Kindness Starts With One®

One smile. One hug. One cup of coffee. One person...

Do you have someone in your life who inspired you to be a better person? Did you witness an act of kindness that left an impression? Share your kindness story with the world.

Tell Us Your Kindness Story

It's hard to pick a favourite; there are no small acts of kindness. 🌞

There was a time in my life when I drove over 50K km/year, and being on the road that much I've been first on the scene at accidents, added gas to cars, changed tires, given rides, boosted batteries... But this isn't about me. I've always told people to simply it forward.

One winter day I went to Ottawa to visit my parents. I arrived late and the parking lot was full, but there was enough of an area to squeeze in beside my dad's car even though my car was angled about 30°on one side. I'd move it in the morning.

The next day I'd just started to back out when my car slid to the side until it was touching my dad's car. It was a gentle kiss; didn't even scratch the paint. But I was stuck. Just then a pickup truck stopped and the driver hopped out. "Need a hand?" he asked. What struck me so profoundly in that moment was that I'd never seen this scene from the other side. Between us we extricated the cars and he hopped back in his truck and drove away, just like I had so many times. That was about thirty years ago but I've never forgotten it.


PS. For 11 years my wife Marcia and I shared Free Hugs with tens of thousands of people from (at least) 89 countries. Everyone who has ever offered to share a hug, handshake, fist bump, wave, smile, car honk, etc. has gifted us with a tremendous act of kindness. It's been just over a year since we had to pause, and we miss it every day. But if you need a hug in your day, start here: 🫂


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