"If you give a little love, you can get a little love of your own."
Using this quote as the inspiration for a video that has gone viral, this four-minute clip, which looks to be the work of non-profit Christian organization Křižovatka Olomouc in Czech Republic or talented YouTube user Graham Kervin, shows us the importance of doing good deeds.
And a good deed can mean anything from holding the elevator for a stranger, helping your neighbour rake leaves or even cleaning up a spill in the office kitchen. It seems the perfect time of year to remember that helping others doesn't need to be a huge effort, but only means going out of your way slightly to take others into consideration.
Labelled "A few minutes of perfection," by a user on Facebook, it has over 140,000 shares and 45,000 likes. It follows an average day for a group of strangers, who each get inspired to perform an act of kindness after watching someone else do so — the perfect example of the domino effect. It also mixes in video clips of a young boy who painted over a vandalized wall (and there could be other clips from different sources we may have missed).
Send Us Your Photos!
We kicked off our holiday kindness campaign by asking our readers for photos of good deeds tagged #kindness2012.
Words To Live By
"Couldn't agree more, Cicero! My heart is very thankful today! #wordstoliveby #gratitude" said Instagram user kricketchirps.
"This literally made me smile. #thankful #blessed #love #friends #college #thanksgiving #grateful #cofc #charleston," Instagram user ra_roberts said.
Cookies For Firefighters
"About to drop off cookies to the fire department! #30DaysOfKindness #holidayspirit #thankful #cookies #ActOfKindness #DayOne," Instagram user _astonishing_ashley_ said.
Happy Holidays, Troops
shan_nglam shared this Instagram photo of a holiday note for US troops.
"I like to perform at least one Random Act of Kindness a week," Johanna Schulman told HuffPost in an email. "And if I run out of ideas, I go to the Massachusetts list of unclaimed property, which is found at our Department of State Treasury. There I find an unusual name of a person who has at least $100 of unclaimed property and get to work. I Google the name until I have found an address for the person (that's why I always start with an unusual name, otherwise it's hard to. Then I print a copy of the page showing the property, circle their name, and send it to them anonymously with a little note. Usually I say 'Enjoy this random act of kindness and pay it forward!' I've attached a picture of todays RAOK! Dara Blendermann, it's your lucky day!"
Surprise At Barnes And Noble
"I don't have a photo, but today I was at Barnes and Noble with my kids and husband," Gina Lackey Diggs wrote to HuffPost. "When we came out of the store I saw a piece of paper under our windshield wiper. My removed it and saw it was a note that said, 'You are the world's only hope! Never give up! You are my people! Use this for whatever you can!' with a $20 bill inside! It was so awesome and random! I'm in California and don't know if it's because we still have 'Yes on Prop 37' written on our windows or our zombie family stickers or just random, but it was soooooo awesome!!!!"
The Forgotten Ones
"We started a fund here called 'The Forgotten Ones' where employees can give 10% of their next paycheck to hourly workers who they knew lost wages during Sandy," Marisa Beck wrote to HuffPost. "We thought this method of giving would be better than a generic one, since we would help the ones we knew personally, and who we knew were enduring hardship during this time. "Our engineers built a website to start documenting these stories and pictures, in the hopes of inspiring others to do the same. <a href="http://www.oo.com/forgottenones" target="_hplink">Please feel free to take a look</a>."
Combat Holiday Stress
One solution to combat stress during the holidays is this tower of bubble wrap, which circulated on Twitter and is also an act of kindness. Underneath a sign reading "Anti-stress for free" are various bubble wrap sheets labelled 3 mins, 5 mins and 10 mins -- corresponding to how much time the stressed-out person needs. User @regeener sent the <a href="https://twitter.com/regeener/status/271016885473132544" target="_hplink">tweet</a> on November 20 with the original <a href="http://ktshy.tumblr.com/post/36164235847/superpunch2-anti-stress-sheets" target="_hplink">Tumblr</a> photo included.
A Winning Ticket?
We found this sweet act of kindness on Facebook, where someone using the account 'Michelle Phillips Key Seminars' shared something nice they did on November 20, two days before Thanksgiving.
A Generous Tip In Loving Memory
A generous act of kindness was shared in a post on <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/135fgt/random_act_of_kindness_indeed/" target="_hplink">Reddit</a> a few days before Thanksgiving. A note next to a $50 tip left on a restaurant receipt reads: "A random act of love in memory of our son, Joel. He brightened everyone's day. May this brighten yours. Thank you."
12 Years Of Thanksgiving
"A friend of mine for 12yrs has cooked & wrapped Tgiving plates to pass out in town," @lmcallister tweeted on November 20.
Boys & Girls Club Dinner
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County (@BGCHCorg) sent us this photo of their 37th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Jersey City Boys & Girls Club.
A Truck Full Of Care
Kerri Richardson (@KerriCoach) sent us this photo of a community in Mass. that came together to fill a 16-foot truck with supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims.
Daughter Gives Away Shoes On Craigslist
On November 20, Stephanie King sent us this photo, which shows shoes that her daughter wants to post on Craigslist to give away as part of <a href="http://www.B2Challenge.com" target="_hplink">B2Challenge</a>.
Dinner's On Me
<a href="https://twitter.com/Uplifting_News" target="_hplink">@Uplifting_News</a> tweeted us this photo of a good deed from a Houston restauranteur who offered to give hungry families $100 toward a Thanksgiving dinner.
Kind Guard Offers Aid
"A kindly strange security guard helped me change my flat tire after pulling off the freeway," @lolagil <a href="https://twitter.com/lolagil/status/270691407684059136" target="_hplink">told us on Twitter</a> two days before Thanksgiving. "Thanks again perfect stranger!"
Lost And Found
@JayMortonRoss <a href="https://twitter.com/JayMortonRoss/status/271034645536186368/photo/1" target="_hplink">tweeted</a> this photo, which shows a thoughtful note written in response to a lost driver's license.
The Free World
"I got this on Veterans Day," @Bryant247 <a href="https://twitter.com/Bryant247/status/271023722775863297/photo/1" target="_hplink">told us</a> on Twitter. "Sometimes, little things like this make it all worthwhile."
Hitchhiking Through The Holidays
"Matt, hitchhiker got home to his family for the holiday," <a href="https://twitter.com/SaraTings/status/271311862895894529/photo/1" target="_hplink">@SaraTings told us</a> on Twitter.
Cart Full Of Thanks
"Last night I went to Target to get a Christmas tree on super discount," Stephanie Bayliss told us via email. "Silly me, I thought I'd stand in line for 10 maybe 20 minutes so I opted not to push a cart through the crammed store. The line wrapped throughout the store, weaving back and forth through almost every aisle. After about half an hour the girl behind me tapped me on the shoulder. She had gone outside, tracked down a couple who was finished with their cart, and brought it to me. What a sweetheart! I'm so thankful she did because we were in line for another hour!"
Popcorn & a Movie
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mgonzalez"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mgonzalez">mgonzalez</a>:<br />My housemate and I left behind bags of microwave popcorn at several Red Box rental stations for people to enjoy with their movie!
Paying it Forward
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mgonzalez"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mgonzalez">mgonzalez</a>:<br />I paid forward my friend's kind gesture by putting money in someone's expired parking meter.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mgonzalez"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mgonzalez">mgonzalez</a>:<br />My friend and I celebrated kindness by making an alien piñata, filling it with treats and leaving it on a bench for a lucky person to enjoy!
Giving People Gifts To Give
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/aMike"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/aMike">aMike</a>:<br />In my family I give presents for them to pass on to others. These take the form of gift cards from organizations like Nothing but Nets, Doctors without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, Project Heifer an many similar organizations.