May is starting to become my favorite month out of the year because it’s dedicated to Kindness Awareness in Massachusetts, and every day I hear a new story that makes me smile.

This time around, I was on the receiving end of a good deed in Cranston, Rhode Island that put me in a great mood for the rest of the day.

There is something so wonderful about people paying it forward when it’s least expected, and rarely do you capture it on camera. I was lucky enough to do both.

On Saturday, I decided to treat myself to Starbucks. It’s expensive, but I like to think of it as a special treat. As I desperately cling to my youth, I thought this was the perfect time to film a TikTok in the Starbucks drive-thru. I planned on ordering my coffee and coffee cake in my “radio voice" for the internet's enjoyment, but it turned into something way better.

I was elated by the thought of a complete stranger trying to make someone’s day a little better, and they totally succeeded. I paid it forward for the car behind me, in hopes I could make that person smile as widely as I did.

I pulled my car over, finished my TikTok, and sat there with the silliest grin on my face. It’s incredible what one small act of kindness can do for your mental state. There is so much negativity in the world, where everyone seems to be self-absorbed and unaware of the people around them.

Moments like this remind me that we’re all in this together. Thank you to that wonderful stranger for making my weekend a little brighter and for giving my TikTok a happy ending.

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