KINDNESS

is to act friendly, generous and considerate to others.

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“No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.”

Kevin Heath CEO More4kids

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

Diana Spencer (1961-1997); Princess of Wales

“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”

Saint Basil (329-379); bishop of Cesarea

“Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your modus operandi and change your world. ”

Annie Lennox (born 1954); Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist and philanthropist

“Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.”

Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876); philosopher

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965); Philosopher, Physician, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

Edith Wharton (1862-1937); American novelist

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”

Flavia Weedn Author, artist

“Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

Scott Adams (born 1957); creator of Dilbert Comic Strip

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910); [Samuel Clemens] humorist, essayist, novelist

“Do not inflict your will. Just give love. The soul will take that love and put it where it can best be used. ”

Emmanuel

“Fill each day with life and heart. There is no pleasure in the world comparable to the delight and satisfaction that a good person takes in doing good.”

John Tilloston (1630-1694); Archbishop of Canterbury

“One kind word can warm three winter months.”

Japanese Proverb

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900); novelist, playwright

“Neither fire, nor moisture, nor wind can destroy the blessing of a good deed, and it will reform the world. ”

Buddha

“Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up wrinkles the soul.”

Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964); American general and field marshal

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Dr. Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998); professor, author

“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”

Saint Basil (329-379); bishop of Cesarea

“We can live a life full and complete, thinking with our heads but living from our hearts.”

Helen Hunt, M.A.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Aesop fabulist

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968); minister, civil rights activist

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Real Stories About Kindness

A little goes a long way

when i was little, in 3rd through 5th grade, i had bullies teasing me constantly. at this age, it was 'dumb' to play magic games, although i loved to pretend i could create the leaf tornadoes that sometime swirled up in the mini courtyard next to the music room. still, kids would come and throw sticks at me and call…

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Dignity

When my maternal grandma died, my mom was very concerned about the funeral expenses. Mom was employed, but her income was limited. At the time, my brother and I were not in a position to help, financially. Regretfully, Mom told the funeral home director to give Grandma the least costly casket. Turns out this box was pitiful in appearance, and…

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Bullies

The first year of middle school was a rough road. I missed elementary school but I knew that there was no turning back. In one of my classes there was a bully that nobody liked. He bullied everyone, including me. I felt so hated and I felt like I didn't belong in this world anymore. The bully came up to…

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Kindness

Andre Yatta 1B 14 May 2014 Kindness My aunt Gina would be one of the nicest people you have ever met if you ever met her. She just always has a smile on her face and no matter what time of day it is, she’ll always be there. If you ever need someone to talk to, she’ll be there for…

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First Friend

There was a girl in my p.e class that is a grade younger than me. She was always quiet in the class and I always wondered if she had anyone to talk to. I am sort of quiet myself and I would think of all the times I had no one to talk to. Over the whole year I would…

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The old man in the wheelchair.

I had been visiting a good friend of mine to ask for his guidance regarding a problem I was having. After our discussion, I left his house and walked to my car. I saw a 70's-ish woman pushing a man in a wheelchair. I started to open the car door, but thought better of it. A conversation began between this…

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Dallas Cowboy

During Christmas break of my freshman year I flew home; however, I had to connect through Dallas-Forth Worth. I arrived during a terrible thunderstorm and my outgoing flight was canceled. I was just 18 and I was stuck in Dallas far away from my friends and family, so I started to cry. I could not stop sobbing. This sweet man…

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Looks Like Y'all are Making a Difference

Article from my local newspaper: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20111008/NEWS/110080352/Dreams-come-true-despite-disability?odyssey=tab|topnews|img|Home FLOWOOD — Northwest Rankin High student Katelyn Simpson was living a Cinderella fairy tale moment Friday night when the senior was named homecoming queen. She didn't need a fairy godmother to overcome the machinations of an evil stepmother and two bratty stepsisters. Katelyn, who has Down syndrome, just needed the support of her classmates…

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Prom Queen

I have a very happy story to share to day that truly demonstrates how a little kindness can go a long way: A close family friend of mine has a special needs child named Jeremy. He's a very sweet, loving, teenage boy who gets to attend our local High School - although he is in "special" classes for children with…

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Mom's Bad Day

My mom went to the grocery store in a hurry one afternoon and filled a cart to feed our family of 8 for another week. She had a number of errands to run, but when she made her purchase and pushed the cart out to the parking lot, she discovered she had locked her keys in the car. She frantically…

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Words

When I was 13, I met a guy who I bonded with very quickly. He was a bit lonely and people picked on him at school. We became very close friends and shared everything with each other. One day, he told me that he had something to tell about himself. He was extremely afraid that it would ruin our friendship,…

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Cry Baby

I was shopping in our local Walmart the other day slightly annoyed by somebody's screaming child, who just would not quiet down. The small boy could be heard throughout the store, yelling just to yell. He looked at me as I passed his mother pushing the cart that he sat in and I smiled as I looked back. He said…

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A Mom's Hug from another city

A few years ago, my boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer. This particular surgery had a few unanticipated complications and he had to stay in the hospital. I was leaving the hospital one night pretty upset. A woman, possibly her husband and daughter were walking in front of me. I was talking on my phone to my mom(who was 5 hours…

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Read Everyday Hero Stories About Kindness

Everyday Hero: Arturo

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Arturo Ramirez is a hero to so many... for many reasons. He grew up VERY poor with eight bothers and sisters. Shortly after leaving the military as a Vietnam era veteran, he got caught up in drug addiction, alcoholism, and crime (Selling drugs. Lots of them.) Eventually, Arturo spent many years in prison as a very angry man. And then...…

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Everyday Hero: Peter

My dad is my hero. He's the nicest person, he will say hi to anyone and have conversations with people he dosen't even know and it always seems to brighten their day. He would help any stranger with any problem no matter what they look like or who they are.

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Everyday Hero: Rachel

Rachel started a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. She was a very great person. Although I haven't met her, she changed many lives even after she was shot at Columbine High School. An thank you Rachel you changed my life..I love you Rachel Scott! Love, Brittany

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Everyday Hero: Judge Jeanine

My hero is Judge Pirro. She is a smart person with kindness at heart. She's an advocate for domestic violence and child abuse. I love her hard work and encouragement. She is also a mentor and a Judge. She is tough, smart, and cool. I learned that justice is about helping people with problems. Judge Pirro was born on June…

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Everyday Hero: Frank

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When my dad is at a station he alway asks the people that work there how they are doing. Even when he is not delivering he asks how they are doing. Even if he is not at a ststion like if he is at ShopRite he asks how they are doing. No mater were he is he is always kind…

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Everyday Hero: Nicholas

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My hero is definitely my brother Nicholas. The reason he is my hero is because he shows so many virtues. One of the virtues he always shows is helpfulness. An example of him showing helpfulness is when he helps me with my work. He helps me by working out the problem. He doesn't just tell me the answer. Even if…

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Everyday Hero: dolores

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I'd like to introduce you to my grandma I call her nonna. Her name is Dolores and she is from Falconara,Italy.She came to the U.S when she was fourteen years old to have a better life. She went to beauty school and was a hairdresser for thirty years. When I was a baby,she had a brain tumor and they had…

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Everyday Hero: Colter

My little brother, Colter, had the kindest and most gentle heart of anyone I've ever known. He was an inspiration to us all - and taught me to always look for the good in life. He was the best son, brother, uncle, and friend and he will be missed more than words can explain. Colter always took the time to…

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Everyday Hero: loubeth

She is not my mother but she gives and cares so much. She helped me realized my most profound dreams. She sent me to school, provided me with all the things I need, and taught me to learn from my mistakes. Whatever I may become in the future, it's all because of her; her worth in my life is incomparable.…

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Everyday Hero: Rabbi Ari

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Rabbi Ari Sytner,a congregational Rabbi in South Carolina and father of four, donated a kidney to a mother of three children in Israel. He proactively contacted an organization that matches kidney donors to recipients to give of himself (literally). Rabbi Sytner's selflessly beautiful act is kindness and generosity of the highest order.

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Everyday Hero: Loretta

My Grandmother is my hero because she was always there for me when I needed her. She was there when I needed someone to talk to; she was was my everything. She raised me since I was three months old and loved me like I was her own child. She passed away last year and I miss her so much.…

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3 simple tips: 1. Smile with eye contact to as much people as you can during your day. 2. Make honest compliments to every person you interact with. 3. Hug as long as people don´t feel uncomfortable. Do this and you will experiment a new kind of joy.
Franktonio 5 months ago from Mexico City

I strongly believe that being kind can give to someone what hard work can't.
Osmond Aisien over 1 year ago from Nigeria

(actually from my Niece - Christina): I give so freely of my time and resources not because I have extra, but because I remember how hard it is to have nothing. EVERYONE has something to offer, and yes even those of us that barely get our bills paid on time. If you lack money or time to spare, you always have kindness to share.
Tim over 1 year ago from Chicago

Being kind to one another costs nothing.
Clare almost 2 years ago from Kenya

Yeah!
Sam Fong about 2 years ago from Hong Kong

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