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Different ways that humans are helping their fellow beings and creating beauty in the world....without recognition.
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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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The Asymptotic Leap's curator insight, November 18, 2013 10:18 PM

$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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Alanis Morissette - Thank U. Worth Watching Again.

How 'bout getting off of these antibiotics
How 'bout stopping eating when I'm full up
How 'bout them transparent dangling carrots
How 'bout that ever elusive kudo

Thank you India, thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty, thank you consequence
Thank you, thank you silence

How 'bout me not blaming you for everything
How 'bout me enjoying the moment for once
How 'bout how good it feels to finally forgive you
How 'bout grieving it all one at a time

Thank you India, thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty, thank you consequence
Thank you, thank you silence

The moment I let go of it was
The moment I got more than I could handle
The moment I jumped off of it was
The moment I touched down

How 'bout no longer being masochistic
How 'bout remembering your divinity
How 'bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out
How 'bout not equating death with stopping

Thank you India, thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness, thank you clarity
Thank you, thank you silence, yeah

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This remarkable song and video express the sentiments from whence random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty spring.

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The Earth-Shatteringly Amazing Speech That’ll Change The Way You Think About Adulthood and Life in General

The Earth-Shatteringly Amazing Speech That’ll Change The Way You Think About Adulthood and Life in General | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it

This video will take you out of the tempting narrow focus of your own existence and give you some perspective about your neighborhood, your community, and your world. This speech was delivered at Kenyon College way back in 2005 by David Foster Wallace. 

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The Gist of Life in 10 minutes.

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Uplifted Vibrations: Photo

Uplifted Vibrations: Photo | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
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The OVERVIEW Effect | A short Documentary Film

an experience that transforms astronauts' perspective of the planet and mankind's place upon itCommon features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

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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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Paying it Forward -- Simplicity in a Complex World: Charley Johnson

A former corporate executive in manufacturing, Charley has been a longtime supporter of the Pay it Forward mission.

 

A former corporate executive in manufacturing, Charley has been a longtime supporter of the Pay it Forward mission. In fact, Charley is so passionate about Pay it Forward that he left his company and career behind in 2011 to help advance its mission and bring back simplicity in a complex world. As the president of the Pay it Forward Foundation and head of the worldwide Pay it Forward Movement, he is the creator of the Pay it Forward bracelet, a physical reminder to do good that has been sent to over 1.3 million people in 117 countries. He founded the PIF Experience, the official website of the Pay it Forward Movement, responsible for keeping the world up to date on all things Pay it Forward. Charley also founded the Pay it Forward Hall of Fame in 2011.

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These YouTubers Are On A Mission To Make The Homeless Smile

These YouTubers Are On A Mission To Make The Homeless Smile | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
A group of young Muslim YouTubers took a break from making prank videos to spread a message about giving to those in need, and it's quickly becoming one of their most viral videos to date.
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Something to keep in mind.

Something to keep in mind. | Random Acts of Kindness, Senseless Acts of Beauty | Scoop.it
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Panda little's curator insight, August 29, 2013 11:36 PM

Be kind always and give a benefit of doubt to others. You might not known what is going through their life at the moment.