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Cool to be kind: Atlanta embraces acts of kindness

302163456218563293_BXSLHx3d_cFor a place billed as “The City Too Busy to Hate,” here in the land of “yes ma’ams” and thank-you notes, Atlanta has come in for a bit of knuckle rapping, making Men’s Health magazine’s list of “Angriest Cities” in 2011 and Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of “America’s Rudest Cities” last year.

Happily 2013 seems to be getting off on a kinder, gentler foot.

Federal data suggest Atlanta has been fairly deliberate about random kindness. A report just released by the Corporation for National and Community Service showed Atlanta saw a 4.6 percent increase in informal volunteering (doing simple things like helping neighbors) between 2010 and 2011. Atlanta ranked 23rd on a list of 51 major cities in terms of volunteer hours, a jump from #38 the year before.

From the heart-warming blog, Twitter and Facebook posts we’ve been seeing it appears many Atlantans are engaging in random (or not so random) acts of kindness.

Click here for a gallery on some of our nicest neighbors.

11 comments Add your comment

Sharron

January 7th, 2013
5:00 pm

I thoroughly enjoy paying for the car behind me in drive-thru’s.

Karen Pilcher

January 7th, 2013
6:02 pm

I came out of the grocery store and found a bouquet of beautiful roses and a note about the 26 random acts of kindness. I stood there is shock and awe. I can’t tell you how meaningful it was. I did the same thing later that day at Church…what a wonderful feeling.

Bulldog

January 7th, 2013
6:23 pm

They had two for one table dances at the strip club the other night, but I went ahead and paid for two anyway.

JustWesATL

January 7th, 2013
6:38 pm

I’ve always wanted to pay for the car behind me, but I’ve never done it. This year is time to take on things I’ve never done. I’ve recently found God and I’m ready for a fantastic year. May he be shown through me this year in all I do. It’s that simple. I try to be as kind as possible to everyone I come in contact with, because that’s how I’d like to be treated too.

oh geez

January 7th, 2013
10:08 pm

It was pouring rain, Christmas Eve as I drove through a Starbucks line. I ordered a tall, regular coffee totaling $1 and some change. I get to the window, crack the window as the wind and rain came rushing in. The cashier took my card and said that the person in front me paid for mine and asked if I wanted to pay for the person behind me. Caught in the spirit of Christmas, random kindness, and inclement weather, I quickly agreed and rolled up my window. After getting my card back and driving away, I look at the receipt….$9.67. HAHA….It was so ironic, I couldn’t even be mad.

Former Good Day fan!!!!

January 8th, 2013
8:50 am

LOL @oh geez.

sharon

January 8th, 2013
10:28 am

I was at the post office. There was a long line (at least 15 people in front of me and about 15 behind me) and I was in a big hurry. An elderly lady was struggling off to the side with stamps and money orders she was trying to mail. She asked me if I would help her. I said sure and stepped out of line to help her. When I was done helping her not one person offered to give me my spot back. I don’t mean to be petty but I would have graciously given them their spot back.

Bonnie Vito

January 9th, 2013
11:25 am

Great post. I’m dealing with a few of these issues as well..

good muslim

January 9th, 2013
11:25 pm

this is a majority christian state,some display good and some display bad.but dont claim a religeon if your going to show evil to others.

Carolyn

January 10th, 2013
10:59 am

I used to pay for car behind me @ Balto Harbor Tunnell..since I seldom use it anymore, I will do the same @ drive-in windows..I thank God for blessing me so that I may be a blessing to someone else.

Karla (NineGPS)

January 11th, 2013
10:31 am

Great article! Thank you sharing it with us all. IMO many parts of the globe are evolving slowly to a state of understanding the impact of random kindness.

http://ninegps.ning.com/profiles/blog/list