A film by Life Vest Inside.

What goes around comes around. This charming short film depicts the ripple-effect of kind acts -- the way in which receiving an unexpected moment of generosity from a stranger can cause us to become more aware of the needs of those around us and to take action to become a vector of goodness.

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  • YOG raj Mahajan

    Be kind to all people who come your way .

  • Henry

    A goosebump experience. Beautiful reminder that consciousness IS raised through kindness and compassion.

  • KT Admin

    J. Roland Cole - the music is by Matisyahu, and the song is "One Day." You can see Matisyahu's original video for "One Day" here: vimeo.com/11520225

  • J. Roland Cole

    Just watching a guy give a hotdog to someone on the street and glad to get it, who ran to pick up a purse absent-mindedly left by a pretty lady andd hand it to her, who then bought cut flowers to give to the appreciative sad lady at the sidewalk cafe, who then left a big bill for a tip, and the surprised and impressed waiter quickly filled a glass with water and... it was given to a sweating hard-hatted construction worker on a hot , beautiful, sunny day--this sequence made tears of joy roll down my cheeks and made me wish my country and all of us on the planet could do more of this instead of making war or quarreling and killing in the name of religion or just greedily making money at others' expense. The words and the music and the musicians in the background are so great and make up at least half of the wonderful experience of Kindness Boomerang created by Life Vest Inside ("Because kindness keeps the world afloat."). PLEASE TELL US WHO THE MUSICIANS ARE AND HOW WE CAN FIND MORE OF THEIR MUSIC!

  • Rebbecca

    It made me smile and my tears come to my eyes.

  • Olive Life

    Just hope the kid's skate board didn't get swiped! It's been proved when we do a kindness endorphines are released in our brain.......would be a great thing to get addicted to.

  • Motivational Speaker

    This is really nice, it reminds me of a keynote speaker I saw once. Just spreading the idea that goodness is in us and it's nature is to spread.

  • g k agrawal

    KINDNESS BEGETS KINDNESS AND HENCE WE SHOULD BE KIND TO OTHERS.

  • Globalsingh

    A lot of thanks to those helping hands, the great hands.

  • Steve

    Many things can happen in a 5 minute video. Its easy for us to forget. Very inspiring, thank you

  • Cheryl

    Living in love and kindness is simple. Living in Love and Light is constant. Every breath we take. Every action we do, can be laced with kindness and compassion. Thank you for sharing the simplicity and far reaching effects of simple acts of kindness. Ripple on!

  • Tom

    I've been having a tough time lately, but seeing this has changed my perspective. Now it's my time to pay it forward.

  • anuradha

    with out expecting when we do help. its come back to us double...

  • AYYAPPAN MULLASSERY

    BEING KIND IS THE WAY TO BE.....IT IS THE MOST REWARDING FEELING.......APPRECIATE THE EFFORT TAKEN BY THE MAKERS OF THIS VIDEO...

  • Jami

    This is a perfect example of how nobody has to ask or beg for what they need if others around can take just a minute to look out for others around you. Most of these AOK do not even cost money, just watching each others backs and not hesitating when you see an opportunity to help somebody. Thanks for the reminder:)

  • Monique

    it is uplifting...this is what is life all about.

  • Kimo

    Little things can have great consequences.

  • Hafiz

    Super Good ! Hafiz hafizrk@gmail.com +91 99401 42349

  • Peter

    Sorry to repeat, it wasn't working right... It’s so simple! And we all know it works! Every time we recognise in another person a human-being like ourselves, with needs and feelings, we offer them an opportunity to give up their delusion of isolation and join in the co-operative venture of life. Like many others, I have developed a form of healing therapy based on these principles alone. In other words, noticing the full existence of another person, and being available to them for a genuine meeting based on honesty and openness. This is healing in and of itself. No more is needed for the revival of the human spirit!

  • Peter

    It’s so simple! And we all know it works! Every time we recognise in another person a human-being like ourselves, with needs and feelings, we offer them an opportunity to give up their delusion of isolation and join in the co-operative venture of life. Like many others, I have developed a form of healing therapy based on these principles alone. In other words, noticing the full existence of another person, and being available to them for a genuine meeting based on honesty and openness. This is healing in and of itself. No more is needed for the revival of the human spirit!

  • Peter

    It's so simple! And we all know it works! Every time we recognise in another person a human-being like ourselves, with needs and feelings, we offer them an opportunity to give up their delusion of isolation and join in the co-operative venture of life. Like many others, I have developed a form of healing therapy based on these principles alone. In other words, noticing the full existence of another person, and being available to them for a genuine meeting based on honesty and openness. This is healing in and of itself. No more is needed for the revival of the human spirit!

  • Diana

    It could change the world with it's ripple effect if people honour their pledge & others make a pledge (((:

  • Lauren

    Kindness, Karma.

  • Diane

    I pledge to think before I speak. To remember kindness and compassion.

  • reeta

    As you sow so u reap.

  • Robin Frisby

    I love this video and the message!! I try to teach my youngest son to always share your blessings and it will come back full circle. There is still alot of good and love in people. You have to give to receive back.

  • Mary Murphy

    My son shared this song with me after he watched the original video during a college course. We both were so strongly effected by the song's intent and meaning; we cried. I shared this video on my fb page for others to enjoy but dedicated it to him because he is one of the most kindest souls I've ever had the pleasure of spending time with. It is true, Rob, there are kind people out there. Never loose hope. I love you. Mom

  • Angel King

    Something I have always said and believe everyone should do one act of kindness....daily! Special thoughts go out to my daughter Natasha "Boykin" King as this was so comon for her and stated frequesntly. I know now she is doing exactly just that as an ANGEL in heaven now. I miss you my sweet baby girl - love you! Mom

  • Suzanne

    I believe it is the right thing, to do! Helping people in all sorts,of situations. Whenever, I need help. Someone usually,comes by to help a hand. All & all I think people are good & kind-hearted!

  • Leslie

    The girl put money into a parking meter without a park car!

  • I Am

    Do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons, and you'll never go wrong.

  • Stubrn1

    I love this video. I practice "random acts of kindness" often and tell the recepient to pay it forward. I do wish this video would be more commonplace, it starts with just one person/act and, hopefulle, snowballs from there. God bless. Smile you will be surprised who will smile back at you plus it makes any day better.

  • Audrey

    Everyone likes to have something nice happen to them- it makes the spirit happy! Giving also gives us joy! The more we give and see the joy in other's faces the more happiness WE also feel. Our world needs more of this- simple acts of kindness will change attitudes and our world. Inspirational- I will look for an opportunity to bless someone and make them happy tomorrow!

  • Kathleen

    A gift of kindness just keeps giving and comes back to you full circle. Pay attention and don't miss the blessing when it returns. You will experience GRATITUDE !

  • Thirumurugappa

    The Best lesoon for the future generation and for the society keep and invest such a things in life. Surely without any expectation you will get the return more you invest

  • karen

    I showed this video to my Comp I class...I asked them to respond in their journals and challenged them to perform one random act of kindness before our next class meeting.

  • Noor a.f

    I take small and give myself very small and return a lot. Thanks for the good example

  • Matthew

    One day...

  • Jeanne

    After watching, hoping that a little bit of kindness will be passed forward.

  • Ranger

    it's lovely but hasn't anyone noticed that the girl rummaging for change for the meter is standing in front of two empty parking spaces?

  • Shirley Weeks

    What we often forget is that kindness does not have to be a huge thing. In fact, it is the small things that count.

  • Lise

    What a wonderful world it could be if we all practice acts of kindness in our daily routine. Love the video, brought a tear to eyes with a warm fuzzy feeling. These are the kind of people I want to be around. Very inspiring, great job on the video. God Bless!!!

  • Patricia

    Wonderfully clear, not too corny to enjoy, and it's obvious that these people are happy after doing a kindness. I wish this could be shown in schools all over the world! (And as a tv spot, too!) BTW, to BW -- I grew up in Waltham and remember Moody Street. Yes, that could have been it!

  • Spacey

    This is possible, I know, because I live in a town with generous, caring people whose generous acts of kindness occur as a matter of course-in Canada.

  • David Price

    Love

  • Nanc

    The gift is in the giving!

  • robin faison

    That was real heart warming,wish it could be that way with everyone,what a much better place we would live in!

  • Virgina`

    What a wonderful world it can/could be if we all practice just a small once of kindness to one another. We are all one.

  • Denice Moffat

    We want more! Thanks for sharing your gift. naturalhealthtechniques.com/tithing-random-acts-of-kindness.htm

  • Bill

    Great demonstration of the philosophy of "pay it forward" in action. Well done!

  • Debashish Majumdar

    It's a testimonial to the fact that such acts of kindness are contagious & makes everyone Happy. Give it a shot ! If it becomes a habit you get closer to the ALMIGHTY. The Blessings will follow eventually.

  • Marna

    The smiles of those who were kind were like a tiny candle of light in a dark world. Thank you for making the film to help me become more kind.

  • bw

    PS: Speaking of ripples, anyone remember Mike Gravel's wordless campaign video/advert, where he's shown walking along a path, then stooping to pick up a nice round stone, and then flinging it into a pond--and watching as the ripples spread, then fade to black?

  • bw

    Bits of it completely reminiscent of Moody St, in Waltham, MA, but Red Bank, NJ's a bit "tonier". Very nice. Next to consider is When Johnny & Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans. By Paula J. Caplan, an affiliate @ Harvard's doBoise institute. (The first is to stop wars, she notes, quoting others. My second suggestion, if the first fails, is to require those hankering for war or who declare war fight it in a novel way: By person-to-person duels--pistols at 10 paces, starting with the leaders of the We Wanna War movement. Survivor of the 1st duel takes on the 2nd-in-command. When it gets to Congress, the senior most senator voting for war goes next, then the house members who voted for war (or "use of all necessary force"--no weaseling out, then back to the senators who voted AGAINST the war, in that they failed to stop it, and then the house. Given the extreme measures our former prexy (and Unitary Liar-In-Chief) and vice too to avoid Vietnam, my guess would be that, had this practice been in place, there would have been no war whatsoever. We might instead have focused on what really happened on 9/11/2001. It would be cool if someone did a Negative Karma short on White Supremacist (or Exceptionalist) America and its manufacturing and maintenance of Empire (some 1,038 US military bases overseas, give or take, in some 137 nations, about 1/2 million troops and contractors keeping them going), blowback, regime change, fostering instability, starting with Columbus's extermination of c. 2M to 8M indigenous Arawak indians in the Caribbean 'tween 1492 and 1508. Then the extermination (bullets and buboes and STVs) of 9M to 12M indigenous North American Indians (including Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830 to usurp the Cherokee Nation's land-holdings (the Seminole nation refused to budge and stayed in Florida, fighting the Federales). Then on to Cuba, Haiti, Hawaii, the Philippines (where the US troops apparently first used Water Boarding). Anyway, you get the script--a Yank/Yang to this wonderful short's Yin.

  • David

    Thanks for this dose of and inspiration and a reminder!

  • nancy

    what i always know to be true, you never know when you might make someones day better. smiling is free and good for you.

  • omitunde

    ...it actually made me cry with so much joy overflowing from inside that I posted it and passed it on to my social network. My daily prayer is for kindess and compassion to spread its wings over the globe and heal the planet

  • mary

    Even a smile travels a very long way. And, that is good for all of us.

  • Carrie Payne

    It is soo true.

  • KateAnn

    ONE person CAN make a change

  • Debbie

    Beautiful.....lovely souls out there! Lets all committ to keep it going!

  • jobin

    it is very good .

  • Jim McCullough

    It's what I've seen in my own town of Sebastopol CA.

  • carel ...

    The ripple effect .... remembering what I do ripples out. May it be in kindness.

  • Brian

    Thanks guys....love to you too....that's what makes the world go round....peace...

  • Fran

    All those random acts of kindness were awesome

  • Rachel

    I care.:)

  • Bill

    Thank you.... a truly inspiring video of the present moment, practicing radical altruism with abandon and without reservation, demonstrating that the universe lives in spontaneous and instantaneous change regardless of ones actions, ones resistance or ones conceptions..... when the Universe asks just say yes and you will experience the "Kindness Boomerang"

  • Jerry

    My mother used to tell me that what goes around comes around and that it gains both speed and size on the back track. The laws of nature dictate that if you plant turnips you will get turnips; if you want flowers you have to plant flowers not corn. Now if you want corn by all means that is what you should plant. I see people who plant seeds of greed and expect generousity in return. I see people who are mean and want to receive kindness, I see people who lie, tell half truths and deceive the people they call friends. They expect truth and loyalty. The laws of nature say it can't happen, at least not for long.

  • Janey

    The music was alive for me, and the video was a clever little lesson in possibilities...

  • jeffrey f. dean

    Inspired isn't the word I'm looking for, lets say I've seen it that way just not lately.

  • Janice

    I think this is the Vision that a growing percentage of us share. Coming together in "Oneness" is at the core of our very being. This is how life should be and I believe we are aspiring to these very heights "and" we are getting there quickly! The Energy is building! That's a wonderful feeling! An absolutely beautiful Video. Thank You

  • Dagen

    It's a beautifully done video with a strong, necessary message, much praise for that! But...why does the only person who needs a handout for something to eat need to be of color? This perpetuates the classism and racism that keeps us apart and uncaring to begin with! Good job all the same. Thanks.

  • gary

    it brings people to their heart and makes them HAPPY So much joy comes from making even a small jesture

  • Dave

    What a beautiful and simple message this video brings. Be kind to others. Thanks to who made it and shared it with the world! Bless You.

  • Theresa

    It's just soooo simple to make a difference in someone's day/life if you just take the time to pay attention. The video made me cry!

  • Bill

    What inspired you about this video? the people do care...!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mike ashworth

    @amanda the video is made by "life vest inside" lifevestinside.com/donate.php

  • Denise Janssen Eager

    I agree with the other comments. Do something nice just because.

  • amanda

    Does anyone know who made this amazing video?

  • Anna

    it is, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth,as is in heaven

  • Manuella

    Exactly! We need to pay attention to others... keep your head up when you are walking and look into peoples eyes....

  • Arlan

    Love is Energy - Pass It Forward www.aunitedworld.net/arlan/video/view/163001/

  • Arlan

    Joined the Shift from I to WE www.aunitedworld.net/shift/video/view/165060/?topic=67526

  • Fran

    It's the Pay-it-Forward philosophy - it makes me happy to watch it and think of ways to apply it to my life. You too? How the world would change if everyone applied it.

  • AngelineAuzenne

    The "FIX" for this world is all sooooooo simple!

  • Javed naik

    This is a good Instruction video for world in the modern time

  • Jim

    The fact that we, as human beings, can still be kind to others. I wish there was more of this "pay it foward" thoughtfulness in our lives.

  • LAINIE

    HOW EASY IT IS TO DO SOMETHING WITH NO EXPECTATION OF RETURN

  • KATE

    EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS....

  • saba

    Beautiful !I was truly inspired

  • Menkit

    It made me cry through the whole thing! It is such a beautiful thing to care about others, truly the only path to real happiness. Thank you for making it I will share and put on my website www.planetarktel.com

  • Haidi Appel

    Beautiful. Do something nice for someone, just because. Who knows what will happen from there!

  • Lilia S. Crisostomo

    Lovely... It makes us remember the people who have done us good. Because of them, our lives have become better and easier.

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  • Life Vest Inside believes that by living kindly, change is possible. Opportunities to set a stream of kindness in motion are all around us - if we open our eyes to see them.
  • Witnessing kindness can be as inspirational as receiving it.  Read stories of kindness given and received or share a story of your own.
  • Set ripples in motion by doing small acts of kindness for strangers today -- and everyday!

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