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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press; Updated edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573248533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573248532
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Basically this is a wonderful idea for a book.
Shalom Freedman
This book is very inspirational in letting the reader know that you can make a difference in this world with small acts of kindness, one person at a time.
Kalin Thomas
It is simply about the very best of what human beings are capable of doing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark B. Cohen on August 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
In 1982, California peace activist Ann Herbert wrote on a placemat at a restuarant "Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty." A fellow diner was impressed by these words, and wrote them down. Gradually they spread and inspired conversation and thought. This international bestseller greatly accelerated the process. Today there is a World Kindness Movement and many organizations spreading the concept of kindness throughout our country.

Bestselling author Dapne Rose Kingma writes the forward, and there is an introduction by Dr. Dawna Markova. But about 63 others participated in stories and ideas for this book. It is a group project than transcends anyone author.

The concept of random of kindness is an antidote to the concept of random acts of violence. Random of kindess are far more common than random acts of violence, and the more they are encouraged, the more they should dominate.

Random acts of kindness can be both as simple as talking to strangers, as inconspicuous as allowing people in a hurry to get ahead of you in line, as generous as doing unsolicited chores for people in need, as philanthropic as paying for a stranger's dinner or sending books to a sick child.

Random acts of kindness can be as fulfilling as climbing a tree after a runaway child, and then leading the child down, or as planting a tree that others will enjoy decades letter. They can be forbearance in the case of a minor traffic accident or of a personal debt. They can be meaningful advice given, compassion and empathy shared. They can be tips given in appreciation of the server instead of the value of the service. They can be the willingness to let others act on misunderstandings despite some element of personal sacrifice by the actor.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2000
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I listened to this book on tape on my morning walk. I've listened to it many times and it always starts my day off with a positive feeling. It inspired me to do kind things for people - like giving 10 hamburgers to a homeless man with my son. He told his class and many children went out that week and did more kind things so that they could share their kind acts with the class. It had a great ripple effect.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
In a world full of hate, violence, and selfishness, this book helps us remember each other in the best of ways. It helped found the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and is responsible of Random Acts of Kindness week. The publishers at Conari Press have truly created a timeless work of inspiration and beauty. Go out and commit a random act of kindness yourself!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
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I found this book to be of good value. It helped me to remember my fellow man. It deals with all aspects of how our kindness effects not only others bur our own life. I have read this book more than a dozen times. I find it helps when iam depressed or sad.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Texas Techie on January 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great inspirational book that will give you practical ideas for how to spread kindness in the world. I picked this book up on a whim while browsing in the bookstore a few years ago, and I keep it at work to remind me of the need to do nice things just because you want the world to be better.

There are lots of books that talk about doing good from a selfish point of view, sometimes politely called "enlightened self-interest", but this is motivational book for people who want to be altruistic and intrinsically good. If you want to reach Maslow's fifth level, then this is a book for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
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Random Acts of Kindness got me thinking more deeply about my actions and how I influence young people. It inspired me to write a children's book, THE KING OF KINDNESS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on August 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Imagine what would happen if there were an outbreak of
kindness in the world," notes Daphne Rose Kingma in the foreword
to RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS by the editors of Conari
Press . . . you'd bring "delight and goodness
to yourself and others."

Methinks that could well be possible; i.e., if everybody took
the time to read this short but oh-so-powerful book . . . it is
packed with practical ideas that can be applied to work
situations, such as the following:

I had a client who owed me a good deal of money.
Eventually she stopped seeing me, but each month
I would send her a bill and receive no response.
Finally I wrote to her and said, "I don't know what
difficulty has befallen you that you are unable to pay
me, but whenever it is, I'm writing to tell you your debt
is forgiven in full. My only request is that at some point
in your life, when your circumstances have changed, you
will pass this favor on to someone else."

By the same token, there were perhaps an equal number
of things that could be utilized if you wanted to make
your home life more enjoyable, including this one:

There was a time in my life when everything was working
so smoothly, I found myself sitting at home one Saturday
with all my work done, all my household chores completed:
dishes washed, laundry folded and put away, house dusted,
grocery shopping completed, and that delicious feeling of
having nothing to do. Then I thought about a friend from
work who was a single mother of two small children and
never seemed to have the time for anything. I jumped into
my car, drove over to her house, walked in and said, "Put
me to work.
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