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Today let’s give thanks for simple acts of kindness. Thanks for joining us on Day 10 of the 30 Thankful Days Challenge.
Simple acts of kindness…
It doesn’t take much effort at all – just a small gesture – to make or break another person’s moment, or even their entire day.
Think about the people you encounter in your daily travels. Do you smile at them? Do they smile at you?
If someone seems to be struggling, do you stop to help?
The next time you’re trying to leave the store with an armful of packages or a small child on your hip… will some kind person think to hold that door open for you?
Too Busy to Be Kind?
Sometimes we forget to offer other people simple acts of kindness.
We grow distracted by whoever’s competing for our attention via text or email.
We rush to squeeze in one more task or activity – and we become stressed, cranky, and unwilling to give even a moment more of our precious, fleeting time.
What’s the secret to having more time and patience, to offer those small acts of kindness that mean so much?
Perhaps the key is to say NO to things we just can’t feasibly get to:
- No, we can’t double-book plans in a single Saturday.
- Sorry, but we won’t be able to bake for the rummage sale because we’re already committed to a soccer game that day.
Saying no to plans in the future might leave us some room to respond in the present, with kindness to those small, unexpected situations that crop up.
Sure, we could ignore the elderly man in line in front of us who dropped his pen while writing a check, because we were too busy using our smartphone to rifle through online coupons.
But maybe we can splurge the 50-cent savings on making a senior feel special and cared about, even for a minute, on his one day out this week.
Will your gestures be kind today? How can you show others small acts of caring?
Day 10 JOURNAL EXERCISE: Practice Being Kind Today
What would you consider a small act of kindness? Some possibilities…
- Offering a smile to a stranger
- Buying a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line at Dunkin Donuts
- Letting another car in front of you on the highway
- Giving up your seat on the bus to an elderly person or expectant mother
- Holding the elevator for a person using a walker
- Allowing a pedestrian cross the street (in a walkway of course) in front of your car
- Handing a product from a high shelf to someone who can’t reach it
Think of places you go every day where you might get a chance to perform a small act of kindness.
Who can you help? Animals? Children? Elderly people?
Make a list of possible kind acts you could share, that won’t require you to block out time on your already-busy days.
How can you be kind to others?
What do you wish people would do more of for you, in the way of small acts of kindness?
This is the free Workbook that goes along with the posts that you can download. It’s a perfect time to look at all the things we should be grateful for. Click here for the free accompanying journal.
Thankful Days Series
- Link to Day 1
- Link to Day 2
- Link to Day 3
- Link to Day 4
- Link to Day 5
- Link to Day 6
- Link to Day 7
- Link to Day 8
- Link to Day 9
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