Random act of kindness

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A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing either to assist or to cheer up an individual person or people. The phrase may have been coined by Anne Herbert, who says that she wrote "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty" on a place mat at a Sausalito restaurant in 1982 or 1983.[1][2] Either spontaneous or planned, random acts of kindness are encouraged by various communities.[citation needed] Another story credits much of this phrase to Bakersfield College professor Chuck Wall of Bakersfield, California.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Adair Lara, "Random Acts of Senseless Kindness", The San Francisco Chronicle, May 16, 1991
  2. ^ "Handy Tips on How to Behave at the Death of the World," Whole Earth Review, Spring 1995, p.88
  3. ^ KGET Web Article of February 2014 taking the story from a KGET story that ran "Bakersfield Professor Promotes Kindness" January 20, 2009
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ http://www.inner.org/education/educ33.htm
  6. ^ http://www.chabad.org/therebbe/livingtorah/player_cdo/aid/490071/jewish/Acts-of-Goodness-and-Kindness.htm and more generally, http://www.chabad.org/search/keyword_cdo/kid/10740/jewish/Chessed-Acts-of-Kindness.htm
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ 4000saturdays.com, One Million Random Acts of Kindness Campaign
  9. ^ Random Acts of Kindness (06/06/2009)
  10. ^ "Web site rewards inner beauty". CNN. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  11. ^ WBRZ News, 5 April 2012
  12. ^ "Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts Online". New York Times. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/05/feed-the-deed_n_4898943.html