As a teenager, I worked at a grocery store as a cashier in a local mall. There was a young man who walked around the mall and it didn't look like he had any friends or family. I learned from store owners that he suffered schizophrenia and was pretty much a loner. He was always very polite to me when he came through my register. It was around Christmas time and I saw him sitting in a coffee shop, looking very alone in the world as I bought a dozen doughnuts for a party I was attending. I walked up to him and I wished him a Merry Christmas and handed him $10.00. His entire face lit up as though I had given him gold. He was so grateful at what I thought was nothing and he thanked me profusely as though no one had ever shown him any kindness ever. I felt very sorry for him and happy that I added some joy to his day. I learned that it is the smallest acts of kindness are what matter most. I will never forget the look of pure joy on his face. Not ever. God bless you, John.
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Michelle from Virginia FEBRUARY 12, 2014
Your story touch my heart. Kindness is never wasted. Keep reaching out.
teresa from california NOVEMBER 9, 2013
Your story sends a ripple...you are one of the people in the world who knows the secret of happiness..sharing with others.God bless u
Jeff S. from Sacramento, CA DECEMBER 30, 2008
I have become recently disabled. I was in an accident which left me paralyzed. Beyond giving money, just the time to say hello is sufficient. being disabled, there are stares & looks. Just take the time say hello is great. The only thing wrong with us is our ability to walk! Reach out!
Vatsal S from Noida, India SEPTEMBER 29, 2008
It really is taking joy in the smallest things in life that keep us from giving up.
This experience of yours along with some others I've read makes me want to go out of my way to make someone's day.
Veitnam/Canada APRIL 1, 2008
That was so sweet. I love this story you touched everyone with this beautiful story of your thanks for writing it. Thank you so much:)