Thursday, 28 September 2017

A Small Act Of Kindness

Sometimes when you're having a really bad day one person can change your whole mindset.

I was feeling rubbish this morning. I'm not sleeping very well at the moment and K is having a tough week too so when i woke up this morning i had a little grey cloud over my head. 
I left the house feeling overwhelmed, overtired and stressed.

And then i crossed paths with a lovely woman who did something to make my life easier. 
I'd never met this person before and she had no reason to go out of her way to do something nice for someone else but just did.

She gave me a lift to the bus stop.

You may be thinking  Oh Wow! You're so grateful for this? Get a grip love.

But actually yes i was so grateful. 
Because the College that K attends is 3 miles outside of town in a small village and i don't drive. The local bus only runs to this village once a hour.
We get off the bus, walk five minutes to the campus, i walk K to the door and say goodbye and then its an hour wait for the next bus.
The bus goes round the village in a loop so if i could back to the bus stop in about 4 minutes then i can be home an hour earlier.

What a difference this makes to my day and my state of mind.

Firstly i have an extra hour to myself.
Secondly my stress levels are immediately reduced because I'm not sat on a village bench for an hour with my brolly and dying for a wee.
And thirdly its just really nice when somebody does something for you purely because they want to.


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This isn't intended to be a preachy blog. I'm not perfect. I tut impatiently when someones holding me up, i don't always notice that i could do something to help someone else.
Without that gesture this morning i probably would've trudged through my day not giving it a second thought. 

But standing there waiting for the bus i wondered.. If everyone did one small thing for someone else out of kindness, just a tiny thing, how much happier would we all be?
How many peoples spirits could i lift just by lending a hand to someone or even taking the time to notice them. 

So here's my list of Acts of kindness that i will try to do for others.They wont cost me anything and might make someone else smile.


  • Compliment a parent on their child's lovely manners
  • Tell someones boss how fab their employee is
  • Give up my seat on public transport for someone who needs it more.
  • Let the person in the supermarket queue with one item go before me
  • Help someone with heavy bags
  • Take the time to ask someone if they are OK. 


Please feel free to leave me a comment.

Has anyone ever shown you an act of Kindness? how did it make you feel?

Any suggestions for acts of kindness you feel would make someone else's day a little bit easier? 

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64 comments:

  1. My neighbour asked her gardener to trim my bushes after doing hers and she wouldn't accept any payment - she told me it was a gift from her to me as I water her pots when she is away on holiday! So my garden bushes look lovely now!

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    1. A carers Perspective16 October 2017 at 03:26

      Thats lovely, its good to have abit of neighbourly spirit, theres not enough of that these days

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  2. A friend won a star pack to name a star in the sky after a loved one who has passed she knew I had just lost my Dad & gifted the star to me so I named it after Dad xxx

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    1. A carers Perspective16 October 2017 at 03:30

      That is so kind and what a lovely way to remember your dad xx

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  3. After I had my gallbladder removed I could barely walk, my neighbour looked after my 2 young children and made sure they got to and from school ok and she also made us dinner for roughly two weeks! I felt very lucky and have recently managed to return the favour, my neighbour had a hip replacement I played nurse, cook and gardener! :) if only all neighbours were like us ;)

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    1. A carers Perspective16 October 2017 at 12:03

      Its so nice to have people you can depend on when you are poorly and what a great example to show your children

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  4. I am very lucky, I suffer from terrible chronic medical conditions and I have the most amazing hubby who cares for me. He is always doing things for me :)

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    1. A carers Perspective16 October 2017 at 12:05

      Bless your lovely husband, caring can be tough at times, thanks for commenting

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  5. I was at the till paying for my groceries and had to sign my Clubcard Plus receipt (as it seems to be the only card that still isn't chip and pin). The cashier was new and she couldn't find a pen for me to sign the slip. She was getting flustered as the cashier who was looking after her had gone to help another customer. She didn't know what to do so I told her not to worry as I had a pen in my bag and signed my name. She told me she'd forgotten to bring a pen as it was her first day, so I said 'keep this one'. She was so grateful and thanked me so much but I just wanted to help her out. I know what it's like to be new and feel a bit overwhelmed. It was a small thing for me to do but a big thing to her to help her through her day.

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    1. A carers Perspective16 October 2017 at 12:08

      This is such a nice story and like you said its the little things that mean alot. ive worked in retail and some customers can be so rude and grumpy so im sure you made that person feel really valued

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  6. The headteacher sent me a lovely card, congratulating me on having such a lovely daughter after she took her a get well card when she was off sick, it came as a complete shock as we had not known she had done this, I felt so proud

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    1. A carers Perspective16 October 2017 at 12:09

      you must've been very proud of your daughter- what a sweet thing to do

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  7. A friend and colleague was off sick from work and had been for a while and I knew it was getting to her and making her feel down so I had a large bouquet of flowers delivered to her at home. She was so grateful and I felt pretty good for surprising her in that way.

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    1. A carers Perspective17 October 2017 at 04:45

      Thats lovely, i love having flowers in the house, instant mood lifter!

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  8. me and the hubby take the mother in law food shopping every week

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  9. I went to Starbucks for lunch. I got to the counter and realised I forgot my purse. The woman behind me paid for it before I could protest. She said lunch was on her.

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    1. A carers Perspective17 October 2017 at 04:47

      That was really nice of her.

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  10. I gave a man £5 to catch a train home after he was discharged from hospital and lost his cash.

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    1. A carers Perspective18 October 2017 at 06:44

      that's so lovely of you x

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  11. A young lad helped my elderly mother to carry her shopping off the bus.

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    1. A Carers Perspective18 October 2017 at 06:46

      i love it when a young person shows how kind they can be. that age group gets a lot of criticism for the way they behave but actually the majority are lovely considerate people

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  12. At Slimming world I helped an older lady to her car arm in arm every week after group. She found it a bit of a struggle to walk as she was in need of an knee operation. Then one week she won the raffle and insisted on giving the prize to me, we've become such good friends, I'm in my 30's and she's in her 70's x x x

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    1. A Carers Perspective18 October 2017 at 06:48

      thats really nice, sounds like you've made a great friend there

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  13. i do this daily, i have a 11 year old with scrollissis of the spine, she wears a back brace 23 hours a day and has done since she was 3 years old, its really tough on her she carnt do anything, but we are now getting ready for her biggest yet operation at aged 15, but shes such a good kid, makes me smile everyday x

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    1. bless her, i have a lot of respect for you it must be really tough, i hope her operation goes well, hugs to both of you xx

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  14. My son was really kind to me a few weeks ago. He is only 12 but I was in bed ill so he made me tea all day and did the hoovering...such a sweetie!!

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    1. A Carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:29

      Sounds like you have a lovely young man!

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  15. An extremely kind flight attendant looked after my husband during a panic attack and then continued to look after us with free tea throughout the flight, she was amazing

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    1. A Carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:30

      She sounds amazing!

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  16. my friend picked up my little boy from school when I was running late :)

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    1. A Carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:31

      Its great to have good friends on the school run :)

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  17. I went to the shopping centre management offices to get a stranger toilet roll. It has run out and she was stuck, I heard a call and would have liked the help if it were the other way around!

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    1. A Carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:34

      Bless you! bet she was glad you were around in her hour of need!

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  18. When my hamster was poorly she couldn't manage to eat from her bowl so I went into a toy shop looking for a doll's plate as I thought she would find that alot easier to eat from. The shop only had one and it was part of a display, but the lady in the shop let me have it when I told her why I wanted it :) x

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    1. A Carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:36

      aw! thats kind, hope your hamster made a speedy recovery

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  19. I helped an elderly lady over the road with her shopping - stopping the traffic.

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    1. A Carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:37

      That's kind of you. Watching elderly people cross the road genuinely causes me anxiety! and they never use the crossing either!

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  20. I'm exhausted and can't think of a particular act of kindness I've received atm. But just wanted to say I love this!!!! Kindness makes the world go round I believe. I often sit in my wheelchair at bus stops in the pouring rain and driving wind, with soaking wet face, knees, and feet, watching oversized car after car drive past and thinking to myself that if I'm ever able to drive, I would not drive past people in that situation. I'm so glad someone extended their kindness to you today. Perhaps a reward for an often thankless job of being a kind carer x

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    1. A Carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:39

      Thanks Clare, that's really sweet. It is frustrating sometimes watching other people function relatively easily in life when simple things are such a struggle for yourself.

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  21. An act of kindness (or as I more think of it as- simply being human) that I do at every opportunity is giving anything I can to homeless people. Seeing them sitting there with the world walking past them as if they're invisible upsets and angers me greatly. If you see homeless people, please at least give them eye contact and a warm smile of empathy - you never know how that could lift them even for a moment x

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    1. A Carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:41

      that's very true. i always give them a smile even if i cant afford to give them anything that day

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  22. a random stranger paid for my car park ticket today

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    1. A carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:43

      Thats really kind of them

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  23. My daughter looked after me when I was unwell despite having 3 little ones

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    1. A Carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:44

      You must have raised her well Mandy to look after her mum :)

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  24. I let someone with an upset baby go before me in the queue

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    1. A Carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:46

      There's nothing worse than your baby having a tantrum in the supermarket! i'm sure the mum was very grateful

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  25. When my husband accidentally put diesel in the bike instead of unleaded petrol just before we were due at the ferry port, a lovely couple gave me an emergency lift to the port and not only that, they took me to the front door of my home. They would not accept any kind of gift. What angels.

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    1. A Carers Perspective20 October 2017 at 14:48

      That is really kind, stories like this reconfirm my faith in humanity! some people really will go out of their way to help someone else. makes me smile x

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  26. I got some items off top shelf of supermarket for sweet old lady (i am 6ft 4!)

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  27. We were away on holiday when someone smashed their car into our front wall, demolishing it and driving off. Our lovely neighbour rang to tell me what had happened and then cleared all the (very heavy!) blocks off our front lawn. We were so grateful and it saved us from having to return home early. We treated him and his wife to a meal out

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  28. i gave a young lad some spare change as he didnt have enough for his shopping in his local supermarket

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  29. I often let drivers out when pulling across into traffic, not many do it to me though

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  30. I carried an old mans suitcase up the stairs at the railway station, across the bridge and down the other side. It was much heavier than I expected - maybe full of books? He would definitely have struggled anyway!

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  31. I believe that we should all live our life by this sensible, unselfish, empathetic motto: Do unto others as you would wish others to do unto you.

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  32. help older people

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  33. When my elderly neighbour was poorly I did her food shopping for her and got her some treats for when she was on the mend

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  34. I helped a local old lady find her phone and house keys a week ago, she put them in the dog poo bag and dropped them down an embankment, i climbed down and rang her phone , unfortunately alot of people had actually thrown bags of poo down there, i could hear it ring so had to work out which back it was !!!, got there in the end x

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  35. helped and elderly man back home after collecting his pension,it was very icey and was having trouble walking.

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  36. I like to donate to my local food bank as often as possible, everyone needs a helping hand

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  37. I took my niece to the park yesterday to give her mum and dad a break.

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  38. My ex after we split up spend 2 days at mine looking after my kids neither of them are his when I was poorly

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  39. Been volunteering for a year at the BHF and the day before my birthday (in September) I went out for a bit at lunch-time. When I came back I had a cheeseburger bought for me and a chocolate cake was waiting. Everyone sang Happy Birthday and had signed a card. Made me a bit tearful. Where I used to work and get paid for, I had ONE card I think in 9 years of working there. :) Although they do it for nearly all volunteers (the ones that have been there more than a few weeks before their birthday) it's a lovely touch and shows they appreciate you even if they don't "pat you on the back" all the time.

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  40. Made my friend a birthday cake - I just enjoy doing it, I love peoples reactions when they get a nice treat that they deserve xx

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