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Kindness is Fashionable

 

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." ~Princess Diana

It's so simple, yet profound. One person in line at Starbucks drive thru paid for the car behind them. The next 377 cars did the same. A Michigan police officer buys a needy mom a booster seat, instead of issuing her a ticket for not having her son in a child restraint. Or something so small but dear to my heart; after having one of those days where everything seemed to go wrong, I came home to a post-it note on the front door from my husband...

The other day, I read a quote; "Every day of our lives, we are given opportunities to spread love and kindness to those around us". So true, but I stopped for a moment and wondered...when was the last time I made someone smile? I'm not perfect. I'm guilty of saying less-than-kind things about someone, and avoiding people I know at the store. But living a more positive lifestyle is something I continue to work towards daily. 

Below is a list I came across of ways to show others that you care...

*Smile . It is contagious!

*Say please and thank you.

*Wave to your neighbors while walking or driving by.

*Ask the person next to you how their day is going, and be sincere.

*Give a gift to a friend or family member just to say I was thinking about you.

*Praise children when you see them doing something nice.

*Be a designated driver.

*If you see someone drop something, stop and help them pick it up.

*If you are baking, make a second batch to give to a neighbor or friend.

*Put a coin in an expired meter. Or leave some extra change in a vending machine.

*Pay for a strangers meal at a restaurant. Or send them dessert.

*Be kind to cashiers. Customers are more likely to take their frustrations out on the cashier. Go ahead and brighten their day.

*Out of the blue, give a genuine compliment to a stranger; "Nice shoes!" or "Great color!"

*Pay for the order in the car behind you in the drive thru.

*Make eye contact and say Hi to strangers instead of awkwardly passing them on the street.

*Bring doughnuts or bagels to work

*Send a friend a cd with some upbeat tunes, just to let them know you were thinking about them

*Help someone carry their grocery bags

*Offer the UPS man a bottle of cold water

*Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.

*Leave random sticky notes with fun or kind quotes on the mirror of a public restroom

*Give the benefit of the doubt

*Compliment someone to their boss.

*Write someone a letter. Like a real letter, on paper, and mail it!

*Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading groceries in their car.

*When you hear that negative, discouraging voice in your head, remember to leave yourself alone — you deserve kindness too! 

Do you have something to add? Or possibly a feel good story to share? Leave a comment below. Our favorite comment will receive a $25 gift card to Simply Me!


PS Every time I open my jewelry box, I see that same post-it note. It took him only a few seconds to write, but it has made me smile, every day, for the past 10 years. 

 

'Til next time,

Be safe. Be healthy. Be happy.

Amy 

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  • Amy Piechocki

Comments on this post ( 3 )

  • Oct 16, 2014

    You are kind, you are important, you are beautiful. The greatest gift my brother ever gave me was you, my sister. The one thing no one else could give me.

    — Laurey

  • Oct 08, 2014

    About a year ago, I was having lunch with a girlfriend. A woman came into the restaurant by herself. She was seated. at a table nearby. She looked so sad and lonely. I went to her table and invited her to join us for lunch. She seemed surprised and thrilled. We got her to laugh and talk. When she was preparing to leave, she thanked us for including her. She made it sound like she had hit bottom and was contemplating suicide (those words weren’t used but that was the inference). Evidently our caring enough to include her in our lunch made a difference and brightened her day. Sometimes it is the smallest thing to us that can be so important to someone else. xxoo

    So….a thought would be….if you see someone dining alone that looks lonely, ask them to join you. It might prove to be very rewarding!

    — Linda Horwitz

  • Oct 08, 2014

    I wish everyone would keep this in mind on a daily basis! Great blog. I will raise my kids this way and to teach them kindness is always in style! Thanks for the great read! ❤️❤️

    — Kristen Eikleberry

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