The Yes Woman: What could go wrong when I show kindness to strangers?

On one occasion I get mistaken for a boyfriend snatcher, but generally people reciprocate

‘A mere smile may pull someone who feels cut off from the world back into it.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

‘A mere smile may pull someone who feels cut off from the world back into it.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

An unexpected act of generosity is rare. In a city, you could traverse the streets all day and never receive so much as a smile from another person. Apathy toward other pedestrians is our default setting.

Today is the last day of Electric Ireland’s Powering Kindness Week. Donations to date have raised more than €200,000, but it isn’t just about money. The initiative encourages acts of basic human decency, and reminds us to be kind to one another, which is something worth being reminded of.

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