Monday, February 18, 2013

Kindness counts

Have you ever had a bad day and someone's kind words, or better yet a smile, helped? What about crummy news and then someone did something nice, with no strings attached, for you?

Kindness is possible for anyone to give. Kindness doesn't have to include money. It can be a kind gesture or simple act that will make someone's day. 

The definition of kind is "friendly feeling or favor" ( No where does it say strings attached. Kindness acts are from the goodness of one's heart

Think about things that people do to build you up? Then think about things you can do to build others up. 

Kindness does not have to be extravagant. Just a gesture or simple act can go a long way.

A few examples of acts of kindness that can go a long way...

When you are in the grocery store and a little old lady can't reach a salad dressing, try asking her if she needs help. She'll probably call you sugar or honey and thank you for being sweet.

When you merge into a lane, wave at the person who let you in. Just that little wave can help someone feel appreciated. 

When a friend loses a good job or an opportunity, just listen and be present. Kindness and listening go a long way.

When a friend has had a rough day, get them what they love as a treat. 

When you get a gift, write a thank you note and mail it. Handwritten notes are just awesome and they make the giver know that you care.

When someone goes out of their way to help, tell them thank you and write them a note and/or email. 

Kindness counts! No matter how small or large the act, a kind act goes a long way. When someone shows kindness, be sure to return the kind favor.

Be kind to one another!!

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