Acts Of Kindness

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‘Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.’
Scott Adams

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Nothing can be more impressive that a random act of kindness from a stranger.

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The other day I was at the train station and saw a passenger struggling to buy a ticket from the ticket machine with her credit card. It was an unsuccessful attempt and she had no cash and could not find a cash machine and the train approaching any minute; she was frustrated. Suddenly, another passenger bought her the ticket and while giving it to her said: ‘You do the same for another person.’And left, she did not wait to be thanked.

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A while ago in the supermarket, I witnessed an old lady counting coins to buy bread, milk and a bar of chocolate, as she realised she hadn’t enough she started to sadly apologise to her granddaughter and put the chocolate back. Before anyone else could react, the girl behind the counter just said ‘give me what you have,’ bagged up the food and the chocolate and off they gratefully went.

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Beautiful and unpretentious acts of kindness from strangers is what make the ultimate chain of kindness.

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When you are a kind person, you are not only helping others, you are helping yourself, too. There is substantial scientific evidence that being kind makes you and others around you happy.

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In a study conducted by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, psychology professor at University of California, students were assigned to do five random acts of kindness per week for a period of six weeks. At the end of the study, the students’ levels of happiness had increased by 41.66%. Being kind had a profoundly positive effect on happiness.

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There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity..…The ripple effect starts with one. One person to hold open a door. One person to leave a note on someone’s car complimenting their expert parking skills. One person to write a thank you letter to a teacher. One person to be a spark of kindness when another really needs it. …..Be the one to start the ripple effect today.

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‘Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.’
Princess Diana

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