How often do you practice random acts of kindness? I know I shave my legs before going to the doctor, stop and allow pedestrians to cross in parking lots, avoid littering and will occasionally call a friend just to let them know they’re on my mind. But really, do these things have that much of an impact on others or does it just make me feel better? My new goal is to, at least once a week, practice a random act of kindness. One that will put a smile on someone’s face or make their day a little brighter. Chances are they will one day ‘pay it forward.’ I’m going to start today by paying a complete stranger a compliment, *click here for update*

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
Phyllis Diller

If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.
William Penn

Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
André Gide

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.
Author Unknown

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
The Dalai Lama

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
Casare Pavese

Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
Swami Sivanada

As you go about your day, why not pick up the trash you find on the sidewalk?

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
Robert Byrne

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
Marcus Aurelius

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.
Herman Melville

Compassion is an alternate perception.
M.C. Richards

Give another driver your parking spot.

Love is not getting, but giving. Not a wild dream of pleasure and a madness of desire–oh, no–love is not that! It is goodness and honor and peace and pure living–yes, love is that and it is the best thing in the world and the thing that lives the longest.
Henry Van Dyke

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.
Henry David Thoreau

Living the truth in your heart without compromise brings kindness into the world. Attempts at kindness that compromise your heart cause only sadness.
Anonymous 18th century monk

What you deny to others will be denied to you, for the plain reason that you are always legislating for yourself; all your words and actions define the world you want to live in.
Thaddeus Golas

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
Theodore Isaac Rubin

Spend a week just being aware of things in nature that befriend you!

To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.
Taisen Deshimaru

Updated Oct. 31, 2008

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
Deciderius Erasmus

The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.
Joanna Macy

The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.
Joan Borysenko

Write a note to the boss of someone who has helped you, thanking him or her for having such a great employee.

Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe.
St. Theresa of Lisieux

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Mother Teresa

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow – perhaps it all will.
Albert Einstein

Give another driver your parking spot.

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
Kahlil Gibran

The best portions of a good man’s life. His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
William Wordsworth

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.
Sally Koch

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain

Updated June 22, 2008

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Warren Buffett

3 things in human life are important. The 1st is to be kind. The 2nd is to be kind. & the 3rd is to be kind.
Henry James

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

A simple “hello”, a genuine smile, or compassionate glance, can all have such beautiful effects of which we’ll never really be aware.
A. Hall

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
Rabindrath Tagore

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.
Norman B. Rice

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To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
Johannes A. Gaertner

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Albert Pine

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
Dr. Seuss

Gratitude is a poem whispered from one heart to another.
Author Unknown

Praise the bridge that carried you over.
George Colman

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
Henry Ward Beecher

To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.
Benjamin Franklin

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.
Lionel Hampton

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Eric Hoffer

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer

Friendship based solely upon gratitude is like a photograph; with time it fades.
Author Unknown

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Mark Twain

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
Jean Baptiste Massieu

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie

Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.
Edwin Arlington Robinson

Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart — a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water I accept with joy.
Bhagavad Gita

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