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So About That Kindness Thing...

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post detailing some potential scientific reasons as to why kindness appears to be contagious. Shortly after writing that post, I saw a piece that really highlights the concept, so please enjoy this feel-good story about a great random act of kindness that snowballed:

Duane Sherman, a 96-year-old WWII veteran and purple heart recipient, was not looking forward to his most recent birthday. Accustomed more to handwritten notes, cards and letters than to social media, he was not a man who would expect “Happy Birthday!” messages from his closest 200 friends on Facebook, you know? But most of his friends had predeceased him, and no cards were forthcoming.

His daughter, Sue, decided to make social media work for her dad, but in an unexpected way: she asked the internet to send her dad handwritten notes and cards for his birthday. And the internet said, “Ask, and you shall receive!”

According to the Good News Network, Mr. Sherman received over 50,000 cards from strangers in all 50 states and 10 countries!

"I’ll have a hell of a time reading them all," he said, delighted.

You can watch footage of Mr. Sherman and this epic birthday card story, below, courtesy of CBS. did this story make you feel? I know 50,000 cards is probably overkill, but it just goes to show how kindness can snowball. How amazing is it that 50,000 strangers all were touched by this veteran’s wish for a handwritten card? The generosity of people in general really gives me hope for our society.

Have a great week, everyone! 🐝

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Sources: Good News Network / KDKA / KCAL / CBSLA YouTube


  1. Every once in a while, something like this happens that reminds me that maybe humanity has a chance! We need to hear more stories like this one. Thank you for sharing it. <3

    1. You’re welcome! You’ll see more of this type of thing here as the year progresses, because I agree, we all need to see more of this. :)

  2. Thanks... I'm in the middle of a 911 shift listening to people squabble and complain and generally be the furthest thing from kind. This was a great reminder that there really are other people out there!

    1. Yeah, I guess sometimes we find ourselves surrounded by negativity. I'm glad you were able to use this post as a way to help you get through that shift! :)


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