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.
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!
Isn’t sad, Rosie, we are becoming so insensitive, we need to reach out more.
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.
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.
So true, Tawnya.
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.
Thank you, Marysa.
great post, as some fashionistas say.. kindness is the new black!
Thank you, Lau.
Loved your article! It really is super important!
Thank you, Courtney.
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!
I am glad to hear that, Stephanie, we must show kinds, so our children can follow our path.
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.
That is so great, Laura.
What a great reminder. Usually when doing an act of kindness, it brightens my day just as much as it brightens the other person’s. Makes me wonder why we don’t do it as often as we should!
Jennifer, I am still wondering the same and encouraging everyone to do so.
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.
Thank you, Angela
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.
Thank you, Janelle.
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
Excellent viewpoint. I love where you are coming from with this. Thanks for the encouraging words!!
Thank you, Holly!
Wow! this is amazing. Thanks for sharing this!
What a lovely post, little acts of kindness make a big difference, especiallyf in this climate.
Absolutely, Tonya, little acts will turn into extraordinary actions.
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!
Thank you, Angie, any little action can brighten someone’s day.
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
You have no idea, how a simple smile can brighten someone’s day. Thanks for sharing with us and keep your beautiful smile.
These are great recommendations!! If everyone would just make the attempt to be a little nicer in some of these ways, the world would be much better!
I agree with you, Whitney.
Love this! The smallest gestures can go a long way! Sounds like you’re raising your daughter right, too…good job mama!
Thank you, Ayana.
Absolutely love this post and its unbelievable how our little acts of kindness can bring smiles on others face.
So true, Vyom!
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!!
Please do so, Ananda.
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.
This is so amazing, David. Keep that caring attitude and thank you for sharing with us.
I usually try to do most of your suggestions, but getting a co-worker tea or coffee is a great idea. Thank you.
Thank you, Avantika. I know from personal experience, the simplest thing we do for someone can change their day.
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.
Thank you, Sarah.
This is such a great reminder, it’s definitely so important! I’m going to challenge myself next week.
That is so great to hear, Krysti.
this is the perfect reminder-a little bit of kindness goes a long ways!
Thank you, Jasmine
I always remind my kiddos that the most important thing we need to remember is to be kind to everyone. It can truly change the world.
That is so great, Kate.
Wow that was very well written. An appreciation always encourages one to do more better!
Awe, I love this and completely agree! Your daughter sounds like such a sweet friend! Love it!
Thank you other, the world needs our kindness.
It’s the little things in life. I know when someone holds the door open for me, it has always meant so much to me. Thank you for sharing.
How lovely of your daughter.
Thank you, Kim.