Laura Miller: Agent of Anonymous Acts of Kindness

Making people smile is Laura Miller's passion. Learn how she anonymously brings kindness to the people of Pittsburgh, PA.

By Beth Dreher from Reader's Digest | March 2011
Laura Miller: Agent of Anonymous Acts of KindnessCourtesy Michael Ray

Our hero: Laura Miller, 33

Where she lives: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

How she helps: Makes strangers smile

Laura Miller’s first act of anonymous kindness was placing a single lavender hydrangea bloom on the windshield of a stranger’s car in July 2009. Ever since, Miller has left a trail of small favors for unsuspecting residents of Pittsburgh. Nothing expensive, but delightful nonetheless: Starbucks gift certificates, uplifting messages, rolls of quarters, and other treats. “If I had the money, I would do it every single day,” says Miller, who recently revealed her identity at a fund-raising party, helping to attract other well-wishers to the effort. She now counts more than 1,600 people across the world in her cause for kindness. “It sounds dramatic, but I wish for a world where we all take care of each other,” says Miller.

Go to secretagentl.com to read more about Laura’s missions.

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