Inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on to others
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Have you ever experienced kindness from someone you don’t know? Knowing that someone else noticed you can make your day a thousand times better, especially if you’re feeling down. Celebrate those around you by doing random acts of kindness for strangers, just for the sake of making someone else happy. Pay the tab for someone behind you in line at the grocery store, gas station or the drive-through. It doesn't have to be costly, just friendly.
Sometimes it is the simplest act from a complete stranger that can have the greatest, lasting impact on a person. When someone realizes that a stranger noticed them and cared enough to do something special for them, it can brighten their day and maybe help them to understand their self-worth.
Offer to pay the tab for the person in line behind you at the grocery store or gas station. You could also pay for the drink of someone behind you at a coffee shop. If you notice someone who looks like they’re having a bad day, all the more reason to cheer them up with a random act of kindness!
When you notice that someone in line in front of you at a store is short on money when it comes time for them to pay, offer to chip in a few bucks or whatever it takes to help them afford their purchase.
I had this happen to me today! My 3 kids wanted to stop at McDonalds for lunch. When we got to the drive thru window to pay, the person inside told me that the lady in the car in front of us had paid our ticket and said GOD bless! I truly believe that you should always pay it forward! So far to repay her kindness, I took the money that I was going to pay our ticket with and had enough to pay for the next 3 people behind me. I want to say Thank You to the lady for her kindness and GOD bless you.
Posted over 1 year ago by Brandi Taylor from Columbus, MS
I get so much joy from coming to someone's rescue at a grocery store or restaurant! It all started about 13 years ago when I was buying a soda at a convenience store near my office. I realized that I didn't have as much cash as I thought I did, and while I was searching for more, the man in line behind me came to my aid with some change--maybe 25 or 50 cents. He replaced the embarrassment I was feeling with a wonderful feeling that someone cared. It's surprising how little it can cost to come to someone'se rescue. At a restaurant near my office, I noticed a couple of teenage boys that had miscalculated the cost of their meal somehow. I paid the difference--less than 25 cents for each of them--and they thanked me profusely. Earlier this week, while waiting at the checkout at a grocery store, I noticed a man and his son were having trouble paying. So I asked the cashier in the next line how much his bill was. It was around $18 and I knew I had more than enough so I asked the cashier if he could add that to my order. It's surprising sometimes the reaction that will get--the cashier asked me if I was sure. The man came over to me and said, "I don't know what to say. . . . Thank you." Maybe they would have had lunch that day anyway, but I feel so blessed and thankful that I feel like it was my priveledge to be able to help. I think it shows people unconditional love, which is sometimes rare these days.
Posted about 1 year ago by Amy Brack from Franklin, TN
The radio station I listen to in St. Louis (JoyFm) does an "act of kindness" at the beginning of each month. They have a note on their website that people can print off, if they choose, which lets the person behind them in line know why their food/beverage was paid for. Needless to say, people have let this flow over into other weeks of the month! :)
Posted about 1 year ago by Paula from St. Louis
This happened to me yesterday and left such an impact on me. I live my life being kind but it gave me faith in others again and makes me want to do more.
Posted 12 months ago by Karen from Fairfax City, VA
I am taking a closer look at my frivolous expenses, and I was exceeding my savings goals, so I decided to reward myself by purchasing a gift card ($5) for the person behind me in Starbucks. Worked out perfectly, as I left before they were done checking out. It makes me feel so metaphysically full to know that I made someone's day and he/she/zir has no idea who I am. :-)
Posted 8 months ago by Eric from Madison, WI
Did this last night! Such an amazing feeling, before even knowing the amount I asked to the cashier to let me pay for the person in the drive through behind me, of course it worked so much better because there was only one window to pay and get your food, so they didnt have a chance to pull out their wallets! :) I really felt Like I needed to do something, not only did it make there day, it certainly made mine, and hopefully it made the cashiers day too!
Posted 7 months ago by Ericka from Athens
Today I had a lady in front of me at McDonald pay for my meal. It brought a smile to my face. I didn't have no cash so I went to the bank to get some money and the bank was closed because they was black topping the parking lot. I don't like charging but I decided to use my card because I had not had supper yet and I was on my way to go to church. I couldn't believe a stranger would do this for me I will pass it on Thanks for making me believe people still care,
Posted 6 months ago by jhornsby from florence, ky
I love doing this. It just warms my heart to no end and it brings others so much joy. Even just paying for someone's coffee while at Tim Hortons and driving away knowing that how they must feel. I wish I could do it more often, but Every act of kindness, no matter how big or small is never wasted
Posted 4 months ago by brittany from Moose Jaw
My wife and I were the grateful recipients of a very generous expression of this RAK last night. We were out for dinner for her birthday at an Italian restaurant (national chain). When the waiter brought the check he informed us that it had already been paid. A young couple (mid 20's) - that we had noticed sitting next to us - left when we were about half way done. Apparently, on their way out they pulled the waiter aside and told him they wanted to cover our meal. This was quite generous, as our total was nearly $40 with tax and tip!! I was speechless and almost to the point of tears when the waiter told us. He handed me the paid receipt that the woman had written the following on: "Enjoy this random act of kindness. God Bless :)." My wife and I definitely plan to pay this forward to multiply this RAK.
Posted 3 months ago by Ethan from Greenville, South Carolina
In early December of 2012 there was a tragic accident that claimed the life of 2 beautiful young people senselessly. Months later while my daughters age 15 and 19 were at Friendlys for a meal having a great evening they were left a note from the waitress that someone had paid for their meal for them. The kind soul left a note that said " I am so glad you girls got to laugh and grow up unlike the other kids that were lost." They were immediately brought to tears and so moved and were determined to pay it forward and paid for the meal of an elderly man and woman. This has changed us for the good forever.
Posted 3 months ago by Amy from Adirondack Park NY
I went to a Dairy Queen to get a treat for my ailing mother, and the person ahead of me paid my bill. This was surprising, and I felt blessed. I now try to find ways to pay it forward. Gives you faith in humanity.
Posted 3 months ago by Army Medic from Fort Bliss, TX