Lately the world seems like it could use some added light. We are all moving so quickly that at times it seems that we don’t even notice those around us. We are often caught up in our own world and focused on what needs to happen next… the world of chronic multi-tasking. We are trying to do so many things at once that we aren’t able to do anything well. Many times it seems that what suffers the most is human interaction and acts of kindness.
Have you ever seen the tv show on ABC called ‘What Would You Do’? I am slightly obsessed with this show. If you haven’t seen it, actors are paid to act out scenes where they bully or discriminate against another person’s (also an actor) race, religion, sexual orientation, body type, disabilities and much more. Basically a person is paid to be a bully and someone else is paid to act the victim. They then set up hidden cameras in real stores/parks/restaurants and have the actors act out the scene to capture how the everyday citizen will respond to the discrimination and bullying they witness.
I have a love hate relationship with this show… well let’s be real… it’s mostly LOVE! The part I dislike is when people just walk by and pretend they don’t see the person being treated poorly… even though they clearly see it… cameras, remember! Seeing this breaks my heart because although these people are actors, unfortunately these situations happen in real life. The reason I LOVE the show is because you are able to witness the words and actions of some of the most sincere, genuine, loving, caring, kind and selfless people. They will speak up and at times put themselves in potential danger to help out a complete stranger. That is what human nature, kindness, and being a part of a community should be about! You will see some awesome What Would You Do Clips as you keep scrolling!
Acts of Kindness my Friends & I Have Experienced:
I remember the first time I was in the drive-thru at Tim Horton’s and I arrived to the window and was told that the person in front of me (a complete stranger) had paid for my coffee. I was completely shocked, what I should have done was pay it forward and pay for the person behind me but I was just so surprised. I think I had that stupid grin plastered to my face for the rest of the day. Since then I had a co-worker ahead of me at the drive-thru pay for my coffee and I made sure to pay it forward. However I think the best feeling was when I had extra change one day and decided to pay for the person behind me, it was such an amazing feeling to be able to give to an un-expecting stranger.
I asked my friends on Facebook if they had any acts of kindness that they have experienced and would like to share. I am so happy that they did!
Teacher giving back to past students:
One friend wrote: “My sister and I went to get ice cream once, I think she was back from university and I was in grade 12. When we got there a teacher that taught us both in junior high was there, we had a little chat and he paid and left. So we got our ice cream and when we went to pay they said he had already paid for us. Just a small act but it made my day and I don’t think I’ll forget it!”
Standing up for abused women:
Another friend shared that something that often speaks to him is when others defend women who are experiencing physical domestic abuse. His comment reminded me of this clip from ‘What Would You Do’.
Beautiful Stories From Other Bloggers
Kindness on the Subway:
This is a beautiful story about how a simple act of kindness and a box of cookies can make a huge impact on a group of angry and frustrated travelers stranded on a subway train.
One mom posted on an online group board stating that she was feeling overwhelmed, drained, and burnt out and felt like she needed a break from her children and family… don’t worry she assures us that there was no plans to abandon the kids 🙂 Her moment of venting resulted in great support pouring in from those in the online group. See the messages of support she received!
A Homeless Man Gives to Others:
This post is full of so many beautiful stories. My favourite is a homeless man who asks a stranger for money, the stranger only had 2 dimes but gave them to him anyway. The homeless man then walked up to an expired parking meter and put the dimes in it to help out another person. To me this is such an absolutely amazing act! This is just one of the inspirational stories, check out this post for more beautiful stories of kindness!
Concert Tickets From a Stranger:
This mom and her daughter were waiting for their car to be fixed when a kind stranger asked if they liked Taylor Swift and were then given 2 free concert tickets. Read about the amazing ongoing generosity this stranger blessed this beautiful family with!
Helping Those on the Street:
In this post you will see a video about a church who states they are “building a church with no walls”. They go out into the community and bring food and messages of love to those who are living on the street.
Helping a Mom Buy Groceries:
Another clip from ABC’s What Would You Do shows a scene where a mom doesn’t have enough food stamps to pay for her grocery bill, the support and kindness from complete strangers displayed in the clip is absolutely beautiful:
Keep the Kindness Rolling
This post gives specific real life scenarios that you may come across and gives examples of how you can share kindness in these moments
Helping Un-Expecting Strangers:
Another awesome Facebook friend shared that at Christmas time she buys 4 gift cards and then hands them out in Wal-Mart to people who are struggling. I LOVE this idea, it is one I would like to adopt going forward!
Easy Acts of Kindness:
How Will You Share Kindness?
We all crave human connection and want to be a part of a community (introvert or not). A simple smile, hello, thank you, or even a kind word can go so far and lift a person’s spirits. An act of kindness doesn’t have to be a grand gesture… think about how many people were touched by just 20 cents in the post above! Take the time and show kindness to someone today, it doesn’t have to be an amazing grand gesture, but make an honest effort… not only will you touch another person, but you will also feel a great sense of pride within yourself!
What was your most recent experience either giving or receiving an act of kindness?