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.
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.