life.Thank you for my life which is ordained and set out by You!Thank you for choosing me – to come...
    sunshinemadz sunshinemadz 31-35, F 1 day ago

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    Sometimes I'll go through the drive thru at a restaurant or coffee shop and I'll pay for everyones order that's behind me. And Christmas time is the funest, I'll eat at a few...
    greengemini greengemini 41-45, M 3 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    He saved me when I had crumbled onto the floor... Hopeless and weak, he made strong and joyful again... Like a summer breeze he picked me up and took me away.. He knew what I...
    Rosesanddiamonds Rosesanddiamonds 22-25, F 1 Response 39 mins ago

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    Today I thank You again; Dear GOD; for answering my prayer.
    WWTD WWTD 18-21, F Mar 29

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    I am a BIG believer in the "pay it forward" concept.
    classyandhung classyandhung 36-40, M 3 Responses Apr 3

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