Free Fish via Random Act of Kindness

Free Fish via Random Act of Kindness


Random Act of Kindness by definition is “a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people” (Wikipedia).

Do you ever get a hunger for something? This weekend, I had a craving for some fish from Long John Silver’s. I pulled up to the drive thru and placed my order, noticing that there were two cars ahead of me. Enjoying a few minutes of down time, I checked my email and Facebook. Finally, it was my turn to pull up and pay. I rolled down my window and started to hand my money to the guy who was working, but he said, “The people in front of you paid for yours”! I responded back, “Why?” in a puzzled voice. His response was, “Just some sweet old people, I guess”.


This really made me start thinking about how a small act could impact someone else. After returning home, I found the Random Act of Kindness foundation. The foundation was created in 1995 and is a “movement whose aim is to help everyone create a better world by spreading awareness and increasing engagement in kind actions”.

One of the great things about The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is that they offer lots of ideas on how to spread kindness. People often get discouraged because they do not feel as if they have enough time, money, or experience in order to help others. A random act of kindness can be something as simple as ‘holding a door open’ to ‘leaving change on a candy machine’ in order to  cheer someone up.

Have you ever experienced a random act of kindness? If so, one of the great features of  Random Act of Kindness is sharing your story. You can also browse resources, watch videos, download lesson plans, and sign up for their monthly newsletter.

I wonder if the ‘sweet old people’ in the car ahead of me ever thought their act would turn into a blog post? I do know that their $4.18 investment sure did turn into a big smile!




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  1. That is so nice. We should all do a random act of kindness once in a while. I had someone pay for my toll at a toll booth once ($2). It totally made my day because it was so unexpected and it restored faith in the goodness of people…. we really need to be reminded of that now a days.

  2. This is wonderful, I had someone pay our breakfast back in Nov. a wonderful feeling..

  3. Reading this made me smile, feel warm all over, then squirm just a little. Random acts of kindness, do make such an impact on our lives ( as much on the ones giving as the ones receiving), with really so little effort or money involved. So…why do we not make more of an effort to do this? Why do we spend so much of our time, and our lives spreading “random acts of meaness”? See, I did squirm… Yikes…when I think of of the times, that I, yes me- have spent talking of others, in maybe not the most flattering ways, or not being the most patient or helpful person that I could be, hmmm. Okay, this blog today, has made an impact on me, and I will try, very, very hard to spread some of that kindness around… Thank you for the much needed reminder.

  4. It’s nice to know that despite the financial crisis the world is facing now, there are still people who reach out and be of help to the needy. They are good example and inspiration to most of us.

  5. How sweet of that couple to do that. You’ve inspired me to find opportunities to do random acts of kindness. This is going to be fun!

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