acts of kindness

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  1. doomtron

    doomtron Hunter

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    I saw this thing on nbc in response to the sandi hook elementary shootings where they asked people to commit acts of kindness . I like many have been angary since we heard about those shootings a thought occured to me acts of kindness are great but to really honor those kids I want to some how help out kids affected by violence .and since I have no idea I figured this place would be a good place to kick around ideas
     
  2. Thenames9

    Thenames9 D-d-d-d-duel!

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    Do anything you can. You don't need any ideas to be kind. Kindness is done out of, well, kindness so anything you do, big or small, contributes in some sort of way.
     
  3. Barricade24

    Barricade24 The Decepticop

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    Sometimes the smallest of actions can have the biggest of impacts.
     
  4. Breakdown96

    Breakdown96 ‘Cause I'm Mr. Brightside

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    No matter how small something you do, as long as the thing you do has meant something it's always a good thing.

    And by the way @TheNames9, just wanted to say 7-3
     
  5. JazzHunter83

    JazzHunter83 Mrs FatalT

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    Not completely on topic (since I don't have any specific ideas) but if anyone is looking for a way to impact the worod in a positive way, google "Karma Army" and look at becoming part of the movement.

    It's not something people are usually talking about, since the idea behind it is not to get praise for your acts of kindness...but to just commit kind/generous/thoughtful acts for people at random times...to increase the overall level of kindness in the world. a pay it forward scenario, is if you are kind to a stranger, then that stranger will hopefully remember it and when an opportunity arises will pay it forward.
     
  6. spikex

    spikex Nightbird is my bitch

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    I posted this on my facebook this morning:

    2013 creative pay-it-forward! The first five people to comment on this status will receive, sometime in the next calendar year, a gift from me! It might be a book, card, baked goodies, or some other form of surprise. It depends on who you are and what I feel would best serve you! There will be no warning and it will happen when the time is right. All you have to do is re-post this to your status and start paying it forward!

    I felt it was a great way to generate some abundance in this world.
     
  7. Fallout

    Fallout Well-Known Member

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    i've made it a habit to compliment random people in the hallways at school, or helping out someone with carrying groceries to their car, small stuff like that that's not taking time i need. i also plan on volunteering at the local homeless shelter...
     
  8. Aernaroth

    Aernaroth <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and Veteran

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    Donate to domestic shelters. Donate to the War Child charity. Support this kickstarter:

    Mine Kafon by Massoud Hassani &mdash; Kickstarter

    Become a "Big Brother". Volunteer at after-school programs for at-risk youth. Become a foster parent. Any and every positive action you take could have resounding benefits on the lives of others and the world as a whole.
     
  9. TFW10

    TFW10 Well-Known Member

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    I'm all right with it.

    One can simply donate to the local animal shelter time to walk the dogs..... Or......
    Help out at a local food bank.

    Although, why does NBC have to tell everyone to be kind, can't people be kind without NBC asking them to be kind?
     
  10. gregles

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    volunteer for a charity in your area, doing something good will make you feel better too and you could gain skills and experience in different fields, I know as I'm a trained councillor thanks to volunteering at a charity in my country called childline.

    Childline aims to help and support children and young people. It is a free phone (and online chat too) counselling service for children or young people its strength in helping people is that it is confidential (only if someone is in life threatening danger will they breach a call) as it is often the case that someone affected by tragedy, abuse, neglect or loss may be reluctant about talking about and getting help and support for this with a parent, friend, social worker or teacher for a myriad of reasons and potential consequences for talking about it, but might consider reaching out to someone external from there immediate circumstances as it is neutral. I obviously can't discuss specifics of any calls I have taken but on rare occasions I know that some calls I have taken have contributed to saving somebodies life, which trust me will make the effort in turning up feel extremely worthwhile.

    I too was extremely pissed off by what happened in america and if you want to channel that nasty feelings into you doing something extremely positive I would personally recommend volunteering for charity which tries to directly help people affected by random tragedies like this
     
  11. doomtron

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    I turned 40 last september and I was told they give school loans you don't have to pay back I think working with Troubled kids in some compacity I had it rough I could probabaly relate
     
  12. Dark Skull

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    No offense to anyone, but I don't understand the reason behind the need for social media to get involved. Sure it makes people more aware, but it lends to the possibility that people would do an act of kindness in hopes of gaining favor with whatever deity they believe in or to just get that "feel good" about themselves moment. I think acts of kindness should be something you do regardless. It shouldn't have to require any motivation from anyone or anything. You just have to want to do it because you wanted to do it (without any influence from anyone else). Period. If not, then.....if you're doing that facebook post, you've just rendered your "random act of kindness" kind of moot as it wouldn't really be random now would it?

    Sorry, but I hate chain-mail bullshit. If you want to be kind to a stranger, then just do it. No need to even tell anyone about it.
     
  13. Aaron

    Aaron Master of Crystalocution Moderator Content Contributor

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    Bravo.
     
  14. moreprimeland

    moreprimeland Optimus told me to do it! Moderator

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    Plus 1.

    I wouldn't do anything because of Social Media..hate all that crap...you do what you can for those who have a greater need...especially children who've lost their homes, parents, limbs, whatever.....and the only one who should know is you.....then it's a true act of kindness.


    Also, if you want to help--children especially, do something similar to this fellow TFW member. Plenty of children here and abroad needing help in many ways.


    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/general-discussion/751568-thanks-tfw2005-i-now-know-who-donate.html
     
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    I can understand why someone discussing there kind actions can seem a bit like bragging to others to you or only after self serving brownie points in a religion and in both occasions a bit hypocritical.

    I have one question to you though what exactly is wrong with one of someone's motivations in doing something nice or kind to feel good about themselves, given how many horrible and nasty troll like things some people do to try and make themselves feel good. I'm not going to lie I do lazy self indulgent things all the time like street fighter or transformer episode marathons which is fun in moderation but doing my voluntary shift once a week since 2009 makes me feel good and like I have something good and valuable to contribute to others. I don't wish anyone else to feel bad about what they do in there personal time as I waste enough of mine.
     
  16. Dark Skull

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    There is nothing wrong with doing kind acts. The motivation behind such acts should not come from anywhere but within. It really shouldn't come from anyone but yourself. To me, if you're doing it because someone made a post on social media.....then it really isn't truly genuine now is it?

    That of course is just my opinion. Anyone is more than welcome to disagree.
     
  17. spikex

    spikex Nightbird is my bitch

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    The use of social media is more about inspiring others to do the same. I could agree with you if that's the only time a person gets off their ass to do something for humankind.
     
  18. Dark Skull

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    Unfortunately.......that seems to be the case for a lot of people......not everyone though.
     
  19. gregles

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    In some ways it doesn't really matter what first gives a person the idea to do something nice. My reason to start volunteering is a bit lame and far from within or selfless. I only went to the open day of my charity to keep my then girlfriend company as she felt too shy to go on her own.

    After I witnessed the talks I thought what the hell its something nice, I get free ten week training and only have to commit to one shift a week. When I got on the phone lines and I first had a positive call where someone thanked me loads and I could here how there mood had changed dramatically from the start of the call all for what was only a small amount of effort from me I felt great.

    I suppose the idea to continue doing it comes from within as I understand how doing this sort of thing with their free time isn't practical for everyone as my now ex who I tagged along with for the open day stopped after she completed her year commitment. She did it while we were still going out so it wasn't because we split, just felt like I had to clear that point
     
  20. doomtron

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    Thanks all for the ideas I also belive you can spread good will through you're daily walk . As far as the media yes they take things to the extreme for crap reasons but if you can get some positive out of them for once then take it.