How Random Acts Of Kindness Can Spark A Series of Fortunate Events


By Cece Flores

I didn’t know that Random Acts of Kindness Day was a thing, but I’ve always operated on the belief that being kind to people — those we do and don’t know — can set off a chain reaction. When I worked in the service industry, I occasionally observed how much it made someone’s day when another someone paid their tab.

I’ve also experienced this phenomenon more personally. At my last job in a very big and busy mall, I knew a lady who would treat me to a smoothie any time we had a break together. She worked at a pharmacy close by and hadn’t forgotten the time she first approached me at the clothing store where I worked. Nearly in tears, she asked me why my coworker had told her to shop in the maternity section when she wasn’t pregnant. I was two weeks into my job and honestly didn’t know what to do in that situation. I ended up giving her a hug (that she asked for!) after telling her that she should spend her money at a store that would not only cater to her needs more than we could, but would appreciate her as a customer.

Something as simple as telling people they look good, or buying a coffee for the person behind you in line, can make their day. Remembering that there is kindness in the world is sometimes hard. But, as with anything, if you don’t see it, you can create it! I believe in the power of manifestation. Also known as “you reap what you sow”, but less ominous. Thinking about this made me curious about the way people closest to me live their lives, so I asked my friends about moments of kindness they’d either given or received.

One friend, Jesse, referred to a time his mom helped throw a birthday party for a child she’s never met. She joined a Facebook group dedicated to sending gifts and party supplies to children whose parents can’t afford it. He said that the families posted pictures after receiving their gifts, and seeing the child’s happiness made his mom feel happy too.

Another friend of mine, Steph, works at a Starbucks near a university. She told me about a man who came in one day to purchase a $200 gift card. After paying for it, he told her that she was to keep it and use it to charge the students for their coffee. This was during finals. She described the students as being “extremely happy and thankful.”

Last but not least is my friend Brian’s story. He was driving to work when he witnessed a woman running for her bus, baby in one hand and baby carriage in the other. She was clearly struggling but the bus driver didn’t care, so he drove off instead of waiting for her. Brian pulled up beside her and asked her where she was going. It wasn’t on his route but he offered her a ride anyway, which she gratefully accepted.

Each of these stories is slightly different in context but is fundamentally the same when you strip away the layers. I think most people have an innate desire to help others, whether to facilitate a hard moment or to simply expand on a good one. To help make good and bad, better. We aren’t always in a position to save or change a person’s life, but we can change moments. When those moments add up, they can feel like a version of personal wealth. Not only do they make us feel good about doing something nice for someone else, but they impact others too, as they will remember that feeling and pass it on.

Cece is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty On Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

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