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Kindness Counts

To be kind does not have to expensive, take a lot of time or use a lot of your energy.  Don’t get me wrong, if you have the money do use some of it for the purpose of being kind.  If you have the time and extra energy do put it to use being kind.  I’m just trying to let those of you who do not have extra money, time or energy that you still can make a difference.  You can brighten someone’s day by simple acts of kindness.


  • Smile at someone: if someone is having an unusually rough day, a smile from a stranger has the potential of brighten up their day.
  • Holding a door open:   If someone has their hands full or using crutches or in a wheelchair or just plain tired, it helps to hold the door open for them.
  • When you are in line at a store, if someone only has one or two items to buy, let them go before you.
  • If someone has made a positive difference in your life, let them know.  Sometimes a person just needs to hear that they have made a positive impact on someone.
  • If you love someone, tell them…often.
  • Share your lunch with someone.
  • When you finish reading a good book that belongs to you, leave it somewhere for someone else to enjoy.

If you do not have a lot of money, but have time and have the energy there are endless opportunities to be kind.  Just remember to be kind to yourself and not over extend yourself.  Things that do cost time and energy:

  • Use your skills to help someone.
  • Teach someone a skill you have mastered.
  • If you know someone who is a caregiver, offer to give them a break by staying with their loved ones for a few minutes, a hour or longer so they can have a much needed break.
  • Write a letter of encouragement.  It doesn’t matter if it is a friend, family member or a stranger just sit down and write a few positive words.  Perhaps something you would love to have someone tell you.  Whether you do it anonymously or sign your name, it has the potential of changing someone’s life for the better.
  • Visit folks in a hospital, hospice or elder care facility.
  • Be a volunteer.
  • Do the yard work for someone unable to do it for themselves.

There are endless examples of kindness.  Please leave a comment and tell me your kindness story.

Life is good!  God is great!  All is right in my world!




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18 thoughts on “Kindness Counts

  1. Genie, your post came as an excellent reminder. I smiled at lots of people yesterday… and they smiled back!

  2. Kindness DOES count, Genie. I really do believe it’s a quality that isn’t valued nearly as much as it should be. I’m currently actively talking to my two young granddaughters about this very thing…sharing the perspective of how kindness isn’t optional, it’s essential! D

  3. Wonderful suggestions for Anybody! Thanks 🙂 And, they are all fun to do–so it’s a win-win!

  4. Great Post – Can We Get a Woot, Woot! A smile, kind word, a thank you, etc. go a long way somedays:) Happy Wednesday!

  5. Hi Genie:

    Reading this reminded me of a similiar post I wrote last year called, “Can an act of kindness change the world?” You can check it out here:

  6. How about giving blood? Or better yet, platelets. It takes just a few minutes and you even get cookies. That is what I do when I’m feeling sorry for myself. More for the great feeling than the cookies!

  7. A good reminder Genie, we can all do something kind no matter how small that act may be. I like the one about letting someone with only a couple of grocery items go in front of you at the till, I did that one the other day, and it felt good. It just goes to show that we must do things like that more often.

  8. Not only will you brighten someone elses day, it makes you feel great, too! Double the pleasure!!

  9. I love random acts of kindness…thanks for the reminder!!

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