Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kindness



I should've filled you in earlier in this week, but did you know that it's officially Random Acts of Kindness Week?  Of course this is not to say that such acts can't be done at other times, but I think it's wonderful to commit for any length of time be it a week or a month or a year to focus on performing an act of kindness daily.  It's the kind of habit that can truly be life-changing as we focus less on ourselves and more on others. 

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has a site full of inspiring stories as well as amazing information.  For example, I had no idea about the amount of research regarding the positive effects of being kind.  I guess it just seemed like common knowledge to me, but it's nice to read about all of the proven benefits. 

I'm always amazed by how what seems like such little effort on my part can make such a big difference in the life of someone else, or vice versa.  For example, my husband has been out of town for work this week.  Tonight I went over to my sister-in-law's for dinner.  It probably didn't take much effort for her to make a bigger pot of the delicious soup she was already making for her own family, but it made a huge difference to me at the end of a really long week to enjoy a nice meal and some of my favorite people.

Miss A is going through a big note-writing stage as she continues to improve her writing skills.  Quite often, they're the thing that can make my whole day.  My favorites are the ones that say, "Dear Mom, I love you.  Thanks for everything."

There's a woman I know who loves nothing more than a visit over the phone.  Her circumstances make it difficult to call on others, but a phone call means the world to her and gives her connection and purpose.  

It doesn't have to be anything big to be appreciated.  Send your own note today that says, "I love you.  Thanks for everything."  Make an extra big dinner and invite someone over.  Call a friend you haven't chatted with in a while.  Think about others.  Be kind.

"Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever." -Margaret Cho

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