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I Believe the Kindness of a Stranger Is a Great Gift

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 216 People

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    I was driving down the street late at night on the outskirts of Houston. I got a flat and pulled over to fix it. I was deep in the process when a police officer walked out of the convenience store. He looks at me and says, "Hey this isn't the best part of town you better hurry...
    xandermann xandermann 26-30 1 Response Jul 21, 2011

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    Yesterday I had an awful day,

    I'm very grateful for everything but yesterday was so stressful, I had barely enough money to get the bus home and after waiting half an hour in the evening for the bus in the rain it finally arrived , and as the doors opened I was greeted by an old man who was friendly looking...
    Hiddenmusician Hiddenmusician 13-15, F Apr 25

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    Shelter Him From The Rain

    I will never forget the kindness of a an older woman in Little Village.Four years ago when my son was only two,we were returning home from his pediatrician visit.I had not checked the weather for the day,and as i was pushing him along in his stroller..and about 10 minutes away...
    LowKey1 LowKey1 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 26, 2010

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    Short And Easy To Speak

      Whether it's an unusually pretty show of courtesy, or a loving action that flows from a compassionate heart - the smile and friendly words of a stranger have the power to re-empower another. We experience this every day, from that shy child you walk past on the street...
    deleted deleted 26-30 12 Responses Jan 17, 2010

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    after a horrible day I saw little kid passing a

    road while I was in the car. he looked and me and smiled :)) Than we waved each other whole 5 minutes. Made my entire day
    stiksss stiksss 16-17, F May 3

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    The Gift

    This morning everyone reading this has been granted the gift of another day of life. For me it is an anonymous gift. There are those who would say that god delivered this gift. Though I do not know, I am grateful to have received it. If god granted this gift, then thank you...
    jthitt jthitt 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 2, 2013

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    Random Act Of Kindness Felt Like Angelic Touch

    I was At the counter in the supermarket and had just finished paying for my food, And the gentlemen that was behind me in line approached me and said "here these are for you" and handed me a Bouquet of beautiful flowers. Immediately I thanked him and gave him a hug because of his...
    Haaja7 Haaja7 41-45 Sep 23, 2011

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    Short And Easy To Speak

      Whether it's an unusually pretty show of courtesy, or a loving action that flows from a compassionate heart - the smile and friendly words of a stranger have the power to re-empower another. We experience this every day, from that shy child you walk past on the street...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 17, 2010

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    Instead of writing about myself this post is for all the people from those I have known to complete total strangers who have shown great acts of kindness that I will value for the...
    snoopymg snoopymg 36-40, F 5 Responses May 4

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    Probably the subject I didn't want to write about so here it goes... Who has the power over me right now? The guy at work who's just out to make my job harder? An ex wife who seems...
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    I know an eighteen year old I swear is thirteen. I know far too many people in their thirties that behave like a sixteen, seventeen, or eighteen year old. Age is just a number...
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    For Myuran Sukumaran & Andrew ChanExecuted by firing squad 28 April 2015Love fled on the black of scattering wingsThe sky turned red and bled down blueSongs of glory and redemption...
    Faerylight Faerylight 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 29

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    Titus 3:4-7: But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by...
    dfries63 dfries63 46-50, M 1 Response May 5

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    Today's word of the day...KINDNESS!!! I am sitting at my doctors office and the place is packed already, which is unusual for a morning appointment. Usually I can get in and knock...
    pinkstarburst pinkstarburst 41-45, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    A beautiful tale for adults who wander and dream . The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams HERE was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was...
    birdsrestingonabranch birdsrestingonabranch 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I grow exhausted of presumptional apologetics. I mention spiritually speaking I don't want to be under the authority of a higher power because I say that none of us consented to...
    ManifestoOfThePhoenix ManifestoOfThePhoenix 26-30, M 1 Response May 15

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    I give flowers to strangers and call it a hobby!
    slimmmerman slimmmerman 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 25

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    I talked to a guy at work today who I know, about his guitar he had at work. The guitar was beat up and had many things wrong with it. He still talked about how he loved it and...
    tornsin tornsin 31-35, M 8 Responses May 5

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    I was in a buffet line and saw a little girl trying to get her noodles (aww) and she was having trouble putting it on her plate. So I asked if she needed help and I put some...
    Yoyoko Yoyoko 16-17, F May 10

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    Looking for a match-maker somewhere in Utah. Apparently, I seem to end up liking women who only want a great friend who is awesome with kids, easy to talk to, spiritual but not...
    SgtP3pp3r SgtP3pp3r 51-55, M May 14

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    Internet friends seem more supportive than real life friends. When I was a kid I was told "don't talk to strangers on the internet" but they are supportive and great to talk to, as...
    RebeccaIsAwesome01 RebeccaIsAwesome01 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    But sometimes I believe a good a$$ whoopin' is also necessary....  
    pinkstarburst pinkstarburst 41-45, F 7 Responses Apr 30

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    Kindness is extremely attractive. Kindness wins me ever time.
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M May 1

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    I always believe if your good to people they are most likely going to be good to you back. I also believe very strongly in karma. I am always nice to everyone.
    ButterflyPrincess876 ButterflyPrincess876 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    ive managed to reach a state or sense of much more peacefulness, not complete peacefulness, but its enough to be able to cope with dealing with myself through life a bit better...
    wezamuntkee wezamuntkee 36-40, M 1 Response May 3

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    Put off the old man Colossians 3:5-11 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and...
    KingJamesOnly KingJamesOnly 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 26

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    The Cross Busters!! "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man...
    churinga churinga 70+, M May 11

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    I joined EP in the winter to figure out some serious problems in my marriage. After much agonizing, I made the decision to divorce my husband of 11 years. The whole experience...
    jkm52 jkm52 41-45, F 10 Responses May 16

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    It's not even so much about them as it is myself. i capture their energy and with a smile I thank them. it reminds people its not all war and blood and guts and crime and dope and...
    ToriMick ToriMick 36-40, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    I believe in Kharma and want to brighten up the lives of others.
    deliriouslydreaming deliriouslydreaming 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
    deleted deleted 26-30 12 Responses May 5

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    Tonight you all are getting a random act of kindness. I am not speaking or debating anything
    Dancemomisme Dancemomisme 46-50, F 6 Responses May 6

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    I want to perform several acts of kindness for my birthday but I need help coming up with ideas that do not cost money! Thanks :)
    Booksponge Booksponge 26-30, F 9 Responses May 12

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    I remember those days where EP challenges existed, they have this random acts of kindness challenge along with drinking more water, reading more books, etc. I regret taking them...
    cmc2 cmc2 26-30 2 Responses May 15

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    Don't mistake kindness fir weakness.
    Zelaleme Zelaleme 46-50, F 2 days ago

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    Today my random act of kindness will be to smile at everyone I see - I want people to feel the joy I do today
    Dancemomisme Dancemomisme 46-50, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Yesterday (21 May) I had a great day. It was my bfs 14th birthday. I grabbed my gift and card for him and went to his place. I secretly got in with the help of his father. I had...
    RylandGay RylandGay 13-15, M 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    To be fair, my cousin's youngest daughter thanked me before I sent the gifts, but I still felt badly with how she responded later on. It took some time for me to decide what to...
    Simpfan Simpfan 56-60, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    The universe has connected me with this amazing man. What a gift! My heart literally overflows & I would do almost anything for him. His soul is beautiful; the encouraging, kind...
    TheRightFitforLife TheRightFitforLife 46-50, F 5 Responses May 11

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