Be Kind, Show Appreciation

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A little appreciation goes far.  Showing a simple act of kindness can make a lasting difference in someone’s life.  We are so busy doing everything else that we don’t take enough time to reach out to others and show them appreciation.

Kindness, Appreciation

My daughter shared her simple experience with me about how she let a student sit in her seat which was more suitable for those who are left-handed.  She was surprised to see how that little action made that classmate happy.  As I reflect on that, imagine if every day, we decided to do one simple thing to make each other’s life easier, what a beautiful and peaceful world we will have.  It does not take much.

In my job, after each encounter with a patient, I always ask them if there is anything I can do to make their day better.  I am always amazed by the little things that I am taking for granted which make their lives better.  I have come to the realization that there are many ways to show appreciation and to be kind.

Now we are too scared to be nice. My friend once told me that he is scared of showing kindness towards others because he is often being mistaken for flirting.

They are so many ways that we can be kind and make a difference:

Hold the door open for someone

At the grocery store. if the person behind you has fewer items, let them go ahead of you

When driving, if you see a car waiting to make a left turn, let them go

Help a co-worker or bring him/her a cup of coffee

Tell your friend that you appreciate them

We are in this world to support and lift each other not to tear each other apart.  Together, let’s make a pledge to do something great for someone without expecting anything in return.

If you have other simple ways to show kindness and appreciation, share with me.  I would love to hear from you.

53 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for the sweet reminder. A small act of kindness, even a smile can go such a long ways. The other day I was struggling with both kids and not one person stopped and said are you okay or asked if they could help. Most walked by acting like they didnt see me. A small smile would have made me feel more human!

  2. I agree with this 100%! We often forget to be kind to one another in our busy and hectic lives. Sometimes we just need a little reminder, and who knows what a difference it may make in that person’s day.

  3. This post is a great reminder to always do kind things when we can. Something that is easy for us may make a world of difference to someone else.

  4. I think that people are honestly surprised a lot of times when someone is friendly and kind. That’s great your daughter was so thoughtful for her classmate.

  5. It’s amazing how much people appreciate when you hold the door open for them. I’ve been teaching my boys that, and they love to try to open the door for others. Some doors are too heavy for them yet, but the idea is there!

  6. Thank you for this wonderful reminder that a little kindness goes a long way. I know in today’s society we are often so rushed we forget to slow down and show appreciation for things. I always appreciate it when someone holds a door open for me, so I Always try to do so for someone else when I can. I am trying to teach my boys the same things.

  7. Kindness isn’t as easy of a thing as it should be. That’s wonderful that your daughter was willing to trade seats so her friend at it better. And I love that you ask the exact questions.

  8. Such a sweet post! I would definitely appreciate your daughter kindness as I’m a lefty too! It’s very important to be reminded of being kind to others. Life can get busy and we may have a bad day… but always remember that you can make someone else’s.

  9. Kindness needs to come back.. you dont see enough of it anymore and when you do people are posting it on facebook for glorification..

    Someone in a parking lot today told my sister-in-law that they liked her hair cut.. she got in the car and said “i hate when people flirt with me” i told her all they were doing was being nice. They also had their partner with them… it stinks that the first thing everyone thinks about is there has to be an alturnitive motive

    • I agree with you, Sarah, people forget how to be kind, that’s why we must take it upon ourselves to bring it back

  10. I tend to do these most of the time but forget how mind these little acts can be. I forget how much of an impact it can have on someone. Thanks for this great reminder!

  11. I like to smile to other people when I see them on the street. In England a lot of people (especially older people), when they are passing you on the street, saying Good morning, Hi, and smiling. I think it’s really nice

    • Ohmummymia,
      You have no idea, how a simple smile can brighten someone’s day. Thanks for sharing with us and keep your beautiful smile.

  12. great points! i have been thinking about this too- i need to slow down and appreciate life more, instead of being so busy doing stuff!!

  13. I like to ask people how they are doing, and i like to really delve into what that is. I don’t just want a fine. I want them to know I care to listen to what they have to say is going on in their lives. It’s not always easy to bring that out, but I do hope to bring that out.

  14. What a lovely reminder! It’s always good to show kindness to others and I appreciate your practical tips to do that. It can really make someone’s day so much brighter.

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