Make yourself happy and make the world a better place by doing kind things for strangers. It does not necessarily take any money, just a little time and effort. Pay it forward by helping others, and you will reap the rewards.

Real Life Stories of Kindness

  • This week, my husband has been away on business. I have an autistic daughter, and any time spent single-parenting is very stressful. On the second night being a temporary single parent, the doorbell rang in the evening, and when my younger son went to open it, there was a big bouquet of balloons there! A dear friend from growing up had heard I was going to be going through a tough week, and sent them to me just as a booster. Kind acts like that make life worthwhile.

  • One day in Cambridge I met an old, foreign lady who was buying chocolate for her grandsons in a sweet shop. She was ahead of me in the queue. She went to pay, then she found she had no cash, and the shop couldn't accept credit cards. Disappointed, she had to leave the chocolate at the counter and go away. I was behind her, and I could see how sad she was. So I bought her chocolate, run out of the shop, and went to her. And I gave her the chocolate as a gift. Her eyes brightened up, in between embarrassment and joy, and she thanked me warmly. And I felt so good all the day.

  • I was in a terrible auto accident three years ago. I lost control of my car while driving down a steep hill and flipped eight times and landed upright in a creek. It hurt. It hurt bad. I can still hear the sounds of screeching tires, breaking glass, and crunching metal. I was seriously injured and bleeding heavily. I managed to free myself from my vehicle, which was submerged in a creek and made up to the roadway. I tried without success to flag down several passing vehicles. Finally, I collasped and began to lose consciousness just as two complete strangers came to my rescue and called the authorities. I have never seen them since, but it confirmed in me that there are some people still willing to display acts of kindness with any promise of reward.

  • When I was 19 years old, I was quite overweight, and I had set a personal goal to lose approximately 80 pounds over the 12 months. I started out doing a little bit of exercise and trying to eat healthy, but after just a few days, I found myself slipping back into my old habits. My brother, who has always been a big supporter of everything I have done or tried to do in my life, noticed me struggling with the process, and went out of his way to help me. He surprised me with a gym membership, and even went as far as cooking healthy meals for me. In no time, I could see the pounds starting to come off. Before I knew it, I was both slimmer and feeling much better mentally and physically. My brother didn't have to help me, nor speak up about my struggles, but he did everything he could to help me achieve my goal, and that was one of the kindest, most generous experiences of my life to date.

  • This incident occurred a few days ago. I was buying a ticket at the local railway station when two men came up to me and asked "where this train is headed to?" i said i don't know and they rushed to another guy with the same question. After some time those same men were standing behind me and were collecting every penny out of their pockets to buy a ticket suddenly some one told them this train does not goes to that city they were wishing for and their faces were like they were about to burst crying any moment. So i asked them what happened? they then told me whole story that they were not from his city. They were brought here by a man that promised them to give a job. That man gave him a job but never payed him. All they were getting was food and nothing else. So after working for 3 months they decided that they would return their own home, so they sold their cell phone for money and were boarding this train and someone told this train won't to their place. So i called my friends and asked them to look for their train on internet and told them their correct train. I felt very good after helping them somehow.

  • As a twenty year old first time mother I still remember how useless, unorganized and naive I was, which started the very moment I brought my daughter home from the hospital. I felt there wasn't enough time in the world to take care of her let alone trying to clean the house. I would sit and stare at the mess while feeding her and it drove me absolutely crazy. Now that my daughter and her friends are having children of their own, those memories are flooding back. Instead of sending flowers or gifts, I chose to send my house-cleaner over. Sometimes I do it while they are at the hospital, other times I wait until their spouse can get them out of the house for a few hours. I've never told any of them I am behind it, but while most say they know it was me, I have never admitted it. Knowing what a sense of relief it brings them makes me tremendously happy. Ten years from now they may forget other gifts they got, but this gesture I hope is one they will always remember.

  • One time I rode the bus to school, my mother had given me a $50 bill to pay for the bus ticket and some other stuff, I got to my stop and tried to pay with the money I had, but the driver said he had no spare change and I was gonna stay inside the bus until he drove me back to the place he picked me up from. He started yelling at me and being really rude about the whole thing, then this girl who was about my age, told the driver off, told him to stop being a jerk and so childish, paid for my ticket and pulled me out of the bus with her. It might seem like nothing but I thought it was so kind of her to worry when everybody else just stood there and looked at me like I was an awful person, and to be honest, if it had happened to somebody else, I wouldn't have been so nice.

  • When my family got evicted from our apartment when I was in high school due to my parents not being able to pay the rent, a friend of my mom's allowed us to live in his apartment for the time being and helped us move there by driving our stuff there in his car. Later, he paid an over $1000 security payment for us to get us into the apartment next door. He received no personal benefit from all this, and also taught my parents to cook beef deliciously with oyster sauce while we were staying with him and gave us some cabinets for our new home.

  • The same year as 9/11, our house burnt down. It was late afternoon; we stood outside and watched the flames and smoke, slowly dissolve all our happy memories, and plans of future events that were still to take place in our beautiful residence. The last thing on our mind was what our next step would be with two little girls and our cat. It started to rain, but too late, as the fire brigade had already killed the fire. I cried in my husband's arms. Our neighbour, who lived up the street, was watching the whole debacle. He walked up to my husband and said, please collect your family, my wife has cooked dinner for you, and has made up the beds. You are most welcome to come and live with us until you have found alternative accommodation. We stayed with them for a week; they helped us with everything, right down to clothes and toothpaste. I have always been eternally grateful for their compassion and genuine good nature to lend such a helping hand in our time of need.

  • I remember one of my friends in school when we were in class 10. His name was Ajit and I was not a very close friend until an incident earned him my respect and made him a very close friend to him. I remember returning home from school with him where we saw a helpless puppy on the road. It's mother died in an accident since a dogs body was laid across the road. The puppy was all alone, its brothers and sisters had died of the cold harsh weather one by one. We used to see them everyday, and their number decreased day by day until only one was left. One day Ajit did not come to school and I went home alone and did not see the puppy. I thought it must have died too. The next day Ajit took me to his home, saying that it was a surprise. When I reached his home, I was welcomed with a soft bark. I saw the same puppy that was there on the street. Ajit had brought it home against the will of his parents and fed it and bathed it. Thanks to his show of kindness a life was saved. Today, the puppy has grown up to be a three year old dog named Jenny. And ever since that incident my respect towards Ajit has increased quite a lot. The show of kindness deeply moved me.

  • In 2009, while waiting for a bus to take me to school, I was involved in a motor accident. The woman driving lost control of the car and in an attempt to stop the vehicle, she swerved onto the curb and crushed my left foot. In excruciating pain, I was rushed to the hospital by strangers for first aid treatment. Eventually, I had to spend months receiving treatment and rehabilitation but throughout the period, I was encouraged by friends (and even strangers) who reached out to help me in innumerable ways. Luckily, I have since recovered and can never forget the little acts of kindness from random people that got me through those dark days. Since then I try to help at least one person every day.

  • I have a friend whom I teaches the Bible with. His family are doing well in terms of financial stability but his father doesn't want him to study the Bible. But he still continues to. Because of this, his father cast him out of the house and doesn't provide for him anymore. I took him into our house, although we are not really as rich as his family is and referred him to the company where I'm working. It turns out well because later on, he was able to provide for himself.

  • Whilst backpacking around Europe i found myself in a sticky situation, all my belongings, wallet and clothes were stolen. All i had left was my passport and a plane ticket to my next destination. After telling one of the staff at the youth hostel i was staying in about my problem she offered to help me out. Together we found out how to wire money from my parents to my next city stop, she printed out a map of how to get to the place where i could pick it up. She called my next hostel and explained the situation arranging for me to check in but pay a day later when i had picked up the wired money. Then she searched lost property to find me a couple of t shirts and a pair of shorts to wear. I couldn't believe her kindness. Just when i thought everything would be fine i realized i didn't have any money to pay for the train to get to the airport. That's when she gave me enough money to cover the ticket. To this day i am thankful for her kindness. Without her my trip would have been over. I returned to the hostel on my way home and returned the money she had lend me, she was pretty surprised! This event restored my faith in human nature and I truly believe that most people out there are good.

  • During my vehicle training I met one accident. The tempo hit my vehicle, and I fell down. The tempo wheels are running on my hand. After that I saw lot of blood bleeding from my hand. I unable to stand, because of blood loss. Lot of people around me. But nobody helps me. One person came near to me like a good Samaritan. He take me to his vehicle and he went to hospital. He admitted me and he is with me until my treatments are finished. I couldn't forgot him. At that time he done lot of work to me. After my family members are arrived he handed over me to them and go away. I never forgot him.

  • Love for Mother - I rely my actions from a verse I read from the Bible that we must give full love and respect to elders, widows and orphans. I pass on this practice to my children who have showed their affection and willingness to take of my 99 year mother who died just recently. I have 3 children 2 boys and a girl whom I raised with my mom. I told them about the verse that if you give love and respect to old people, widows and orphans, God will give you long and comfortable life. This training I have with them showed up when in the last 3 months of my momís life that she cannot stand up and do personal hygiene in the bathroom. I cannot imagine how they felt in times that they have to remove the body waste from her. This happens many times because she will even go to the bathroom in her bed at meal time and it my two sons who alternately quietly attend to clean her. Amazing that even when we bring back memories, they don't have bad feelings on that hard time they have with their grandmother. It a testimony that I love to share to praise God.

  • One fine morning when i was going to college, i was stuck in traffic which was heavy on that day. On the moment I saw a old aged couple. Unfortunatly both are blind are trying to cross the road. There are many people around waiting for their bus nobody was trying to help, my mind thought to help them without any delay. I reached them and held their hands and helped them in crossing that heavy and dangerous traffic. They thanked me and blessed me, I felt very happy for doing such a things.

  • This incident happened when i was in my shop while dealing with customer one on my customer come to buy some items as i know her she is very kind and helpful lady.at that time there were some conmen using tricks to get money from innocent people by sending them sms they were using mobile money transfer trick i knew about these conmen but she din't have knowledge..she got an sms that someone sent her some amount through mobile by mistake and the conmen called her and told her the he has sent some amount as mistaken now he wanted his money back(actualy it was a trick they send only few cents but it shows like 200/300$)luckily she told me that some one has sent her money by mistake and now she wants to send him back suddenly i took her mobile and told her the story and then she realized that how big mistake she was going to do.she than called police and complained about conmen.

  • At present, I'm unemployed and homeless. I live in a hotel. I belong to a networking group for unemployed people over the age of 50. After I attend the weekly meeting, I went out to the parking lot and discovered I had a flat tire. The organization paid for my tire to be fixed, $240.00. What a blessing and an act of kindness.

  • I have a considerable mobility problem, and walk with 2 sticks. I recently learned to drive and get around in an adapted car. Last week, I took my 6 yr old daughter out for a hot chocolate after school. We got back to the car after dark, and she got in. As I slowly stepped out into the road to get into the drivers side, an elderly man appeared and grabbed me by the arm - thought I wanted to cross the road and was trying to see me across the street!

  • My car was running low on gas (almost empty) and I didn't have any money. I went to a charitable organization's office for help. It was located in a church. Unfortunately, when I got there, it was closed. A lady who volunteered at the church saw me walking away from the entrance and asked if I needed help. When I explained my situation, without hesitation, she took the last $10 in her wallet and gave it to me. I was not only shocked by the random act of kindness by a stranger, I was also humbled. I never like to ask people for help. I'm always the one offering assistance. Now I know how it feels to be a recipient. What a wonderful feeling.

  • I am a college student. And i have this friend. I admire him a lot. He's smart and diligent. I don't know what he is thinking. He is always encouraging me when i am down. Even if i debate his suggestion. He never ashamed to having foolish fiend like me. He always available for me to ask about something. Whereas, i don't even worthy for him. Often, he treats me when i don't have money. Even if he knows that i spend a lot of my money to buy cigarettes. And he hates cigarette much. I hope i can be a person like him.

  • When I was 10 or 11 years old my family went camping at a military base that had camping sites for service members or family of service members. One day while camping my sister and I walked to the small general store they had near the campsite and tried to use the soda machine to buy a bottle of soda. The machine didn't accept a dime we had though and didn't return the money so we were short 10 cents. We asked an elderly woman if she would be willing to give us a dime and she graciously gave us three dimes.

  • This is a story of my kindness for my neighbor. In the month of December we had planned a long holiday picnic. Everything was at the right place. I had done all the bookings for planes & hotels. Just two days before our picnic, the mother of my neighbor had a severe heart attack. She was admitted to the hospital & had to immediately undergo angiography. Then the doctor told him to do an angioplasty the very next day as there are many blockages. He needed around 150,000 INR immediately. He asked me about money. As I had already spent all the cash for hotel bookings & plane tickets, I am very short of cash. But that night I had decided to cancel picnic and help neighbor in terms of money. Next day I had canceled all hotel & plane bookings online. Till evening 75,000 INR get deposited in my bank account which I had handed over to my neighbor. Initially my family was upset with me, but later all of them supported my decision. I received the great blessings of my neighbor's mother which are far more important for me than a picnic.

  • Once i got late to the office and hurriedly walking in my street to cross the road because i was getting late to my office, if i go late then it will be LOP for me. So i was concentrating in walking while i was trying to cross the main road one blind lady who is very old hold my hand for a second. Then i thought she need my help and i called call taxi and drop her to her home. At that point of time i didn't care about my office.

  • Our province is notorious for terrible weather. Angry hurricanes to swirling snow and sleet - we pretty much get it all. And, as a poor and car-less student, sometimes the only option is to bundle up as best you can and face the outdoors. On one particular occasion, we had a terrible storm the evening before which left snow drifted 4 to 5 feet high near the roads. The side walks weren't plowed, but regardless of the the difficulty we had to get to class. We were slipping and falling as we walked down the 4 lane road, desperately hoping not to slid under a wheel, when a vehicle slowed down next to us. When they offered us a ride, we could barely believe it. Did they mistake us for somebody else? But no, these strangers were merely extending their hand to us our of empathy, realizing that they had something to give which somebody else desperately needed. I couldn't believe it. We were so grateful for their kindness, and although I never saw them again I won't forget that there are people out there with a willingness to help those less fortunate. When I acquire a car of my own, I plan to be one of them.

  • One day I am going to the market to buy some vegetables for my house use. I am walking through the road side. Suddenly I saw a lady and a child trying to cross the road. They are in middle of the road, a car comes very fast and hit the child. The child was seriously injured.That car gone fast. They did not try to save the child. A large crowd to watch that accident but no one try to save the child. The lady cried loudly, she requested everyone crowded there to help the child to the hospital. But no one try to help her. But I am trying to catch a vehicle, but no one stop vehicle. I call the Police. Police came, but time too late. The child is died. That incident hurt my mind every time.

  • A friend of mine and my husband recently lost his mother. He was now an orphan as he alos lost his father many years ago. He does not have any sibling or close relatives. All the distant relatives showed their sympathy and got back in their own life. We, then decided to persuade him to move to the same city as ours. He then shifted his job from the old city and started staying in our city, in the same neighborhood. We now celebrate all festivals together, and recently planned his surprise birthday bash. We plan outings together and try to keep him happy so that he doe not miss a family. He is now seeing a girl and we are trying to get him married so that he can have a happy married life and form his family. It feels great to bring happiness and a smile to someone's life - especially when a person has had so many traumatic experiences.

  • It is 8 years back story. I had completed my higher study in Science and was in job immediately. The job was good and well paying. After working for sometime I felt an urge to change the job and applied for another job . There were 4 candidates for the job and after the interview we all came back to our homes. As expected I was selected due to my qualification and experience. It was mainly due to experience and the salary offered was also good. Company gave me 15 days time to join . We were very happy to receive the job. After 2 days , I received a call and a lady was talking to me. She wanted to meet me personally, to which I agreed because we had met during the interview. Next day she came to my office and we sat for the talk. During chatting I came to know that she was married with one little daughter and her husband was out ill. She narrated her situation to me and requested me not to join the job as I was already in a good job with experience and could manage job elsewhere. But she belonged to the same city and that job would be very much suitable for her. She was like begging. I asked, what is the guarantee that she would get the job if I decline to join! She told me that the company had told her that she would get the job in case I did not join. I did not say to her anything just said ok . When she left, I was in deep thought what to do. Because, as we know career related decisions can not be taken suddenly. I consulted my father about it. He advised me to help the others as far as possible because God helps those who are kind to others. On the advise of my father I decided not to join there. So I deliberately did not reply to the offer of the company. That lady got the job. This story is old now. But whenever I think about it, it reminds me of something good which I did at very early stage of my career.

  • One fine morning, I went to draw my money from an ATM that was opposite to my office. That was a busy morning road, held up with heavy traffic, which took nearly half an hour for me to cross the road. Almost when I reached the other side of the road, a lady in her 20's was driving the vehicle. she came and crashed me with the vehicle and I fell down on the road. Luckily I was at the end of the road, so with light rashes, I somehow managed to get up., But the lady fell down with the vehicle on the other side, where a car ran over her left leg., She was screaming in pain, and thank god, she was not held up with a major injury. When i saw her crying with injury, I got panic and felt very sorry for her. By the meantime, there was a huge crowd, with traffic roaring. Immediately, within a fraction of second I lifted her and carried her to the nearby hospital and informed her parents and gave her some amount for further recovery. Till this moment, I am wondering, how I got the energy to lift her. Thank God, she had a minor air-crack and little bruises. I wished her a speedy recovery and came back to office.

  • I have been living in this town for the last 45 years. Many ups and downs faced in these long years reels back like the tape rewinded. When i look back 5 years ago the events still linger in my mind and will be there till i am in grave. I rembember one summer morning, sounds and noise from the next door house which was vacant for the last 8 months. My children and my self quite eager to meet the newcomers and so the went to introduce ourselves to the new tenants. They were father and mother and 2 sons John and Harry. The boys were in their high school term, father was a worker in a factory near by and mother was a house maker. We continued to be good neighbours for a year and a half. Suddenly disaster and misfortune captured this family. John and Harry were told one day that there mother had gone insane and had been sent to lunatic asylum. The boys were now to leave under the custody of their father. This man was less bothered about children and most of the time he was drunk and spent time chatting with his friends. In the absence of their mother both the boys were shattered, no one to care or love them. i couldn't bear to see the miserable plight of the boys so i brought them to my house and asked them to be comfortable at home. They started going to school from our house and slowly the 2 children along with my 2 children started living together as though they were children of the same mother. The irresponsible father came now and then to know the where abouts and left. He was more interseted in finding his own pleasure. The land lady started frequently visiting our house for the rent and during one such visits the boys father grew furious and hit the lady with a stone which ultimately caused head injury and thus she sucumbed to her injury. The tragedy was a big shock to the children as they were parted from both the parents. Harry couldn't bare the shock and he collapsed on the floor unconscious. When he regained consciousness we took him to jail where his father was. Though we are not very rich and trying to make both ends meet, i look after the 2 boys as my own sons it is now 3 years since the happening. In between i take the children to visit their mother at the asylum. She is under treatement and many a times refuses to recognize her children. I can see the deep pain on the faces of the boys seeing their mothers plight. We are praying that god may reunite this family again and their family may live as happily as they were before.

  • When I was a young boy about 8 years old, my younger sisters and I got the idea to buy something for my mother for Mother's day. Money was hard to come by. We went around to the neighbors and asked for pop bottles. Back then, soda pop was sold in bottles, and they were washed and refilled. There was a deposit on the bottles of Rs. 1. per bottle We were able to get three cartons, just 18 bottles, making a refund of Rs. 18. I also had three rupees saved. So with a grand total of Rs. 21 we walked uptown (about a mile) to where we knew a florist was located. When we went inside, someone asked what we wanted. We told them we wanted to buy flowers for Mothers Day. I reached into my pocket and pulled out our whole stash of cash, asking if that would be enough. Another gentleman, who I am sure was the owner, came over, looked us over, and said "just a minute". He went in back and came out with a geranium plant with gold foil wrapping around the pot. He took my Rs. 21, and said, "Thank you very much." I had no idea that the cost was about four times as much. And we went proudly home carrying a flower plant for Mom.

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