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Killing Unkindness With Kindness

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Dianne Hoffmeyer had been up all night with her 2-year-old toddler who was teething. And after a sleepless night and early morning doctor appointment, she and her daughter trekked to Tim Horton’s in Fort Gratiot, Michigan. While she ordered doughnut holes for her daughter and much needed coffee for herself, she overheard two women behind her making snide comments about her. At one point they even called her a “whale.” What the mean girls didn’t know–and ultimately matters little as…

A Home For A Night

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A mother and her baby showed up at the police station in Hyattsville, Maryland, survivors of alleged domestic abuse. They arrived hungry and homeless. Cpl. Che’ Atkinson called a distant relative of the woman’s to come get her and her baby, but when he arrived back at the station the next morning, the woman and her baby were still there. So the kind officer found a car seat for the baby, then loaded the mother and her baby in his…

Planes & Trains To Paris

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What happens when three men bravely stop a potential massacre on a train to Paris? They are told they will receive the Legion d’honneur, France’s highest honor. Then what happens when you have three moms who want to see their courageous sons receive the honor but can’t get from America to Paris in time? Enter pilot Doug Perrill who went to his boss, Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, and asked if he would be willing to let the moms use Tim’s…

Doodle Does Good

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It all started with a doodle. Two firemen, exhausted from a 12-hour shift spent cleaning out a fire, went to a diner at 6am for strong coffee to keep them staggering on. And when the waitress overhead the men talking, instead of handing them a bill, she handed them a note–complete with firefighting doodles–thanking them for their service and letting them know their orders were on her. Later, after sending their buddies into the diner and telling them to leave big…

Around the World in 1500 Photos

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When John and Nikki Copleston visited a medieval castle in Wells, England, they discovered a camera memory card wrapped inside of a discarded ticket stub. In an attempt to locate the rightful owner of the memory card and to help return the lost photos, they viewed what was on the card and discovered that there were 1500 travel photos from a couple’s trip around the world. Their search for the globe-trotting couple came up short so finally they turned to stuff.co.nz to post…

Driving Good

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In Black Mountain, North Carolina, a man—who wishes to remain anonymous—overheard a conversation at a car dealership. On one end of the phone was Connie, a single mother of three, who desperately needed a car. On the other end, a sales manager. The anonymous man announced that he was going to go home and pray about buying the woman that car. “Nobody thought he was serious,” the owner of the dealership said. The man returned to the dealership and ended…

Not Inspired To Do Good Deeds Today? It’s Okay. Try Reading About Good.

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Doing Acts of Good feels good. We know this, we know that science supports this. We’re also loving that science tells us that, through participation with an Act of Good—be it through giving, receiving, witnessing, or even reading about Acts of Good—our brains are stimulated in the same way. A recent article in The New Yorker states: “Since the discovery, in the mid-nineties, of “mirror neurons”—neurons that fire in our brains both when we perform an action ourselves and when we…

Kindness Art

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Few things have the power to start movements the way art does. One artist, who wishes to remain anonymous (we understand!), is using his talent to start a chain of Good. The artist first created a series consisting of charcoal drawings and popular photographs. He then traveled around the Eugene-Springfield area showing his art in public places. Each piece had a note explaining the “Kindness Art” project: Anyone who chooses to take an art piece is asked to pay for it…

A Spoonful of Kindness (With Hot Sauce!)

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Ridge Quarles has worked at Qdoba in Louisville for five years and counting. Over those years, he’s gotten to know the regular customers pretty well – he’s gone to a few birthday parties, and was even invited to a wedding – but there’s one customer in particular he goes above and beyond for. The customer’s identity is unknown at this point, but she is always dropped off by a TARC bus that offers transportation services to people with disabilities. The…

Flowers For All

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Want a flower? Maybe try giving some away instead… On New York’s 6 train that runs between the Bronx and the Brooklyn Bridge, a gentleman approached a woman selling flowers. He handed her $140 for all of her flowers—dozens of colorful roses—and said to her “You’ve got to do me a favor. You’ve got to give them out… give them out to everybody. Don’t sell any of them. Give them all away.” The flower seller, immensely moved by the man’s…

From Barefoot To Brand New

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29 year-old Oscar Aquino, manager of a Metro PCS store, noticed a homeless man sitting outside eating crackers and drinking a soda. Then Oscar spotted the man’s dirty, cut-up feet, so he went outside and asked what the man’s shoe size was. Without any hesitation, Oscar took off his own brand new shoes and handed them to the man. He then returned to the store and went back to work (barefoot?). Unbeknownst to Oscar, the Act of Good was caught on camera by Carla…

Conveyor Belt Kindness

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Lisa Gallagher of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, set her groceries on the conveyor belt at a local grocery store then opened her purse to retrieve her debit card. By the time the cashier finished ringing up her items, Lisa had grown frantic. The checkout line was long, and Lisa still hadn’t found her debit card. As per the cashier’s guidance, Lisa decided to step aside till she found her card, and the cashier would complete the transaction when Lisa was ready….

Captain America and Star-Lord: Real Life Superheroes

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Chris Pratt, a Seattle Seahawks fan, had a bet going with Chris Evans, a fan of the New England Patriots, over which team would win the Super Bowl. The loser would visit a children’s hospital in the winning team’s city. Pratt held up his end by visiting Christopher’s Haven in Boston dressed in his Star-Lord costume from “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Then the stars decided to head to another hospital, this time in Washington State. Evans, dressed as Captain America,…

Adam Levine & An Act Of Spontaneous Compassion

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10-year-old Christopher Warner was recently overwhelmed with joy. The young boy, who happens to have Down Syndrome, is a major fan of Maroon 5 and, specifically, lead singer Adam Levine. One of Christopher’s teachers uploaded a video of Christopher talking about his love for Maroon 5 to YouTube and the video went viral. A local radio station found out about it and was able to get their hands on tickets to Maroon 5’s show at the Verizon Center in Washington,…