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When we spread kindness, we can have a great impact on others. A kind word or a kind deed can really make a difference in someone's life. We don't always know the struggles people are going through and maybe, just maybe, our kindness can turn an awful day into a better day.
Most of us could agree that we can look back and think of a time that someone was kind to us. Maybe it was a kind word, a smile or a card. Maybe it was something bigger. But we remember that person with great kindness. And we remember what that kindness did for us.
We also can look back at times we were kind to others. If our kindness was genuine, not only did the person we were kind to felt better, we, ourselves, felt good. Doing acts of kindness makes us feel better, too.
This Wednesday, November 13 is National Kindness Day/World Kindness Day. I challenge you and your families and friends do something kind for others. Reach out and do something that you normally don't do for others. Rake an elderly neighbor's yard. Offer to watch a neighbor's children. Leave a $20 tip for that hardworking waitress. Volunteer to feed the hungry. Donate blankets to a shelter. Visit residents at a nursing home. Pick up garbage in a park. Just do something!
I will end this with a couple quotes from Mother Teresa (love her!):
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”