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March 2020 Official Discussion

Greetings! February's issue of the Daily Prophet was all about Random Acts of Kindness Day! Every act of kindness, no matter how big or small, can brighten up someone's day. If you haven't checked out the February issue of the Daily Prophet, be sure to do so now! After you've done that, don't forget to come back and dive into our discussion!

Discussion Questions to Consider:
- Which article in this issue was your favorite and why?
- What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else?
- What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others?
- What does the word "kindness" mean to you? How do you feel when you do kind things for other people?
- Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why?
- What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone?

R U L E S
- In order for you to be eligible to win, your post must be over 200 words long and relevant to the topic.
- The best post will be chosen based on originality, the points made, and how well it fits the topic of discussion.
- All HEX terms apply; as such, all work must be your own.
- Your discussion posts should be made in this thread by
11:59PM HEX time on March 28th. Any posts submitted later than this will not be eligible for prizes.
- Any questions can be posted in this thread or owled to Raine.


P R I Z E S
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*Everyone who meets the minimum requirements, including the randomized winners, will earn 1 ticket towards the Newsstand’s quarterly raffle.
 

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My husband is the definition of kindness. With my disability, I have specific challenges that I need help with, and he never moans about helping me at all. Some days I feel extremely guilty for all the help I have to have, but he always makes sure I never feel bad for long. In return, I help him with whatever he needs help with. He has dyslexia so reading and writing is difficult for him.

Easy acts of kindness would include holding a door open for someone or helping them pick something up they dropped. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something huge. Everything goes a long way.

Kindness means showing someone how much you care about them. It means helping them regardless of your own feelings. Sometimes it even means sacrificing something you want to do so they can have that little bit of enjoyment. Kindness is at the centre of everything and is important to show a little every day.

Personally, I prefer smaller acts of kindness. Those little things go a long way and you get such a great feeling from knowing you have helped someone, even just a bit. I am a Cub Scout leader and I’m really trying to install the importance of kindness into everything we do.

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Pureblood
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- Which article in this issue was your favorite and why?
Economy. It brought up a lot of points I agree with. Especially this statement "I was wondering why we do not show our love more often during the other days of the year as well." by Mark. we need to show love all the time, not just on special days.
- What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else?
When my father died, my friend insisted I not be alone. She came over and got me and I stayed with her several days until the funeral. that was nice....but she drove me back and forth every day so I could take care of my animals. I lived on the other side of town so it was about an hour's drive round trip each day for her. I will never forget her kindness.
I paid off a friend's student loan so she could qualify for a loan to get a house.
- What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others?
Something as simple as a smile. Holding a door open for someone. Saying Thank you. Telling someone how nice they look.
- What does the word "kindness" mean to you? How do you feel when you do kind things for other people?
Showing people you care. In today's world that is a rare thing, Taking time to do something for someone else is a wonderful thing. Imagine how much happier everyone would be if all of us did one act of kindness every day.
- Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why?
Both are good, but I prefer smaller acts of kindness. You can do more of them and make more people feel good. It doesn't cost anything to smile at someone. Little things can make a person's day better.
- What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone?
If they are having a bad day, it could turn it around. It might make them feel better about them self.
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- Which article in this issue was your favorite and why?
My favorite article was Wizarding Crimes. It was funny to imagine a Masked Niffler running around and returning poor people money and their belongings. The Masked Niffler has morals and didn’t help the rich because the articles states that they only helped the most needed.

- What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else?
The nicest thing someone has ever done for me is hard to say. I have lots of things that people have done for me. In real life, I had friends who have visited me when I was sick. They would bring me stuff and entertain me. They were awesome!


I remembered a friend didn’t have a date for her school dance and I went over to ask her out. She was so happy and grateful. She wanted to have good memories of going out on a date for her Senior Year.


- What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others?
The few acts of kindness are something I try to do every chance I get. I help put in the trash cans for my elderly neighbor. I mow lawns for a couple of my neighbors who can’t do it because they are senior citizens. Say something positive to people at work every day.

- What does the word "kindness" mean to you? How do you feel when you do kind things for other people?
The word kindness means a lot of things to me. I don’t have to do something kind because I want to receive recognition. I do it because it makes the world a better place to live in. I feel very grateful that I can do something kind for others. It changes their attitude and they in return will reciprocate the act to others.


- Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why?
I don’t have a preference for the act of kindness, just as long as it’s genuine. If you do something kind there shouldn't be a reward for the act.

- What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone?
The best thing about doing something kind for someone is their appreciation of the act. I do it so they have a better day.

[WC: 304]
 

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- Which article in this issue was your favorite and why?

ECONOMY by Mark was my favorite article in this issue for a number of reasons. One thing that really caught my attention was how this month does blow up the economies. The prices get outrageous and it is a real commercial success for businesses. It also depletes everyone’s spending budget for the month!

But it is a really wonderful idea about given heart-felt gifts more often and letting people know on a day to day basis. I know it can make a person’s day just to get a kind word and that costs nothing. Volunteering is a good thing to do to, because time is precious.

- What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else?

It is hard to say what the nicest thing someone has ever done for me. The first thing that comes to mind is Jesus dying for my sins. Lots of people in my family, my jobs over the years and here on Hex have done some incredibly kind things for me. It is hard to single anyone one act of kindness out.

As far as the nicest thing I have ever done for someone, that too is difficult to say. It is not up to me to say, it is really how they perceive things. What I may consider the kindest may differ in others views.

- What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others?

Every day acts of kindness? By bringing my elderly neighbors’ mail to their doors. Donating books to the local literacy program for adults. And paying everyone you meet a compliment. Words sometimes can be the kindest thing one can do.

- What does the word "kindness" mean to you? How do you feel when you do kind things for other people?

To me kindness is treating others with respect. You do not have to agree with everyone or even like them. But respect and cordiality are a kindness we can all show each other. I try not to think about how I feel, but rather how others do. 

- Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why?

I do not think that acts of kindness can be judged by size or quantified. They just are what they are.

- What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone?

The best thing about doing something kind is that you, even if it is only for a few seconds, have made their lives a little better. In turn it makes the world a little better.

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kindness to me is simply saying or doing something for the purpose of trying to improve someone else's day/mood, or just to be a nice person even if they're doing great, and not doing it just to make yourself look good or for bragging rights. I think it's mutually beneficial; not only could you make someone's day, or keep it on a high note if they were already having a good day, but being kind to others really can help you feel better about yourself (though of course kindness isn't about prioritising yourself – it's just a nice bonus lol). I know that in my own case, I've learned to be more gentle with myself through my efforts to be kind to other people, and it's nice to feel like you could be having a positive effect on someone else's life, even just momentarily.

it's difficult to say what the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me is. mostly because I don't like to rank them – any act of kindness is so meaningful to me and I don't want it to seem like I prefer certain grand acts over others.
maybe how when one of my favourite artists played his first show in Ireland (two years ago tomorrow, actually), he got me in for free because he just REALLY wanted me to be there. or how for my birthday later that year, he mailed me pages of some of my favourite lyrics of his that he'd written out for me. or how a few weeks ago, a week after my uncle passed away, he cared enough to ask me how my family and I were doing. or how tonight, when he found out about life-threatening health issues I'm currently experiencing, he went out of his way to send me the kindest message about the impact I've had on him and the group we're in and how much I matter to him.
maybe how a year ago, when an influencer was releasing a new hoodie design (all black, with 'you matter' on the front and 'I feel weak but I know I'm strong' stitched on the sleeves), he saw I couldn't afford it but found out I was celebrating being 14 months clean of self-harm at the time so he just straight up sent me one, and I wear it ALL the time.
maybe how a friend I met on Hex got a bracelet made for me that's made up of the words 'I love you' in her handwriting.
certainly the way that so many people here that I'm lucky enough to be friends with have been here for me through so much hell I've been dealing with, and sending supportive messages if they notice I've been quiet for a while.
but ANY kindness that anybody shows to me means the world to me.

I also don't really like to talk about acts of kindness I do for others, because... I just don't want to seem like I'm showing off or gloating about how great I am (which I'm not). I like to just quietly do good deeds for the sake of others – and enjoy doing it anonymously too if I can and if they don't mind it, so I can smile at people gushing about it and wondering who it is. I also honestly don't know what the kindest thing I've ever done for anyone is, because it's subjective in the sense that what was something small for me could have been major to the person I was doing it for, and the opposite is true as well.

I don't have a preference for whether the act is big or small, either. all of it is meaningful to me. I love being shown smaller, simpler acts of kindness regularly, but I also know that a lot of people struggle with that on both ends and can only handle more grandiose things, and I'm completely fine with that. it's the thought, intention, and focus on the other individual(s) that counts.

the easiest things to do for people are holding the door open for them, picking up something they've dropped, complimenting their outfit/hair/makeup, offering to help carry things with them, offering a shoulder to cry on, sending a nice message to let them know you're thinking of them... just simple little things like that, which I feel most people already do. one of the best things you can give up is your time, whether it's by volunteering at local shelters or by helping people do things like cooking a meal or cleaning their room if that's something they're struggling with. money also helps if you have spare change – like donating to worthwhile causes, especially smaller personal fundraisers, or by doing things like paying for coffee for the person behind you in the queue.
like I said before, it genuinely does help you feel better about yourself, because if you treat people with kindness or make sacrifices for them you'll realise you can leave a lasting positive effect on the world by uplifting others as well as yourself.


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I think acts of kindness can range from the small and often unnoticed things; like smiling at someone, holding a door open; to the large acts more commonly associated with charity.
To me kindness is all about the small everyday things that make people feel better or make their lives easier in some way. The big acts of kindness are good, but sometimes (and only sometimes) I find that the flashy acts can be more about the person doing the act getting some recognition than the person that are helping. I find that it is the quiet, unassuming acts, the ones that no-one sees that often have the most impact. Often acts of kindness are about doing something good for someone without regard for what you yourself want or feel.
The best thing about doing something kind for someone is knowing that you have made something easier for them or have made the world a slightly better place because of your action.
I'm trying to think of things I have done that are acts of kindness, and I am really struggling; not because I don't do things, but because the all seem so small and insignificant on their own. The only thing I can think of was the other day when I was in the queue to see the receptionist at the doctors (about a routine thing) and a man came in with his child and they were struggling to work the online sign in system. I let them go ahead of me in the queue because they were clearly in a rush and I had finished things for the day and had plenty of time. I was easy for me to do and I did it without really thinking of it as an act of kindness.

[WC: 297]
 

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For me personally, the kind acts that touch me the most are the small ones. The ones people do not do consciously to be nice. When people ask that extra time if you're okay or how your weekend was, when they jump in to help if you're unable to do something. When people thank you and they mean it. When they take time out of their day to do something together. Those are the things I appreciate most. I was really touched when recently, I was on the train and I saw a father trying to get his buggy on the train and he was struggling. Immediately, someone got up and helped him lift it in. He didn't even need to ask. Same thing happened when he got off the train, and this really gave me back some of my faith in humanity.
Kindness to me is just being nice, friendly or considerate to other living things. It's not just limited to humans!
Not everyone is able to volunteer or donate money, I get that: I am not either, but helping someone when they need it, saying hi and good morning or asking someone how their day was is free, doesn't take much time but it's so valuable! The best thing that can happen is that you get a friend out of it.

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Some people may argue that someone who is kind is also selfish because they may enjoy the way it makes them feel. That is, they're kind because it makes them feel better about themselves about having had helped someone else. However, to me, kindness means giving without expecting anything in return, just to make someone else feel better.

While maybe big acts of kindness may have a long lasting impact, I prefer small acts of kindness (which can also be as memorable as the big ones). Like the couple of times I'm in line at the supermarket to buy sand for my cat's litter and someone who has a lot of stuff looks at me and let's me go before them because I'm only holding that bag. Now that brightens my day every time because those people have never seen me before, will likely never see me before and don't "gain" anything from doing that.
Other small acts of kindness I can think from the top of my head are holding the door for someone, offering to carry certain heavy objects if you see they're struggling (I know I'm guilty of doing the "one trip only" thing from my car to my house and would definitely appreciate some help, like that time there were two teenager girls that helped me carry my cat's new litter box). How weird is that my examples of small acts of kindness always relate to my cat

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- What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else?
The nicest thing I've done for someone is probably the long nights I've spent talking people back from the edge. Worth it every damn time. The nicest thing anyone has done for me is probably similar.

- What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others?
Smile at someone on the street. Pick up something that someone dropped. Compliment someone's outfit. Pay a coffee forward.

- What does the word "kindness" mean to you? How do you feel when you do kind things for other people?
Kindness is being good to others, even if it's hard. Being kind sometimes hurts because of the sacrifices I've made, but that is far overshadowed by the feeling of warmth I get from being kind to others.

- Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why?
Both are needed and good. I couldn't say I prefer one over the other. Large acts of kindness can change a life in many ways. But it's often the tiniest things, like smiling at a woman in a hijab at the bus stop, that really make a difference.

- What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone?
Seeing the effects - a growing smile, a more confident tilt of the head, a fuller belly, a stronger voice. No matter what act of kindness, seeing others grow and blossom is beautiful.
 

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- Which article in this issue was your favorite and why?
Aunt Edna's- I love her tips and reminders about how a little kindness goes a long way because she is absolutely correct. These tips are so very applicable to the world right now regarding the global pandemic we're facing. Little acts of kindness like helping the people you live with around the house to keep it clean (cause we're gonna be stuck here for a while), or paying for your grandparents' groceries for a week goes such a long way! I also love the note she makes that kindness can be inspired in random moments. I think it's a great reminder for everyone to think on while we're all locked up with our families and friends. Kindness is more important than ever!

- What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else?
These are very hard questions. I have been immensely blessed in my life by amazing friends and family who support me through everything. I have a chronic illness and have been in and out of hospitals my entire life. A specific memory pops in my brain when I just remember thinking "Oh my gosh, what did I ever do to deserve such kindness?" I was in the hospital for two weeks out of state and my best friend ended up getting our entire church's youth group (EVERY GRADE) to write me a get well letter. It was a HUGE box filled to the brim with feel better wishes.

As for my act of kindness, I don't think that's mine to judge. I try to be kind every day and I especially attempt to ALWAYS be kind to nurses when I'm in the hospital because they are seriously underappreciated. Even when I feel crappy I try to be kind to those around me, and that's all I can say!

- What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others?
I feel like everyone thinks compliments but never says them verbally! The world would be so much more positive if we actually complimented someone when the thought pops into our heads! When you like someone's makeup, tell them! When you like their shirt, let them know! And then obviously helping people around the house never hurts! Taking out the trash will make someone's day.

- What does the word "kindness" mean to you? How do you feel when you do kind things for other people?
Kindness, to me, is actions formed from love, and they are performed with no expectations of reciprocation. Being kind is always satisfying, but that isn't a reason to be kind. Kindness should be selfless.

- Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why?
I think both have their time and place! I find smaller acts more personal and therefore I favor them

- What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone?
I think just the smile on their face and the overall spark of happiness no matter how small.

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- Which article in this issue was your favorite and why?

My favorite article was From the Kitchen. I thought the salmon and dill puffs and the mini mushroom pies sounded delicious. I love cheese cake but think I’ll skip it though. I’m worried about what flavor of beans I might come across. I just can’t imagine something with a Vomit Every Flavor Bean in it tasting good.

- What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else?

I’m really not sure on either of these things. I have certainly done things for people and they have done things for me but trying to pick just one thing is too hard.

- What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others?

Opening the door for someone who has their hands full, helping them pick up something they have dropped or just saying something nice like giving them a complement.

- What does the word "kindness" mean to you? How do you feel when you do kind things for other people?

Kindness means doing something for someone else without expecting anything in return. It can be something small like a smile or something big like helping someone move.

- Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why?

I don’t really have a preference. It doesn’t always matter if it is something big or something small. It’s the fact that someone cared enough to do something that matters.

- What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone?

To me the best thing about doing something kind for people is that it makes them happy and making other people happy also has a way of making me happy. It makes me feel good.


 

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- Which article in this issue was your favorite and why?

The Wizarding Crimes Article is my favourite because I love the Masked Niffler and have always loved reading about crimes no matter if they are in real life or in the magical world. I've devoted a majority of my life towards fighting crime and it's one of my passions, so that also probably contributes. I also thought the article was very well written.

- What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else?

The nicest thing anybody has ever done for me is probably being there during times of struggle to show their support and that they care. Showing kindness has always been very important to me. The nicest thing I have done for someone else is probably the same by showing them I cared and offering to listen to them while they rant.

- What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others?

You could say hello and ask how people are doing. You could buy somebody's coffee or tea. You could offer advice and listen to people talk about a troubling subject matter. The opportunities to show kindness are limitless. It's all about how willing you are to be kind.

- What does the word "kindness" mean to you? How do you feel when you do kind things for other people?

The word Kindness to me means someone who is willing to be nice and devote their time to help others. Kindness is showing someone you care and brightening up somebody else's day. I feel wonderful after I do something for someone else because you make a huge impact on somebody's life when you show kindness and it makes me feel good inside every time I do it.

- Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why?

Personally, I perfer smaller ones because they don't take much time or resources and you can still make somebody's day a lot better.

- What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone?

The best thing about doing something kind for someone is knowing that you have made an impact on their life and you may be the one positive thing that happens to that person the entire day, so you give them something that they may not have had in a long while.

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What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else?
I’m not sure what’s the nicest thing someone has done for me or vice versa. I guess just listening to others or someone listening to me. I have a number of examples of small acts of kindness I’ve been shown or I’ve shown others but I really don’t know what I would say was the nicest either way.

What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others?
I think the easiest act of kindness you can do every day for others is to be kind and try to be there for someone when they need you. You should always try to listen to others and show you care about their problems and try to help if you can. I think people appreciate when you actually pay attention to them and take an interest in what they are saying so try to listen more and be there if needed.

What does the word "kindness" mean to you? How do you feel when you do kind things for other people?
I think kindness means someone being nice and thinking about others before themselves. I feel good when I do kind things for others. I like to make other people feel happy and it gives me joy to know I had a positive impact on someone.

Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why?
I think any act of kindness is important regardless of size. I don’t think I’ve ever really done any large acts of kindness before myself but I would if I could. I like to see large acts but smaller acts are just as important and can really add up.

What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone?
The knowledge that you made their life easier or brighter.

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- Which article in this issue was your favorite and why?

Personally, I loved the overall theme, because in today’s world we need kindness more than ever. If I had to pick a favorite article, I’d go with Aunt Edna’s, and especially this line: “Anything you do with a smile, or a helpful attitude, is counted as kindness and will make a huge impact on most people.” I feel like this is such a true statement that, if taken to heart, could change so much. I’ve noticed that the smallest gesture like holding a door for the person behind you could change their entire day, because when someone does it for me, it instantly brings a smile to my face and that is the first step to having a great day.

- What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else?

Oh man, that’s so hard to pinpoint! I think recently would have to be something one of my former coworkers did for me. We had been going through a really rough time, and it was the holidays and we didn’t have much. Well I asked for a single thing from my husband for Christmas, a really nice Dutch oven for the stove top. He left it in the car with a back pack overnight and someone broke into his car an stole both right from our driveway. It cost us over $400 to replace the window for a $40 pot and back pack full of paperwork. Well, my coworker went and ordered a replacement for the pot so that I atleast received the one thing I asked for with everything else we were dealing with. Something so simple to her and I was a wreck over it. It was the sweetest gesture and she will never know how much it turned my week around knowing that, even though something bad happened, something good came as well.

- What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others?

One I always do and always see a smile from, is holding open the door for the person in front of or behind you. Such a small thing, but you’d be amazed by how many smiles it brings. If you’re at the market and the person behind you only has an item or two and you have a full cart, let them go in front of you. That one is always a winner too.

- What does the word "kindness" mean to you? How do you feel when you do kind things for other people?

To mean, kindness means to do something for someone else without the intent of getting anything in return. I feel great when I’m able to do something kind, it really is a huge mood booster for me and the person help.

- Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why?

Small ones, because that will leave you with the means to do a little bit for a lot of people as opposed to a lot for just a few people.

- What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone?

The smile you get in return. Hands down, best thing ever.
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- Which article in this issue was your favorite and why? Wizarding Crimes. I loved the idea of a vigilante Niffler helping people who have been robbed and returning their goods. This article had me chuckling at the juxtaposition of a Niffler which is known for taking others goods, returning them.

- What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else? When I was 16, I was in a terrible accident and was rushed to the hospital for life saving surgery. That's the time when you truly see the kindess in people. I received so many lovely cards from people, some I didn't even know that well. I received a beautiful orchid and card from a girl in my year group at school who I didn't know well, only to speak to in passing, and I always thought that was one of the kindess things anyone had ever done. Some of my "supposed" closest friends didn't even send anything. I'm not really sure what the nicest thing I've ever done for someone is. Sometimes you might not think that you've done something overly nice, but the person you've done it for might see it a different way. For example that girl who gave me the orchid might have just thought it the thing to do when someone is injured, but I saw it as an extremely kind and charitable thing. People have different perceptions on what they class as "the nicest thing" anyone has done for them.

- What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others? I love how this topic of conversation falls during the coronavirus crisis because right now there are so many easy acts of kindness we can all be doing. You can go out to help your elderly or vulnerable neighbours or family members to get groceries or medication for them, but even if you or someone you live with falls in the vulnerable group and you can't leave the house yourself, you can still do your bit by calling them on the telephone and keeping in contact. Staying indoors can be incredibly lonely and just by keeping in contact by a daily phone call might help those who don't have any other form of contact with anyone. The whole concept of #BeKind that was last month, seems to have disappeared with this crisis and it seems to be every man for his or herself now. If we can all remember to only take what we need from the supermarkets, look in on our neighbours, care about one another and show our appreciation to the emergency services, the NHS, the key workers who are keeping our countries going, we can keep showing kindness. The things I've heard about people treating supermarket staff, waste collection staff and even police and hospital workers with contempt - some even spitting at them! - is absolutely disgusting and dangerous, and those people should be ashamed of themselves. People are just trying to continue doing their jobs and that should be respected and appreciated. Kindness should not just be practiced in a time of contentment, but also in a time of crisis - even more so then, I think.

- Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why? I prefer smaller acts of kindness because I believe that people should be performing these little acts of kindness every day, despite the fact that a lot of people don't. The smaller things are so easy. You don't have to go the whole hog, just simple things such as sticking up for someone who is being picked on, bullied or humiliated; holding the door open for someone instead of letting it go and have it slam into their face; slowing down in your car when you're going through a large puddle of water and someone is walking nearby; thinking before you speak and considering others feelings before you say something hurtful. Some of these things should be common courtesy, but often they're not, especially in the age of the internet where people can say hurtful things and bully others from behind their screens. These small acts of kindness snd courtesy are what we should be getting back to. Treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves.

- What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone? The way it brings a smile to their face.

 

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At the moment, with the covid-19 pandemic raging globally, kindness is very important. I think that it is small acts of kindness that are the best ones. We can be kind to people who are in need of help getting food or medicines if they cannot leave their homes. Perhaps we can cook meals and drop them to friends of neighbours who are in need of some home-cooked food. Try to work out who might need a friendly chat - call them on the telephone or skype them because they might be feeling lonely while they do self-isolation or quarantine at home alone.

Kindness can come in large or small doses. I think that for most people, it is easier to do one or two (or even more) small acts of kindness every day. Simply saying things like 'Thank you' are a huge act of kindness. I heard that in a supermarket in England, a man thanked the cashier there for keeping the store open so that customers can shop for their basic, daily needs. The worker replied that he was the first person to say thank you. We now know that supermarket workers, cleaners, health care workers, and carers for the elderly are essential workers. It would be a gracious act of kindness if we would at least thank them. Hopefully, in the future, their wages will be increased, because in a global disaster such as this pandemic, it has become glaringly clear who is an essential worker and who is less essential.
 

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- What's the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? What's the nicest thing you've ever done for someone else?
Last fall I was about as sick as I’ve ever been. I live alone, so I have to be totally independent when it comes to taking care of myself. A lifelong friend has always said she’ll help if I need it. So early that morning she woke up to a text asking her to call me before she went to work. She did call, and I asked her if she could bring some food to me. Basically, anything that might be palatable to someone who was sick for 12 hours. She brought two huge bags of groceries that fed me for several days! What was really sweet is that her husband donated two containers of almond milk, saying that I needed them more than he did. My friend wasn’t as amused, because she had recently been sick and he wasn’t quite as nice to her.

- What are a few easy acts of kindness you could do every day to help others?
I think one of the best things that you can do is just to let someone know you are thinking of them. So whether it is just a “hi” or a quick message through text, a phone call, social media, or seeing the person, it helps us stay connected. It will help that person know someone cares about them, and it helps us to share kindness and give attention to someone else.

- What does the word "kindness" mean to you? How do you feel when you do kind things for other people?
I think of it as doing something nice for someone without the expectation of anything in return. It can be something big or small, but the point is to make that person’s day easier by doing something for them or just brighter by showing them you care. I think it is valuable to do something kind for others. It gets us out of only thinking about ourselves. There are studies showing we are happier if we practice gratitude. Similarly, I think by doing something for others, we will feel happier than if we are just focused solely on yourselves.

- Do you prefer large acts of kindness or smaller ones? Why?
Both can be wonderful, although I guess I prefer smaller ones. Those let me know that someone is thinking of me, and that is something that is important to me. Larger acts can leave me feeling obligated to do something in return, even if the person doesn’t expect anything back. Of course, that really depends on the relationship. It would be easier to accept a large gesture of kindness from a close friend or family member than from an acquaintance.

- What's the best thing about doing something kind for someone?
As I’ve mentioned earlier, to me it is about letting someone know that you are thinking about them and care. And the act of doing something for someone else can make us feel happier in return and gets us out of being engulfed in our own lives.

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8. MsVera
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1. AccioNox
2. JosetteElise
3. RazorBlade2
4. Kestrel Winter
5. Nyctolust
6. Isla Phantasm
7. Laurena
8. MsVera
9. Faithful Puppy
10. TheUnsolvableGirl
11. Barbara Simcox
12. Calia Silvermoon
13. Ellery Talbot
14. meganhilty
15. Morgana Malipiero
16. PurpleMidnight Beach

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10. 500 House Points - TheUnsolvableGirl
6. 500 House Points - Isla Phantasm
16. 250 House Points - PurpleMidnight Beach
13. 250 House Points - Ellery Talbot

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