Sunday, February 17, 2013

Some Kind of Wonderful



"I am practicing being kind over being right." Matthew Quick - Silver Linings Playbook

What does it mean, to be a kind person? Does it mean lending a hand to somebody in need? Or donating to a worthwhile charity? Perhaps both. I suspect we all know how to define kindness. Yet, it may not always be so easy for us to enact. We're busy. Our lives take us where we have to go - to work, to the doctor, to school, to the grocery store, the DMV, the gas station, etc... We are led, often times by the arrows of life, directing us along our days, weeks, months and years. And we follow, with our chins tucked down, our feet on auto-pilot. Thanks to Kathy at I'm a Reader Not a Writer, for reminding us that today is National Random Act of Kindness Day. Lots of awesome bloggers are celebrating, too. See here:
http://www.iamareader.com/2012/12/random-acts-of-kindness-giveaway-hop.html

So on this day, I hope that we will each carve out a moment to pass out a compliment, a shoulder, an ear or a smile to someone who might be well-deserving of such a thing. And I hope that it will come back to each of us when we need it most.

Feel free to share what it means to you to be kind. Maybe it was something you witnessed or it happened to you. Tell us your kindness story. And don't forget to enter our Rafflecopter (see more below) for your chance to win an e-copy of WISHLESS as well as a $5.00 B & N e -gift card. Just a little something to you guys for being so cool!


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33 comments:

  1. Kindness is doing something nice for someone and not expecting anything in return!

    alslagle06@live.com

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  2. So very true! And I happen to think those are the best acts of kindness, too.

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  3. Kindness is acting in a way that considers another person's feelings.

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  4. Doing nice things just to be nice not expecting or wanting anything in return being selfless

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway!! Random acts of kindness happen all the time. Sometimes we don't even notice when they occur. Living on a christian college campus, I'm constantly thanking people for opening doors to the point of ridiculousness. In fact, the other day while I was working at the campus store, a young boy, probably the age of 16, found $17 on the floor and turned it in claiming that someone had dropped it. How honest and sweet is that!?
    Happy Valentine's Day and I hope your day is filled with random acts of kindness!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  6. What a nice question :) Kindness to me is doing something good when no one is watching.

    stefanie.m.nicholas@gmail.com

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  7. Kindness is respect for yourself and others. If you possess that respect, you'll be kind to those around you and to yourself. michelle (at) momscholar (dot) net

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  8. Beautiful replies! Yes, respect, selflessness, consideration, are all traits of a kind heart. And how you behave when nobody is watching. That campus story is another example. Thank you, all for taking the time to leave a comment! :)

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  9. Doing something unexpected and positive for someone. :)

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  10. It means to do something nice for someone before they ask for help..
    Great Giveaway..Thanks

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  11. I love that quote of being kind over being right. Kindness is doing something for someone as a gift.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  12. Being selfless and treating people the way you want to be treated. thanks!

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  13. Kindness means being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes, and giving them a small bit of what they need, whether it be a shoulder to cry on, a home-cooked meal, or a little cash to help them through.

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  15. Kindness is treating someone with the respect they deserve, like the way you would want to be treated. Kindness is doing something for other people because it makes you feel good doing it, not because you get something in return!

    Thanks for this generous giveaway!

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  16. Kindness is doing something to others that you'll want for yourself.

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  17. To me, Kindness means helping with no intent of getting something in return.

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  18. Kindness-
    the act of going out of your way to be nice to
    someone or show a person you care.
    something that apparently does not exist in this world anymore.

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  19. Kindness -- being nice, doing something for someone, not being mean. Doing something for someone without expecting anything in return. It's being respectful and having manners, using those manners in everyday life so much they become ingrained and you do them without thinking. It's your way of life.

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  20. Kindness means doing something nice for someone without the expectation of receiving anything in return!

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  21. I sense a theme here...kindness = selflessness. And I tend to agree. I also think that the feeling we get from investing in goodness to others is a pretty nice return. Thanks to all for your thoughtful and wise comments!

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  22. Doing something for others selflessly, without need for recognition or reciprocity.

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  23. Doing things for people just because you want to and because you enjoy doing it. You don't expect anything in return. Just doing it with the kindness of your heart!

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  24. For me its helping someone in need. Also I love to pay it forward. If someone did something for me I LOVE to do something for someone else. I so wish I had much more money so I could help out more people. But I do as much as I can. I love this giveaway and what it stands for. I think there should be a lot more RAK's from people.Thank you for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!

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  25. Kindness to me means being human and being selfless. Just being a good person and doing something not for the benefits but because you genuinely enjoy helping people!

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  26. Kindness is not only acting nice, it's being a good and nice person inside too. And without expecting anything in return for that kindness.

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  27. Kindness is showing compassion for others and doing good without expecting anything in return.

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  28. Kindness is everything. It makes you and the person you're kind to happier :)

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  29. Kindess is showing humanity and being nice. It means watching what you say or do and caring for others.

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  30. Helping others out when theres no gain for you.

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  31. Doing something unexpected for someone else with no thought of receiving anything in return.

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  32. Kindness is doing something for someone else in need and not expecting anything in return
    Lorayne Gothard
    lgothard@comcast.net

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  33. Kindness means going that extra step just to see someone smile. Helping out, being nice or caring just because you can!

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