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It could be be unwittingly, but the word has a negative connotation as it may be related to ignorance. I'm looking for a more positive concept.

  • I seem to remember the phrase 'unmarked blessing', but there seem very few instances of it on the internet. Ditto for 'unrecognised blessing / boon'. A 'hidden benefit' is a near-hypernym. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 5 '18 at 23:09
  • I like the submitted answer serendipitous however if it seems a bit too beyond 4 rth grade vocabulary you might try something like a "side benefit" or, for a larger 'unexpected blessing', a 'windfall' – Tom22 Feb 6 '18 at 1:36
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Me thinks ... serendipity. A happenstance of luck.

An example: 'I was thinking of new ways to engage with my audience and with a bit of serendipity and inspiration the cake was born.'

http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/serendipity

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