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We’ve all heard the age-old question: are humans inherently good or bad? That debate may never be settled, but there’s no denying the incredible acts of kindness happening all around us.

And some take it to a whole new level! Over on the subreddit r/chaoticgood, as the name suggests, users share good deeds done in playful, often unexpected ways. Think funny notes left in library books or flowers planted secretly in neglected park corners.

Below, you’ll find more of these wholesome moments and a chat with Brooke Tansley, author of Small Good Things.

Even though the term ‘chaotic good’ implies not sticking to societal norms, the subreddit emphasizes that there are boundaries which need to be respected.

The mods, who oversee a community of 331K members, say that rule breaking should be achieved without cruelty or intimidation. By their definition, embracing chaotic good means valuing not just your own freedom and welfare, but everyone else’s.

Goodness can be a transformative experience. Brooke Tansley, known for her roles as a TV & film producer, actress, and entrepreneur, told Bored Panda that kindness turned her life around.

“I was feeling like I was in a sad funk and I didn’t really know how to snap out of it. I woke up in the middle of the night remembering that it feels good to do good things for other people,” she shared. So, she thought about her next move.

At first, Brooke considered diving into a volunteering project, but with work and two little kids, she knew it’d be tough to maintain. Instead, she went for a more manageable approach: practicing small acts of kindness.

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To spread positivity, Brooke Tansley does several things. “I made a New Year’s resolution to always tell someone when I think a nice thought about them,” she recounted.

As a former Broadway star, she takes advantage of her talent: “Sometimes I’ll record myself singing a song with the voice memo app in my phone and send it to someone if I think it would speak to them.”

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brilliant move. But as a boomer who loathes that sort of assholery from anyone regardless of age, I chafe at your ascribing it to us. We are not a monolith. Many of us are still the liberals we were in the '60s and '70s. Don't overlook allies by assuming our thinning gray hair and crackling joints puts us on opposite sides of thedecency and courtesy spectrum. Keep up the good work.

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“I like to offer to help people with tasks that are either boring, difficult, or gross because it can feel like a special expression of love for someone when you volunteer to do something with them that isn’t fun. You can make it fun just by being there and helping,” Brooke added.

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Wanting to inspire others to brighten their lives in a simple way, Tansley created the Small Good Things journal. She encourages readers to do one good thing each day for yourself or someone else, write it down and reflect on it.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sad when the best healthcare you can get is from your d**g dealer. But kudos to the dealer for caring more for his customers than what he can earn from them. If only pharmaceutical companies acted like this..

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Occasionally, Brooke gets creative and channels chaotic good, just like the users of the subreddit. She once made business cards with a drawing of a snail that said, “This is the Happiness Snail just wishing you happiness!” Another time, she printed a set of cards with the message “I hope you eat something yummy today!”

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

F*U*C*K Putin!!! He has committed crimes against humanity. Take all of his wealth, every single ruble. Give it all to Ukraine to help rebuild after Russia is defeated. Along with all the wealth from the bootlicking Russian oligarchs who enable Putin as well. *edit to defeat BP censors.

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Tansley also took part in organizing a flash mob marriage proposal for a friend, involving choreographed dance videos. “Around 70 people and one dog traveled from lots of different places to do this, [...] and she said yes!”

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome!! Damn shame she was in that predicament in the first place!!

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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Brooke believes that kindness can greatly improve mental health, and science supports this. In one study, participants who performed multiple good deeds for seven consecutive days reported increased happiness. Another study found that people who regularly helped others felt more confident, capable, and fulfilled.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unfortunately it's Starbucks (yuck), but at least OP's heart is in the right place!!

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok. Where is this even legal???? Please don’t say the States, cause I’m getting really tired of them!!

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The warm feeling that appears when you do something nice for someone is often called the ‘helper’s high’, a concept coined by Allan Luks in the '80s. It suggests that being generous and selfless not only feels rewarding but also promotes longevity and resilience.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean its a real àsshole move in the first place to fill the SKATE PARK with fùcking sand, but maybe I'm wrong...

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I dunno, this could be one of those "don't attribute to conspiracy that which can be explained by incompetence"" kind of deals. Just as likely to be a f*****t using corrosive cleaning products

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Caring about others influences physical well-being, too. Research shows compassion lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of hypertension. Moreover, kind actions release endorphins and oxytocin, and create new neural connections in the brain.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kennedy is such a joke. He tries to act like Foghorn Leghorn, but he was educated at Vanderbilt and Oxford, yes, the one in England. And he was one of the GOP senators who flew to Moscow and groveled in front of Putin on July 4, 2018.

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So, why not sprinkle a little kindness into your day? Remember, it doesn’t have to be extravagant; even a simple gesture is enough to make a change.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i put extra cheese on all the tacos and mexican pizzas when i worked at taco bell. and more tomatoes, when applicable. at the time the rules were something like "5 pieces of diced tomato is approximately 1/4 oz" or whatever and that was paltry portioning.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember this, the team actually built an electric wheelchair for the kid, but I really like the dark twist of this post!!!

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Walmart is subsidised by American taxpayers because they pay so poorly their staff qualify for food stamps and other benefits.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Scalping products has been out of hand for a long time! I remember when the movie Frozen came out, It was the first movie my 4 year old daughter saw in a theater. She really wanted and Elsa doll. They were $6.50 at walmart and target but people would show up and buy them out whenever they were stocked. They were as high as $50 on ebay. Insanity.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One of the benefits of living in Colorado is the requirement that a job must include a pay range! I've gotten so many sketch looking job posts taken down from indeed because they don't have the salary range posted and they're sending it to me in Colorado. Small wins I guess.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cement is not the greenest substance. But really, if there's a drought on letting the fracks at the country club continue to have their lovely 18 holes watered is downright evil.

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I would upvote for the getting people to vaccinate part buuuuut i cant get over the gaining someones trust to ultimately lie to them part.

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"I'm aware that this will probably result in me getting shot..."? Good grief. Tell me you're American without telling me you're American... 😑

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah yes, using "alternative facts" against their creators! Delightful irony!

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just because this doesn't fit your personal stance on morality, you don't have to be abusive. Besides, technically the priest is perfectly right. There are no mentions of supermarkets in the bible. /hyperbole

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And how do they make sure they don't target financially struggling parents?

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.... how much do you want to bet they're currently procrastinating something

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