Has a stranger ever done something nice for you? Better yet, have you ever done something nice for a stranger?

Of course, I live in a State where people rattle off “Minnesota Nice” as an attribute, so maybe it’s just a matter of geography.

But in the last six months I’ve noticed an uptick in people talking about, and doing, random acts of kindness and emphasizing “pay it forward.”

And surprisingly, in the last few months, a random stranger bought me lunch anonymously at a restaurant… and a handful of people have bought me coffee in the drive thru at the coffee shop near my office. It’s pretty amazing to be on the receiving end of random acts of kindness. It lifts my spirits and I feel immediately grateful.

On Twitter and Facebook, I watch my friends talk about doing nice deeds anonymously for others. And while some might criticize it’s not totally selfless as they take credit online, I think it helps raise awareness that people actually do this. Hopefully, it raises the collective consciousness of kindness and encourages others to do the same.

I’ve paid forward kind acts by buying food or coffee for people at restaurants – both in the drive thru and at the store. Other times I’ve bought lunch for a friend or made a donation to a kickstarter campaign (like this one that tugged at my heart this week). The best one was when the man behind me in line at restaurant was watching every penny and turned down upgrades because of the cost. I secretly bought his food and rushed out before he could catch me. I swear that high lasted all day.

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone did something nice for a stranger every day? I wonder how much the world would change.



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