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(MSP Sample Satisfaction step continued)


Pick up and return that pen the person walking in front of you dropped.

  • 1.

    It doesn't cost anything, and we definitely don't lose anything by doing it.

  • 2.

    In fact, random acts of kindness will not only cheer other people up, they will make you feel good too.

  • c.

    Thank the cafeteria worker for the superior service.

  • d.

    Compliment a friend on a quality or a classmate on

his/her strong points.


Let's admit it, when we compliment someone or lend a helping hand, we feel good about ourselves.

(Transition: But don't just think about what you can do--go do it!)


Just think of the things you could do for others or say to others that will brighten their day.


(Transition: These are only a few examples of kind acts that you can do.)

  • B.

    According to a Greek proverb, "Kindness begets kindness."

    • 1.

      It's true! Kindness is also a chain reaction.

    • 2.

      One act of kindness leads to another.

      • a.

        Example--A teacher compliments you on the strong

points of your speech.

  • b.

    With the boost of confidence, you will go to your room and thank your roommate for cleaning last weekend.

  • c.

    He/She'll compliment a friend and so on. And it all started with a teacher's simple comment on a speech.

  • V.

    The Action Step

    • A.

      (Summary) With all of the problems in the world, and the bad days that people are having sometimes all it takes to turn a problem into an opportunity, and a bad day into a smile is a simple act of kindness.

  • B.

    (Call to Immediate Action) According to William Wordsworth, "nameless, unremembered acts of kindness" are "the best portion" of a person's life, so go out and demonstrate it in every way that you can. (Ryan, p. 578)

    • 1.

      I'm going to hand out some cards that have a suggestion for

a random act of kindness you can do today.


Try one of the random acts on the card you receive, or try one of your own ideas.


Be honest, sincere, generous and kind.

(Internal Summary:

Now you know how you can use random acts of kindness everyday to benefit yourself and everyone around you.)


(Memorable Close) Who knows, the world may slowly become a better place because of a single random act of kindness.

(Transition: Envision yourself partaking in Random Acts of Kindness on a daily basis.)


Let it be yours.


How would that make him/her feel? Probably terrific

FL: Health Communications, Inc., 1993. Drexler, Madeline. "When the Blues Turn Black." Redbook. Vol. 184, Issue 1, p. 108.


And the next class that comes in that day will be in for the most enthusiastic lecture ever.

November, 1994. Lieberman, Gerald F. 3,500 Good Quotes for Speakers. Garden City, NY:

      • 2.

        Oh, and by the way, you are a TERRIFIC audience!

  • IV.

    The Visualization Step REFERENCES

    • A.

      Imagine yourself thanking your professor for his/her enthusiasm. Canfield, Jack, and Mark Victor Hansen. Chicken Soup for the Soul. Deerfield Beach,

Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1983. Ryan, Alan, John Sparrow, T. C. Worsley, eds. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.


Or imagine commenting on a classmate's talent, only to find out later that you saved his/her life.


There are no disadvantages--It is a Win-Win situation.

http://www.readersndex.com/randomacts/ [1997, October 27].

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3rd edition. New York: Oxford UP, 1979. Briggen, Nancy (1997). Random Acts of Kindness [Online]

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