The Ripple Effect of Kindness

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“Did you find everything ok?” the checker at the grocery store asks me in a sullen tone as I approach his checkout lane and start to load my groceries onto the belt. He grabs an item and mindlessly scans it, and looks up when I say, “Sure did, thanks!” As we continue our quick conversation (about whatever you can squeeze in during a 5-minute grocery check out — the weather, music playing on the speakers, etc.), he perks up and seems to…