Posted August 23, 2012 09:32 am - Updated August 23, 2012 09:48 am

Random act of kindness

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

I believe in karma, mostly because it catches up to me more quickly than anyone I know, for better or worse.

I'm also a big fan of random acts of kindness and doing things for people just because I can. I take on strangers all of the time. Those are the most rewarding acts of kindness, I think — kind of a karmic hit-and-run. You'll never get to thank me, and that's OK. I like it better that way.

Smiling at the passerby is a big part of my life. I like to pay for the guy in line behind me sometimes, too. Holding doors, complimenting strangers; paying it forward and things like that. It just makes you feel good to make other people feel good, but more than that, we never really know what people are battling in their lives and how our small kindnesses could make all of the difference in the world.

It's nice to be on the receiving end of such acts, too. This morning, some unknown angel took time out of their day to do something nice for me.

I don't know who you were friend, but I sincerely appreciate it, and I promise I'll return the favor to someone else.