Researchers asked four people to do random acts of kindness for others. Not only did it improve their own mood, but caused those strangers to be kinder to other people too. There is a ripple effect to kindness.
A terminally ill 6-year-old boy named Levi Mayhew was offered a gift from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Instead of using it himself he wished a trip to Disneyland for the little girl writing him letters of encouragement. She went to Florida carrying a cutout photo of him on all the rides she could.
British Rail once held up a train for 20 minutes so that a distraught man could get to his mother in hospital before she died.