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This Holiday Season, Please Be Kind To Retail Employees

Last night, I was in a candy shop in my neighborhood waiting for the owner of the store to cut some marshmallows for me when a woman walked in, dropped a bag on the counter (literally dropped, as in held it high in the air over the counter and then let go, letting it fall to the surface), and told the associate at the counter, “I have to return these. They’re disgusting. I tried them, and I almost vomited.” Keep reading »

Watch The Sweet Video For Kindness And Robyn’s “Who Do You Love”

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Do you guys remember that viral video “First Kiss,” and how it turned out that yeah, the participants were strangers, but they were also actors and performers, and the video was also a clothing advertisement? I feel like this new video for “Who Do You Love” from electronic musician Kindness, featuring Robyn, is sort of karmic recompense for that.

Kindness explained the video concept for Pitchfork:

“This video and this song is about people and connection, and how you can identify who you are by those you love. Those people say a hell of a lot about you. Daniel’s idea was a series of portraits of our closest friends and family—in a way, the most revealing portraits of us possible.”

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378 People “Pay It Forward” At A Starbucks Drive-Through

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Almost 400 people bought coffee for the customer behind them at a drive-through Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Wednesday. That morning, after paying for her own drink, a woman asked to pay for the drink of the customer in the car next in line behind her. That person paid it forward by paying for the person behind them, and the chain of kindness continued until baristas tallied 378 people paying for strangers’ drinks. When each driver arrived at the drive-through window to pay for their orders, barista Vu Nguyen would let them know that the driver in front of them had paid for their drink and asked if they’d like to return the favor. Keep reading »

It’s Time To Cry: Try To Keep It Together As This Magic ATM Surprises Kind Strangers

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Gifts From The "Automated Thanking Machine"

On July 25, several thousand TD Bank locations in Canada gave a surprise $20 bill to every customer as part of their #TDThanksYou campaign. Four very special branches set up an Automated Thanking Machine, a talking ATM that gave special customers gifts of gratitude for the extraordinary kindness they’d been showing in their lives. These customers were pre-chosen by branch employees and told they’d been called into the store to test a brand new ATM, and were shocked when they received vacation tickets, cash bonuses, and even a chance to throw the first pitch at a baseball game. I tend to think of banks as emotionless money suckers, but this video is pretty redeeming. [BuzzFeed]

7 Reasons You Should Compliment Total Strangers

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Ours is an increasingly insular society. Hop on the subway and you’ll see dozens of people plugged into their phones. Sit down in a cafeteria and you’ll observe dozens more absorbed by e-readers and magazines. Head to the mall and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who wants to talk with, look at, or even open the door for you. And that’s fine: The people and activities we love always get prioritized above the general public. But here are a handful of surprising and compelling reasons why you should consider reaching out to strangers — not just to speak with them, but to compliment them. Keep reading »

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