Acts Of Kindness

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“But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.”
Rick Riordan

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All too often we judge people too quickly, or too subjectively. We tell ourselves stories about them without thinking it through – our perceptions and biases get the best of us.

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We need to try to stop assuming that the happiest people are simply the ones who smile the most. – Behind the polite smiles and greetings people give you, some are hurting and lonely. Don’t just come and go. See them. Care. Share. Listen. Love. We can not always see people’s pain, but they can always feel our kindness.

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Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care are words that are associated with kindness. While kindness has a connotation of meaning someone is naive or weak, that is not the case.

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Being kind often requires courage and strength. Kindness is an interpersonal skill. . One way to be kind is to open your eyes and be active when you see people in need. A kind word, a smile, opening a door, or helping carry a heavy load can all be acts of kindness.

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Celebrating someone you love, giving honest compliments, sending an email thanking someone, telling someone they are special to you, helping an elderly  neighbour with garden work, taking a photo of someone and sending it to the person, sharing homemade food, refusing to gossip, and donating old clothing and things you do not need are all ideas about how to practice kindness.

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Look for ways to bring kindness into your actions today  and in doing so you improve your life and that of others.

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”A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life.”
Roy T. Bennett


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