A Note And $5 Left In Book Inspires Chain Reaction Of Kindness.

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While Ashley Jost was shopping at Target she was drawn to a book sitting on a shelf.

It goes without saying that we all have rough days from time to time. Sometimes, it even feels like the sun will never shine again, even though we all know that it eventually does. They say that when you're feeling a bit down you should do something to make another person smile. This woman was going through some rough stuff, so without realizing what she would create, she committed a small random act of kindness to try to put some positivity out into the world.

She had heard about the self-help book “Girl, Stop Apologizing” numerous times before, so she decided to give it a try and bought it. Once Ashley got home, she opened up the book to start reading but was she was soon interrupted by a loud noise.


Her dog began to bark, so she tossed her book to the side to see what the dog wanted.

When she returned, she noticed that there was something laying on the floor. "Five dollars fell out, and it took me a second where I was like, 'Wait, what just happened?'" said Ashley.

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Ashley was overcome by the emotional note, so she decided to share a picture of the note and the money on Twitter.

The letter read: “To the person who buys this book: I am having a tough day. I thought maybe I could brighten someone else’s with this little surprise. Go buy a coffee, donut, or a face mask. Practice some self-care today. Remember that you are loved. You are amazing. You are strong. Love, Lisa.”

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"I read it once, and I read it again and I thought, 'dang this is really neat,'" said Ashley.

"Like this is something that only happens to strangers on the internet, not some random person in the middle of Missouri who just happens to decide in the heat of the moment to buy this book at Target."

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People became inspired by the Lisa's random act of kindness.

Ashley shared the story on Love What Matters. It wasn’t long before the tweet went viral and people were pledging their own random acts of kindness. "In that moment, I didn't necessarily need the pick-me-up, but I feel obligated to share it, and I'm hearing back from people who did. The ripple effect is pretty incredible," said Ashley.

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After seeing the viral tweet, Lisa decided to mail a letter to Ashley's campus.

"She said it made her cry in a good way," recalled Ashley. Preferring to remain anonymous, Lisa didn’t leave a return address or any other way for her to be contacted. According to Ashley, Lisa had been going through a difficult time in her life and she just wanted "to create something positive -- she never really expected this to happen the way it has." Well, Lisa, you certainly did create some positivity in the world. Hopefully, everything is looking up for you because you have definitely made a lot of people smile with your small act of kindness.

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