By Good News Network
Wednesday, February 04, 1998
Hundreds of communities and churches across the country will say they participated in the fourth annual Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 9-16.
You may have seen the bumper stickers...you may have read the book
(first published by Conari Press in California, in 1991). You may even
remember an article by Anne Herbert reprinted in the Readers Digest in
the 1980's. But what started it all was an inspiration that came to Ms.
Herbert in a Sausalito restaurant that caused her to scribble these
words on a place mat: â€œpractice random acts of kindness and senseless
acts of beauty.â€
Stanford University studies show that when people are the recipients of
kind words or deeds they are significantly more likely to behave kindly
toward others than people who are not offered the same treatment.
Certainly the kindness benefits the recipient, but as the practitioner
of the act, you are also rewarded, by a palpable energy surging through
you; and you are fairly floating along to your next appointment!
- An unnamed woman reported she carries umbrellas in her car, and
if she's ever passing by a victim of a downpour, she presents them with
a thing of beauty- an umbrella.
- A toll booth operator reports a significant increase in cars
paying for others behind them. He says sometimes it's a reward for
considerate driving.... But paying at random delivers the really
- A simple gesture like talking to someone who is alone in line
with you is an act of kindness. Be courageous the next time you get an
inner nudging voice telling you to speak up. Most people have things in
common and this kind of interchange can lead to pure joy or peals of
laughter...which others in line wish they were a part of.
- Take a coworker to lunch and pay. Think of how it will enhance the work environment...