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Who's Your One?

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 your Kindness Story
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Two Millennials Create Kindness Experiment

Realizing that we're two self-centered millennials, often focused on what’s ahead instead of what’s around us, we created a series of 12 steps as a way to become kinder, more empathetic people.

Based on 12-step programs designed to change behaviors, we took a vow to complete this 12-month resolution last January, one step per month. We’ve also designed...

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Meet Madison: Founder of Peach's Neet Feet

My name is Madison Peach Steiner, I am the founder of Peach's Neet Feet, and after almost five years of running a non-profit based on the platform of kindness and the science of caring, I see the world through a lens of compassion. I believe one act of kindness can be the foundation for great change in the...

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To Celebrate Kindness Week, I Gave Myself a Wake-Up Call

A couple of years ago, I was introduced to a wonderfully great initiative called “Random Act of Kindness Week.” Random Act of KindnessThe name speaks for itself – it’s a call to action to show kindness, in some capacity, for 7 days. There is a foundation in Denver that spearheads this directive. Its charge: Take this week to step out...

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How I Turned My Life Into a Platform for Kindness

In 2011, I began posting daily self-thought "Happiness is" quotes on my personal Facebook page. Fast forward five years and I have turned a simple status into an initiative for goodness.

The Smile Project has become my passion project. I currently run all forms of social media as well as the website. I conduct merchandise sales and go to speaking...

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Kindness is the Best Medicine

My friend was standing in line to buy some medicine she needed, but when the cashier told her the price, my friend was surprised to find that she was a few dollars short. She asked if she could leave and come back for the medicine since she did have more money at home. Before the cashier could reply, however, the...

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My Dad: Kindness Hero

My father Gale is 82 years old now. I recently learned about his random act of kindness that happened more than 60 years ago. I wept as my mother told me the story.

She began, You know your father will never tell you this, but I want you to know when you and your sister were very...

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My Success Is Defined by Kindness

My name is James, I’m 27 years old and I’m a Development Practitioner living in Mzuzu in Malawi.  

My work involves working with people in rural communities. Most of the people I work with are poor and live on less than a dollar. All my childhood life I wished to work as a Banker, however all this changed when I...

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Kindness Saved Me at 16 years old

Kindness saved me. A person took me in when I was sixteen and for the first time in my life, I was safe. She didn’t have to do this, she received no compensation for taking me in, and I wasn’t very nice. I was a hostile, untrusting, and malicious teenage girl because that’s how I had survived. Those few months...

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Meet Cara: Kindness Storyteller

When I graduated from college I dreamed of being a television news reporter.

Having no experience, I had to start small: at a dinky little cable station in Naples, Florida, a town I had never heard of before. I put my time in covering sea turtle rescues and unknown celebrities until I finally got my big break in the form...

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Be Kind. Make Difference.

My name is Nicole La Ha Zwiercan, and to me, kindness is life changing.

Before getting into why kindness is so important to me, I'd like to first say sadly, I wasn't always this way.

By no means did I go out of my way to be mean to people, but I didn't go...

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Kane's Story: Overcome Suffering Through Giving

My whole life has been dedicated to the search for meaning in chaos.

A voyage for the one true way to enlightenment, to recovery, to being well, to find inner peace. To fit. It comes from growing up in a complex family dynamic (or to put it another way a family that was well...screwed up). It comes from knowing you...

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Peggy Filer's Kindness Club

My name is Peggy Filer and I’m a high school health teacher near Seattle, WA.

Fifteen years ago two of my students asked me to be the advisor of their new Random Acts of Kindness Club and I said yes. I asked what we would be doing and they laughed and said they didn’t know – they were random! Perfect,...

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Kindness Saves a High School Student's Life

One afternoon, my friends and I were painting a banner for our high school homecoming in the hallway but kept having to go inside of the girl’s bathroom to wash off our messy brushes. I noticed a girl standing in the bathroom quietly sobbing to herself. Everyone kept passing this girl pretending she wasn't even there. I myself had spent...

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Meet Houston, Kindness Advocate

About 6 years ago, I was on a plane next to a woman who was relentlessly energetic and fidgety. I was tired and wanted to take a nap. But before I could go into “ignore mode,” she tapped me on the shoulder to introduce herself.

“Hi, my name is Helga!”

We got to talking and eventually it came...

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8-Year-Old World-Changer

My name is Abby and I'm 8 years old.

I care about helping people in need. One simple way I think someone can add kindness to the world is by giving to the homeless or needy. When you do something like this you get a tingly feeling that I call “the kindness feeling”.

The kindness feeling is my favorite feeling ever....

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Encouraging Students in Kindness

My name is Sarah, and I teach the most awesome middle schoolers around!

In addition to teaching language arts, I have the honor of supervising our school’s Kindness Club. The Kindness Club is a student-created organization devoted to spreading messages of love and positivity around our school.

One of my favorite Kindness Club initiatives has been the addition of a daily...

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Proving You Matter

When I was younger, I thought that kindness was an individualistic thing. I figured that I could just give what I thought others wanted and I would be handed a one-way ticket to Happyville. This thought process was drastically altered when I was diagnosed with clinical depression. It became obvious that what I needed, as everyone does, was the ability...

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Making the World Kinder

Mark Twain said, “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” To me, kindness is important because when I am kind, I feel good and my life has meaning.

Kindness is the ability to enrich the lives of others. It can be expressed though a smile, a kind word, or a helping hand. Sometimes,...

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