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by Kevin Coupe

Axios recently asked readers to relate random acts of kindness that they'd experienced, in an effort to focus on positive elements of the human condition, as opposed to the negatives that tend to dominate the headlines.

And, it wrote:

We were amazed by how many of these simple acts of kindness took place at grocery stores. Here are some:

•  "When I got to the checkout, my 3-year-old ran away and my newborn started crying inconsolably. The lady behind me took over packing my shopping so I could find my son and calm my newborn. That act has always stuck with me because I had been feeling so overwhelmed and that helping hand made all the difference." —Katherine N., Oxford, U.K.

•  "Gave me their shopping cart at Aldi instead of returning it for the quarter." —Nancy R., Michigan City, Indiana

•  "I let a man go in front of me since he had fewer groceries than I had. He told the cashier to apply the change from his order —$21 — to my bill. I was thrilled." —Karen D., Rochester, New Hampshire

It long has been suggested that when they're doing their job right, supermarkets serve as a kind of community center.  But what these kinds of responses reflect is something else - that when in the supermarket, people can feel a sense of community that results in tangible - and Eye-Opening - behavior.