A Kindness Story – True story
One evening, S and D saw an old man pushing a cart loaded with stacks of cardboard behind them when they were crossing the busy road to get to IKEA . He walked and pushed the cart in snail pace and halfway on the road, his cardboards fell off the cart. At that time, the traffic light was about to turn green for the cars were getting ready to drive off. Looking at the situation, S quickly went to help the old man to pick up the cardboards and pushed the cart to the sidewalk.
S asked him in Chinese dialect, “Ah Pek, have you had your dinner?”
He replied, “Not yet.”
The sky was already dark and this old man was still pushing the stacks of cardboard, probably to sell them to earn a living. D was thinking to herself, could selling these stacks of cardboard buy him a meal?
After talking with him for a while, they walked off towards IKEA. Feeling a bit unsettled, S ran after the old man, put a $50 note into his hand and the old man was pleasantly surprised and thankful.
Not sure how the random act of kindness has helped the old man but they were glad they made the decision to help him.
Be inspired and encouraged by these kindness stories on how:
- Connie gave to a charity organization.
- Winnie spent a Care and Share day with her little girl.
- Madeline and her little girl shared their bag of love.
- Little Blue Bottle’s heart is moved when an elderly shared a table with her in a hawker centre.
- An abandoned dog is saved by kind souls.
- Celine, together with her friends gave gifts to the elderly and even helped to clean her house!
- Evelyn shared how a friend gave her the best lesson that changes her life perspective.
- Alicia’s day of kindness.
- Dee’s toddler girl was so happy after giving away her toys to another child.
- Little Blue Bottle helps the “forgotten” street kids through Street Kids Rescue.
- Angeline and her girl donated their spare coins for a good cause.
- Dot gave a coin and bought a smile from an uncle on a wheelchair.
Why Spread Kindness?
Being kind to others can touch lives in ways that we cannot imagine but do you know there is a bonus for being kind?
- It helps us to think lesser of ourselves and learn to give without expecting anything in return.
- We can experience the joy of giving and even receiving it.
- Kind people are more thankful, less stressed, and overall lead healthier lives.
- Random acts of kindness help our mental health.
Random Acts of Kindness are those little sweet or grand lovely things we do for no reason except that, momentarily, the best of our humanity has sprung, exquisitely, into full bloom. When you perform such an act, you are doing not what life requires of you, but what the best of your human soul invites you to do. It is when we step outside the arena of the normal boundaries of our lives that our kindnesses move beyond the routine and enter the realm of the extraordinary and exquisite.
– Daphne Rose Kingma, Random acts of Kindness
How to Spread Kindness?
In our daily lives, we can give random acts of kindness in big and small ways. These are some practical ways we can spread kindness:
- Give up your seat who need it more – pregnant women, elderly or physically weak person.
- Create gifts together with your children for the less fortunate.
- Open the door for someone.
- Help someone for free.
- Give a helping hand when you see someone carrying a lot of stuff.
- Leave anonymous thank you notes to teachers, family members, friends, pastors or even strangers.
- Invite a friend to the movies or dinner.
- Leave a book you have already finished somewhere for someone else to read.
- Drop off a toy or game at an orphanage.
- Send someone a small gift anonymously.
- Drop off flowers at your friend or neighbor’s house.
- Buy a meal for the poor family.
- Buy a movie ticket for the person behind you in line.
- Pay for someone’s meal behind you at a fast-food drive-thru.
- Send a card to someone you know overseas.
- Take flowers to a hospital ward and give them to someone who hasn’t had any visitors.
- Drop a few coins in an area where children play, where they can easily find them.
- Offer to help tourists to take pictures.
- Give someone who has financial need assistance anonymously.
- Write anonymous, loving post-its for strangers to find.
- At a restaurant, pay for a table’s lunch or dinner anonymously.
- Pay for someone’s groceries.
- Volunteer your time at a non-profit organization.
- Say hello.
- Reach an item off a high shelf for someone.
- Remove debris or other obstacles from a road or path.
- If you arrive at a stop sign at the same time as another driver, let them go first.
- Give someone a compliment.
- Help someone with their groceries or bags.
- Offer to help an elderly neighbor with their household chores.
- Call a friend randomly and let them know you’re thinking of them.
- Bring a treat to work to share with your coworkers.
Share your kindness story!
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are endless.” – Mother Teresa
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Let’s spread a little kindness because you never know how much it can bless others and even ourselves.
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