“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”Aesop
I’ve been both giver and receiver of random acts of kindness, and both aspects are enormously rewarding. I’m as grateful to help someone out as I am to be on the receiving end.
A simple smile, or saying “thank you” can be the catalyst for helping someone have a better day. Never underestimate the power of a kind gesture.
At the Grocery Store
There are so many opportunities to help others while at the grocery store.
I’m short (5’1”) and I can’t begin to tell you how many people have assisted me in reaching items from the top shelves.
To reciprocate my gratitude, I try to always let people with just a few items go ahead of me in line. If I see a military person in uniform, I will always let that person go before me.
Helping people carry bags and taking their cart back for them are also gestures of kindness that might makes a stranger’s day better.
Let that other person go first. You never know, someday you might be in a big hurry and someone will give you a break!
Wave and smile to the people working in their yards! I like to give a thumbs up, too. I’ve actually pulled over and complimented people for the joy their pretty flowers have brought me on my tedious commutes to work.
Try not to get discouraged if people do not wave back. I like to smile and wave, and many times I get a scowl or a confused look in return. Unfortunately, our American culture is evolving into a society of skepticism and judgment. Waving to a stranger should not be viewed as an insane gesture.
On Daily Walks
My husband and I see a lot of people while walking our dog at the local parks.
We’ve met a lot of people on the paths, and every encounter is an opportunity to make a new friend.
We’ve actually made several friends who began as random strangers. There are many lonely people out there, and even the smallest forms of greeting can help them feel less alienated.
These seemingly small acts take up little time and effort, but can make a huge difference in someone’s day. My spirits have been uplifted by random strangers more times than I can remember. Kindness is contagious and gathers momentum. It fills me with gratitude and hope.
Thank you for reading! – Barb, the River Blogger (Btrb)
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