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Practice Random Acts of Comfort for Cancer Patients in Need

Practice Random Acts of Comfort for Cancer Patients in Need | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my birthday, five years ago. Before I headed home to cake and candles, my doctor told me what to expect: radiation, chemotherapy, surgery — and plenty of medical bills. My family and I, we were ready for all that.

What we didn't know was that fighting cancer would be about way more than just treatment. Beyond the nausea and the pain there was fear, confusion, and isolation. What I needed more than anything was comfort.

The love my family poured into me was a lifeline. The smallest gesture from a friend or coworker – flowers, a giant teddy bear, a cup of tea and a warm blanket – suddenly meant the world. And when strangers offered random acts of comfort, from a smile in the checkout line to a kind word from a fellow survivor, that truly helped me feel like I wasn't alone.

So now that I’m a survivor, I'm paying it forward. This pledge seemed like as good a place to start as any (and a charity called Giving Comfort helped me get it off the ground). If 500 people sign it, that's 500 moments of kindness we're creating in the world. If 5,000 signed it, we'd really be making a difference.

Will you pledge to practice random acts of comfort for cancer patients in need? 

More than 1.6 million people in this country are diagnosed with cancer every year. Many don't have the kind of support I did. They need comfort. We can help. 
— Wanda J., Columbia, South Carolina

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Ripil - An App that Encourages Good Deeds

Ripil - An App that Encourages Good Deeds | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

Ripil is a free iPhone app that lets you connect with people on a human level, express your kindness toward the world around you, and allows you to keep track of the continued good that happens after your deed is accomplished.

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To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store

To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

You don't know me. You have no clue that my family has gone through the wringer. You have no clue that we have faced unbelievable hardship. You know none of this but you didn't let that stop you from being compassionate and generous to someone you had never met...

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Sign a card to help a family in need

Sign a card to help a family in need | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

They don't know you and you don't know them, but you have an opportunity to let someone dealing with a disaster know that someone else cares about them.

 

When you sign this online card, the Red Cross will deliver it with supplies given to an impacted family as a way to show that others care during their time of need.

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A Man Takes A Single Rake to The Beach. And When You Zoom Out And See It... Mind BLOWN.

A Man Takes A Single Rake to The Beach. And When You Zoom Out And See It... Mind BLOWN. | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

If you live in San Francisco, California, then you may be lucky enough to come across the art of Andres Amador. He doesn’t paint or sculpt. He prefers a medium that is temporary but absolutely beautiful: a sandy beach at low tide. He uses a rake to create works of art that can be bigger than 100,000 sq. ft.

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Suspended Coffee Society - Ripple Kindness Project

Suspended Coffee Society - Ripple Kindness Project | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

A small act of kindness that doesn't break the bank and helps those less fortunate feel cared for an included.

 

Here's how it works, as told in a small story:

 

“We enter a little coffee house with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table, two people come in and they go to the counter. ‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended.’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.


I ask my friend: ‘What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?’ ‘Wait for it and you will see.’ Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers - three for them and four ‘suspended’.


While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ’suspended’ coffees, suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks, ‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’"

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Random Acts of Kindness Caught On Camera

Random Acts of Kindness Caught On Camera | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

We have all seen “dash cam” videos on Youtube and on TV. In some countries, such as Russia, a large percentage of drivers have dash cams. While they are mostly used as a security and preventive measure against bad driving, you will be pleasantly surprised at what else they captured.

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35 Pictures That Prove The World Isn’t Such A Bad Place

35 Pictures That Prove The World Isn’t Such A Bad Place | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
Everything is NOT terrible.
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Karma Kitchen in Northwest D.C. serves trust and generosity

Karma Kitchen in Northwest D.C. serves trust and generosity | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
It's on me. Who would have thought those three little words would mean so much? Imagine a restaurant where anyone can dine and receive what's freely offered. And it's all a gift.
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Anonymous Good Deed At Tampa Airport Makes Traveling Not So Awful

Anonymous Good Deed At Tampa Airport Makes Traveling Not So Awful | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

Having your credit card declined is annoying, especially when you're at the airport and everyone's in a rush.

It's exactly what happened to Redditor brbmycatexploded at Tampa Airport.

 

But when he stepped out of line to check his balance, he returned to find that his baggage fee had already been paid for and the person had left a note.

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Rolling Jubilee - A Strike Debt project that anonymously liberates medical debtors

Rolling Jubilee - A Strike Debt project that anonymously liberates medical debtors | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

A bailout of the people by the people

 

Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits.

 

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$14M in medical debt abolished for 2,693 debtors in 45 states...anonymously. Amazing.

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$14M in medical debt abolished for 2,693 debtors in 45 states...anonymously. Amazing.

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Photographer Puts Two Strangers Together For Intimate Photographs, And The Results Are Surprising | Elite Daily

Photographer Puts Two Strangers Together For Intimate Photographs, And The Results Are Surprising | Elite Daily | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
Photographer Richard Renaldi takes random people he meets on the street of New York City and asks them to pose in pictures together as if they were family members, friends or lovers.
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Practice Random Acts of Comfort for Cancer Patients in Need

Practice Random Acts of Comfort for Cancer Patients in Need | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my birthday, five years ago. Before I headed home to cake and candles, my doctor told me what to expect: radiation, chemotherapy, surgery — and plenty of medical bills. My family and I, we were ready for all that.

What we didn't know was that fighting cancer would be about way more than just treatment. Beyond the nausea and the pain there was fear, confusion, and isolation. What I needed more than anything was comfort.

The love my family poured into me was a lifeline. The smallest gesture from a friend or coworker – flowers, a giant teddy bear, a cup of tea and a warm blanket – suddenly meant the world. And when strangers offered random acts of comfort, from a smile in the checkout line to a kind word from a fellow survivor, that truly helped me feel like I wasn't alone.

So now that I’m a survivor, I'm paying it forward. This pledge seemed like as good a place to start as any (and a charity called Giving Comfort helped me get it off the ground). If 500 people sign it, that's 500 moments of kindness we're creating in the world. If 5,000 signed it, we'd really be making a difference.

Will you pledge to practice random acts of comfort for cancer patients in need? 

More than 1.6 million people in this country are diagnosed with cancer every year. Many don't have the kind of support I did. They need comfort. We can help. 
— Wanda J., Columbia, South Carolina

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Simon Beck · Ephemeral Art

Simon Beck · Ephemeral Art | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

Beck is an Oxford educated, self-employed mapmaker. His gigantic snow drawings, which he stomps out with snowshoes, are the size of three soccer fields and take about two days to complete.

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See what a random stranger did for a soldier returning home

See what a random stranger did for a soldier returning home | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

"After 11 months apart, one military serviceman couldn't wait to get home to his family - including his 11-month-old son. You have to see what the random stranger he sat next to on the plane did to honor him."

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What is New Mutualism?

What is New Mutualism? | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
It’s the little choices that matter. Do you set up your own home office or join a co-working community? Shop at a chain grocery store or a local food co-op? Bank or credit union? We all face these decisions every day. The choice is deceptively simple -- go it alone or build something together. Building together always ends up better. That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned from freelancers -- your network is everything. The most successful independent workers are the ones who know you need people to turn to when you’re in a dry spell, or you’re overloaded with ...
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Spontaneous Temporary Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum

Spontaneous Temporary Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

Since 2006 artist Joe Mangrum has taken to the streets of New York, Chicago, San Francisco and elsewhere armed with sacks of colored sand that he sprinkles by the handful to create sprawling temporary paintings. Each work is spontaneous in its design and evolves as Mangrum works, spending upwards of 6-8 hours hunched over the ground to complete each piece. The artist estimates he’s completed nearly 550 paintings over the last few years. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, his paintings have appeared at The Corcoran Gallery, theMuseum of Arts and Design in NYC, as well as The Asia Society. He also made a recent appearance onSesame Street. You can see works in progress over on Facebook, and limited edition prints are available through King Art Collective.

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▶ Giving $100 to Homeless People - YouTube

Had a great time giving $100 to some of the nicest people we've ever met. GiveBackFilms is all about giving back and helping people who are less fortunate or going through hard times. We hope that by putting these videos on YouTube, some of you are inspired to go out and do the same type of things. 

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While Everyone Was Busy Killing Each Other, These 35 People Did Something Incredible.

While Everyone Was Busy Killing Each Other, These 35 People Did Something Incredible. | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
Despite our differences, we're all human beings. These powerful images have restored all my faith in the world.
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Why a Seattle architect is giving up designing million-dollar homes to help the homeless | Quirksee

Why a Seattle architect is giving up designing million-dollar homes to help the homeless | Quirksee | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
Rex Hohlbein had been designing luxurious homes for more than two decades when his life began to shift. He began inviting homeless people into the office
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25 Simple Acts Of Kindness to Share on Anniversary of Sandy Hook Tragedy

25 Simple Acts Of Kindness to Share on Anniversary of Sandy Hook Tragedy | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
One year ago today, tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School and the residents of Newtown, Conn., resulting in an unimaginable loss.
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If You Want To Be a Rebel, Be Kind, by Nipun Mehta

If You Want To Be a Rebel, Be Kind, by Nipun Mehta | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
The night before, Pancho Ramos Stierle heard about growing tensions in the community and thought, If police are stepping up their violence, we need to go and step up our nonviolence.
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Teenage Football Players Conspire To Do Something Unexpected | KarmaTube

Teenage Football Players Conspire To Do Something Unexpected | KarmaTube | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

Without telling their coaches, the football players of Olivet Middle School conspired to execute an extraordinary play at their next home game. Actually, it was two plays. The first was to get as close to the goal line as possible without scoring. And the second?  Well, you'll just have to watch the video to find out. The most remarkable effect of the play? "I kind of went from being somebody who mostly cared about myself and my friends to caring about everyone and trying to make everyone's day and everyone's life." Now that may make this the most successful football play of all time. 

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Man On Subway Reacts In Incredible Way To Stranger Sleeping On His Shoulder

Man On Subway Reacts In Incredible Way To Stranger Sleeping On His Shoulder | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

When Isaac Theil let a sleepy stranger take a little catnap on his shoulder, it was because "I simply remembered the times my own head would bop on someone’s shoulder because I was so tired after a long day," he recounted to Tova Ross of Tablet Magazine.

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This Young Boy's Final Wish Will Humble You Like Nothing Else

This Young Boy's Final Wish Will Humble You Like Nothing Else | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
An 11-year-old Louisiana boy who passed away from cancer this week made sure to fulfill his one final selfless wish before he died.
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Gravity Glue - Ephemeral Art Through Balanced Rocks

Gravity Glue - Ephemeral Art Through Balanced Rocks | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

From the Gravity Glue website: 

Over the past few years of practicing rock balance, simple curiosity has evolved into therapeutic ritual, ultimately nurturing meditative presence, mental well-being, and artistry of design. Alongside the art, setting rocks into balance has also become a way of showing appreciation, offering thanksgiving, and inducing meditation. Through manipulation of gravitational threads, the ancient stones become a poetic dance of form and energy, birth and death, perfection and imperfection. they become a reflection of ourselves in a way; precariously sturdy, mysterious and fragile. The ephemeral nature of the balance often encourages contemplations of non-attachment, beauty, and even death. one of the most lovely experiences in practicing rock balance is the unspoken dialogue between the rocks, the surrounding environment and my own creative flow. It is a remarkably sensual experience to feel for balance points and realize them… The positive reactions from people and community often inspire me to continue balancing in public areas. The effect it has tends to be spiritual in nature. For most people, seeing rocks precariously balanced is completely out of the ordinary. the eyes will often argue with the mind over how such a structure can remain in equilibrium.

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