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I just found out that in US it's Random Acts Of Kindness Day on 17th February (already 18th here in UK now!)

Anyone celebrating this?  If so, please share what you have done.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/lifestyle/relationships/random-acts-of-kindness-day-2020-12-amazing-stories-that-will-warm-your-heart/ar-BB1053Py?li=BBoPOOm&ocid=mailsignout

It's quite a movement and I actively take part in it - just simple things....e.g. let someone with less groceries go before me at the checkout, spontaneously compliment a stranger/passer by on something I like that they wear, spend a bit of time talking to a Big Issue vendor etc.

Be a part of it and make a difference, yay!!!  ๐Ÿ‘

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

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When traveling on toll roads l'll pay for a person 10 cars behind me so it will bee anonymous.  

Sometimes I'll specify someone who looks like they are having a really bad day.
 
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I always forget there's a 'day' for this, because it's just something I do, whenever the opportunity arises. If I come across someone disabled, at the store, I'll offer help; offer honest compliments where I see the chance, smile at folks walking by; play peek-a-boo with a little one to keep them happily occupied, while their guardian/mom/dad/____ digs for change, etc; cover someone's tab - secretly, if possible; pick up whatever another has dropped, to give it back to them; catch a person who left the store without their bag; offer a warm, dry, clean, smooth-rolling shopping cart to someone who looks like they could use it (i.e., the person with an armload of wiggly toddler, the shuffling elderly person, etc), anything else that seems like a simple thing that could lighten another's load. Back when I had to use the laundromat, if I had any extra change, I'd often plug it into a machine, for the next person, or stuff some into a detergent vending machine.

One time, hubs made me cry, because he abruptly got up from our table at a coffee shop, and rushed to the register, to pay for the armload of donuts a much older gentleman and a young girl(maybe 12?) was a bit short to pay for. He quietly told the gentleman to put his wallet away, and paid for the whole order. When he came back to our table, he explained that he'd noticed the gentleman was wearing a cap - he was one of the last few of the Native American WW2 veterans, and he and his great-granddaughter were on their way to the local VFW, for their weekly coffee and donut breakfast.

I can be just as thoughtless, distracted, and bitchy as anyone else - but, I do make it a goal, each day, to see how many people I can make smile. Some days it works better than others.
 
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Thanks Lee and Carla!  I appreciate your posts and goodwill gestures.  It is uplifting and am sure is gratefully welcomed by those on the receiving end.  

Reading Carla's deed of putting coins into a laundromat for someone else (how lovely) reminded me of a particular occasion I experienced.  I was approaching a supermarket which had a toy horse outside it, coin operated.  On it was sat a rather despondent looking child - no parent in sight!  Spontaneously I put a coin in.  When the horse started to 'spring to life' and start rocking, the sheer delight on that little child's face was so wonderful!!  
 
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I was the receiver of a random act of kindness today which felt unusual since I am usually the giver! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I was in a chemist and delighted to find that they stocked face masks with valves in them (meaning they allowed easier breathing and won't get moist/rendered ineffective so quickly). About a week ago you couldn't get hold of face masks anywhere in UK! Whilst I was writing down the info from the mask box (they were sold individually and without this info - someone's making a profit), a woman asked about antibacterial wipes.  She was shown a packet on the counter.

Since I was now ready to pay, I asked if that was the last packet of antibacterial wipes - it was.  I accepted this (without a fuss) and was both delighted and surprised by the spontaneous goodwill gesture of this woman when she said I could have it!  I asked if she was sure and she nodded, showing no hesitation and left the shop.  She had come in specifically for that item!...... How nice of her!  I pondered about this and wondered if I looked like I needed it more, i.e. having grey hair etc!  ๐Ÿคจ
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