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World Kindness Day 2014, random acts of kindness, positive behavior, good karma, yearly celebrations, Heath Brandon

Thursday, 13 november is World Kindness Day. The good thing is – you don’t need any money to initiate random acts of kindness. You can donate to a charity or give a homeless person a takeaway meal – those are great – but the smallest gesture can mean a lot too.

On the mean streets of New York, that small act can change the tone of your day. On World Kindness Day 2014, let that act be a positive one.

Say ‘good morning’ in the elevator, acknowledge fellow neighbors. ~ A sincere “please” and “thank you” go a long way. ~ Check on elderly neighbors periodically. ~ Hold the door for someone. ~ Whenever you get a new anything, donate something old. ~ Make someone laugh. ~ On a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person. ~ Don’t write that angry internet comment. ~ Yield to an aggressive walker or driver in the name of peace. ~ Pack it out: Take your trash with you (from a park, a picnic or a movie) and throw it out. ~ Help a friend or relative pack for a move. ~ Shut off, or look away from your smartphone for a while. ~ Pass along a worthwhile book that you’ve read. ~ Put your shopping cart back in the rack. ~ Forgive-and-forget the debt of a relative or friend. ~ Thank your bus or taxi driver. ~ Give someone the benefit of the doubt. ~ Smile, it’s contagious.

Last thought – go easy.

World Kindness Day 2014, random acts of kindness, positive behavior, good karma, yearly celebrations, Darinka Maja

World Kindness Day 2014, random acts of kindness, positive behavior, good karma, yearly celebrations, Andrew Sweeney

What random acts of kindness would you add?

Photo: Heath Brandon / If We All Do One Random Act of Kindness…, used under Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA 2.0)
Photo: Darinka Maja / The kindness of strangers, used under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0)
Photo: Andrew Sweeney / cropped, used under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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