We always love hearing about random acts of kindness, but we don't report every instance of someone buying a stranger a cup of coffee. This is a good thing, by the way -- it means being kind is becoming a regular gesture.
But a new random act of kindness trend called #FeedTheDeed grabbed our attention because it's featured some new, fun ways to be good to one another. And we're always on board for that.
Josh Stern, a 22-year-old medical student from Ottawa, Ontario, started the trend when he saw a video of a man from South Africa refusing to take part in an online drinking game and instead turning it into a random acts of kindness game.
"I thought it was amazing how one guy could take something so negative and change it into something so positive," Stern told The Huffington Post.
He posted his own random act of kindness video on Facebook, with the hashtag #FeedTheDeed. Within five minutes, his friend, Russell Citron, called him. Citron, from Toronto, is the founder and president of Kindness Counts, an initiative that inspires kindness around the world. The two decided to work together.
Stern told HuffPost that in only a month, more than 10,000 videos and photographs from more than 30 countries have been uploaded of people joining the #FeedTheDeed movement.
"[#FeedTheDeed is] creative, it’s unconventional [and] it inspires people to be kind," Citron told the Jewish Tribune. "It has made kindness cool which is exactly what Kindness Counts strives to do."
Here are our favorite creative ways #FeedTheDeed has spread kindness:
Or a free hat!
A randomly placed pick-up line will make any stranger feel like a 10.
— ☾ shira eisenberg ☾ (@shiraeisenberg) February 28, 2014
And the best random act of kindness? FREE GIRL SCOUT COOKIES.
Clarification: This post has been updated to clarify how #FeedTheDeed was started and to include a quote from its co-founder.